YAMAHA MORPHOUS (CP250) - OWNER REVIEWS



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2006 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: It does all it's supposed to do flawlessly
Dislikes:
Everyone expects too much from this scooter.

Review: Maybe it's human nature to always look for the negative or complain about what something doesn't do. It is those over optimistic expectations seem to be the foundation of most motorcycle journalists.

From the reviews I've read, you would think: “If Yamaha could get their act together this could have been a good scoot.” It's my opinion that Yamaha has got their act together and has probably built one of the best scooters in history, yet only history can prove this. Time will show that the Morphous does exactly what it is supposed to do.

It is a scooter! It's not trying to be fast, just fast enough to keep you out of trouble. I imagine that Yamaha certainly has the capability to build a screaming 250cc DOHC motor, but I doubt it would return near 70 mpg. It's not a canyon carver. The scooters of the world are here to take you from point A to B in comfort. The Morphous accomplishes this very well with remarkable stability and only a few jarring bumps as a result of our poor roads, not the fault of the scoot.

Storage is huge when compared to the tiny compartments found on medium to large wheeled scoots. It's only small by comparison to 400cc and larger scooters. But remember it is not a 400cc or larger scooter it's a 250cc. I would bet that with it's under stressed fuel injected water cooled DOHC engine and the quality of it's build, you will find future examples of Morphous' with many many thousands of trouble free miles. It quite simply does what it was intended to do flawlessly.



2006 YAMAHA MORPHOUS (VIOLET)
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Beautiful, eye-catcher. Good touring highway bike for freeways or smooth-paved curvy backroads. Cruises between 66-72 MPG comfortably up to 200 miles/3 hours. 65 MPG with custom windshield. Optional 2nd rider or a plastic milk carton can attach for extra back seat storage (also attaches to chrome rails with bungie cords). Can add a front pillow for driver with bungie cords. Handles easy - like a bicycle. Curbs well! You can put both feet on the ground on lower or upper foot position. Easy rider style! Has a trunk and glovebox!

Dislikes:
Only 5” off the ground, so watch out for potholes. Don’t go off-road! Uncomfortable for long riders greater than 3 hours.

Review: Best bike I have owned to date. Low maintenance: Only spark plug, oil and air filter replaced over 12,000 mies. Better than my Harley or 750cc Triumph. Great on gas and curvy highways. Powerful, goes fast up to 95mph! Turbo take-off, so hang on tight or it will leave you behind when you hit the gas as its full fuel injected, turbo-auto belt drive. No gears to shift!”


2006 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Reliability and styling
Dislikes:
Helmet storage is inadequate

Review:
Bought used with about 6000 miles and over the last 18 months I have put about 2700 additional miles with absolutely no reliability or maintenance issues. Used it two winters in Florida and it was great tooling around the country roads with both my wife and I on board. Typical mileage is in the 60mpg range. Moves away from lights in city traffic keeping well ahead of cars. I now have the scooter up for sale since we have moved to the Missouri Ozarks as riding the hills with both my wife and I on board is a little slow. One is no problem but both doesn't have much spare power going up some of the hills. Has been great in metro commuting. Great Yamaha quality and reliability.”


2006 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Comfortable , great mpg, stability at speed, quality is great, reliable, low center of gravity. The style is a head turner!
Dislikes:
Stock wind screen is useless. Aftermarket windshield is a must! Needs a cruise control and adjustable rear shocks.

Review:
We have had lots of bikes and scooters over the years and the Morphous is by far the best scooter we've found! We liked it so much we bought another 2006 Morphous. This scooter is still in production in Japan as the "Maxam" so parts are available but we have yet to need any :-)

It is very comfortable, so distance riding is no problem. My wife commutes on hers to work and feels very comfortable and safe. The only thing she requested after installing the large windshield was a cup holder. We also own a large touring bike and have found that it is getting little use since we bought the two Morphous. It's not a speed machine from light to light but will do max limited 80mph when needed. Cruises at 55-70 with ease.”



