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Old 03-04-2014, 06:30 PM   #1
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Vino 125

Bought me this little city runabout today. 2007, 1900 kms, garage kept, new battery. $1000 plus shipping (it's over 5000 kms from me). It arrives next week.







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Old 03-04-2014, 07:08 PM   #2
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Good deal. I just sold my '08, just like it, even the same color. Mine had almost 26,000 miles on it. I sold it for $700, with new tires, battery, and belt.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:35 AM   #3
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Not a bad little scoot. I'm on the fence on selling my 2007 in the spring. It's reliable, comfortable and has been a great ride, but I just can't afford to keep 2 bikes at the moment.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:29 AM   #4
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The things to watch for. If you are going to be doing a lot of long distance full throttle riding, keep an eye on the belt. Removing the CVT cover on a Vino 125 requires draining the oil, and removing several other parts. Just from looking at it, it does not look like the cover is designed to allow enough airflow to the CVT.

Keep an eye on the upper rear exhaust bolt. I think they all break at some point, and if you don't catch it in time, the lower bolt will also break from the added stress, followed by the exhaust port studs. There is a fix for the upper bolt that is prone to breaking.
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:45 AM   #5
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The things to watch for. If you are going to be doing a lot of long distance full throttle riding, keep an eye on the belt. Removing the CVT cover on a Vino 125 requires draining the oil, and removing several other parts. Just from looking at it, it does not look like the cover is designed to allow enough airflow to the CVT.

Keep an eye on the upper rear exhaust bolt. I think they all break at some point, and if you don't catch it in time, the lower bolt will also break from the added stress, followed by the exhaust port studs. There is a fix for the upper bolt that is prone to breaking.
Thanks for that Jerry. I read about the exhaust fix (something about using a lock washer, riding it a bit then re-torquing it).

I won't be doing a lot of long distance riding, mostly in town and some secondary / coastal roads. I will be using it mainly for recreation. I have three other vehicles (Camry, Sienna and Miata). This is just a little play toy / smile-inducer for those rare (but beautiful) days when the weather in Newfoundland is nice. It's about -20C here today.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #6
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Nice and clean scoot!

I've had my 2009 for 2 years at this point, and I'm curious if anyone's performed any mods on theirs.

I don't think I'd go as far as hundreds of dollars on clutch/variator upgrades or exhaust replacements, but I do wonder how much things like improved torque and clutch springs might help versus being snake oil.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:10 PM   #7
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Mine was stone stock. You can get aftermarket variatiors, and I think there is one exhaust, but they are not cheap. I think changing roller weights would probably make the most difference for the least money. The Vino isn't the fastest 125 off the line, but it keeps up with traffic, and I wouldn't want to loose any top speed. The Zuma 125 outperforms it, but not by much. I found it great to just ride around on. It's comfortable, and has just enough vibration to let you know there is an engine down there.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:59 PM   #8
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I'm thinking I might add a top case (GIVI) so my 10 year-old daughter has something to lean against. Anyone have one?
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:24 PM   #9
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Problem adding a topcase - the fuel fill is under the rack . I don't remember the brand, but there is/was a chinaclone who's rack has a small backrest, and it fits the Vino. Wish I could remember where I saw this.

- just did a quick search = Scooterwest has them. Not sure if the wire rack can still be fitted.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:56 PM   #10
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Someone on another forum rigged up a hinged top case that could be moved out of the way to get to the gas filler. They need to be filled often. I never got more than 70 miles out of a tank.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:36 PM   #11
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Is there still a Helix coming, too... or am I mis-remembering?

The Vino is the scooter that got my wife interested in actually buying one. Had Yamaha still made the 125, I think she would have been leaning in that direction.

Hope winter passes soon so you can be enjoying the scoots!
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:02 AM   #12
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Is there still a Helix coming, too... or am I mis-remembering?

The Vino is the scooter that got my wife interested in actually buying one. Had Yamaha still made the 125, I think she would have been leaning in that direction.

Hope winter passes soon so you can be enjoying the scoots!
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Thanks Jim. Regarding the Helix, I had to back away. The current owner hasn't ridden it in 5 years nor has he replaced anything (tires, belt, hoses etc) since he's had it (14 years). At $1700 plus $500 to ship it here (plus provincial tax) plus anticipated repairs / parts, it really didn't seem worth all that. It's a 28 year old bike that very few people in Newfoundland know about, I'd never get my money back if I decided to sell. And if you know me, I don't hang on to two wheelers. My Ruckus and C70 are gone. The Ruckus was bought by an enthusiast who's going to drop a 150cc motor into it. The C70 was bought by a collector and is now in his museum. This guy has 54 (!!) other bikes. At least I know where it is if I want to visit. In the end I needed the money. I'm a dad (3 kids), I'm in school full time (finishing a Masters degree) and my Miata needed tires and a timing belt. I have a Sienna and a Camry too. I don't like spending money from the family budget to finance or maintain my toys so selling what I had, to pay for the Vino and these other things, seemed like the right thing to do. I'm happy and my wife is happy.

For me, trying out new bikes is like trying out new roads, all part of the adventure. I enjoy my bikes (and I've had lots) but then I move one. The Vino looks clean and well cared for. It only has 1000 miles on it. I've always liked the look of these scoots, kind of Vespa-ish.

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Old 03-08-2014, 08:52 PM   #13
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Have fun with the Vino! Good that you found out the whole scoop on the Helix before it was on the way to you. Spring is just around the corner for you folks up north.

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Old 03-09-2014, 06:21 AM   #14
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Spring is just around the corner for you folks up north.

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You wouldn't know it looking out my kitchen window this morning. **sigh**

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Old 03-09-2014, 08:35 AM   #15
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You wouldn't know it looking out my kitchen window this morning. **sigh**

I wish I could look out my window and see that. Perfect excuse to get a snowmobile. Here even when it is cool it is still blindingly bright outside. Rarely ever cloudy.
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