My new zuma 125 and other scooter madness!!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by kyhillbilly, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    Two weeks ago I traded my 07 vstar 650 for a NEW 09 zuma 125. Most of my biker buddies thought I was crazy but the truth is I just did not ride the vstar and having only 4000 miles in 5 years I thought it was time for a change. I rode in on the vstar and rode out on the zuma, grinning like a idot the whole way home. I'm not new to scooters I've owned two zuma 50's, honda ruckus, honda metro, and a cheap a$$ china made gy6. This is by far my favorite scooter and in my top three favorite bikes.
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    I got my buddies together for a little ride that weekend. Our "gang" consisted of my z125, a zuma 50, a chinese 4t 50( with Leo vince exhaust) and a hammered 2000 yamaha razz. The ride started simple enough with back roads outside murray ky but then after some shit talk about how far we would ride we ended up in Paducah ky. The ride began at 5:00pm and ended at 2:30am I was able to rack up 213 miles that day. Even with the Razz limiting the group speed to 30mph and the rock hard z125 seat, it was one of the best rides I had ever been on!
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    At the flood wall in Paducah
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    The little Razz the could! 2 hours before this pic it was on it's side under a barn!
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    Now the Razz have been replaced with a Kymco super 9 LC so I'm sure to have more rides and pics soon!
    Here are a few pics down the road from my house at the Kenlake state park.
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    The best thing this bike has done for me is renew my love for riding and for that I thank you little Zuma!
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  2. hexnut

    hexnut Been here awhile

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    Nice little scooter. I parked next to one at Walmart yesterday.
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  3. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    haha that razz is beast mate, Zuma is lovely i was fit to buy a new one until they put the stacked headlights on them i wanted the style like you have
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  4. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    My buddy bought that beat up Razz for $12 it sat under his barn for a year and with just fresh gas, oil and a hot battery it completed the whole 150 mile journey. Simply amazing in my eyes. He sold it that week for $250 bucks. I love the side by side headlights! Seems like a lot of people around here are quick to swap them out for the stacked kind. Grass is always greener I guess.
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    =retread= more MPG

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    i thought the 125's had a guard bar around the headlights.
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  6. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    They do. I took mine off because I was bored. I haven't got around to putting it back on.
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  7. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I am glad that that you are enjoying the Zuma. They sure are a lot of fun!!!

    I am in a similar situation. I had a Honda Shadow when I bought my Zuma. I had them both for almost a year. It got to were I had to force myself to ride the Shadow. Sold it because it was just taking up space.:eek1
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  8. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I went for a short ride with my buddy and his new scoot. He got this Kymco super 9 from a very...........country gentleman who had thrown a "custom" yellow paint job on it. After a little work and a few spray cans we had it looking a little better. Not a bad deal for the $500 bucks he paid. I have to say the super 9 is a nice scooter! Front and rear disc brakes, water cooled, and a near 50mph top speed. I have him talked into ordering some Michelin boppers this week.
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  9. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    Whats a comfortable cruising speed for the Zuma 125, say for a 200 lb rider? Top Speed?
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  10. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the Zuma 125 gang!

    Bugtussle - 50mph (GPS) is a good cruising speed on my zuma 125 (185lbs) with a windscreen. It will show 60mph on the speedo, but thats really on 55mph. I may do the upgear swap on mine which is supposed to be good for 4 mph on the top end, but will possibly kill the low end.
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  11. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I was wondering how far off the speedo is from actual mph. I'm about 260 and I can get about 57 on flat ground and good wind. My scoot also only has 600 miles. When is it considered "broke in"?
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  12. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    Thank you for that info!
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  13. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    Pretty sure that 600 miles is the break-in period and also the 1st oil change and valve clearance check. Don't worry about the valves unless you are a real obsessed with doing everything by the book.
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  14. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    Ok great! I did the first oil change but I figured I would wait on the valves. Thanks.
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  15. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I'm the kind of person that can't leave anything stock. There is nothing wrong with the way Yamaha set the Z125 up, but I felt the need to stand out a little bit. I wanted a set of lower bars so I jumped on motorcyclesuperstore and found a set of Bikemaster superbike bars. They are near 2" lower with about the same pull back also about 1"1/2 wider overall. The grips are Bikemaster revolvers.
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    New bars meet stock bars
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    ON!!! after a few screw ups I made (broke the little pin on the inside of the right control box)
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    Overall I'm very happy with the look and feel over stock. I was worried that the lower bars would hit my knees but so far it's not been an issue. The slight lean forward also makes the seat a bit more forgiving. Next up will be some new tires (Boppers), exhaust ( Leo vince or Samurai), Highway pegs, and maybe some lighter rollers.
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  16. klaviator

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    Welcome to the world of small scooters. They sure are fun:ricky
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  17. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    Before you go the aftermarket exhaust route consider this one thing. A scooter with its cvt transmission won't give you the option of lugging around quietly in a higher gear. That means you will be constantly running near WFO at almost all times, especially if you ride like me. That aftermarket muff is going to be loud! I have heard many a scooter owner having to go back to stock because of this. I think you need to go 155bbk next :D.
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  18. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I would love to get a bbk at some point! From what I've read though the Leo comes with a quiet insert that more or less just changes the tone rather then the db level. The other exhaust I've looked at is the ncy or samurai exhaust that they use in Taiwan to get by the strict exhaust mod rules. Believe me I don't want loud just a little more bass, if I can get it without my ears bleeding I'll stick with stock.
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  19. Timmy64

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    We have something in common.

    Last month I bought a new 2011 (they did not make any 2012s) V-Star 650 Custom. I have about 800 miles on it so far.

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    When I took in in for its 600 mile service, My wife and I fell in love with this new 2009 Zuma 125 that was on on the floor. I asked them about it and they said that they took it out of the crate and assembled it back in the summer of 2010, but for some reason, it had not sold. They made us a good deal on it, so we bought it. It was manufactured in May of 2009, so it should not have any fuel pump issues like some earlier made ones have had. I had never ridden a scooter before and I was grinning from ear to ear as I rode it home. It has 325 miles on it and about 75 percent of those are with both me and my wife riding it. For a little 125cc scooter, I'm amazed at how easily it runs with our 300 pounds on it.

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    The only thing I have done to it is put some mirrors from a Yamaha C3 scooter on it. They only cost about $12 dollars apiece at the dealership and they work and look a hell of a lot better than those lollypop round ones that come stock do. Next up is a luggage rack and that's about all I'm going to do to anytime soon.

    I can't believe that I'm saying this, but the Zuma is a way more fun to ride around town than the V Star 650. I need something for highway riding so the V Star is going to stay in our garage, but for around town riding, I'll almost always grab the key for the Zuma.

    This is what I sing to my wife before we go on a ride on the Zuma: ( Sung like the theme to The King of Queens TV show )
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    Baby. Baby all I want to do........is get the Zuma and take a scoot with you".
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  20. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I had a Honda Shadow 750 when I bought my Zuma. Before long the Shadow was gone.

    Zuma was way more fun for the type of riding that I have time to do at this point in my life.
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