YAMAHA ZUMA 125 / BWs 125 - OWNER REVIEWS



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2009 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Once moving it rides nicely
Dislikes:
Seat is too high for a 5' 4" woman

Review: Haven't ridden my Zuma 125 enough (50 miles) to make a good review. If I could get the seat lowered so I could touch when stopped without being on tip toe, I would ride every day.”


2009 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Peppy, functional, great gas milage, fun to ride.
Dislikes:
No cup holder, small gas tank, top speed is about 57mph

Review: A very fun scooter. It was purchased to put on the back of my RV, but has become much more than that. A very peppy and fun to ride scooter that I always find excuses to take out to the store, mailbox, run errands and more. I weigh just over 200 lbs and it is still is quite peppy and goes 55-60mph depending on whether I want to lean down or not. It does not like to restart if I turn it off after running it in the 110+ degree temperatures in AZ where I live, it needs to cool off for a minute or two. I also have a Honda VFR 800 - but weirdly love to ride the scooter more. I wish Yamaha would make a 250cc version of it with more storage. Great job Yamaha!”


2009 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Quick pick-up, looks and sounds awesome
Dislikes:
-

Review: Love it! This scooter pops off the line and gets going. So much fun to ride. I get strange looks because I am about 6'7" tall and weigh too much, but the Zuma hauls me around without complaining. Keeps up with traffic very well, and there isn't any place I wouldn't take it except major highways. And the first several tanks during the break-in period I consistently got 80mpg. This bike is a winner.”


2009 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 20,000 - 30,000 miles
Likes: Handling, Performance
Dislikes:
Seat sits too high

Review: 24,000 miles on it and still running strong, great scooter, added a lot of aftermarket parts, lowered it and stretched it 8 inches with a Corbin seat, top speed about 60 mph.”


2009 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 miles
Likes: Rugged & Reilable
Dislikes:
Seat comfort, Leg room

Review: I bought my 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 a year ago with only 4,000 miles on the clock. Daily driven for the last year brought me up to 10,000 miles. I've gone through some general maintenance like belts, oil changes, brakes, & tires, but overall this bike's been a rock solid commuter while pulling double duty as a light-duty off road vehicle. I've hauled down country dirt roads, fire lanes, through fields, and skipped out on traffic jams more times than I can count and the bike never skipped a beat.

The few complaints I've got are pretty easily remedied. The seat is a bit wide, so for short riders, this may pose a problem with little to fix. My biggest issue with the seat however, is the hard plastic liner below the foam. There is a hump that's meant to accommodate a helmet and this puts weird pressure points in the upholstery. Someone on Youtube has a pretty easy fix for this by (sparingly) swiss cheesing the plastic. This makes the seat have just a bit more give to make the ride comfy. Leg room is also a bit cramped in my opinion. For a bike that's seat won't accommodate short people, the floor boards don't do well for the tall either. EBay's got a cheap ~$50 solution to this too: Foot bar. As soon as I put the bar on, my feet could be a decent shoulders width apart and everything was peachy.

I plan on purchasing a back rack and possibly a windshield as I commute 30 miles round trip and don't intend on stopping for that pesky "winter" season. Overall, Great bike and highly recommended if you want something a bit beefier than the typical scooter fare.”



2010 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 miles
Likes: Strong motor for a 125 & handling
Dislikes:
Seat is bit firm

Review: 3 years and 12,000+ of fantastic ownership. Favorite ride in my fleet for errands around town and believe it or not a tour across ND! Upgrades that make this scoot even better in my opinion are: aftermarket windshield helps greatly minimizing fatigue. Michelin Bopper tires are much smoother better handling all weather than stock. EBC Sintered brake pads front really make the brakes a single finger stopping affair and Yamaha cup/bottle holder is a must. Typical 65MPG with hard acceleration riding 50+MPH.“


2011 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Fun, zip, small size, ease of riding
Dislikes:
Glove box - doesn't exist

Review: Love this little thing. I have a BMW K1200S that goes like a rocket. But I don't have to shift or put any effort in riding this thing. My fiancé hides behind when we ride, but I sit up straight, ride right up to the Hogs and say, “You only wish you had one!" Love it! Now I have to find a way to get is strapped onto my beemer so I don't have to leave it at home!”