2006 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Just about everything.
Dislikes:
Windscreen, would love a 400-500 cc engine

Review:
Bought this scooter with 986 miles on it. It has 4050 on now after 3 years. My fat boy sits slots. This scooter is so easy to maneuver in & out of garage or cellar. It hauls two up and easily gets 60-65 mpg while looking great. Any time it’s at a biker bar, it gets center stage.”


2006 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Style, smoothness
Dislikes:
Lack of power

Review:
The smoothest and most stable bike I've ever ridden. It was like a caddy on the highway. Unfortunately, it was terrible in mountainous areas. I would get down to 25MPH on very steep hills with the throttle pegged. It was just very under powered. My brother bought one 6 months after I did and it was just as under powered and they were still fun.

The Helix’s I owned were much peppier and lighter to ride around town and handled hills and passengers noticeably better. If you have a 110 lb girlfriend on the back and ride on anything but flat pavement, you will feel the bike struggle to get up to speed. Everything else was great. I’d buy another if it was cheap enough or if I lived in the flats.”


2007 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Everything
Dislikes:
Almost none

Review:
I bought my Morphous from Florida with 31000 miles. I drove it for about 200 miles the day I picked it up. I could not believe how perfectly designed it is: almost no vibration, low center of gravity, and the seat height is only 25". When I arrived home, almost 800 miles later, I could not wait to take everything apart and examine every maintainable part. The variator was clean and all rollers were almost in perfect condition. The previous owner must have taken good care of it. He even told me that the scooter started right away after sitting for almost 3 months.

One of the good things about these bikes is the amazing response to pick up speed. I stopped at many red lights and with very little effort, I was always way ahead of everyone. About maintenance I could not find a room for replacing any parts except the spark plug and the air filters. Not to forget changing the oil and oil filter. The entire cost of all the parts was only around $60.00. The bike came with extended windshield (18") which helped reduce air flow. Later on, I priced the extended windshield for about $150.00. These bikes are made very well, and I am glad I bought one.”



2007 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Everything
Dislikes:
Nothing

Review:
”I bought this bike used from a local guy who had health issues and it had sat for quite some time. It is a 2007 purchased in 2014 with less than 3000 miles and I now (6 weeks later) have ridden at least 2000 miles.

I am thrilled with the bike. This is undoubtedly the best motor vehicle I have ever owned, bar none. Before this the 1986 Honda Helix had that spot (I am not a car guy. Cars are tools for when you can’t ride a motorcycle). I have had a lot of bikes 500 to 800cc and ridden nearly any motorcycle you can name and that I could con someone into allowing me to scoot off with. This bike beats them all!
Around town it is easy and smooth. You can park it nearly anywhere. It is comfortable and powerful enough to keep up with traffic and outrun the average SUV with ease. It’s NOT a drag racer so don't expect that, but it is a 250. On the highway I got it up to 80 mph. That is more than enough and I prefer to ride at 45-60 any way. For these speeds there is literally nothing better! It is like riding an electric. It simply hums along and gets decent fuel economy - not stellar, just good.

Cargo room could be better...but I can live with it. It is still better than anything but the PC800 I had. Overall this is a wonderful bike. I’m sorry they are not importing them any more, but the
Majesty is its big brother and I have heard great things about them, so IF I ever decide that it needs a friend (I will not be selling this...ever) I will look for either another morph or a Majesty. PERFECT bike Yamaha. You converted a Honda guy!

UPDATE 1 @ 10-20K MILES
“Still no dislikes. It has been a really great motorcycle. Two up it is a little crowded but we are both large people. Even so it will still roll along at 60-65 with no trouble.

In solo mode it is about as good as it gets for me. The long wheelbase makes it stable enough that nothing seems to give it problems. Side winds are not an issue at all.

Speed is decent and while it is not a drag racer, it accelerates fast enough. Top speed is about 80 mph with me on top and a 7 Jurock windshield replacing the admittedly cool, but useless OEM screen. Economy runs from the mid 50's to low 60's, giving a practical 150-180 miles between fill ups. This is really a lot better than it sounds because you REALLY want to get off and stretch every couple of hours.

