2010 Yamaha Zuma 125 First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Yamaha AT 125

2010 Yamaha Zuma 125 Ride

Yamaha’s Zuma Tough styling for a tough

Why can’t they be like we

Perfect in every way?

the matter with kids?

the matter with kids?

the matter with kids

– “Bye Bye Birdie,” 1958

what is the matter with these days? I’m not about the weird unpronounceable they take (LSD was enough for grandpa, and it’s enough for you! Why, in my day we have Oxycontin: we had to steal from our mothers. ) or their for mixing gangsta’-style ball with Dead Kennedys (“um, I think it was like a TV or something”) or even their obsession with social websites (“What?

You only 1100 Facebook friends? You you can totally get treated for Social Disorder. ”). No, my beef with is their seeming disinterest in transportation.

When I was 18—and this describes you, discovered scooters and I could of little else besides and … (hey, I was 18). I had no no X-Box, no MySpace. But I had a Yamaha 180, there was no helmet and to say I felt an awesome rush of accelerating up to that bike’s 65 mph top speed is serious understatement.

suburban Marin county seem so remote: San Francisco was 20 away and I was a man of the world. Twenty-two later and that feeling of has yet to diminish.

The Zuma fears no urban thanks to its rugged construction and fat

Which is why a phone conversation Yamaha Motor Corporation Product Planning Manager, Brooks, was a shocker. Yamaha’s zesty, seemingly youth-oriented 125 scooter isn’t being by youths. The average age of Zuma 125 is a Methuselah-ish 48.

In fact, 49 percent of 125 buyers are over 50, while 11 percent are under 30. “You imagine the kids that up on dirt bikes would transition to scooters as they the driving age.” said “However, we’re not seeing as of that as we would like. typically get too focused on getting first car at that point.” A Really?

They are missing because when it comes to your first taste of freedom, it’s tough to a simple, fun scooter like

For many years, Yamaha has had its scooters built by vendors—the one was built by MBK in France, with models coming from a in Taiwan. Yamaha now makes the 125 in Yamaha’s own Taiwanese facility. pretty standard scooter with a tube-steel chassis and bodywork.

Twin shocks up the back end, and the skinny fork tubes get plastic to make them look beefy and protect them debris. What is beefy are the semi-knobby tires, a 120/70-12 and 130/70-12 rear designed for and handling on a wide variety of and maybe—just maybe—to pull kids from the motocross over to the scooter side of the A disc brake in front a in the back handle stopping

Widely spaced mirrors, instruments and wind-cheating handguards the Zuma 125 nicely equipped.

The is built for reliability, torque and It’s a fuel-injected, four-valve, Single with a single cam and sporty 10.0:1 compression. start makes operation and an oiled-paper filter keeps operation from ruining the which uses a built-in oil filter: an oil change is just with no new filter required.

is fully automatic CVT with drive.

Styling is simple and Those big rally-racer headlamps the night with twin bulbs—one for a 60w high beam, the a 55w low—the leg shield is narrow, are dirtbike-style handguards bolted to the tube handlebar, and a compact complete with fuel instrument panel hides a tiny fly screen. The frame are exposed, and kind of like Mark, the scooter manages to tough and cute at the same

Gabe found the Zuma seat surprisingly high. 5-foot-6 (but says 5-foot-8), for reference.

Getting on the Zuma, the first thing I is that it’s not your Asian-sized scooter. It’s than a 50cc Zuma and a good fit for me at 5-foot-6. The seat is giving plenty of legroom but making it hard to reach the at stops unless I slide It is broad and comfortable, and there’s of room for a passenger.

Extenede trips may reveal the nature of the foam, but at least about five gallons of under the seat: a full-face fits just fine careful positioning. There’s no just a grab handle, but a is available in Yamha’s accessory It’s rated for just 10 so it may not be the best mount for an aftermarket limiting the Zuma’s cargo

There is also no bag hook in although Yamaha’s accessory does include a Big-Ten-ready holder.

Starting and going is as as it gets. Fuel-injection and electric ensure the engine fires and is instantly ready to roll. is snappy, with noticeably torque down low than the 50cc Zuma.

Staying of cars and SUVs is no problem, and the keeps a stable, substantial at speed. Top speed is just 60 mph tucked in, and although I may or may not have able to barely keep up slow-moving traffic on Orange slow-moving 405 freeway, the 125 is not legal for use on roadways in California and other Instead, like the Honda 110. it’s perfect for suburban arterials that swallow up a smaller scoot.

from the tiny front and rear drum is adequate, if not

Yamaha AT 125
Yamaha AT 125

Handling is nimble and easy to a short wheelbase and wide

Handling is, as you’d expect, trouble-free. Although the 125 weighs in 60 pounds heavier than the 50, the is just a half-inch longer at inches, so quick steering and a feel is in full effect. The tires don’t really steering much, but they do go potholes, curbs and landscaped quads nicely, and the quasi-knobbie gives confidence (if not that actual grip) on dirt and

Psychological or not, that dirt-readiness makes the Zuma 50—a leading choice for the RV

The main difference between review and a motorcycle review is practical, day-to-day functioning is stage when you’re about scooters. If the Zuma was a I would have a hard getting excited about it: 55 which is close to top speed on the is where an open-class sportbike shifts second gear. But can you put your under the seat? Can you ride it drinking a beverage?

And how are you feeling that insurance payment, For day-to-day, run-of-the-mill trips town, nothing beats a and a ruggedly built, low-maintenance like this Zuma fits the bill. Should you a bike like this by the Of course.

Do you have to? Probably I worked in a scooter shop in San and the profusion of wretched-looking Yamaha and Zuma scoots that staggered here and there, after years—decades, sometimes—of was a daily surprise. Will a sportbike stand up to the kind of and abuse that is sure to a two-wheeled vehicle used as transportation? It can, given time and energy.

Or you could just get a scooter and check the oil. Or not: probably run for years anyway.

A example of how to not get good gas milage the Zuma. Although fun per gallon is the roof!

It won’t use much gas in time, either. Yamaha 89 mpg in EPA testing, which isn’t expect more like mpg, depending on how you ride. should be good enough to almost 100 miles out of the 1.6-gallon

That’s a lot of trips to the video or other short-to-medium-range hops.

So this attractive, low-cost, fun and transportation alternative, why aren’t the folk buying cheap, scooters and small motorcycles their parents and (I hate to say fellas) grandparents did in the ’60s and Maybe it’s money: a new 2010 Zuma 125 is just (adjust it for purchasing power and the equivalent of about $560 in dollars), the recent financial (remember that?) has tightened up making it likely that a buyer won’t be able to the steam off a hot bowl of soup,” as a old sales manager of mine to say. Sure, scooter and prices in real dollars gone up too much, but the cost of things—medical care, tuition and really shot up, making of “fun” things like tougher.

Will the Zuma of the new decade be capture more of the younger

Another reason may be distractions: are a zillion things young can spend money on. From to BMX bicycles to Cancun vacation everything is relentlessly marketed to 18-30. And that marketing is with many billions of spent annually to reach buyers.

Yamaha and the other motorcycle are as forward-thinking as the next guy, but such odds must be

It’s a shame. The Zuma 125 is as a scooter as you’ll find; durable, flexible and a blast to Forty years ago, was enough to get a whole generation two wheels: today, you can’t get their attention, and that’s a

Yamaha AT 125
Yamaha AT 125

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