2011 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Cool looking, sporty tires, milage
Dislikes:
Lack of top speed

Review: I bought this brand new from Yamaha for a cheaper vehicle to get around on, it's done exactly that. It gets about 75-80 MPG average. I put a LeoVince exhaust and a Simota air filter on it for a little more performance and looks.

I weigh a little over 250lbs, it still carries me around just fine, and my 120lb daughter has ridden with me on occasion too. It's a really fun ride to get out of town on a nature ride, quick trip to the grocery store, to the beach, auto part store run, etc.”



2011 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 miles
Likes: Cool looking, sporty tires, milage
Dislikes:
Lack of top speed

Review: My first bike purchase, didn't know anything about scooters, I lucked up! When going on trips around town for errands, or just a ride, I find myself jumping on the Yamaha. And I own fun cars, an S2000 Honda and Corvette. I would recommend this scooter to anyone who wants to dip their toe in the water when considering a motorcycle, but has never owned one before. A great "starter bike". Might even make you stop at the scooter.”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: When I rode it for the first time, I knew I had to buy it! Purchased it used, so much fun!
Dislikes:
Storage space

Review: Also having "05 Honda Ruckus (19,000 miles) I find the Zuma gives me the needed speed for longer trips- I put on 1800 in the 1st mo. alone. I added foot pegs, a cupholder on handle bars, basket on left (for small items), a center hook (Vino 125 hook works) and saddle bags instead of top case. What more can a girl as for ? :) I am completely happy with my LADY Z.”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 1000 - 5000 miles
Likes: Power, Handling, Quality
Dislikes:
Expensive, Small underseat storage

Review: I bought this Zuma 125 brand new with 8 miles on it. It has been awesome for riding around town. It has no problem keeping up in traffic under 50 MPH. I would also strongly recommend adding the stainless Yoshimura muffler exhaust system. It sounds awesome and seems to add a little power to the engine. I am no mechanic, but I installed it myself. There is no finer moped out there than the Zuma 125, and if you want something for around town, go for it. The gas mileage has been roughly 75MPG, so it has also been a good performer in that segment. It only costs $3.50 to fill it up.”


2012 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 5000 - 10,000 miles
Likes: Style, modification potential, build quality/reliability
Dislikes:
No front storage, limited range, stock performance

Review: Overall, a great "suburban" scoot. The 125cc gives you enough extra speed potential to venture out of strictly urban areas without getting run over, while it doesn't give up anything to 50's for agility and has much improved scoot off the line and to dash between traffic gaps I wouldn't chance on a 50. However, I was always kind of disappointed with the performance stock. Top speed is about par for the class at ~55mph, and while it has reasonably strong acceleration right off the line up to 15-20mph, the CVT "upshifts" very quickly, which kind of bogs the engine and makes acceleration past that pretty lazy. Rolling wide open at 40mph results in more noise and little else and the speedo very gradually starts to creep upward. Fuel economy stock I found to be in the low 70's range, not particularly impressive but again about average.

Pretty quickly I installed a 158cc big bore kit and cam, as well as jettisoned the stock muffler and airbox, replaced with a LeoVince system and K&N pod filter. Also swapped in a Polini variator and weights to address to boggy transmission. The Bazzaz fuel controller does have pre-made maps available, but I found them less than ideal (far too rich). Right out of the gate this was a whole new bike. It absolutely blasts off the line, and where getting it up to 55 was a chore previously, it now cruises at 55 quite easily even up hills. Top speed now is now around 67-68. Due to the Bazzaz's default super rich tuning, fuel economy greatly suffered. It was down around 40mpg and the tank was on E by 50-60 miles. Recalibrating the a/f targets yielded a huge improvement to both mileage and performance. MPG are back around 70- roughly the same as stock but with much more performance on tap. It walks away from a friend's Genuine 170i, and is about on par with a 220. Larger big bore kits are available, but they require far more work as the actual engine cases need to be modified, meaning the entire engine needs to be disassembled, machined, and then reassembled. The 158-160 kits are the largest "drop on" top ends that will fit.

I found the stock brakes more than adequate even for the higher speeds now. The rear drum lacks feel and power as expected, but ultimately gets the job done. The front brake is quite firm and powerful, much better than most other scoots I've ridden. The 2016-up brakes only got better, so sure those are excellent.