For ME the seat is perfect. In fact this scooter could have been designed specifically for me. Will you like one? I’m not really sure. I don’t think it could be better, but then again every body wants something different.

Wanting any bike to be different than it is leads to custom and performance modifications. But in this instance, the whole vibe is just so right that changing anything would ruin the bike.
Knocking the Morphous down because it isn’t a faster bike or better handling bike is like criticizing it for its failure as a skateboard. The Morphous is comfortable to ride ,reliable, and smooth. I don’t know if you could improve on it.”


UPDATE 2 @ 23K MILES
I have owned the Morphous for 20 months now and it has about 23000 miles on it. For me, it is perfect. I have taken trips of 300 to 2000 miles. Longest day in the saddle...814 miles. But several of 400-500, I added a memory foam seat pad and a "bikers friend" luggage roll that duress on the only AFTER MARKET cargo rack out there. ( ¥38,000! Or $300) But it is really a good one. The trunk is smallish, but there are two of them and a glove compartment. I carry a bag in the bikers friend, another on the seat, and if necessary, another on the hump in front of the seat. As well as using the underseat trunk. Cargo room is adequate.
This thing still simply hums along. It is smooth and a really great bike.

My only complaint is the rev.limiter. um Yamaha...couldn't you design it do that it hits the top and just didn't go faster? Instead, the jokers at Yamaha made it cut the ignition! I was passing a semi on I-80 with a Silverado pushing me along, when the engine simply quit! I freaking near crapped myself! But it cut back in, then did it again!
I finally figured out what was happening, (im slow that way) and didn't the rest of that 396 miles cursing the Yamaha engineers that came up with that idea. Very funny guys! Very funny! But if you keep it south of 80 mph indicated, you should have no problem. The speedometer is a little optimistic, reading 5-8 mph faster than reality. Which can be ok.

Overall, this is a hidden gem. Smooth, comfortable, easy to use. Yeah, it isn't a tiny 50cc screamer. And no it isn't a drag bike. What it is, I'd a great all around vehicle for every day driving. I would not hesitate to hop on with a few hundred dollars in my pocket for expenses and head off on an adventure! My last trip of about 1900 miles (the 814 mile day, plus two more 450, and 525 miles) cost me less than $80 in gas costs. It much prefers premium gas, but will run on 10% ethanol regular (87 octane) well enough. At a cost of some fuel economy. Around town, 60 mpg. 70+mph days...50-mpg.

Parts are fairly easy to get. But do need to be purchased from Webike Japan...But that is not a horrific problem. The engine is identical to the Majesty 250 and can be swapped. But I don't think I will. Even though I'm also buying a Majesty. I have put three sets of tires on it since I bought it. But I ride a lot! Wonderful bike. I can't give it enough praise! Reliable, comfortable, just a great all around scooter.”



2007 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: Nicely engineered - well thought out
Dislikes:
n/a

Review:
Bought used in 2007 when gas reached $4. First bike, had to get a license. Now have an 1100 Honda ACE Tourer and V-rod as well. Still enjoy riding the Morphous to work. Great cycle for 8 years now and still purring.

My full face HJC helmet fits fine under the seat - have to position it with the shield up and facing the back. Did add a Jurock windshield. As long as I'm able to ride, I'll keep and ride this bike.”



2007 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Love the comfort and the fuel injection
Dislikes:
Useless windshield, and rear trunk lid that opens 'up' prevents adding a luggage rack or box.

