YAMAHA VINO 125 (YJ125) - OWNER REVIEWS



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2004 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 miles
Likes: Great handling, Decent MPG, Very reliable
Dislikes:
Muffler likes to fall off, Small gas tank

Review: Great scooter for the price, 22,300+ miles and has never broke down. Needed one carb cleaning at 17,000. CVT Belt broke at 20,000 miles (the manual recommends changing it at 12,000 miles). With the right tires like some Michelin S83 or Kenda K413, the scoot has great handling in turns.

All stock the scoot will do 50~55 mph, 60+ if the wind was right and the bike well warmed up. I get 66 mpg at wide open throttle (55 mph) and closer to 80 mpg if I keep my speed at 45 mph. The one complaint I have is with the exhaust mount bolts, they vibrate loose but some blue loctite will fix it.”

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2004 YAMAHA VINO 125

Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 miles
Likes: Size, One passenger seat, Able to carry a passenger, Lots of storage under seat. Never breaks down, Super reliable.
Dislikes:
After 10 yrs the seat has gotten a lil too soft

Review: I've owned this scoot for 11 yrs. It still starts quickly and runs great. Top speed GPS is 55 mph on a flat road. I drive normally at 50 mph with long stretches pegged. She runs and never complains. Just recently replaced the tires and front brakes at 9300 mi. I use Mobil 1 on it. Great scoot for around town. Keeps up with fast moving traffic. Not freeway legal so no interstate travel is possible. Sometimes I ride it for about 100 miles. My wife lover to ride it. We travel two up many times but it is not comfortable enough with 2 passenger to go 100 miles.”


2006 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Easy to manage, fun to ride, great gas mileage, comfortable, peppy
Dislikes:
Removing the panels for service access, small fuel tank, no parking brake like the majesty, no trip odometer

Review:I read many reviews before purchasing the Vino 125 and expected less than what I had acquired. I have ridden motorcycles for years, but wanted to try a scooter now that fuel has risen to near $4 per gallon. My riding career has included everything from Sport bikes (600RR), light weight cruisers to heavy weight cruisers, hotrods like the 600 turbo, and even large road bikes such as the XVZ12 venture which is sitting in my garage right now.

I admit I did own a scooter prior to this one, I owned the Majesty 400. I find scooters to be a completely different breed of cycle. Since they use a CVT transmission for their power, the operator must remember there is spool up with every use of acceleration. And as is common with CVT transmissions there is over driving while going down hill. The trick is learning when to notice the down hill speed increase and compensate for that will acceleration which will give you constant speed up hills (kinda like a diesel truck or car).

The Vino 125 is no sport bike by any means, and I would not consider it for two up riding as weight vastly effects its performance. The handle bars are narrow and I might change mine for that reason, but they are not awkward enough to warrant that at this point. The Vino 125 spools up quickly to 35-30 mph and climbs from that point. I live in a hilly neighborhood and can easily climb my hills at 40 - 45 mph constant speed. On the 4 lane, my top end is about 62 mph (I weigh 180 so judge accordingly). Consistently my uphill speed is between 50 - 55 mph, depending on how well I am paying attention and keeping the CVT spooled up. There is some room for the driver to move around on the seat and room to change foot position on the floor board.

The Vino 125 is a small, light bike so rapid body movements effect handling and balance more than a heavier motorcycle. The handling is more on the line of a light weight cruiser Vstar 650 custom (pushes slightly to the outside), but not like the majesty, which handles like a sport bike. Handling is very responsive but not canyon carving.

This scooter rides smooth, very smooth, much smoother than a Vstar, but not as smooth as the Majesty. Bumps and dips in the road are felt but not disturbing (a little bouncy). I think a bigger rear shock could smooth out the bumps as you don't feel them in the steering, and your arms don't get tired as if you are fighting the front end to compensate for shock dampening. I have not found this scooter has a tendency to track with road groves, as some motorcycles do. It’s easy to balance this scooter at a stop sign and not put you feet down at a full stop (something which is impossible with the majesty and many other motorcycles). The Vino 125 seems to stand in the road, balanced for several seconds after stopping. The rear brake is mechanical, but seems to be adequate for the top speed. You will need both brakes to bring the speed down from 60 mph. It’s not a panic stop by any means, but the front brake alone is not up to the job, you just don't have enough surface area because of the small wheels.

