The Zuma 50F is an all-new model for the Yamaha scooter lineup, keeping the appearances of its Zuma 2-stroke kin but utilizing a 49cc 4-stroke Single for power.
Yamaha Zuma 50F
The big news on the Zuma 50F is its 4-stroke Single. The three-valve single overhead cam design is similar to the 49cc engine powering Yamaha’s C3 scooter. Electronic fuel injection feeds the new Zuma’s mill, with internal dimensions measuring a 38mm bore by 43.6mm stroke. A fully automatic V-belt transmission delivers idiot-simple, gas-and-go operation to the economical scoot.
The Zuma 50F makes use of a steel-tube framed chassis, with a 42mm front fork and single rear shock. Braking of the claimed 205-pound curb weight comes via a single 180mm disc front and a rear drum, the new Zuma rolling on 10-inch wheels (120/90 tire profiles) front and rear.
The staggeringly high 132 mpg claim is a dyslexic bettering of the 2-stroke Zuma’s 123 mpg fuel economy. That claimed efficiency nets a near 160-mile range from the 50F’s 1.2 gallon tank. Yamaha touts the new Zuma can be refueled without opening the seat, a convenient feature. Once opened, however, the 23-liter storage capacity is promised to be large enough to store an XL full-face helmet.
Overall the new Zuma retains the same styling lines of its 2-stroke doppelganger, including the dual headlamps and short fender up front. Red accents, like the front single-piston caliper and rear shock spring, inject a bit of flair into the design.
Expected in dealerships sometime in September, the Zuma 50F retails for $2490 and is available in Raven, Yamaha Blue/White or Alpine White colorways.
Absent from the 2011 Yamaha scooter lineup, the middleweight Majesty returns for 2012. Powered by a liquid-cooled 395cc Single, the Majesty brings freeway capability with scooter convenience. The fuel injected 467-pound scoot claims 50 mpg efficiency, good for 185 miles from its 3.7 gallon tank.
Nothing’s changed from the 2010 Majesty specsheet as it still utilizes an aluminum frame, 41mm fork and dual rear shocks. A 14-inch front and 13-inch rear tire return as well, along with the dual disc braking package – a single 267mm disc front and rear. In fact, the only thing that’s changed since ‘10 is the colorway (charcoal) and a modest increase in MSRP to $6750.
The 2012 Majesty is slated for U.S. dealer floors this August.