2009 Vino 125
a Pure Fun Scooter!!
This is my personal review of the 2009 Yamaha Vino 125 scooter. I wanted something with some power, good gas mileage & sporty looks, as well as a proven reputable company. This scooter has exceeded on all levels.
I've only had it since Aug 2009 and I just turned over 600 mi and it has been a sheer joy to ride. Startng with the engine, it is a 124cc 4 stroke carburated powerplant that cruises happily at 45mph and can reach speeds up to 60mph depending on the rider weight. I only weigh 152 so I know that would be no problem. The Vino has a lot of pep especially when you leave from a stand still, I've had people in cars look in amazement that this smaller size cycle can move so quickly. Just squeeze the brake level, push the start button and she fires up instantly with a low growl from the oversized tailpipe, which is covered to prevent accidental burning. So far with the handful of fill ups I've averaged 95mpg. I do wish the 1.2 gallon tank was larger to travel more miles but only a minor inconvienience.
The styling and comfort is what won me over. I looked at a few different scooters in the 50cc-125cc range and the Vino was an easy choice. Styling is a personal preference, what you like and what I like could be different, not wrong, just different. The Zuma 125 had come out about the same time and although it is supposedly more powerful I liked the Vino better. I do wish the Vino had the Zuma's 12" wheels instead of the standard 10's but oh well... I love all of the chrome, the extended turn signals,the single headlight, the speedometer & gas gauge placement etc. The new Cranberry Metallic, new for 2009, like mine is a real stunner. The seating is very comfortable with its oversized seat and room for a passenger and there is more than enough room for your legs to go on the floorboards. There is also a large storage area under the seat that can hold my full face helmet. This opens with the key and locks so you can leave your helmet in your bike when you go into a store etc. This is activated by the ignition switch which has 3 settings. The ON to prepare to start the engine, UNLOCK to open the seat and LOCK which locks the steering all the way to the left.
The handling is very good considering the small wheels. Although you do feel more bumps in the road with the wheel size and stiff suspension, the Vino still feels secure. Like any motorcycle the rider has to always pay attention to rode surfaces and even more on a scooter, a pot hole to a motorcyclist would be an unsettling jolt but to a scooterist it could be a wreck. The thing I've discovered is with the lightweight, the Vino weighs 240 lbs, and the aforementioned wheels that avoiding trouble is fairly easy. The turning radius is large and the scooter balances itself quite well when tested. The brakes are also responsive, I've already had to avoid a deer at 40mph, she was uncertain of her direction so stopping was my only option. As far as wind resistance goes, the Vino again remains stable. It does take some getting used to because you do move around slightly because of the light weight but as you become more confident in the cycle and your riding skills you realize that you won't get blown off. I've only tested this at 50mph on a light wind day, on a gusty day I would more than likely stay a bit slower but thats just me.
There are countless 125cc scooters out there and I strongly recommend this one. Yamaha has always had a quality reputation with their motorcycles and they continue this with their scooter line. If the Vino is unavailable then the Zuma with its more jagged appearance would be a quality choice as well.