I wish the Vino 125 had a larger gas tank, as my commute is 32 miles one way and I have to fill up each day. I know the fuel tank size is to save weight but an extra 1/2 gallon would have added another 40 - 50 miles cruising range and moved me into every other day. I might work on an extender for the fuel tank.

For bopping about town or commuting to work, this little jewel can not be beat. It’s simple, light, easy to manage, and under the seat storage holds a wash bucket full of stuff. You will find the Vino 125 to be a companion you choose over the motorcycle because of its simplicity and ease of use. Without a clutch to work, you have a hand and foot free to work with. On a motorcycle, you don't have this connivence. I would suggest getting a windshield unless you like wearing a full face helmet all the time (I don't).

If you are on the fence about a scooter, get off, this scooter will please you more than you can imagine. You will find yourself choosing it over your motorcycle many times. It’s simply a hoot to ride.”


2006 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Tons of storage
Dislikes:
None

Review:I love, love, love my scooter. I use it to buzz around town, to work, etc. I've had it for only two years but hope to keep it around for many more!”


2006 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 miles
Likes: Reliability, ease of maintenance, fun factor, inexpensive to buy, fix, insure.
Dislikes:
Small wheels can lower confidence above 40mph

Review: I’m on my second Vino 125. I bought the first one (and second one) with a big scratch on it but I got a FANTASTIC deal considering it had 780 miles. I rode it throughout my 2 years in community college then sold it to my father cheap so it stayed in the family. I went off to a 4 year, came back and bought a 2nd Vino 125 with 11,000 miles, all Vino’s were sold around $1000. Since then I learned how to do oil changes, spark plug, adjust valves, brake pads and fluid, and filters and I had to replace one $40 battery. None of them take more than 30 minutes MAX and I've never had to actually adjust the valves because they stayed in tolerance.

6,4-- miles myself and counting between the two and no failures or hiccups. Kickstarter is a welcome feature! I average around 60 mpg real world”



2006 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 miles
Likes: Reliability
Dislikes:
None

Review: My Vino has been pretty flawless as far as breakdown or parts wearing out. I am having some problems recently at about 18K miles with the starter & parts and clutch parts and belt, but thats all other than wear and tear items such as tires and front brake pads.”


2006 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Handles great, Easy to work on
Dislikes:
Small gas tank

Review: I've had 4 Vino’s I like these bikes they handle great lots of power to get around the city and they have the only engine that can take my abuse and keep on going one of my Vino’s was totalled in 2014 I hit the side of a Mazda tribute and the bike took 99% of the hit I walked away from the accident with some minor scrapes and bruises.

I started looking for another Vino 125 right away after the accident and found a 2004 Vino 125 that had 9300kms on it at the time I bought it. The one that got into the accident just turned 16000kms when it got hit.

These Vino’s are great I would like to see them come back with a Zuma 125 engine or the original engine they had in them but with fuel injection.

There great for everyday riding and they never complain not even in the cold. “



2006 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Easy maintenance for wear items other than tires, great mileage and handling.
Dislikes:
Lack of places near me that can provide service or parts

Review: Changing back and forth between the Vino and my '03 Harley bagger was a bit of a come down at first but I have grown to love the Vino for short trips in and around our campground or from our camper into town to pick up groceries, hardware or whatever.

The large under seat storage compartment and the rack on the back with a milk crate and some bungee cords, makes carrying smaller items easy. We have about 5 miles of open country to get to town and the Vino handles 55 MPH without complaint. Even riding 2 up with my wife on the back (about 240 pounds total weight) it can still do 45 MPH easily and climb the several steep hills in our area, albeit a little slower than with just me on the scooter.

As others have said, the windshield is an absolute must, just from the standpoint of keeping insects or other debris from vehicles ahead of you from hitting you in the face or chest. I'm going to look into getting one of those receiver hitch platforms for the hitch on my SUV so we can take the scooter with us on vacations or other trips more easily than loading my Harley onto a trailer and hauling it behind the car.”



2007 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Styling, Economy, Reliability
Dislikes:
10” wheels, A little underpowered

Review:The motorscooterguide.net review was well written and fair but I'll add a couple more points. Compared to it's competitors, the Vino 125 is very reliable. An exhaust bolt problem afflicts a small number of these machines though. There are kits available for those who need more power. Windshields increase top speed. The engine doesn't fully break in for a few thousand miles. I get about 90 mpg with a top end of 60, but I slow way down going up steep hills.”

