Review of 2005 Daelim S2 150cc Scooter

by Craig Bathurst
(Lancaster, PA, USA)

Daelim S2 125cc Scooter

Daelim S2 125cc Scooter

This Daelim S2 125cc Scooter (South Korea model) has been my first scooter (bought in Feb. 2006) and overall I have been pleased with it. It has a 125cc 12 HP, 4 port, 4 stroke engine that is oil cooled.

It has 12" tires with all disk brakes and a 3 gallon gas tank. It has nice storage underneath the seat. It has a nice bright headlight and a big taillight in the rear.

It's a medium sized scooter and I have gotten up to 70 mph and 65 mpg. Presently, I have 24,000 Km on it. At 23,000 Km the carburetor went bad (which can happen) and dumped raw gas into the cylinder and ruined the valves. I had the engine rebuilt at a cost of just under $800. The carb was an odd size and I had to use Daelim's carb. nothing else would fit.

The scooter cost me $3300 to buy including tax. I replaced the rollers for the CVT; it was time to change them at 23,000 Km and I also had to replace the rear master cylinder to pass inspection for 2010. This engine is of better quality than the Chinese engines.

I ride this scooter year round even in the winter months. Yes, I do wear leather chaps to keep my legs warm. It's a blast to ride! I take it on the highway during light traffic. It doesn't have the power to pass cars on the highway. The car drivers here are nuts!

I have ridden this with other motorcyclists all over the place and they're impressed with this scooter. There is also a 250cc version of the S2. Same frame and plastic, but a bigger engine, rear tire and suspension.

I bought a tall windshield for it and
it keeps the wind off of me and keeps me warmer, when it's cold. It didn't come with a rear rack so I designed one and had it made out of stainless steel and I put a 45 Liter Givi box on it. I can now do grocery shopping with it.

This is a great scooter for city or rural traffic. Where I live, I have both kinds of traffic. It will carry two people.

This winter I had to put Startron additive into the ethanol gas. The engine is hard to start when the temp goes below 50 degrees. I switched over to non ethanol gasoline and the engine starts right up and holds an idle. I let the engine idle for 5 mins. to heat it up and it's ready to go. It has been a BIG improvement with the non ethanol gas for the cold weather.

Two years ago the distributor in Miami, FL went out of business by trying to run it on too few people and it went under. There is another distributor in Miami, FL (2010), but I don't think they stock all the parts for Daelim scooters. I think they have to order the parts for you.

There is another business that stocks parts (not plastics) for dealers only. I usually go thru Mr. Lee's Bike shop in JeJu Island, S. Korea for parts. He can get me ANY part I need and he sends it quickly when payment has been made.

When the US economy crashed a couple years back; Daelim stopped shipping scooters. The US Market dried up; which is understandable. I don't know when they will start shipping them again to the US. They started to ship some of their scooters to Canada again last year (2009).

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Mar 15, 2017
2005 Daelim Scooter-previous comment NEW
by: Anonymous

My apologies for my last comment my scooter is 100 cc not 150 cc.

Mar 15, 2017
Selling a 2005 150 cc Daelim Scooter NEW
by: Anonymous

I live in Myrtle Beach SC and been unable to drive my scooter for several years. My husband purchased this Scooter for me brand new and I have put very few miles on it and was wondering what they sell for now? Do you have any ideas or should I just take it to a Scooter Dealer? The bike looks like brand new except for the addition of a cut holder.

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Mar 11, 2013
Gas cap NEW
by: Anonymous

The gas cap is located on the left side of the handle bars. Insert the key into the lock and turn it to open the door. You will need the same key as the ignition. If you don't have the key, it will be best to order a new lock set for the ignition and gas cap.

Mar 10, 2013
2005 Daelim 125cc scooter question NEW
by: Jeanine

I inherited this scooter without a manual or a key, so I removed the ignition to bring it to a locksmith to get a key made. I know this may sound silly, but I have a question for all you scooter-heads.....I don't see where you put gas in this thing! Am I missing the obvious?

Nov 24, 2011
Parts for S2 125cc or 250cc NEW
by: Craig

If you need parts go to Mr Lee's Bike Shop in Je JU, So. Korea. You can contact him at

I had to replace my Variator, rollers and drive belt. I bought the whole variator kit. After 5 years the thing rusted and ruined the rollers and belt. After doing some research for parts, Mr Lee was the cheapest. $110 for everything including shipping. You can get parts, but it will take some time getting them.

Sep 02, 2011
daelim s2 250
by: Anonymous

I purchased one of these... I never knew a scooter had such quick pickup; this scooter can hang... trying to collect parts little by little from the dealer in Korea, but wow shipping is as much as buying the product... it can get expensive, but you have to keep up with maintenance. Also it's very good looking... I get lots of compliments on it.

Aug 30, 2011
by: steve

I have a 2006 s2 250 and I'm very impressed with the power. I never thought a scooter would have pickup like this. Where did you get your windshield? I've been searching but parts are scarce.

Jan 11, 2011
by: Kathi, Site Owner

Thanks for submitting this review, Craig. It's very comprehensive and informative. Sounds like a great bike; too bad they're not currently shipping them to the U.S.

Hope you keep on having fun with it for some time to come...

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