SYM DRG158 Test Ride Review
SYM DRG 158, which has drawn much attention of domestic consumers, is featured with a power output of 15.5ps, excellent balance weight, as well as SYM’s valuable “three-zero technologies”.
Birth of “Dragon King”
DRG 158 is the second model of SYM’s four spirit-beast series released in 2017, which impresses the customers with the domineering and powerful image of the Oriental dragon. It imitates the outline of the dragon head to present a strong sense of sports. The headlight design is similar to that of FNX.
The body is muscular and tough. The sharp lines of the rear handrail is integrated with the design of the body. The rear handrail is reserved with a locking point for an additional tail box. LED taillights are also tactfully designed into the shape of two wings. Following the FNX (Phoenix), SYM rolled out another stunning product, the DRG.
Powerful heart of the Dragon
DRG 158 is powered by a 158cc single-cylinder, water-cooled engine that has a maximum horsepower of 15.5ps/8,500rpm. The torque setting focuses on medium and low torque performance, with a maximum torque of 1.54kg-m/5,500rpm. Hit the accelerator a little bit and you’ll feel a surge of power. The heat dissipation efficiency of the water-cooled engine enables the engine to maintain the operation quality for a long time. While the engine has excellent power output, it also has excellent fuel consumption efficiency. DRG 158 shows the excellent design of power and efficiency.
Good counterweight balance
SYM also emphasizes the overall lightweight of DRG, using a lightweight 13-inch wheel frame and a single rocker arm to reduce the weight, making it only 135kg. The specific gravity is moved forward, and the short exhaust pipe is adopted to concentrate the weight to the center of the motorcycle, so that the front and rear weights reach a perfect balance of nearly 50:50. This setting allows the DRG to have a sensitive response and offer a more stable handling during corners.
With an excellent water-cooled engine, DRG is not a crazy dragon. The suspension features a single central-mounted single-tube shock absorber for better stability. The 1,380mm wheelbase enables the motorcycle to flexibly enter and exit corners. The 13-inch front and rear wheel frame provides a 42-degree inclination. In addition, to meet more of the riders’ needs, the saddle is designed to provide a forward supporting force for the rider.
DRG features front and rear double-disc brakes. The front brake has one-way dual piston calipers with a 260mm disc and the rear brake uses two-way double piston built-in calipers with a 230mm disc. DRG was originally matched with the latest BOSCH 10 ABS.
While emphasizing sports performance, DRG also values practicability. DRG’s compartment is not wide, but it becomes deeper which can hold a full-face helmet. The front storage space is designed for storing mobile phones and bottles. DRG comes with a USB charging port and uses a full LED light-sensitive instrument.
Upgraded three-zero technologies
DRG 158 is also equipped with SYM’s three-zero technologies–Zero-Resistance Starter & Generator System, Automatic Start-Stop System and Anti-Lift Engine Hanger System. Specifically, the Anti-Lift Engine Hanger System has been upgraded to prevent engine raising during acceleration and allow better power release during starting and re-acceleration.
When turning on the throttle, you can feel a brisk acceleration. SYM particularly emphasizes the lightweight body. The 135kg curb weight plus the 15.5ps power deliver flexible acceleration.
Due to its excellent balance weight, DRG gives the rider smooth riding feedback when riding into successive corners, and DRG has demonstrated unexpected stability and excellent suspension support.
During this test ride, a female rider of 1.63m tall tried and felt it really light and easy to handle.
Excellent acceleration and stability
After a few corners, the rider decided to further explore its limits. Fully accelerate on a straight road section and decelerate sharply before entering a corner, the motorcycle showed remarkable stability. When entering the corner, an 42-degree inclination enables it to maintain the speed through the corner. When it exited the corner, the throttle is fully open and power came quickly to take the motorcycle away from the corner.
Generally, DRG has abundant power, excellent handling and high stability, which gives the owner considerable confidence under intense riding. Moreover, DRG can carry a maximum load of 160kg, and the suspension support is excellent when it carries two adults.
Well-deserved the name of Dragon King
From JET S, FNX to the current DRG 158, SYM has been continuously introducing new models in recent years, striving to make breakthroughs in engine technology, equipment and appearance and bringing a wave of new trend. Known as the Dragon, the motorcycle performs well in power, handling and stability, moreover, its riding posture and comfort as well as fuel consumption fully meet the needs of daily commuting. It deserves the name of the Dragon King.