Still riding my Morphous

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by erniem, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. erniem

    erniem Adventurer

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    I bought an 2008 Yamaha Morphous about a month ago as a replacement for my Honda Reflex scoot. I have had a bit of a hard time getting used to it so I put it up for sale on craigslist 2 weeks ago along with other places. I have had no one really interested in it. One of the things that has bothered me was not being able to get comfortable on it. The butt rest is too low. Today I raised it 2-1/2 and find it helps a lot. I do a trip to West Point NY every year to visit family. It's about 400 miles from home in Maine and all highway. I have mapped out an alternate route this year to eliminate all but the last 80 miles on RT 84 in Conn/NY. I am thinking of taking the Morphous this year. Does anybody know if the engine in the Morphous was used in any other Yamaha scooter? Just looking for a bit of reassurance the little 250cc is up to the task. Thanks
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  2. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Someone did the Iron Butt on a Helix. The Morphous will handle it just fine.
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  3. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    I agree. The Morphous will last longer than many of us. Just routine maintenance and keeping track of the fluids and tires, and it should be fine.
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  4. longwaypyder

    longwaypyder Been here awhile

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    The Morphous engine is basically a scaled down Majesty engine. You won't have any trouble with your scoot provided all is up to snuff maintenance wise. Minimac will chime in at any time now to tell you much more. Go for the taller windshield and cruise past the gas pumps. Some years ago my wife and I rode my Majesty and her then Morphous to the BRP and back. Apply rotating motion to right grip and enjoy!
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  5. minimac

    minimac Been here awhile

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    As far as I could find out, the D.O.H.C. engine was only used in the Morphous. It may have been used in an ATV or Snowmobile, but if it was, I haven't found anyone or anything that says so. The 250 is a pretty robust unit, with very good mid-range power. You should be able to cruise at 65-70mph easily, so feel free to run down 95 or 495 to 90 to the Taconic Parkway, and cross over the Hudson at Peekskill. The Taconic is a lot nicer ride (and a lot less traffic) than I- 84, and 9 or 9W, and a very scenic route.
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  6. Smaug1

    Smaug1 Been here awhile

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    I'd do it....as long as the helmet adequately protected my identity. :-)
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  7. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    about the old trouble you have is the same everyone has with a scooter that was around for a few years finding body parts if one brakes but other then that nope take care of it and it should last at least 50 000 K plus.
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  8. erniem

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    Wow, Thanks for all the information. This year is 51 years of riding and I'm not ready to hang it up yet. I have made this trip many times and on many different bikes. For the past 6 years it's been on a 400 Burgman. This year when I downsized to the Morphous , I really didn't think I would do another trip on 2 wheels. This time rather going down I95, the plan is to head over to the White Mts and get on route 91s all the way down to 84 for the last 80 miles. I watch the RPM s and try to leave some space to redline. I've found that 65mph is about 7200rpms and from what I can tell redline is about 8400rpms. The tachometer on the morphous is a bit difficult to read. I know many folks do not like riding the highways but it's my first choice. Again, Thank you all for the input. And yes I wear a full coverage helmet so identity is covered. :lol3
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  9. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    If you are riding a scooter you are already making your own decisions, and if you want to ride the highways who am I to tell you something else?

    And there's no need to conceal your identity. Who gives a damn that someone can tell it's me on the scooter? Enjoy your trip.
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  10. erniem

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    Thanks for the input. I ride this Morphous every day and get a lot of looks. There really is a very limited amount of information on this bike. I'm trying to like the bike and maybe it's just trying to get my Honda Reflex of my mind, the one I parted with to get the Morphous. Here's hoping it will grow on me.
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  11. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Why are there no pics in this thread?
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  12. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I heartily agree. In another thread I compared that attitude to the attitude an 8 year old boy has toward girls... ucky! That is until they get a bit more mature and get some time around them. Same with scooters, until a rider is actually around them, ride them and see what they can do and how they do it, the rider may have that "8 year old boy" syndrome.

    Once one checks them out if they want one, they find the one that trips their trigger. For me it was the Yamaha Zuma, but I had to go to the Zuma 125 due to riding the back roads I will be riding to go to school (teacher). I like the aggressive dual headlight thing and the flat floor (fits a 12 pack and pizza, as we learned back in 1983 riding the shop's demo Aero 80). Everyone in the shop used that scooter, no problem. I will give honorable mention to the now defunct Honda Helix 250 too. We had a customer do 65,000 on his first one. He was retired and just buzzed around where ever he wanted. A neighbor would ride his on a 250 mile round trip to the Ohio State Fair for fun.
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  13. erniem

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    Sorry ,I didn't think anybody would be interested in pics
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  14. erniem

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    Ill try again !
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  15. erniem

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    Cant seem to get the pics to show

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  16. Fiftygrit

    Fiftygrit Been here awhile

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    That pic showed up, looks good, that's one honking big wind screen.
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  17. erniem

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    The windshield is a Cee Baily aftermarket. As high as it looks, You still look over the top while riding. There is no doubt it's an odd bike and takes some getting used to. It is one of the smoothest scoots I have ever ridden.
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  18. Mudboot

    Mudboot Been here awhile

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    I looked at one recently. I was put off at the lack of storage for such a long beast. I currently have a Reflex so would like to hear your thoughts between the 2 scoots.
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  19. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    I currently own both a 2006 Helix and a 2006 morphous,, each have about 8,000 miles. The Helix provides a great smooth ride and my experience is the morphous a much more harsh ride.. Fact is I am going to sell the morphous, asap.. I love the quality and looks of the Yamaha, but,, being 80 years old it is time to thin the heard....
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  20. erniem

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    I have had 5 or 6 Honda Reflexes over the past 3 years. Let me say that since I retired 5 years ago I made a little extra buying and selling small bikes and scooters of 250cc or smaller. Here in Maine they don't title bikes under 300cc no matter what year they are. As far as the Reflex, My wife has one and would never part with it. Maintenance wise properly the easiest bike there is. Even a valve adjust only takes less than a 1/2 hour after you have done it one time. Oil and filter screen clean 10 minuets tops. I have had 2 of them with 30k miles and would still trust them to go anywhere. The storage is large and will take a full coverage helmet and still have room for a bag of groceries. Tires are cheap and easy to change yourself. My last one was an 07 I sold on craigslist thinking I would just buy another beater, fix it up and turn it over. Didn't find another so I settled for the 08 Morphous I have now. It's a great bike but sits really low and yes, The storage is really lacking. I have put it up against my wife and her Reflex at a stop light and she will smoke me every time. Properly because it's a much lighter bike. Seating is much better on the reflex. Please note this is only my opinion. Thanks,Ernie
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