Touring zuma 125

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by SR1355, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. SR1355

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    Howdo fellow Riders, I picked up a 2012 Zuma 125 earlier this year and love it. In the process of setting it up for some touring, done the following....

    1) KOSO Mirrors
    2) 12V Blue Sea Power Outlet
    3) Pelican 1430 Pannier Cases
    4) Dual Head Light Mod
    5) Ram Mount Phone Holder

    Ordering windshield today to see if that help stablize cruising speed as well as rider comfort. Also thinking of adding rear rack case, probably go with Pelican 1500 or 1550, should have 70L+ storage for all the camping gear. I typically hammock camp so most of the kit is fairly small but it adds up.

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  2. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    Windscreen - Don't put it on! You will love the zuma with the windscreen, but it really spoils the "butch" look of the zuma and makes it look like a vespa :roflor some other sissy scooter. My screen was on when I bought my zuma and while I hated the look it gave the scoot I love the function. It really serves its purpose well. It protects me better than my FJR or my current FLHT with batwing fairing. Of course I am not going faster than 55 mph either. I took it off one time for a short ride and couldn't stand the windblast, it was back on in no time! A lot of people complain about it shaking, but it is well worth it in my opinion. I am talking about the Yamaha shield.
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  3. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    From a fellow Zuma owner here, that is freakin Awesome!!!
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  4. btcn

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    Cool! I like to see people be touring on small scoots! The scooter can be a fun Dual Sport type bike! When my Shadow was down, I did some cool adventure riding on my Elite 150. It was fun, but had street tires so the mud and offroading was fun but slippery! It ain't made for it, but thats part of the fun!

    I ain't rode my Elite for quite a while. The key is broken and I'm to tired. Been on the Shadow lately. But I want to throw some mud tires on the Elite and have more fun!

    The Zuma shall do better for that kind of riding too. Touring also can be fun on a 125. Just avoid high speed roads when possible. Its all about the fun, backcountry roads and scenic rides.

    The winchshield is nice to have. But IMO not entirelly necessary for a smaller CC bike, as you won't be doing a lot of Interstate. But it's still reduce fatituge on those longer rides which is nice.

    But yea post up some pics! And tell us about the rides you do! Enjoy it and welcome!:thumb
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  5. SR1355

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    Pics added to original post.... Loaded tested locally to around fifteen pounds, cases have slight vibration which is to be expected, may add diagonal support to lower bolt at rear of case if i nned more support...

    Heading north this weekend 450-500 miles three days, bike, road, & hammock.... :D
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  6. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Cool looking Zuma! I love mine.
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  7. Moat

    Moat Been here awhile

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    Awesome mini-touring rig! :clap I can't imagine a longer trip with that would be anything but ADV bliss! I'm jealous... :ddog

    Yes - by the looks of it, those two cantilevered supports per side would flex up and down a fair amount (especially loaded), and may be prone to cracking/failure. It appears that a simple diagonal support like you mention, might bolt up to that forward-most rear rack bolt? That'd probably stiffen (triangulate) it up pretty well, I'd think.
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  8. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    SR1355, thats an awesome looking rig. Something tells me ur young. I am near 50 and the zuma suspension and seat would do me in on a 400 mile trip, but I sure enjoy mine on my 20 mile commute!

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  9. SR1355

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    I'm only young at heart.... Mid 40's but in pretty good shape... I've done a 150 run and felt pretty good after that so we will see how this weekend goes....:rofl

    Actually pretty stiff right now just vibration on bumps, used 1/8x1 steel and went through several designs for rear mount but I'm still thinking of adding third support. This weekend is shake down run for much longer ride...:evil
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  10. SR1355

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    Looks great.... Sure it helps with wind blast...
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  11. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    Go with the pelican 1500 as a top box. Perfect size IMHO. I used mine on my klr now on my Sv and it will go on my next bike.
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  12. SR1355

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    I will check that out, thanks for the input.... Hitting the road, 450+ this weekend, looks like rain this morning but you can't choose the weather on road trip....:D
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  13. Moat

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    BTW, Paul - welcome to the forum! :wave

    Let us know how the ride goes - have fun (lucky SOB...)!
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  15. Domromer

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    Very cool. Now all you need is a top case. A scooter than gets 70mpg and has a ton of storage, whats not to like!
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  16. JerryH

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    That's really neat how you have it fixed up. I only see 2 problems with it (I own a Vino 125 with over 15,000 miles on it, all mine) One is actually getting somewhere. The only way out of my state is on a freeway, and th Zuma/Vino is not freeway legal or capable. Most of my 15,000 miles has been in 3 states, due to the difficulty of getting from one state to another. I 150cc scooter would at least solve the legal part of that problem in most states. A Zuma 150 or even 250 would be great.

    The other problem is load capacity. The load capacity on my Vino is 317 pounds, and I am 220 pounds of that. That doesn't leave much left over for accessories or cargo without overloading it. I don't know what the weight limit is on the Zuma, but I would assume it is close to that of the Vino.

    People have ridden across the country on 50cc scooters, and 50cc pedal mopeds with a top speed of 30 mph. But I have yet to figure out how to get across the country while completely avoiding freeways. There is a way out of my state on RT66, but you have to climb a 9,000 foot mountain to get to it, and my Vino won't do that.
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  17. SR1355

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    I'm back... WOOT!!!! OK, 450+ miles this weekend three things learned...

    1) MUST GET WINDSHIELD INSTALLED...

    2) MUST GET NEW HELMET WITH ENCLOSED EARS... WIND TOO LOUD...

    3) BACK REST WOULD BE NICE

    Apart from that I had a great time and the pelican cases worked perfectly. No movement at all, had all my gear in pelican cases and under seat. Wore a small backpack since Saturday night we actually hiked into the woods but it was empty on the rides.... I'm thing back rest will be solved with installation of rear pelican case, I sit all the way back so the case with a small pad fastened to it would add support to lower back...

    Can't wait to go again....:clap
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  18. wannabe1

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    Windscreen - I don't know if you have stated your height, but if you are similar to me 5'10", 32 inseam or less you will love the windscreen. It sends the air right over the top of my helmet. Even if you are 6 ft it will still probably be ok. Except for when rain is expected I always ride with a 1/2 shell helmet, but as stated before I don't ride the distances you do, thats what the electraglide is for :1drink.
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  19. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Awesome ride. I agree about the backrest. I sit in the backseat of mine too.
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  20. Domromer

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    Yes a backrest will make a huge difference. The backrest on my silver Wing makes my bike comfortable in ways I never thought possible on a motorcycle.
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