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Yamaha T-Max 500

When Worlds Collide

in Europe, July 12, 2000 For many years the worlds of and scooters were two entirely universes. No self-respecting motorcyclist be seen … on a scooter, and the boys felt the same motorcycles. Such was the animosity the two groups that battles often fought between the two on the beaches of Great Britain.

confrontations made front news and are the basis of much of the motorcyclists suffer from today, over forty later.

For 2001 Yamaha has up with a vehicle that claim unites the two concepts one. That vehicle is the Tmax 500.

Billed as a of the best of both worlds, is keen to promote the Tmax as the that has a lot of motorcycle in it. It has a 44 bhp 500 cc twin-cylinder engine hung from a diamond-type steel frame, the of which owes more to the chassis design of motorcycles scooters.

The rear swing arm is of the engine, just like a whereas scooters usually the engine with the transmission, and all of pivots with the swing arm rear suspension action and unsprung weight. The front features motorcycle-type 38 mm right-way-up forks described as heavy-duty by

The disc brakes, a 282 mm rotor by a twin piston caliper at the and 267 mm at the rear, are the largest ever to a scooter and wouldn’t look out of on a middleweight motorcycle. WWith 140 mm inches) of ground clearance, the chassis design allows lean angles, claimed at 50 The wheelbase is also motorcycle-sized at mm (62 inches), allowing rider and plenty of leg room.

The engine the largest capacity of any production in the world as well; at 44 bhp it is the most engine fitted to a production This motor will the Tmax’s 197 kilograms (434 to a top speed of around 105 mph. The of the suspension, plus the fitting of 14 wheels, gives the sort of speed stability not normally with scooters.

Now for the scooter No motorcycle, except possibly ill-fated Pacific Coast, has entered the public arena like this. The seat might be able to pass off as motorcycle bodywork but the 32 liters of space under it is all scooter, as is the of the all-enclosing bodywork.

Yamaha’s have added a few lines to the that try to pass themselves off as of an alloy beam frame though they’re not real; plastic styling touches and no real purpose. The riding also comes from the of scooters. There are no footpegs for the pillion’s) and the rider sits on the scooter style footboards.

Then there’s the transmission; the drive is automatic, there’s no clutch or gear changing on a motorcycle. 500cc engine or the Tmax is a scooter.

The engine has carefully positioned to give the as much of a motorcycle feel on the as possible. The twin-cylinder water-cooled

plant is layed down below the rider’s feet, between the wheels. Ride any after riding your and it’ll feel nervous. have made every to avoid this sensation, a job too considering the power output and top speed.

Due largely to the positioning of the weight distribution is 47% front 53% much closer to the 50-50 of a superbike than any other where the rear mounted puts excessive weight on the wheel. The 14 wheels are shod 120/70 rubber up front and rubber in the rear which is than you might have on most big bikes twenty ago. Yamaha claims all adds up to the best handling around.

OK, so we have a scooter that has genetically modified with the of a motorcycle. A scooter with the and handling of a motorcycle combined the convenience of a scooter. Great. But who buy such a machine, especially it’s likely to cost the same as a middleweight commuter such as Kawasaki’s ER5?

is aiming at three groups of existing scooter riders; of middleweight motorcycles; and new riders who may be the sport.

First, this new has been designed to attract large-capacity scooter riders who are for more performance than is by current models. The maxi market is the fastest-growing sector in the two wheeler marketplace in Europe and hopes that the Tmax attract many more into the category for 2001 and

Yamaha T-Max 500
Yamaha T-Max 500

In the past, any existing scooter looking for higher levels of and chassis performance has had to move up to a motorcycle. Now, with the of the Tmax, they have the to buy a model that offers the increased performance they without having to compromise the of riding luxury, day-to-day and twist and go convenience they

The second group that the is aimed at are those owners of street, commuter and sport motorcycles. Yamaha expects to be surprised and impressed by the higher of comfort and weather protection by the Tmax.

Finally, the third which the Tmax is targeting are new car drivers and re-starters who demand the of a car combined with the simplicity of a Yamaha estimates there are of holders of full motorcycle in Europe that no longer any kind of two-wheeler.

Until now the of riders between scooters and was generally in one direction only, is from a scooter to a motorcycle. the arrival of the Tmax Yamaha that will change.

believes there is massive amongst non-riders for a new type of that offers style, and performance. This has been by the success of the YP250 Majesty the last five years. In the Majesty is one of Italy’s best two wheelers.

With its class-leading the new Yamaha Tmax is being out to tap into the potentially huge from existing car drivers and who, until now, been sufficiently turned on by the scooter market has had to offer. of attaining 0 — 60 mph acceleration that will outpace all but the powerful sports cars, the delivers the levels of performance, and sophistication that the discerning demands.

Yamaha’s launch of the Tmax in Italy, was a glitzy affair fireworks, singers and dancers. was free spending on the hospitality and had journalists from all over the and not just from the motorcycle/scooter — the European lifestyle like Front and Loaded in attendance, too. There can be no that Yamaha has spent developing the Tmax, with its engine, chassis and bodywork.

It superficially resemble the smaller but Yamaha insists the two scooters no interchangeable parts at all. All in all a lot of cash being shelled out on a new and Yamaha is obviously confident they’ve done their properly. Yamaha is betting on the quality of their market They will have to that the new market they are for a superscooter really does

Suzuki already produces a scooter, the Burgman, which has well in Europe. Honda’s UK wouldn’t be drawn on Honda’s to build a superscooter, although of a 600cc scooter are circulating Later in the year Yamaha be letting Motorcycle Online their new machine and at that we’ll find out if all the claims of performance and comfort are true.

It will take much for Yamaha’s hunch to be proven, be keeping a close eye on the Tmax’s figures to see if the demand really is both in Britain and worldwide for the So too, no doubt, will competitors.

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Yamaha T-Max 500
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