The new Yamaha Zuma 125 is fuel injected--a real plus on cold mornings. Acceleration is adequate, but motorcycle riders might find acceleration and speed of such a small scooter a bit disappointing. The ride is fine. Storage space is adequate.
Turning radius is very tight, so the scooter is ideal for navigating through tight places. All in all, a very good value.
My Yamaha Zuma review: The Zuma has been great. I've owned it a little less than a year and have 4800 miles on it. I have gone 42 mph on it but average about 38 mph. I ride it all winter too... just on dry road days and I have drove it at 18 degrees in the morning.
Runs great... just keep the tank filled with gas. I prefer premium and I run quicksilver marine 2 stroke oil and marvel oil as an additive... I think it's better to run it all year as long and you wear the proper clothing and gloves. Windchills can break records on a scooter in the winter.
Change the spark plug often and I kick start it mostly... it starts easier and doesn't foul the plug as much... I have heard of a Zuma going 49,000 miles without a rebuild... cool.
I like the sporty look of my Yamaha BWS Zuma scooter, the bug eye headlights,the underseat storage, the Givi trunk I added. I like that I bought mine used for $1600. It had 1600 kms on it and in two months I doubled that.
The scooter is now in storage for the winter and I really miss riding it. I love how practical it is and how cheap it is to run and insure. I like the comments I get from people about it.
I wish it had more power, particularly for hills where it seems to slow down a bit. I used to have a Honda Elite 250 - never had an issue with hills, but the scooter was ugly as sin.
I also wish the seat was flatter and the floor boards a little roomier. Minor quibbles.
I've thought about moving up to a Vino 125, but I don't like where the gas cap is located.A Vespa would be nice but they are overpriced.
I live in Newfoundland so the selection is quite limited - we don't have Buddy's or Kymco's here. What I'd really like is a Stella!!
A battery tender like the Battery Tender Jr. can make all the difference in whether your scooter will start right up each spring, after being stored for months.
Just about every scooter owner needs to have a battery tender, sometimes called a trickle charger. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can ride all year long, chances are your scooter will be put on ice, figuratively-speaking, for at least a couple months every winter.
One of the key steps in winterizing a scooter is to protect your battery from draining during its "rest" period. This can – and will – happen if you leave your battery sitting untended in your cold scooter over the winter, even if it's in a garage or shed.
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