Only real gripes are the 125's lack of a cubby/storage area up on the legshield (the 50 gets one, but the 125 doesn't), and the underseat storage area is just so-so. Only very small full face helmets will fit. The seat height is also pretty high- I'm 5-8 and still need to slide to the edge of the seat to get toes down, so shorter riders may find that to be an issue. They do provide a helmet lock tab you can slip the helmet's d-ring over with the seat open, then close to secure it, but it's fiddly and often difficult to use if the helmet has a shorter strap. The dashboard/gauges are facing almost vertical, not really angled toward the rider, so you're always looking at them from an angle. It'd also be nice if the ignition lock also stopped the rear wheel from turning as some other scoots do, making roll-away theft more difficult.

Otherwise, there are about 7000 miles on the scoot, about 5000 of them with the big bore and reliability has been great. Mine was new enough to avoid the bum early fuel pump issue, and really haven't had anything else go wrong. The original battery gave it up after only about 18 months which was a bit disappointing, a cheap eBay replacement is now going on 3 years without issue. Paint and plastics still look great, seat looks like new, nothing is loose, rattling, or worn out - something I can't usually say about 5 year old Kymco’s or other "value" brands.”


2013 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 10,000 - 20,000 miles
Likes: Everything. I can even work on it even changing tires spark plug oil transmission fluid etc
Dislikes:
No rear disc

Review: Bought it with less than 600 miles, now I have 11,237 miles and have ridden in every type of weather. Even a little snow and ice.

It's impossible to get stuck traffic. In the Hampton Roads Norfolk VA area there's no lane splitting so sometimes when traffic is hardly moving or an accident I just hop off and walk it down the sidewalk like a bicycle. You cannot beat that.

I got her up around 51mph. Good enough for me. Storage is super. I keep groceries in my backpack under the seat and another backpack on floor board almost more than a large grocery cart if you pack it right. Full coverage insurance from Allstate is a mere $200 a year.”


2014 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Powerful, rugged, reliable, fun to ride, quick
Dislikes:
Seat is very wide, a little tall, at 5-9 I can barely touch the ground

Review: Great scooter, very fun and reliable to ride. Lots of power, handles well, a little rough riding. Overall I am very happy with it.
I ride it almost very day weather permitting and it always puts a smile on my face. $3.00 fills it up.”


2015 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Great bike! Love feel, sound, fun to ride.
Dislikes:
Seat was terrible. Replaced with Corbin and all good now. Much more padding and comfort with added benefit of being lower. I’m 5’11” and still found riding position with stock seat uncomfortable. Also, essential upgrade: foot pegs!

Review: I think the bike would be largely unusable for me with the stock seat. But I love the ride with a Corbin replacement seat, and addition of foot pegs - an absolute must. I also added a windshield, luggage rack, Two Brothers racing exhaust (sound is amazing and noticeable improvement in performance), K&N air filter, motorcycle mirrors (the round “lollipop” stock mirrors were useless), headlight grille, and a few pieces to improve air flow/cooling. Most of these, while I enjoy them, aren’t necessary of course. I do consider the seat, mirror upgrades and the foot pegs as essential.

Great ride, miser on gas, super reliable, and so customizable!”


2016 YAMAHA ZUMA 125
Milage: 0 - 1000 miles
Likes: Smooth, plush ride
Dislikes:
Not sure yet

Review: I just got the 2016 ZUMA 125 today and rode it home. Its not fully broken in yet, but I have a good sense of how it differs from the Buddy 125. So, my review will be a compare and contrast the two bikes. I owned a BUDDY 125 for ten years before changing to 2016 redesigned Yamaha Zuma 125.

ZUMA 125
(1) Higher build quality
(2) Better Suspension
(3) Better Breaking
(4) Quieter engine -- you almost can't hear it
(5) Better side view mirrors
(6) Digital Gauge
(7) More under seat storage
*8* Higher ground clearance
(9) Much better turning capabilities
(10) Easier to put stand down (the main one, not the side kick stand)
(11) No oil filter and recommended oil changes after 1,800 miles
(12) Air filter gets replaced, not cleaned.
(13) Locking ignition hole so thieves can't mess with your ignition.
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BUDDY 125
(1) Quicker acceleration
(2) More road feel
(3) More personality
(4) Wider hand grips
(5) Carburetor offers more engine feedback and thrill.

As everyone knows, the Buddy 125 is substantially cheaper $$$ out the door costing about $825.00 less. My impression is that you do get substantially more bike for the money with the ZUMA. I'm not dissing the Genuine Buddy 125 -- it's a blast to drive.”


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