YAMAHA ZUMA 50 / BWs 50 - OWNER REVIEWS



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1989 YAMAHA ZUMA
Yamaha-Zuma-50-1989

Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: It’s totally kickass, fast and lightweight
Dislikes: No 2 seater or cup holder

Review: Yes I purchased my scooter for dirt cheap. But it doesn't get the super 120+mpg, it gets about 60. It has the one seater only. I like the single seater most of the time.


1990 YAMAHA ZUMA CW50
Milage: +30,000 Miles
Likes: Simply the best!
Dislikes: None

Review: I bought my Zuma in 1995 when the counter, limited to just 9999 km had already done three turns. The engine had been fitted with a 62cc head which had, moreover, undergone bore oversize. The rear tire had been replaced by a ten-inches Mini Austin tire. (The father of the former owner owned a garage and bought this tire after his son had used three standard tires, mainly by making smoke, during the first three weeks of use of his scooter.) No question of taking a leaning turn with such a tire, but I've never had to worry about wear thereof.

Originally it was red, but it was repainted in Ford 1994 turquoise. Nobody had one this color.

The speedometer cable was broken, so I was a few years without knowing the speed at which I moved around or mileage that I have done. I think the total mileage of my scooter near 60,000 kilometres (yes 37,000 miles!). I used it to go to school, then to go to work, on asphalt, on gravel, in snow and even on ice (I'm from Quebec). It has never let me down. I've just had to perform routine maintenance to keep it in good condition. The engine begins to get tired, but I always use it regularly so this winter I will fit it with a new 70cc cylinder and head in the hope to ride it several more years.”



1999 YAMAHA CW 50 ZUMA
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: FUN... easy transportation. Good on side streets and off road.
Dislikes: Not enough power - Can not go fast enough for major streets. FORGET HIGHWAYS.

Review: I like it. It’s a lot fun to drive. Great for little trips to town.”


2003 YAMAHA ZUMA
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 Miles
Likes: Great reliability, dependability, performance
Dislikes: At 13,000 miles I just went to a shop - not happy with them

Review: Should be first choice for a scooter.”


2004 YAMAHA ZUMA
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 Miles
Likes: I love my zoom zoom Zuma
Dislikes: None

Review: I love riding the Zuma. Bought it from an impound lot. It was there for months taking the rain and sun, kicked it and started it the first time. I felt in love immediately. It always starts and after my experience with a Taotao I can't tell you how happy I am.

They are reliable and so fun to ride. Thank you Yamaha for making it strong and sturdy.I am grateful to have one.”



2005 YAMAHA ZUMA 50

Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Gas milage, looks, not needing a tag or insurance
Dislikes:
Lack of power but it is only a 50

Review:I have had my Zuma for about 2 months and I love it. It will do about 41 mph as long as I'm not going up hill. I have had many compliments on it and I ride it all over. I do get some dirty looks from people with big SUV's at the gas pumps when I fill it up with only $4. I plan to do a few mods soon but nothing much. It does everything I need it for and the black/black color looks great. GO Scooter GO.”


2005 YAMAHA ZUMA 49cc
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Rugged, Reliable, Economical, Inexpensive, No insurance or MC endorsement required in Florida.
Dislikes:
-

Review: I have two 2005 Yamaha Zuma 49cc scooters and would be hard pressed to part with them. Fuel economy is around 70-80mpg running mostly wide open throttle. Top speed down a steep hill is around 45mph. Both are stock except the dual headlight mod which effectively gives you twice the lighting over stock. On 55 mph roads I just move to the paved shoulder and let em pass and laugh when I catch em at the red light just up the road (ha ha ha you burned up all that high priced petro as you sped to the red light getting 10 mpg).

Off road trails are no problem. If you can walk down a trail, the Zuma can go there too. In-city commuting in 25-45mph speed zones is easy as pie and fun too!! You would be hard pressed to find a tougher scooter than this. I haver ridden over 6000 miles between the 2 scooters so I am somewhat qualified to review this scooter.”



2005 YAMAHA ZUMA 50
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Peppy reliable quiet low maintenance
Dislikes:
Cold weather starting

Review: Hard to fault the Zuma 50... the 2-stroke means good performance and low maintenance. Quality is top-notch. Plenty of storage room. Handling is great, mileage has been 62mpg overall, a quart of oil lasts about 650 miles. I love it.

