For those who primarily take the side streets to work with the occasional unpaved road—yes, unpaved road—the 2020 Yamaha Zuma 125 is a sporty scooter that is touted to have “rugged styling” appropriate for such purposes. Its steel frame, cast aluminum wheels shod with block-pattern tires, 3.1-inch rear suspension travel, front fender, off-road-style brush deflectors, and fork boots are indicators of its light unpaved road capabilities while its electric starter, automatic transmission, 7.7 gallons of storage, and step-through design make it a convenient commuter. It is powered by a 125cc four-stroke engine to get its claimed 103 mpg from a 1.7-gallon fuel tank.
In terms of sporty scooters, competition includes the Honda PCX150 and Suzuki Burgman 200. Honda’s ADV150 is a more direct competitor, although with a higher $4,299 price tag.
Since 2018, the Zuma 125 MSRP has increased $100 and is now $3,499. The Zuma is available in Matte Black or Ultramarine Blue.