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Yamaha TA 125

Review of the Yamaha Zuma 125

If you in a college town ( and scooter use strictly limited to moped-legal ) take a look at where the are parked. Odds are pretty that you’ll see a bunch of with two large headlights up and a Yamaha logo. The Yamaha came out in 1989 as a 50cc and it rapidly became the performance 50 of Because the Zuma was a good scooter to begin with, tended to hold up well to add-ons and modifications.

Yamaha bringing the Zuma 50 here for a of years ( 2006-2007 ) and the new Zuma 50 is but lacks the performance of the old model. kept the Zuma name with a 125cc 4-… The fat tires, dual headlights and looks continue in this

The model reviewed here is a 2009 with 4,000 on it. It’s well and truly in and in very good condition. It have additional accessories in the of a windshield and rear luggage

The stock scooter comes a grab rail in back, but no

Speedometer Reading/Speed/Fuel Economy

It was easy to mount my GPS holder on the 125 as it has an exposed ( … ) handlebar. The day I had the Zuma it was quite blustery a few strong wind gusts. I on lower speed readings for day.

To get an accurate reading, necessary to hold the scooter at a speed long enough for the GPS to get signals. At 30 MPH indicated, the GPS was reading 28 or 29 When the winds died and I could hold higher I got readings that indicated the was about 5% optimistic.

At 50 MPH indicated, the actual speed is 47 48 MPH. The odometer was VERY showing JUST over 10 ( the tenths hadn’t quite over to .1 ) in 10 miles of actual These are good numbers as scooters read 10% to 15% optimistic some models approaching 20%

The most I could get out of the Zuma 125 was a GPS 54 MPH. Keep in mind I weigh 220 pounds. Fuel overall was 75 MPG. Yamaha up to 89 MPG.

Again, I’m not a load and I was running the scooter hard. In normal city with an average ( 160 pound ) I would expect 80ish Good, but not great for a fuel 125.


The Yamaha 125 was all new in 2009. It has the same tough, sort of look as the Zuma 50. steel frame tubing, fat those big headlights, brush-deflectors by the all contribute to a non-traditional scooter

This is about as far away the Vespa-influenced retro look as one can get in a ( except, maybe, for the Honda ). The Zuma is powered by a 124cc engine that is air-cooled, has a head and 10:1 compression as as ceramic-composite cylinder plating. On top of all it’s fuel injected.

For I selected the Honda Elite 110 is also fuel injected and the Typhoon which is chasing a similar to the Zuma, but is carbureted. The is the priciest of the bunch. We recently the Honda Elite 110 and hope to a chance to spend some with the re-designed Piaggio in the near future.

I did not include the Genuine Buddy 125 in comparison because I believe scooter is intended for a different than the Zuma 125.

The headlights are one of the most distinctive of the Yamaha Zuma 125. The side light is the high and the left side is the low beam. In form, there is no switch that allows both to be lit up but if the aftermarket on the Zuma 50 is any indication, a wiring harness modification likely make dual-at-the-same-time if it isn’t out there already.

The pod is small but includes a speedometer in the that is biased to miles per and an odometer but no trip meter. To the is a fuel gauge. To the left is an warning light, turn indicator and high beam

The engine light comes on start-up, which is normal.

The switch includes an anti-theft cover which is released by the The key is hinged making it easier to the security cover. The switch opens the seat and locks the end.

The front end lock and cover are nice additional measures, but you are still better off to your scooter to a fixed with a good quality The 1.6 gallon fuel tank is by a filler at the front tip of the seat. The gas cap is with the key and at a bit of an odd angle for filling.

I had to be careful not to overflow the filler the fill neck is cantered and very difficult to get to with a fuel pump nozzle.

As earlier, the stock Zuma 125 with a grab rail in the but no luggage rack. A nice rack was added to the test and it looks perfect to accept a topcase. There is a kind of object tray on the front on the left side. I put my insulated travel mug in there and it DIDN’T out on the way to the office. There is also storage under the seat.

My XXL 3/4 fit and I was able to get a small full in there if I positioned the helmet right.

There is not a luggage on the Zuma 125. This allow one to carry a bag or two between legs. The general idea is to the hook secure the handles and the bottom of the bag resting on the floorboards a foot on either side of the

I suppose the hook to hold the is not, strictly speaking, but it surprises me that it’s on the Zuma.

Riding Impressions

I first sat on the Zuma 125, I I had misread the specifications. It says inches for seat height and I a 30 inch inseam. At 220 pounds, I squish the scooter enough to flat footed at stops. I barely tip-toe this

The seat height is accurate, but the is also fairly wide. I myself sitting a little too which made the leg room like less than it is. The reach to the handlebars is good, not too not too high.

Something about the angle and of the seat made the riding feel a little off to me, but not bad. On the side, the seat is nearly a with no big hump between the and passenger portions of the seat. The is firm, which I like.

Yamaha TA 125
Yamaha TA 125

thought it was too firm and complained of a backside in pretty short when riding.

Turn the key to on, let the cycle, hold a brake and the starter button — the 125 fires right up hot or cold and settles into idle. fuel injection rocks. A of the throttle and we’re off.

is only adequate. Looking at the of the engine ( 4-valve head, compression ) I expected more. As as this scooter looks, the performance was a little disappointing. are no real flat spots in the curve, but no real sweet either.

Zipping around in was no problem and the Zuma 125 held 47 MPH my considerable bulk up a pretty hill.

The suspension is firm and with the fat tires to eat up some roads. I certainly felt the bits, but didn’t bottom The single piston front and rear drum brakes did a job of stopping the scooter when and I wanted. I thought the fronts a little weak, but they just fine. It’s to modulate the brakes and one has to hit the rear hard to lock up the wheel.

The Zuma 125 responded quickly to and was easy to toss around. The fat and overall look of the scooter say and I felt obliged to try some sans pavement. There are gravel and sand roads not too far of my house and I took the Zuma for a spin.

Those fat tires some confidence, but not much traction. I certainly didn’t the Zuma, and probably wouldn’t the limited suspension travel and but a little sand and gravel no troubles. Just don’t it and the Zuma 125 will get you over the and through the woods as long as on some kind of road.

Fit and

My experience with Honda’s 110 showed that very quality stuff can come out of The Yamaha Zuma 125 isn’t there. I’d say good but not good.

Some switches ( signal and high beam ) operate as crisply as the Elite’s. The on the colored panels was very and manufacturing tolerances were I’m not saying any of the components bad, they just seem to be the kind of top tier I’d expect from The Zuma 125 is light years of the low-end stuff out of China. Put a next to a web-ordered Wildfire and you think they were on the same planet.

Everything perfectly on the Zuma 125 and I’d that situation to continue for time. Again, good, but not


Looking at the Yamaha 125, one would expect of its buyer to be young males. marketing tells me this is not the Well over half of all 125 buyers are over 30. Something 40% of the buyers are over 48.

OK, I guess I can see The engine performance is not what one call exhilarating. The Zuma 125 is not legal in any state. Maybe one has to be a more … ( sigh. ) to understand the value of a really city scooter. As long as you expect highway riding and acceleration to be part of your regime, the Zuma 125 will get the job

If you like the look, it fits and want a solid scooter will help you face all nasty bumps and potholes on Avenue ( those of you in St. Paul what I mean ) the Yamaha 125 is worth a look.

THANKS to in Minneapolis Minnesota for providing the used in this review.

Yamaha TA 125
Yamaha TA 125
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