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I also own a yp 250 overall I am impressed with this little bike using it when it is to wet to use the R1, the only issue I have is it only manages just over 60mph and after reading the last review tihs is 25 mph of its top speed! does anybody know these are easily restricted/de-restricted?
great scooter and me being a real biker , i would say this is ideal for a winter hack . but all so great in summer and is fun to ride . very comfortable reliable and economical . it only cost me £47 qwid to put on my insurance as a second bike . all in all if you have a chance of one go for it .
Update: December 2007 - The Majesty is a real workhorse; I have now done 8,000 miles on it. Basically the carb had to be cleaned and the water pump needed re-building, overall it has run in a very reliable fashion. A big plus is that it gets about 80 to 85 mpg and this is on a 30 mile daily commuting journey which is not slow, using major dual carriageways. If you are considering a commuter look no further. Mine is a 1996 model but Yamaha still make this model and it has been extensively upgraded.
The Majesty is a scooter that is logically and well put together. My model is a 1996 one which is still in lovely condition now (in 2006). This goes some way to justifying the hefty new price tag (£3,800 in 1996). It is the first of the 'super scooters'. Basically, it does all it is supposed to do. It has useful storage areas (three altogether), one of these is a place to store your full face helmet. In these days of rip off petrol prices 70 to 75 mpg sounds good to me. The ride is steady and measured. The belt drive allows effortless riding, but for those used to a conventional geared (motorcycle) it can seem strange at first when it de-accelarates. The 250cc water cooled single is nippy; it will see off most cars (up to 30 - 40 mph) and will quickly reach 30, 50 or 60 mph depending on the roads. Its happy to pootle along at 30mph easily, yet it will reach 70 mph on the bigger roads when you wind the throttle up. My one has 12,500 miles on it and it has had only routine servicing. Insurance for me (a 40 something) is very cheap and I managed to get it put on my exisiting bike insurance, as an extra bike, for just another £49 per year. One major plus point is the weather protection, your hands are the only thing not given protection, but this only matters in winter. In our wet UK climate I bought my Majesty to be my daily commuting hack, so my other bike (a Triumph Bonneville) only sees sunny days. When it rains you get good protection and emerge quite dry relatively. The Yamaha is a top ride and I would recommend it for all of its undoubted qualities. Comfortable, utilitarian and economical plus of course no parking charges and no traffic jams as it easily filters through bottle necked lines of cars and lorries. You can find scooters like this which have been lovingly looked after (like mine) for ridiculously low prices if you search around. Make sure it has a full service history too. Oh yes one more thing its fun! It is a cheeky little thing, which I immediately liked, its aerodynamic body is a super design and has not really dated in 10 years. A 10 out of 10 from me!
I bought a 250 Majesty as I had been looking around for a super scooter to commute my 25 mile round trip to work every day, freeing me from endless time sat in City congestion. This Scoot totally forfilled this role getting to and from work stress free, Im sure car drivers know what I mean by this!! I thought I would go for atleast a 250 to give greater confidence as I am used to larger bikes and have the licence. I have no real gripes except that it doesnt give great confidence on motorways as the aerodynamics are poor in open space and over 60 miles an hour.
I found road handling excellent with the strange feeling the first time you come to a decent roundabout at speed wondering what to do with your legs, as a biker who would lean with knees out? it sticks to the road very well in dry conditions. Havent tried similar in the wet tho'. Other than this I find it a great scoot ideal for long or short journeys. As most bikers will agree it is great just for zipping around doing errands with the added bonus of greater protection and twist n go leaving traffic standing at the lights. If you are considering one of these go ahead, treat yourself they are great fun and much sought after second hand. Im sure you will have no regrets and hope my review helps :-)
Having passed my full test I decided to keep an eye out for something with a little more grunt than my old Madison 125. The used bike that fitted the bill was a 1998 Yamaha Majesty 250. The extra power from the larger engine makes for much better acceleration, though 125cc two strokes will keep up with it from 0-20 or so at which point the Majesty pulls away. The extra power is good for cruising at. 60 ? 70 MPH is no longer full throttle. It peaks at 75mph and regardless of whether I am in city traffic or cruising I get around 70MPG. When at speed the bike is nicely stable, I feel the bumps a bit more than the Madison but nothing too bad. It?s only when going at walking speed that it?s a little twitchy. You can still filter between rows of grid locked cars, but I have to keep the feet off the footboard just in case. Legroom is not as good as the Madison, though the back rest can be removed to give the extra room. The backrest itself provides good support ? no more twinges of the lower back after a three-hour ride. I think a replacement screen may be in order ? the one on it, whilst keeping the wind off your torso directs it all into your face, once you get over 30MPH it sounds like a flag is flying over your ears. It is not a quiet ride. Being an older version of the bike it only has room for one helmet under the seat, this has since been redesigned and newer models can now fit two lids under the seat. The seat is held up by a hydraulic rod, which prevents it blowing shut. Additional storage is in a large two part glove box ? big enough for leggings, bottle of water, A5 road atlas and some other bits and bobs. There is also a deep well in front of the seat. Both are lockable. The rear brake on this model is a drum, which of course is not as strong as a disc, but still does the job. I use it for the daily commute across grid locked Bristol and for longer trips of over 100 miles. It is equally hap
py with both. With the addition of a top box I can also do the weekly shop. It?s a machine I can happily recommend ? I?m sure the newer models with more storage, twin disc brakes and additional legroom are even better.