- Hank



2007 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 miles
Likes: Easy to handle, super reliable, 85 - 90 mpg (actually calculated many times), max top speed for me 67mph - flat with no wind 55+ mph
Dislikes:
Small wheels, wear out rear tire fast as quick as 5K miles

Review: I've owned 3 different Yamaha Vino 125 scooters. The first was an '03 then an '07 that I put 13,000 miles on then another '07 I recently bought used with 3K miles. If you shop carefully you can pick these up for about $1,000 used with less than 5K miles. No need to pay more. My '03 had the muffler bracket bolt vibrate out so I replaced it with one I bought at Autozone and used Loctite to keep it in. From then I checked torque on them regularly and never lost another one.

The bike is super reliable, I've never had one fail on me with nearly 20,000 miles of total use. My friend and I rode our Vino 125's from Greenville, SC to Atlanta, GA on backroads and other than getting beat up riding all day with the normal vibration, wind and driving streets the Vino's were great. We covered 220 miles down then shortened our route back to just under 200.

A Yamaha factory windshield is a must, it increases your speed and keeps wind and bugs off your chest. Without it you are like a giant tea cup collecting wind riding down the road. Don't get an aftermarket windshield, get the high quality Yamaha version - they are about $100.

I'm 200 lbs and do go through rear tires about every 5K miles.

Don't forget there is a good Vino 125 users group on Google:
http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Vino125/info

Bottom line I love my Vino 125 and use it whenever I can to avoid taking the car. It is quality built, super reliable and a blast to ride on any road except the interstate.”



2007 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Incredible engine, Vintage looks, Powerful brakes
Dislikes:
Small gas tank

Review: I've read a lot of Internet reviews on the Vino 125. I've seen comments on the engine like low-tech, sluggish, and slow. I could not disagree more. In fact, I've owned 20+ scooters in the past 10 years and the engine on the Vino 125 really stands out. It's got a certain "magic" that I can't quite put my finger on. The engine breathes deeply and has a smooth, clean power band through the entire rev range. The sound and feel of the engine exudes a solid quality that most of my other bikes lack.

I love this bike. I'm hoping that Yamaha brings back the Vino 125 to the US market...I'd buy one immediately!”



2007 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Great around town, 55+ top speed, storage
Dislikes:
Wouldn't mind a 2 gallon gas tank just to extent the awesomeness

Review: Great Scooter!!! Runs great. Cheap to own. Cheap to operate. You can ride two-up for some cheap weekend entertainment with the GF. I ride 5 miles to work and come home for lunch so I total 20 miles per day on this and I love every moment of it. Cutting through traffic to save time is a great help while spending very little in gas each week. It's great to just pay your insurance off yearly because it's so cheap and my deductibles are $100.

LOVE, LOVE, this scooter. I may invest in the Yamaha windshield soon as I have seen the benefit.”



2007 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Fun, cheap to gas up, cheap to insure, great for summertime riding
Dislikes:
-

Review: This is my second Yamaha Vino 125, my first being one I rode for 2 years in Hong Kong, I fell in love with it then, and even with a brand new car to drive, this scooter holds my heart and I haven't driven the car for over a week since I got the scooter a couple weeks ago. It picks up easily, super good bike for commutes around the city and shorter hops on the freeway. The one I have is newer than my old one, but the gas tank is definitely smaller because it runs out of gas a lot faster than my old one did, but filling the tank costs me an average of $2.50 Canadian, and I'm averaging around 70-80 kms per fill up. Not too bad if you compare my car's mileage. The scooter kills it, hands down.

Anyways, I know that I will eventually need to get a larger cc scooter like a vespa to have a woman riding on the back because the Vino works but it’s simply a bit small and doesn't have enough pep unless she's a tiny mama. Hahaha. Otherwise, I love this scooter.”



2007 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Looks uber-cool and retro, sounds nice, runs sweet, starts easy
Dislikes:
Petrol tank should be twice the size (only gets about 130km per tank), shortage of after market accessories.

Review: Helped my son, the young MOD, pick this out and scored it for a good price. He'd really like a Vespa or Lambretta but neither of us are wealthy and on top of that, I explained to him, you don't wanna have too much cash tied up in your first bike because you WILL drop it. Indeed he has, twice, at low speed in wet and low-vis conditions. Despite it's shrouding being all Fibreglass/plastic it stood up to those minor spills very well.