Being in Minnesota, I will generally ride anytime it's over 35 degrees and the roads are clear. My Zuma does not like it below the high 40's tho, it is hard to start and keep running until warmed up. So I generally ride it mostly when it's 50+ out.

I wanted to keep this one stock so the only thing I've done is add a bag hook. Also considering a switch for the popular dual-light mod.”



2008 YAMAHA BWS 50
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Economy, Top speed, Fun to ride, Acceleration
Dislikes:
Seat comfort

Review:I have had my BWS (aka Zuma) in the USA since it was new. The 2008 model has a governor on the throttle, because of pollution standards (thanks California). With the governor removed, and an inexpensive high flow air filter and stock pipe, it will do 65 km/hr on level road - fairly good considering I am about 230lbs.

Fuel economy is OK for its size. It gets around 50-60mpg riding at full throttle most of the time. I would highly recommend this fun little 2 stroke scooter to anyone. It’s still fun to ride 4 years later. And in the summer and spring it is my daily commuter to work.”


2008 YAMAHA ZUMA
Milage: 1000 - 5000 Miles
Likes: Fast, fun, good looking scooter
Dislikes:
Two stroke vibration wears on you

Review:I recently got a heavily modified 2008 Zuma and I love it. It’s my first scooter, I can't believe I went so long without one. Whoever built it did a great job. The motor is now 83cc, with modified exhaust, variator, weights etc, not sure which brand parts are on it, but this thing screams. Acceleration is incredible, and it cruises around 55mph. Gas mileage isn't nearly as good as my friends Honda Metropolitan, but the zippiness of the Zuma is incomparable. I think most 125cc scoots would have a hard time keeping up.

I wish the previous owner gave me a list of mods so I knew what he did, but it’s the perfect combo. Only issue I had was when I first got it, it didn't like to idle very much. I leaned it out a tiny bit, now it idles great, but it doesn't seem to have quite as much pep. But its close enough, and I like to not have to worry about it dying at a light.

It definitely is much louder and vibrates your butt which gets tiring when you are riding far, but I guess there's always trade-offs.

Anyway, I love this thing and will keep it forever.”


2008 YAMAHA ZUMA 50 2-STROKE
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Everything!
Dislikes:
None!

Review: “Great choice for an urban daily rider with a maximum speed of 37-40mph. Great gas mileage of 123 mpg (but expect 90-110mpg if you are twisting full throttle all of the time). Rock-solid reliability. Dirt cheap parts, such as Athena V-belt ($15.95), Shinko tires ($28.99-$31.99) and EBC rear brake shoes ($16.99). Stable in all types of terrain, including heavy rain.

I ride all year round & every day in East Tennessee. (If the morning temperatures get within 2-3 degrees of the freezing point, then you should bring it inside or just blow a small electric fan heater into its right side for 10-15 minutes and it'll start up on first kick.)”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 50F
Yamaha-Zuma-50F-2012

Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Peppy (keeps up with traffic), 132 MPG!!
Dislikes:
Slow starts compared to the 2-stroke version

Review:The Zuma 50 F is a good choice for Beginners. It goes roughly 42 mph and I’m 6’0”, 190 lbs, so it gets around pretty good. I would highly recommend.”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 50
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: MPH, MPG
Dislikes:
Speedometer accuracy

Review:Still breaking it in but here we go...
- It really does get 130+ mpg
- I got 39.9 mph (Method used: GPS and averaging both directions of the same stretch.)
- It did very well with a passenger (Total passenger weight 350 lbs.)
- It handles great (after getting used to not having a tank between my legs like my sport bikes.)
- I put my full-face Shoei helmet underneath the seat every day.
In short, I really enjoy it. This is not a comparison to some other model”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 50
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Very reliable
Dislikes:
No dislikes

Review: ”I love my Zuma. It has been very good to me. I have only had to get one thing fixed on it. The speedometer cable, due to my own mistake of breaking it. I wish I had bought a 150cc instead of my 50cc. The scooter is pretty good up hills. Great on gas. 132 mph. But at the price of three grand, I should have went with a real bike. Instant gratification for ya. But all in all, I'm happy for now.”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 50F
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: MPG, Fit & Finish, Easy and fun to ride
Dislikes:
None

Review: ”I recently purchased my Zuma & am very pleased with its performance. I am 6'1" and 220 lbs. My scooter fits me fine - my knees are not up against the handlebars, so restricted turning is not an issue.

