Yamaha’s quirky little Zuma 125 scooter gets a refresh for 2022. In addition to a rugged new style, the 2022 model also benefits from a Blue Core and Variable Valve Actuation-equipped engine, adjustable headlights, and aggressive tread tires.
While not exactly an off-road scooter, the new Zuma 125 certainly looks the part. More utilitarian and rugged-looking than before, it sports a larger, more angular beak fender, a blockier design language, asymmetrical headlights, and new Duro tubeless tires that aren’t specifically meant for legitimate dirt and trail use, but look aggressive and can handle some light off-road running.
New look aside, the 2022 Zuma comes packed with several features that make it adventure- and commute-ready. Two helmet hooks and a big-enough locking under-seat storage for a full-face helmet make day-to-day riding easier, while the roomy step-through ergonomic means effortless mounting and dismounting. Meanwhile, a USB charging port keeps your devices topped up on power.
Of course, another convenient feature is the Zuma’s twist-and-go V-belt automatic transmission with a centrifugal clutch, which makes for stress-free riding through city traffic. The Zuma gets both center and side stands as standard, as well as a locking ignition-switch cover.
Under the Zuma’s blocky bodywork is the new Blue Core 125cc SOHC single-cylinder engine equipped with VVA, a DiASil cylinder, and an aluminum-alloy forged piston that contributes to better reliability and a claimed fuel-economy figure of 42.9km/L.
A robust steel frame forms the backbone of the Zuma’s chassis, and is supported by a durable suspension setup featuring a beefy telescopic fork with 33mm inner tubes protected by fork boots, as well as swingarm-mounted twin shocks with 3.1 inches of travel. Stopping power comes courtesy of a 245mm hydraulic disc brake up front and a 230mm disc in the rear. With a unified braking system, pressure is applied to both front and rear brakes when the levers are depressed for safer and smoother stops.
The 2022 Zuma comes in two colors: Team Yamaha Blue and Matte Black, both priced at $3,699 (P177,000). North American riders can get a hold of the new Zuma as soon as July 2021.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.
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