It's a very stylish retro looking bike. The engine is a lot more accessible than other scooters I’ve had anything to do with as far as oil changes and spark plug changes, though you will need the proper plug wrench as none of mine fit in the hole to get to the hex bit of the plug. It came with owners manual and "user guide" I guess you'd call it which has all the specs you need to know and handy trouble shooting tips. AFAIK this can still be downloaded from the 'net.

The worst thing he finds is the small gas tank - only a tad over 4.5 litres - about 130 odd km around town and the short stretch of VERY UPHILL highway he travels to college each day. The mirrors are a bit daft - look nice but not very practical, and there doesn't seem to be much around in the way of accessories, which for a retro bike, targeted at that market seems odd. I’d expect padded back-rests, front parcel racks, crash bars, etc. etc., you know Mod stuff that's Gear and Fab.

Overall a darn good bike. I reckon it'd be happy to sit on 70/75kph all day on the flat and doesn't drop too much for the hills unless they're quite long and steep. Stopping? Yes it sure does and sharpish too. Outta the box it's only fault is the tiny tank, but were it mine I'd be looking first of all into a free-er flowing muffler and jetting up the carb - that'd go a long way to taming those hills. I think the carb's a keihin - you know the ones, every late 60's Honda had one as stock, so Jets or replacement bits 'n' bobs should be a doddle to get hold of. I'm waffling now so I'll end with Great scoot: very cool.”



2009 YAMAHA “VINO BEANO SCOOTIE” 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Storage under seat, MPG, MPH
Dislikes:
Small fuel tank but it gets the ride done

Review: “My wife bought this for her enjoyment. We had 2 Honda Elite 50's when were first married and could not wear them out. We owned them for 10 years and when we finally sold them she was unhappy as she misses riding in the country side. I have a Burgman 400 which is my baby, she can ride with us as soon as spring gets here in Indiana. We put a top box on hers. And no issues with fueling up, Raise the seat insert the nozzle and fill her up.

The style of the Vino's are just awesome. It looks like a Vespa. Top speed is around 55 mph and mpg is around 80. So far she loves it. Nice chrome, speedo and fuel gage. What more would you want in a 125 cc scooter? It was used when we bought it. It has a windscreen too.”



2009 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Reliability, Gas Economy, Looks, Speed
Dislikes:
Small Storage Space

Review: This scooter is extremely reliable and has been a fantastic purchase. One time I had to move my scooter after a random huge snowstorm and it was literally buried in 5 feet of snow. I shovelled it out, put the key in and kick-started it and it turned on! Amazing! I thought I was going to have to push it because it would be too cold but nope it started right up. I ride it every day (except the winter) to class and practice, usually with another rider with me and I pay approximately $8 a month in gas. I highly recommend this scooter to anyone considering a 50-150cc model of any kind.

A word to the wise about the Chinese models: Don't be enticed by their low price. I've had friends who drop $800-900 for one and they break and you cant order parts or scrap them so it just becomes a total loss. Go on craigslist and be patient. Find as lightly used ($2,000+) model as you can and take care of it. That's how you get the best deal on these things. I'm expecting to have net costs for this scooter of less than $500 for 4 years of use after resale, which is much better than getting a cheap Chinese model and having to pitch it after 2 years.”



2009 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Everything, almost....
Dislikes:
Hills!

Review: I love this little gem! I bought her used this past summer (2016) as my re-entry into the world of two-wheel adventure. The only reason for my purchasing this Scoot was just to have some fun. I live in a very small town in British Columbia Canada, and we are fortunate to have some of the most ideal cruising back-roads anywhere in the world. This little Scoot takes me anywhere that I want to go, although it doesn't do so well on some of the hills. With my 220 lbs on her back, I have gone up as far as 95+ km/hr on a flat stretch of highway. Yes! 95+. So with that kind of response I'm not going to complain too much.

Note to Yamaha: Please make the next series a little bigger (or give it more torque) to help out a little bit on the hills. Not everyone is 130 lbs, but everyone DOES want to have fun!”



2009 YAMAHA VINO 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Great MPG @ 84 average, Will do 55 mph with 200 lbs rider on level ground verified by GPS
Dislikes:
Too “cute” - women love it.

Review: Wife bought it from a coworker for $1300 with 840miles and pristine condition. She doesn’t ride it, I do. I have an adventure motorcycle but for quick trips to the market or store I grab the Vino. Turn the key hit the starter twist and go. Couldn’t be easier. It’s a shame Americans can’t embrace scooters. I know lots of folks that would ride one if it wasn’t for their buds.”

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