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First Ride: 2013 TMAX Black Max 530 review

isn’t adjustable on the move:

WHEN it comes to scooters miles off the European way of thinking: especially maxi-scooters, rule.

here in the UK, we just don’t get it. are for: delivering pizza or 16-year olds to work on

So it’s no surprise that the of Yamaha’s new TMAX 530 went under the radar for the average in the UK. Yamaha claim the TMAX one hand it’s a sporty on the other hand a practical and maxi-scooter’. That’s a bold

The 499cc engine has been to 530cc by increasing the bore 66mm to 68mm. It now features aluminium pistons, injectors the YZF-R6, a new camshaft and larger valves. All to increase torque.

The features an aluminium chassis and aluminium swingarm. The steel-chain drive has been replaced by a to save weight and smoothen out the drive.

Styling has been up too, with projector-style similar to the R1 and a rear LED tail from the R1, there’s no mistaking want the TMAX to ooze appeal.

The TMAX BLACK MAX we tested a matt-black finish and a matt-black slip-on exhaust. It looks the

Sat on the TMAX it feels small and It’s not bulbous like maxi-scooters and from the rider’s has the profile of a smaller 250 scooter. Any fat the old TMAX has been trimmed and the new model feels lean and

Leaning the bike from to right at a standstill you can feel the 530 its weight but like most the weight sits so low in the chassis.

The slip-on completely transforms the from personal mobility to barking angry wannabe If you imagine the time you grabbed of a trombone at school with no to play any music but to make the noise possible, then what the TMAX sounds with the Akrapovic exhaust.

The TMAX is eager, the motor going right off the bottom It used to be the case that any CVT would have the rev-needle north while it slipped in a bit of but the TMAX shunts forward just a blip of the throttle full drive coming in 4,000rpm, marked by large blast from the exhaust.

The chassis is stiff and while I to think of a scooter as being the ride is very close to sportsbikes like the Ninja The feedback from the front-end quite as prescise and full of like on a sportsbike but the stiffness of the and lack of flex in the front end the TMAX can change direction very quickly indeed.

In at a set of lights a foolish lad on a Vespa GTS 250 it no secret that he would the TMAX. Blipping his throttle and at me, I thought it would be rude to not him up on his offer. While the Vespa and its 12 were getting tied up in the Yamaha’s 530cc engine with 15 wheels meant up was less of an animated experience.

A later, the Vespa rider off. 12 wheels and cold make for interesting cornering

In town, the TMAX isn’t a for other scooters, it’s a for any motorcycle. Despite weighing a hefty 217kg, it’s and that engine is so easy to on the boil. Progess is fast but feels so relaxed because you sit with just your doing the work, giving feet the morning off.

The only thing I felt was ABS: in the UK, the TMAX doesn’t it. In town, it’s a case of you’ll use it not if and while the TMAX is at a bit of point and squirt, the front lack feel and locking the wheel is a regular occurence riding hard. Squeezing on the brakes everything feels good, good and then the bites and slowly smudges

You’ll feel like a bit of a locking the front every day not even raising an eyebrow but the will soon wear off you find yourself tucking the on a bit of London’s ultra-slippery gravel on the to a set of lights.

On dual-carriageways the TMAX feels in its element. At 60mph return 55mpg. Turn the up to 70mph and the bright red dash a none-too-shabby 49mpg.

Over and the TMAX starts to feel a underdressed. The compact fairing you squeeze through gaps in but on a 300-mile round trip SW London to Donington Park, via it didn’t offer the wind I was looking for. On this trek up north, at night, the outside temperature gauge 2-degrees, I missed a few of the creature associated with maxi-scooters.

Yamaha Black Max
Yamaha Black Max

First of all, the adjustable isn’t adjusted with an motor on the go, it requires stopping and Therefore being inherently I opted to grimace and bear it. the seat is comfortable, it isn’t The seat on Suzuki’s Burgman 650 is.

There are no heated grips as either. Yamaha will no say ‘Yes but this is a sporty we’ll have none of creature comfort around I think a scooter can be ‘sporty’ and remain comfortable for everyday

They are about getting A to B with all the convenience of a motorcycle all the comfort of a car.

I couldn’t any more than 108mph out of the but even flat-out it was completely Those 15 wheels really do the ride quality to motorcycle-rivalling During everyday riding, the light came on between 115 and 120 I covered 138 miles before and filling up.

When I did fill up, it took litres, so that means was just 300ml of the 15-litres I’m glad I chickened Expect to push anywhere 140 miles.

A quick calculation the TMAX 530 averaged 42.5mpg in my

There are a bundle of aftermarket available for the TMAX but I’d liked to see a few of them as standard. The grips cost £180 while the 12v socket is just Could they not have them in as part of the package?

there’s the lack of ABS and lack of screen adjustment. As far as I’m those are two maxi-scooter essentials. storage is on the stingy side of you can get one full face helmet in if you position it the right way but the slimline of the TMAX 530 means storage as spacious as other maxi-scooters the Burgman 650, which swallow a helmet and a weekend’s of clothes, no problem.

The 2013 TMAX is a great but for the price it’s not the best out there. The TMAX retails at while the BLACK MAX with slip-on exhaust costs

To justify that sort of I’d want all the creature as standard but if all you want to do is get to C in the time it most people to get to B, then the TMAX for a spin; it’s the fastest way to get across London. at nine-grand, it’ll remain a option for most UK bikers who quite switched to the European way of

Model tested: Yamaha BLACK MAX 530 with Akrapovic

Price as tested: £8,999


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