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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    I love my scooter! It's the best bike I've ever owned to just bum around on and bumming around has become my new riding style :rofl.
    Here are a few pic from a ride this weekend.
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    Btw Welcome to the fun Timmy64!
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  2. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    A few more pics from a ride I took to LBL.
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    My buddy got some new shoes for his super 9! Shinko sr428. They seem like they would be a good replacement tire for the z125, a little better on the road but still a dual sport type tire.
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  3. JerryH

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    Does anyone know how often valve adjustments are required on the Zuma 125? And if it is really often (my Vino 125 is every 3000 miles, but only takes 15 minutes) how hard is it? I have looked at several Japanese scooters,, and they require frequent valve adjustments, and you have to tear the whole scooter apart to do it. Also the Zuma 125 looks like my kind of scooter. I would imagine the performance is about the same as the Vino 125, which I have put over 15,000 enjoyable miles on.
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  4. kyhillbilly

    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    Well looks like my zuma and I may part ways tomarrow. After showing my zuma to a friend I get a call from his cousin offering a trade, a 2006 yamaha morphous. Now under most other circumstances I would never entertain the thought BUT I've always been a huge fan of the morphous. Needless to say we looked over each others scooters and decided an even trade sounded fair. So tomarrow I will bid farewell to the z125, I have no complaints with it what so ever. I will report back with pics of the morph.
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    KYhillbilly, a morphous? Please tell me you were hittin the shine when you made this deal. All kidding aside, I would like to ride them all in this lifetime if I could. Just don't enter any beauty contest with the morph :rofl.
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    JerryH
    Valve check/adjustment for the Zuma 125
    After 1st 600 miles, then every 2000 miles.
    Nice video on youtube with the procedure.
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  7. kyhillbilly

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    Haha! You know it Is kinda like the pontiac aztek of scooters! I made the deal today and brought the ugly thing home. I really like it on the limited time I've had to ride! I saw 77mph very easily and the low speed handling is way better then expected. I'll throw some pics up ASAP.
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    The Zuma 125 should be faster than the Vino 125:

    Zuma 125: 125cc, 4 valves, fuel injection, 10:1 compression ratio, forced air cooling
    Vino 125: 124cc, 2 valves, 26mm Mikuni carb, 9.8:1 compression ratio, air cooling

    The Zuma also has 12" tires vs. 10" for the Vino. The Zuma has a 220mm front brake disc vs. 180mm for the Vino.

    But the Vino is about 25 lbs. lighter than the Zuma.

    Source: 2010 Yamaha sales brochure.
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  9. kyhillbilly

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    Well over the weekend I was able to throw some miles on the Morph and I'm very happy with the scoot overall. A few faults I can find are the 0-40mph is pretty...........slow. I think my zuma 125 would have given it a hard time in that respect but after 40 it runs up to a solid 70 pretty quick! I've seen 80mph. I have a few small issues I need to take care of, first my trunk won't open. the key turns but it won't unlatch. The other thing is my ignition seems to be frozen. The key goes in but won't turn at all, the PO put a toggle switch in the glove but to turn the bike on but I'm not real happy with the set up. Overall i dig the bike.
    Here are some quick pics of the space ship :D
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    Nice, reminds me of a stormtrooper's speederbike. :norton Did you take off the stock windshield? It would look better if you switched out those chrome mirrors w/ black ones. My '08 burgman had a rusty right mirror so I switched them out w/ some black ones and it looks much better.
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    the windshield that came on the bike is a taller after market. I took it off to see how the shorter stock one would be. I think i'm gonna try to find a stocker on ebay. Yeah i'm not a big fan of the mirrors.
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    That Morphous definitely looks like something from Star Wars or the Jetsons to me.

    I just bought a new 2012 Zuma 125 yesterday. I traded a Kawasaki EX500 for it. I had reached the point where I could not ride the EX without severe pain, because of the low forward bars and the high rearset pegs. I have arthritis pretty bad. I found the Zuma to be very comfortable, much like my Vino 125. I plan on riding it to work tomorrow.

