What to do with a Zuma 125?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Poke it w/ a stick, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Poke it w/ a stick

    Poke it w/ a stick Been here awhile

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    I've been thinking about a scoot for a while. Finally went and did it.

    I was drawn to the Zuma 125 from the start and that's what I ended up with. This little beast was a trade in at a local scooter dealer. They were straight forward to deal with and I got them down to $2162 OTD for a 2009 with 193 miles.
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    The one gripe I have is the oil screen. The manual doesn't give info on servicing it and tells you to take it to the dealer. This seems like basic routine maintenance you should be doing yourself. Anyone have any info on the oil screen? Where is it? And how to clean it?

    It's my first scooter as I've always been a motorcycle guy. This thing is fun! Bikes aren't for everyone, but I think everyone should have a scooter. I'm convinced this $2000 scoot is more fun for more people than a $200,000 Ferrari.

    Is there anywhere to order factory Yamaha parts online?

    I found zumaforums.net. Any other good forums?

    Cheers.

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  2. BurgerFriesDrink

    BurgerFriesDrink Been here awhile

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    For the oil screen I keep a little jar of Kerosene w/ a lid and just drop the screen in. Swirl it aroung and shake a little then let it dry completely. Reinstall.

    I get my factory parts from my dealer or from boats.net (yes, boats).

    Zumaforums.net has a great wealth of info and knowledgeable people. Totalruckus.com has a small subforum for zumas as well.

    Congrats on the new scoot!
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  3. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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  4. Saltydog86

    Saltydog86 village idiot

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    Doing your own service on this scoot is very easy, I changed my gear oil and used the same oil as in the engine. Lots of big bore kits out there, waste of money to gain 2-3mph in my opinion. If you want more speed get a Buddy 150, way faster and more aftermarket parts.
    Enjoy.....here is a pic of my Zuma 125 :D
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  5. AngryScot

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    I have been looking at the Zuma 125 myself, great looking little scooter.
    Not sure how it will pull my 200lb lard arse around however :huh :cry
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  6. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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    FWIW, I'm 192 and it's got no problem with w/my lard ass..
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  7. notdave

    notdave gets bored easily

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    i think you got a great deal on the scoot. well..compared to California at least.

    im jealous
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  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    W00t!

    I'm 200lbs, got a 9,3hp Agility 125 and was SHOCKED how snappy
    it was when I took it on the first ride, and that's with stock roller weights
    that keep the revs down until ~45mph!

    Forget about 200lbs being an issue.
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  9. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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    Just ran a buncha errands here in the PDR, Tarsnakestan and laughed at traffic, uphill and downhill. The Z125 rips.

    The new FI 125s generally all seem to be snappy in the low-end and mid-range, stock & out of the box.
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  10. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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    Funny - I had an '08 Buddy 150 as my first scoot, and the Z125 just clobbered it. YMMV.
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  11. Poke it w/ a stick

    Poke it w/ a stick Been here awhile

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    The Zuma won't have a problem with 200lbs. Test ride one or something similar. From the feel of it, my 200lbs buddy's Kymco 150 has similar power.

    Saltydog,
    Are you happy with that Yosh pipe? Did you remap the FI?
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  12. BurgerFriesDrink

    BurgerFriesDrink Been here awhile

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    200 lbs? I'm 290 lbs and the Zuma 125 pulls me around just fine. The only time I've ever wanted more power is on roads with a 55mph speed limit or when riding with friends who have bigger engines. When I ride alone, I never feel the need for more power. I've been thinking about selling the 155cc big bore kit on my garage shelf and just keeping it stock because I really have no complaints. I'm running the Samurai clutch bell with KOSO race clutch (black springs) and RRGS variator with the stock rollers. New top speed of 71 (speedo not GPS) indicated on a downhill in full tuck a few weeks ago. I changed the oil today and installed a magnetic drain plug. It's a great little bike.
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  13. Saltydog86

    Saltydog86 village idiot

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    Maybe I just need a diet? I get blown away by her buddy 150 all the time, nothing worse than a scooter with a wicker basket on the front passing you :huh
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  14. redhandmoto

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    :lol3
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  15. AngryScot

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    good to know, I doubt I will be doing any performance mods other then a cvt and maybe exhaust if that makes any difference. I have a lot of reading to do.
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  16. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    The exhaust DOES make a difference, and it's usually for the worse.
    :lol3
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  17. Saltydog86

    Saltydog86 village idiot

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    Agreed! I have the Yosh pipe and its OBNOXIOUS loud. I did not gain anything but noise from the exhaust. I will most likely be switching back to stock soon, anybody riding behind you will hate you with it.
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  18. AngryScot

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    good to know, I am not a fan of loud.

    The CVT swap seems to make a difference to responsiveness but then again I don't even have a scoot yet so stock could be just fine :bubba

    Found a scoot dealer in the city who has an 09 with only 67 miles, but they are not a yamaha dealer. I might try and see it this weekend.
    My guess is the warranty follows the bike rather then the owner, unless they got a extend one that is? :dunno

    stopping by the not so near yamaha dealer and will check then I guess.
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  19. redhandmoto

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    SBL has made a custom exhaust to go with my 164 kit, clutch & etc. Supposed to be tolerable, ear-friendly, yet more efficient. Will post a report when the parts come in from Taiwan...
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  20. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Yeah, the stock will probably be just fine, but knowing that with a
    sports CVT you'll be quicker off the line and have better acceleration
    where ever and when ever you punch it will always sit somewhere
    inside your head.. :evil

    Exhausts on scooters are a bit more complicated to get right then
    for motorcycles since other then jetting / fueling, you've got the CVT
    thing which will keep spinning the engine at the same revs regardless
    of your exhaust.. and most will (and do) have actually lower torque/power
    figures through the rev range except maybe in the last few %.

    In theory you MAY gain power, but your CVT doesn't know how to use
    it, and that's where the roller weight/springs game begins. It usually
    ends with a lot of hours spent making the scooter go 5mph faster and
    having 20% worse fuel efficiency.

    I wouldn't go there.
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