if you're in the market for a scooter that's capable of taking you beyond the confines of paved roads, you have few other options than Honda's ADV 150, or, if you've got the budget for it, the X-ADV. Other than that, there aren't any other scooters available in the local market which have a dash of adventure engrained in their DNA. In other markets, particularly in the US, Yamaha has a tiny little scooter which has proven itself quite the capable dual-sport. This is none other than the 2022 Yamaha Zuma 125.
New and improved for the incoming model year, the updated Zuma 125 is making its US debut in July of this year. We can only hope and pray that Yamaha Motor Philippines brings this little rugged scooter into the local market, as its features, specs, and price tag are sure to attract adventure-minded folks looking for a capable little commuter for around-town and light off-road duty. So, what makes the new Yamaha Zuma 125 so special, then? Well, let's look at it in a little more detail.
The 2022 Yamaha Zuma 125 is equipped with Yamaha's 125cc liquid-cooled, Blue Core engine. Think of it as the motor you'd find in the NMAX 155, but down by a few cubes. That said, it makes use of fuel-injection, liquid-cooling, and features Yamaha's tried and tested Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology. All this tech gives the motor a power output of around 12 ponies—which isn't much, but is more than enough to put a smile on your face while blasting down gravel roads.
On the tech side, the Zuma 125 features a fully digital LCD display, a USB charging port, and quite an extensive array of storage options. For starters, the under-seat compartment is big enough to fit a full-face lid. Yamaha has also thrown in two helmet hangers which allow you to securely leave your helmet on the scooter when running quick errands. Another nifty feature consists of adjustable headlights—perfect for negotiating unchartered territory in the dead of night. The new Yamaha Zuma 125 is expected to begin rolling into US showrooms in July, and will carry a price tag of $3,699, or roughly, P174,000—quite a premium, considering the Honda ADV 150 retails for P149,000.