YAMAHA RIVA 80 / BELUGA - OWNER REVIEWS
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Review: “I have owned this scooter for three years now. I agree with everything in this article. This season I am actually hitting my limit for patience for this bike. I just replaced the voltage regulator and turn signal relay, $400 after all was said and done. It is fun to ride, but very sub-standard for the engine size.
The only plus, I think, to this scooter is that it is kind of a tank (mechanically speaking). It has lived outside for the last three winters, and kick-started on the first-fourth try every season. I would be very curious if anyone has found a way to ramp up power on this scooter. Sad to say, this may be this lil’ Yam’s last season in my ownership”
1982 YAMAHA (HERCULES) CV80
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 Miles
Review: ”I just won an eBay bidding and am now proud owner of a CV80 which has been modified in 1985 for insurance reasons.
It now has 81 ccm and runs great at a top speed of 70 km/h. Of course it could have more power, but considering its age of 32 years it's still fun to drive.”
1986 YAMAHA RIVA 80
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Milage, Handling, Design
Dislikes: Electrical system
Review: ”I have owned this bike for a while, used it back and forth to work every day (about 60km roundtrip) and I love it. Like the article says, the electrical system is a little wonkey, but it is countered if your willing to do a little re-wiring: Run the headlights directly off the alternator, and the signal, and break lights off the battery. There’s no solution for the electric start, but one or two kicks and she's off and running. I would definitely recommend this for a first bike/scooter.“
1987 YAMAHA RIVA 80
Milage: 0 - 1000 Miles
Likes: Classic angles, Good riding position
Dislikes: Six volt system
Review: ”Got this one-owner red Beluga with 500 miles in about mid-2009. I guess the woman who had owned it married a Harley dude in '88 and he got her on a junior v-twin, and she just quit using the scoot. Now mine, it is pretty mint, and all it needed was a replacement seat cover, which I found on ebay--some canadian makes 'em in black nauga. The fit was perfect!.
This scoot tops out with me (230 pounds) at around 43 MPH, but I like it running at around 33-35. The front forks are excellent--way better ride and handling than Honda's stuff of the time, which had some weird multi-link that "dipped" around on turns and bumps. The Riva 80, Beluga, or CV-80 as you wish, has more of a true motorcycle feel. Passenger room is limited. Kick start is the greatest, and thankfully so. The electric start is too consumptive for the battery, which is the size of a kiwi fruit. Drum brakes are only "OK" compared to modern scooters with discs.
I'm getting about 70-75 MPG, but I only run it to my neighborhood coffee shop, post office, etc. I lucked out - $600 on the buy side with both mirrors, a state issued original title and a cool rear factory rack, and today I wouldn't let it go for under a grand. The 80's vibe seems to be kind of a chick magnet, but maybe it's just my thinning hairline.”
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