Yamaha Zuma Reviews

2006 Yamaha Zuma from Canada

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

25th Jul 2014, 21:09

Thank you for your interesting review, those are long trips on a scooter (wow).

I just purchased a second hand 2006 Zuma (BWS) with under 2 thousand km on it. I have to say I also think this is one of the best buys I've made. It's not like my 2300cc Triumph, but honestly it's just as much fun for a lot less money.

2005 Yamaha Zuma from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance2500 miles

Summary:

The best 50cc going

Faults:

This bike has been flawless. No problems yet, despite riding it through the cold New England winter.

General Comments:

For a 50cc bike, the pickup is great and the top end of 43 mph is just fine.

It handles well. The brakes are solid, and, in fact, the entire bike has a well-built, solid feel to it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2006

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews