2012 Yamaha Zuma 50F First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2012 Yamaha Zuma 50F Ride

The immensely popular Zuma 50F was fitted with a four-… Single for 2012 to emissions.


No, that’s not Sinatra coming to visit. the sound of a two-… 50cc motor zipping up one of San Francisco’s It can make it up that hill a two-… powerplant makes twice the power as a four-… of the same displacement, which that for many of San Francisco’s of thousands of scooterists, a cheap, simple 50cc two-… was all they needed for years of

And then along comes the old Man, in his many iterations local and federal agencies to clean up the air and quiet things Two-strokers make good but they also dump a lot of fuel and burnt-up oil into the Sure, cleaner-burning two-… can be built, but for whatever reason, the of two-… scooter models in the USA has shrunk to almost nothing.

The victim was Yamaha ‘s Zuma 50. Immensely popular, almost 64,000 sold in the since 2002, the Zuma sporty performance at a decent Two-… fans will the passing of its light weight, low and surprising power for such a engine size.

Not too fast! three-valve Single provides but not very exciting power.

Or will they? For 2012, brings us the Zuma 50F, my hometown of San Fran to show off how it is for the dense urban environments it call home. At the tech Aaron Bast, one of Yamaha’s planners, illuminated what into the design.

Yamaha focus groups in the U.S. and to find out how 50cc scooter wanted their rides to and perform. Turns out that the audience is diverse, with 30% female and a huge distribution in Usage is broad too 53% use it primarily for to work, school or errands, but a use it mostly just for fun.

asked why Zuma buyers their mounts, styling, economy and price were represented responses. What did want the bike to look Rugged, dirt bike and image kept coming up with a conflicting message a desire for rider roominess and

Instrumentation is minimal but adequate.

So aren’t a lot of surprises packed the 2012 Zuma 50F. The platform is lifted from the and maybe not-so-missed Yamaha C3 “sea cube”), which kind of like a baby on wheels and was unceremoniously dropped the 2012 lineup. Still, as as that bike may have it had a pretty good engine a liquid-cooled Single with and triple-digit fuel economy.

And the four-… design offers beyond better fuel It’s also cleaner (it’s even got dual to meet the toughest environmental runs cooler, has better off-idle and warms up faster. claims 132 mpg, although insanely economical figure is on exhaust-emissions testing, not actual riding.

The chassis is a tube-steel under plastic bodywork offers some new features the C3 and old lacked. There’s a telescopic in front with a chunky, 10-inch tire in front, a 180mm wave-style brake and snappy red-painted single-piston Handlebars are now moto-style, with an replaceable tube handlebar the Zuma 125 ‘s.

The rear is by non-adjustable monoshock, and braking is with a mechanical drum on the rear wheel. Seat has

If there’s a better way to get around a urban environment than a scooter, we haven’t found it

crept up a bit to 30.7 inches, but the is basically the same size. claimed wet weight is actually two less than the 2011 207 pounds.

Comfort and styling ignored. Clear turn lenses lend a Euro and the front brake disc, and rear spring get hip red highlights. A rack, cup (or glove) holder, bag hook and 23 liters of underseat add practicality.

A fuel gauge lets you when the 1.2-gallon gas tank under the floorboards) is empty. the C3, there is room for a passenger, so as nobody is in a particular hurry.

The fun when Yamaha’s Tim Olsen the format of the demo ride. of your usual lead-and-follow along a pre-planned route, a hunt was laid out, photo stops and orders to be by 5:00 pm. A cake walk for me I a taxicab in San Francisco for seven and I knew that a small was the best way to negotiate S.F.’s of narrow, traffic-choked byways.

But the new four-… mill be enough to me alive and happy?

Not a problem. The torquey motor has good off the line (although it seems to be more for top end than off-the-line and will carry most up even the steepest hills in 18% grades in some cases. The rugged looks were by brakes and suspension up to the challenges by S.F.’s potholed, bumpy and criminally inattentive drivers.

was no spot in the City’s 49 square I couldn’t reach, and I had a great doing it.

Yamaha Zuma
Yamaha Zuma

Sure, I often more power, especially I had to haul my pregnant wife to the for an appointment, but with a Zuma as slow as it is, you’re still to get anywhere in San Francisco faster by bicycle, bus, car or train. The will get up to an indicated 40 mph or so if you give it room and will give you 109 mpg (I measured fuel consumption riding an unbroken-in example for 50 miles), even if you’re flat-out, and believe me, you will be WFO.

Yamaha’s C3 was economical and fun to ride, but had a only a mother could It’s gone from the lineup.

Sure, you could up that two-… Zuma and the four-stroker in the dust (or more a big cloud of blue smoke), but you not make friends with cops, old ladies crossing the small children, or anybody sensitive to the pollution and noise a two-… emits. It’s probably going to give up a reliability when you swap out the parts and start bolting in expensive, delicate kit exhaust and components.

Because a scooter the Zuma isn’t about around as fast as possible. about reliability and function. Hop on it, the electric starter and go.

When you get to destination, squeeze it in between two toss your full-face under the seat and wait for bus and car-confined friends or co-workers to Gas is cheap I spent $1.36 around all day and maintenance is affordable with 6000-mile valve-check and a tiny amount of oil to change.

But it’s not just all about and practical transportation even the penny-pinching CPA likes to have The Zuma 50F is every bit as fun to ride as the less socially responsible It’s so light and steers so you almost forget you’re anything.

It’s fast to keep up with most (although you should pull to get out of the way on very long, steep grades), and it can fly through corners in a larger motorcycle can’t

Bug-eyed lamps carry on the styling theme we’ve since the ’80s. Focus rejected other styling

It’s not perfect. The seat did get a dreary (but to be fair, I was it for hours on end, which its mission) and it’s really too for a passenger, unless you live flat and slow-paced. And I hate to it up, but at $2540, it’s not exactly a (although it is just $50 more the 2011 Zuma ). There are a lot of scooters, also built in that offer similar or performance for the same price or a lot

But Yamaha’s products exhibit a level of quality in design, and engineering that justifies the pricing. Because of that are scooterists who love the rugged and sassy character of the little and will accept no substitutes. thousand of them since the Zuma was brought to the USA, to be

Two-… fans may lament the end of the Zuma, but for the rest of us, Yamaha’s bug-eyed scoot lives on. The has all the fun, character and economy of the old in a slightly more eco-friendly Zumas will continue to San Francisco’s steep hills and get to work and school with on their faces, even by the cheerful buzzing and heady of tuned two-… exhaust.

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