Prior to my purchase, I spent hours (nee' days) researching and comparing. Regardless of a scooter's abilities and state-of-the-art attributes, how it fits you, the rider, to my way of thinking, is paramount. I have no qualms about the performance of my Zuma. People may bristle about how the Zuma is now a 4 stroke machine, but accelerating quickly (with the old 2 stroke) isn't a concern of mine; I never have seen the point of fast take-offs. It's a 49cc scooter, not a F-16 Fighter Falcon.

The ride is always pleasant and this bike is very nimble - easy to handle. I haven't made any modifications to my bike and probably won't. At the most, I may add another brake light (i.e. Knight Rider LED). I highly recommend this scooter.”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 50

Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Love the way it handles.
Dislikes:
It won't restart for 1/2 hour to an hour when I take short rides at anything over 70 degrees.

Review: When it's cold outside it's a great bike. When the temperature goes beyond 70 degrees it won't restart after short trips.”


2012 YAMAHA BWS 50
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: 50km/l @ 60km/hr, Insurance
Dislikes:
No tool kit or shop manual for DIY’ers, Small rack and carrying capacity

Review: Overall, love it. But would like shop info on how to change out things like drive belts before going ahead and botching it. Still, no fears really. I would keep a better set of tires on hand. I ran home on a rear flat, a little slower but it made it 20 kilometres a slight squiggle at times. I am thinking of adding a small windshield for extra rain protection as add-on. I carried a lot of groceries and parts that I didn't want to use the 4X4 Guzzler for. Out here on gravel I wash the air filter and blow it out with air pressure every few weeks in summer. One crack started in left side panel, crazy-glued that and will reinforce with fibreglass later. Tail light is a bit of disassembly to get to but shouldn't need to often. So far, nothing I can't fix. Love the 4-stroke, one reason I bought it. The few times I tried to ride in cold weather it took a couple seconds to start, so I kept a small propane turbo torch along just in case. Never needed it, but handy for starting warm-up campfires in the bush at least. Maybe I'll make up a side stand to use on soft ground


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 50F
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Looks tough, starts very reliably, great cornering
Dislikes:
The fuel tank moved to the floorboards limits grocery shopping

Review: I've had motorcycles since the sixties. I lived for many years in Key West where scooters were primary transportation for most people. When I met my wife I was on my third scooter (one got stolen before I'd even got plates). I had a Honda Elite and she had a Yamaha Jog. It always annoyed me that her scooter was so much faster than mine -- 50 mph on a stock scooter.

We moved to Fort Lauderdale and our existing scooters were getting troublesome -- my Honda would take half an hour to start if I'd been out of town for a few days: so much for 2 strokes. We downsized to a condo in Hollywood Beach with only one parking space so decided to buy the Zuma because it was a reliable four stroke and could fit at the front of the space. If one person was gone in the car the other had transportation. Additionally, parking in Hollywood is really tough so we'd ride the scooter to restaurants, etc. The weight limits Yamaha posts are not an issue: I am 6' 2" and 240 and with my wife on board we're close to 400 pounds.

Acceleration is slower but top speed of 40 mph is not affected. Zero to 40 in 60 seconds :) Gas mileage for me is a little over 100 mpg. All in all, this is a great scooter that fires up immediately. Handling is great, early on with the Zuma I turned right in an intersection carrying far too much speed and was sure I'd hit the median kerb but I leaned into it and the Zuma took it in stride -- thank God for good apexing :) If you need more speed, get a motorcycle license and buy a bigger scooter.”


2013 YAMAHA ZUMA 50FRD
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Smooth and great fun.
Dislikes:
Wish it would go 55mph... 40 is all but wow is it fun.

Review: I just love this little thing.. (really not little). It goes everywhere and up any hill I've pointed it towards. Get's well over 100 mpg and is super smooth and fun to ride. You can really pack the groceries into the space under the seat. It has two locking helmet hangers under the seat and a nice place to hang grocery bags on the dash. A cup or glove holder and a well constructed luggage rack. And talk about quiet. Two thumbs way up.


2015 YAMAHA ZUMA 50FRD
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Love the scooter.Great looks. It's a little pricey but you get what you pay for. Very smooth ride. Good acceleration. Plenty of storage place. Best riding scooter I have seen.
Dislikes:
-

Review: I recommend this scooter to anyone looking for a great riding scooter.”

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