    I do plan to find some way to remove that awful rear fender soon. Totally ruins the looks of the entire scooter. I was also hoping to get rid of the handguards, but the turn signals are attached to them. I plan on getting a rack and a top box as well. You can't do that on the Vino, because of where the gas cap is. With that and some soft saddlebags, I should be able to take a 2-3 day trip on it. I have taken several weekend trips on the Vino, but wound up staying in a motel.
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    Hey KY. Thanks for sharing your pictures from the road trip! I am new to scooters, having just purchased a Kymco Agility 125, and can't get enough reading stories and reviews of other bikes...
    Thanks again!
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    After spending decades riding motorcycles from small to huge, I'm finding scooters are just as much fun, if not more so, especially in many situations. Their one major limitation is lack of freeway capability, and I am currently looking for a maxi scooter to replace my Goldwing.
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    It's been a while since I've added anything to this thread so here is the short sweet version. I sold the Morph. It's was a good bike lots of room, cargo space, strong top speed (83mph) good mpg(65-70) but it lacked the feel of what I enjoy about a scooter. Have owned both the Zuma 125 and the Morphous 250 if I could have one back it would be the Zuma. I did have a chance to ride a poker run with the morph and it did great! I had people coming up to me at every stop wanting to know about it.
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    So after I sold the morp I went scooter-less for a bout 3 months till yesterday when I picked up my new little rig.
    2007 Yamaha C3 with 250miles local own by a cop.
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    I've only got to put about 10miles on it but I really enjoy the little bike! power is on par with a stock zuma 50 and much better then the ruckus I had. I feel I will be draging behind my buddy's Kymco super 8 so by spring I hope to have some upgrades :wink:! I'll post more pics ASAP.
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    I sold my 2012 Zuma 125 with a little less than 2000 miles on it. It is a great little scooter, but I found I preferred the Vino, plus I have a Stella, and I am trying to raise money for a Suzuki GW250 when or if they ever find their way to dealers, IF I find it comfortable. If not I will be looking for a freeway legal scooter, probably a Piaggio BV250 or an Aprilia SportCity 250. After riding over 20,000 miles on the freeway on a Honda Rebel, I learned to like freeway riding on small bikes.
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    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I would love to pick up a vespa gts300. From what I can tell its about the same size as a zuma 125 but with a lot more power. It would be fun to surprise unexpected HD riders with a unassuming scooter. How do you like your Stella? I dig those to!
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    I was able to get in about 60 miles on the c3 yesterday. It was an experience going from a 50cc to a 125 to 250 back to a 50cc. I was in a hurry to make it to my son's Christmas program 17miles away, not a good situation to be in on a 50cc scooter but I made good time on the country roads and made it with 15min to spare. I found the little c3 dislikes hills more then the zuma 50 I had last but to its credit I do weigh a good deal more then the weight limit. On the flats though I was able to hit the restricted 40mph fairly easy. I'm going to get the 4gram sliders and derestrict ASAP. Overall I'm very happy with the little scooter and hope to get my buddies together for a ride real soon.
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    kyhillbilly Been here awhile

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    I know my thread has been dead for a while but I just wanted to give some updates as to my scooter activity. I kinda look at this as a personal blog so please excuse my 10 month leave. 2013 has been a very hard year for me, I lost my mother to C.O.P.D in Jan and it rocked my whole world to it's core. I sold almost all my bikes, projects and scooters due to the fact I just didn't care about them anymore. Through my family and faith I was able to get my mind and heart in the right place. I started to miss scooters and riding in general my poor Ninja 250 had been siting behind my mother-in-laws house for four months before I worked up enough care to go get it. It only took a few miles before I realized that riding was something I NEEDED in my life! I had given up on it after my mom's passing because it seemed so unimportant but I NEED to ride to cope, to adjust and to take enjoyment in something and like a drug I started to indulge :D.
    My first purchase was a 2006 Yamaha vino 125, I found it on one of my local adds here in town and was able to pick it up for a cool $800
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    It even came with a cool aftermarket NCY exhaust. I really like the v125 I find it a good deal more comfy then my zuma 125 although even with the exhaust and Dr pulley sliders the Zuma had the edge in power.
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    My buudy even got his girlfriend into scooters with a clean little vino 50 2t
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    here is a pic of a little ride we took. The yellow Zuma was my next purchase. I always loved bug eye Zumas because that's what got me into scooters
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    Vino 125 ready for a ride through LBL
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    My lovely wife not being impressed with the passenger area of the vino on said ride.:lol3
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    the rest of the gang
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    I ended up trading my buddys GF the yellow zuma for her vino so she would have a better ride and bigger tires and we ride a lot of crappy back roads. two weeks after the trade she hit a dear on the zuma and broke her elbow. She healing very well though and says she can't wait to get back on the "horse"
    After the two up ride my wife and I took she made it painfully clean we needed a better scoot for such a thing. soooo I came home with a 2001 Honda helix 250 a bike that I LOVE! the best part was I was able to pick it up for a cool $700 making it the best buy I've ever made!
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    I have plans to get some more rides and pics in soon and I'm sorry to bring back a dead thread and to be so long winded but it feels good to be talking scooters again.
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