A popular scooter in the European market for Yamaha, the TMAX is returning to the American market for 2015 (it was sold here for a stint circa 2009), claiming itself, as it always has, as the “Sportbike of Scooters.”
That claim comes from the many sportbike influences seen on the TMAX. Starting with the new-for-2015, 530cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected parallel-Twin, power won’t be something the superscoot is lacking. Also designed for fuel-efficiency, Yamaha claims the TMAX will return 46 mpg. Power is transferred to the ground via a continuously variable transmission, leaving the rider with other things to focus on other than shifting.
The sportbike influence is noticeable throughout the TMAX, as its LED headlights, front cowl, front fender, mirrors and instrument panel all have an athletic and sporty look to them. From a mechanical standpoint, Yamaha’s sport experience is seen again, as the frame is constructed from diecast aluminum, the forks are 41mm inverted units, and stopping power comes from radially mounted brake calipers.
Another feature seen on the TMAX is the use of a Smartkey system, making turning the scoot on and off as simple as pressing a button. The rider can also lock the handlebars with a button push as well.
At $10,490, the TMAX is priced right up there with other maxi-scoots in the category, but it’s touting performance the others may not be able to match. Available in Sonic Gray, it will be available in dealers later this month. Motorcycle.com has already put in a request for one, and will be sure to give it a thorough shakedown once it arrives.
For more information, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.