Review:
First I should preface this review by saying that I currently own a 2007 Morphous while still owning a motorcycle and my 7th Honda Helix. I bought my first Helix new in 1986 and can't bear to be without one. The newest I've owned was a 2005 model. The one I have now is a 1987, of which my adult son has become the caretaker. When I sell one it's usually because someone has made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

Now, the Yamaha: This will be a comparison to the Helix. Style..fresher than the Helix. Windshield..what windshield? Fuel delivery..fuel injection gives the Morphous a big jump over the Helix. And with ethanol gas Morphous owners aren't nearly as vulnerable to clogged delivery routes. I traveled 500 miles on January 1st, 2014 to buy my 2007 Morphous with only 34 miles on the bike. When I got it home I soon discovered that the gas tank was rusted from the inside and was beyond repair. If you ever need to replace the tank beware. It seems that Yamaha placed the tank in a fixture and built the Morphous around it. Nearly the entire bike had to be disassembled to change the gas tank. While there we installed a new fuel pump as well.

I like the larger wheels on the Morphous; 13" front and rear compared to 12" front, 10" rear on the helix. The 10" rear on the helix allows for a larger rear trunk which opens with the lid flopping downward not upward as on the Morphous. One can not install a luggage rack and retain use the trunk on the Yamaha. Bad oversight on the part of Yamaha. The oversized windshield available for the Morphous must be notched on both sides to clear the handlebars on tight turns. I beat this by installing a handlebar mounted windshield designed for a snow mobile or four wheel ATV. It works great and looks sharp.

The gauges on the Morphous are hard to see in sunlight as the glare on the screen is bad. The chrome handlebar cover also gives off a blinding glare. On the Morphous the gas cap is hard to reinstall if the rider has large hands. It's always a contest for me as the cap sits in a small well. The bike accelerates strongly from a stop but falls a little flat in the mid range. At higher RPMs it again runs strong. I weigh 225 pounds and the bike doesn't mind nearly as much as my wife. The seat is comfortable but not as nice as the one on a Helix. Had the Honda Helix continued to evolve it likely would have evolved into a Morphous. I give the Helix the edge on comfort. The looks go to the Morphous. The handling and ride to the Yamaha as well. And fuel injection! Yamaha wins the match. But I still love the Helix.”



2007 YAMAHA MORPHOUS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Unique, sleek, elegant design, top notch fit/finish, fun engine! Smooth reliable thumper! Low fuel warning odometer
Dislikes:
Electrical capacity low, few tire options, driver seat back needs better adjustment range.

Review:
Purchased my first two wheeled vehicle at age 53, a 2007 Morphous with 2100 original miles from the son of the owner who passed away. I'd say I got a great deal for the $1100 cash I payed for it.

I added a Cee-Bailey tall windshield and a custom fabricated rear rack with black top box with LED lights. I had to remove the pair of 80 watt running lamps that were drawing 8 amps as that is more than the stator on this scoot can handle. Be very cautious about adding electricals to this model.

This is now my daily driver rain or shine and after my first thousand miles, I could nor imagine a better scooter for a new rider who still wants enough power to hit the highway occasionally. So much fun and its stability at speed is confidence inspiring in a very sane way. At slow speed it is a bit heavy with a wide turning radius, but this is balanced to a degree by its very low center of gravity.

I do not see myself ever selling this scooter. If I ever part with it, I'll likely give it away to someone who will enjoy it more if I ever get to that point. I am 5'9" with a 30" inseam. Scooter is very comfortable for rides under 2 hours. After that point, I start to wish that the small driver backrest was about 2 inches farther back. For riders 5'8" and under I'd say perfect fit. 5'8"-5'10" you may be borderline cramped on longer rides. Unfortunately removing the small backrest leaves the seat unsupported, as the shape of the seat would be perfect for me without it. Most of those over 5'10" would need a custom seat for comfort on long rides.

I love the low fuel warning trip odometer. Every car and bike should have one. As soon as the fuel gauge hits last two "bars" and starts flashing, the odometer display switches to the "F trip" trip odometer which starts counting up from zero, displaying mileage since warning went off. My guestimate is that one has about 45-60 mile range once this happens, but I'll have to test that with a fuel can onboard soon.
Getting between 50-58mpg as a new rider with a shit eating grin being aggressive on the throttle. It may just be a 250cc scoot but it is still a ton of fun.”


- Genesis P. Orridge


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