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.”


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.”


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 fuck 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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