Yamaha Zuma Review from Canada

2006 Yamaha Zuma

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance32000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda C70 Passport

Summary:

Fun, reliable, and good on gas, what more do you want?

Faults:

Clutch pivot rivet broke recently at 31,900km, welded what was left and it's like new again.

Otherwise nothing in 3 years, but by-the-book maintenance every 3000km!!

General Comments:

- I bought the Zuma or BWs as it's called in Canada, brand new in July of 2006, the dealer I dealt with has closed its doors unfortunately, but luckily a new one opened near me, so I can get parts. (No dealer ever touched this bike except for initial assembly, which they still managed to screw up)

- I've been through more brake pads than I care to count (probably around 9 sets at $25-$30 a pop). Still on the original rotor though.

- Engine and carb have never been opened till this day.

- Recently put new tires at 30,000km.

- CVT tranny has been overhauled at 24,000km, and again at 29,000km, because of a prematurely worn belt.

- Muffler has to be painted every once in a while as it likes to rust.

- Very easy to work on, very minimal maintenance, and very simple machine. Three recipes for reliability.

- Performance is alright for a 50cc 2 stroke engine, compared to some other 50's I’ve tried, if you don't want to have a top speed of 65-70km/h then get yourself a motorcycle (modifying these things IMO is a waste of $$$)

- Handling is great, very light and agile perfect for busy city streets.

- Fuel economy is okay, I average a real world of 77.7 MPG (US) over 110 fuel ups!!

- I've taken this little scoot on some good trips, (Toronto to Detroit and back in one day) (Toronto to Ottawa twice) what I gathered from these trips is this the seat is absolute garbage, but then again I’m sure this thing isn’t made for these types of journey's.

- Lots of storage space with the Givi top box.

- Not much else to say, but this is one of the best buys I’ve ever made!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2009

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 1 review