Having recently completed a refresher course, I was advised to stay away from big bikes, 500cc and more. Somebody suggested to buy a scooter. After desperatly trying to find a proper second hand bike, I finally went for a Majesty 250. My first contact with the bike was somewhat indecisive and wobbly but I decided to buy it as I found it to be the perfect compromise for my requirements. I commute everyday come rain or shine and need to ride 50 miles per day. This on a mixture of motorway and fast dual carriage way and London traffic. The abscence of gears and very good comfort makes it a great bike for this purpose. It is fast enough (75mph) and accelerates very well. It is easy on the rider at high speed even though a ride on the M6 made me feel at some stage like Bishop Brennan from the "Father Ted" series. A mixture of lack of confidence and the bike itself sometimes produce bad results. I sometimes feel too wobbly. The bike is quite weighty and braking too readily affects the balance itself affecting self confidence. The bike is far better when you open the throttle and becomes very agile and esay to ride. Another big advantage of the bike is its MPG. I do 70 + mpg during my everyday ride.
I recently bought a FJ1200 and it needed some repairs. So the dealer gave me a courtesy bike instead. Guess waht it was? A YP250. I don't see why they call it majesty because there is nothing to it. That scooter was the most uncomfortable motorcycle I have ever readen. I guess that it is all right if you ride it in town or on extremely short journeys but do not take it on the motorway. scooters are really dangerous on the motorway. they are extremely affected by side winds and by lorries. It is not stable at all. For the price, I would rather buy a bandit 600 or a CB500. Morover, the position you are riding the bike offers little protection against the cold weather. Your finger tips are freezing, same for your toes. Because your legs are lying forward, the wind jams up your trousers and you get really frosty nuts... I am not usually afraid on a bike, but I was scared to death to ride this stuff....
I finally decided on a scooter for all the usual reasons, weather protection, storage space, etc. I wanted something that had reasonable perfomance, that would cruise at a reasonable speed two-up and would not break the bank. I found a pre-registered 1999 model Yamaha Majesty YP 250 at a local dealer at £1,000 less than the 2000 model, so I snapped it up. Running in the Majesty was a little trying Yamaha recommend no more than 1/3 throttle for the first 150Km. I guessed this at around 40mph. Between 150 and 500Km no more than 1/2 throttle. I guessed this at around 50mph. Between 500 and 1,000Km no more than 3/4 throttle. I keep it at 60mph. For the first 100mls or so the clutch operation was not 100% smooth but this soon bedded in. The rear suspension came set at the middle of 5 settings. I found this to be much too hard for the horrible roads we have in Hull E.Yorkshire and I now run it on the softest setting. Potholes still are a problem and often I find myself having to re-postition myself on the seat after hitting a bad one. It has to be said the Majesty is much more comfortable 2 up. One good thing about the Majesty is the raised position of the passenger footrests. This enables our 8 year old little girl to ride pillion with no problems. I was a little concerned she may be nervous about going on the bike but my fears were allayed -she loves it! The Majesty has 3 storage areas, under the seat, a glove box and a smaller compartment in the floor. The under seat storage is large enough for a full face helmet and is unlocked from the ignition switch. With a helmet under the seat there is little room for anything else. The glove box which is lockable is large enough for my wet gear. The compartment in the floor is also lockable. It is quite small and in truth I have not found a use for it yet. Weather protection is probably average for this type of machine and in common with most other models the hands are
fairly exposed. The cockpit is nicely laid out all controls are accessible with gloved hands. There is a temperature gauge, fuel guage, digital clock and of course a speedometer which has a trip meter. There is however no tachometer, this does seem to be the trend with variomatic bikes. The rear brake has a mechanism for locking on the brake for parking. I would have liked this to have been lockable as an extra security measure. Both seats are extremely comfortable with a relaxed riding position long journeys are no problem. There is also a warning light which comes on when the bike is ready for an oil change. I can vouch for the robust nature of the steering lock as it has already resisted an attempt to steal the bike. This resulted in the handlebars facing in one direction and the front wheel in another but the lock held! The Majesty is all but run-in now and I took a trip out to York 2up for the day. The Majesty proved well up to the task of two-up out of town cruising. I kept the speed to around 60mph but I feel that when the bike is fully run-in two-up 65mph cruising will be well within the capabilities of the Majesty. All in all I would recommend this Scooter to anyone