2009 Yamaha TMAX Scooter Review — Motorcycle USA

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Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max

2009 Yamaha TMAX Review

If it looks like a quacks like a duck, like a duck. it might not be a It could be a particularly duck-like In the case of Yamaha’s quirky super-scooter, it’s a loon can fly faster, dive deeper and the crap out of any duck on two flippers.

feathery analogies behind the TMAX is the fastest, best-handling I’ve ridden, and in fact may be in my top ten for streetbikes. Period.

At first the Yamaha TMAX may look a scooter, but it handles like a So could this truly be a

“But it’s a scooter,” you “how can this be?”

question, and to answer it, I’ll you that the TMAX (sorry the all-caps, but that’s how Yamaha it, presumably to associate it with the isn’t really a scooter, but kind of scooter-sportbike hybrid. To I think we have to actually what a scooter is, which is to do.

To determine scooter-iness, we have to more than one of the following a step-through design, an automatic an integrated drivetrain/swingarm unit and or not the rider looks like a big old tooling around town. The arguably, only has one of these the automatic transmission. If I look a fruit riding it, it’s because I look like a on whatever it is that I’m

Under that bright-yellow the TMAX has the bones and heart of a sportbike. No, really. You may have that about other and some scooters have paint schemes, radial dual disc brakes and hallmarks of high performance.

But you flog them, they themselves to be what they are: scooters. Scooters, no what they look are usually built as cheap, transportation, so scooter

Using the as a stressed member of the frame, the TMAX doesn’t sport the scooter running gear the bodywork comes off.

make decisions sportbike wouldn’t touch with a brain. Look underneath the fairing on a scooter and you’ll see fork tubes and fork missing the top triple clamp. The are often sloppily bent tubes that look they were made for a and if it’s a big scoot, the weight of the swingarm/motor unit exceeds of an Olympic swimmer. Sound a recipe for an ill-handling, wallowy sow of a

That’s only because it is. And the TMAX is wrapped up in the chador of bodywork, you’d assume just another one of those big fast enough for freeway comfy and good for getting but nothing a serious dude yourself ever needs to

Which is why the first time I saw a of a nekkid TMAX my eyes out of my head, accompanied by a cartoonish sound. Feast your on what is clearly a sportbike, one designed for Billy Barty. The is a stressed member, sandwiched two controlled-fill cast aluminum beams. An aluminum swingarm a low-maintenance internal chain inside) bolts to the back of the and a non-adjustable, linkage-less shock it up.

Front suspension is a non-adjustable (43mm!) fork held in a triple clamp, complete top and bottom clamps. The brakes are serious: dual four-piston (monobloc!) calipers and 267mm up front and another 267mm in back with a single-pot Grippy Bridgestone BT-012 adorned the tester I rode: who they made them in sizes? And don’t forget the axles: gotta have hollow axles for maximum

You betcha.

DOHC and fuel are just a couple of the perks on the super-scooter.

The motor is just as as the chassis, if not more so. It’s a liquid-cooled, DOHC 8-valve Twin: most scooters get reliable Singles. It’s high tech, with 11:1 compression, forged ceramic-coated piston liners and a dummy piston that as a counterbalancer.

And talk about the injectors and airbox are mounted on top of the with the exhaust ports straight at the ground. The engine has all the appeal of a toaster oven, but it about as low to the ground as you can get, the TMAX the center of gravity of a wrestler after five at an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet $1.95 for unlimited meatballs). is via CVT.

Yamaha’s media rep Kevin was gracious enough to meet me 100 north of L.A. with a so I could swap him for another I was testing. That meant my impression of the bike would be on the boredom that is I-5 through Central Valley. After a bit of luggage into the TMAX’s underseat storage (big for a full-face helmet and then there’s also a luggage that’s plenty big for the 46-liter in Yamaha’s accessory catalog) I the bike, noting the tall, seat and high center of the bike: it’s not a step-through, you have to mount it like a by throwing a leg over, and shorter aren’t going to be flat-footing it at But the difficulties stop there: sure the parking brake is and twist the throttle—the bike forward with a not-quite-Single, exhaust note that would sound pretty with an open muffler friends at Leo Vince just to make one. ).

The TMAX has a amount of space under the for storage, with a full-face fitting with room to

It’s fast, plenty enough to charge past any of traffic you’re mixing The long-… motor means of torque, and it’s kept in its spot by the CVT’s tuning. is good, although there is a hesitation off idle: no big deal if used to scooters.

Top speed is somewhere around 100 although it’s hard to when I compared the speedo to a GPS unit it read at least 10 optimistic. But it can cruise at a steady indicated without breaking a and that broad seat you’ll be comfy for a few hours. than that and the feet-forward position will put your to sleep.

Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max

The windscreen provides protection, although the wind is pronounced. Yamaha’s accessory has a larger replacement which help. It’s not a bad place to an afternoon, and the four-gallon tank let you go over 150 miles between

Yamaha claims 47 mpg, but I 42. So I like to ride fast. the hate mail for Consumer hypermilers.

Economy? Range? Any maxi-scoot has that. Get off the Interstate or streets (where the TMAX is but massive overkill) and prepare to be

With a low c-of-g and smaller TMAX is very easy to into turns and incredibly reminiscent of the three-wheeled Piaggio MP3 I not too long ago. Except the isn’t hampered by the unsprung of the MP3’s engine and drive meaning the suspension works and the scoot can accelerate quicker. On a twisty road, I found carrying much more speed and keeping up with on faster, lighter bikes.

“This is ridiculous,” I found thinking, “I’m riding a “Say,” the guys said at the stop, “you were

or sportbike? Yamaha’s TMAX splits the

going really fast on scooter.” I let a couple of them it, just to make sure I been bitten by a radioactive spider, giving me super-scooter-riding Nope, the other guys it too, remarking on how low and stable the felt in turns, like a go-kart. Conceptually, it’s not too far from Dan Gurney’s thumper-powered recumbent motorcycles, and everybody about those, too.

The chassis components, long and good suspension (although the would be better with a help you go where no scooter has before. It’s kind of at first. Luckily the brakes are (but not as vicious as you’d thanks to the bike’s weight and wheelbase) and the TMAX retains a friendly, forgiving nature.

Of there are limitations. Lean is limited, if better than average Maxi, and the bike’s claimed wet weight (which like a lot, but it’s 100 pounds lighter than bikes in this class) is apparent. And of course, we all need. power, Scotty. With around 40 hp meeting the pavement, the will stomp most any scooter out there but wheezes to keep up with a single-cylinder as soon as the road straightens


What’s a-matta’ Yamaha? get a YZF-R6 motor to fit under Please keep trying.

A surprise: the TMAX’s $8490 for 2010. Seem high for a Actually, it’s on the low end of the super-scoot compared to Suzuki ‘s Burgman 650 or the $8499 Honda Silverwing. also a grand less a 600-class supersport, and this is the scooter around, a Bimota 3D you can ride while wearing gym shorts (please wear But is it a scooter?

Well, it isn’t not a but it is definitely more than a Is that at all helpful? If not, you can keep calling it a duck.

Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max
Yamaha T-Max 500 Tech Max

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