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Yamaha Majesty 400 Super Commuter Review

Just before departure for a Biker’s Rock Night Camping

The Yamaha Majesty 400 Maxi scooter is probably the best bike I’ve ever had.  It’s my 3rd Maxi Scooter and my fifth bike to date.  My first bike in 1995 was a Honda 125cc scooter and in those days, that was one of the largest sizes of engine you could get for a scooter.  It sadly passed away in a head on collision while on holiday in Berwick upon tweed.

 In 2004 I managed to save up for my first big bike – the Honda Deauville tourer – this bike taught me a valuable lesson in what bike not to ride.  I’ 5’4″ and I often would drop this bike due to its immense 228 kilos.  I traded it in for a Yamaha Xmax maxi Scooter which was very light weight however it was not quite powerful to get me up to speed on the motorways.

 I progressed onto a Yamaha XJ6 600cc inline four cylinder naked street fighting bike which was powerful and reasonably light weight, but didn’t find it’s dirty oily chain drive palatable or like the fact that I had problems with the gears on this bike.

So I decided in June of 2012 that I needed a new bike which was fully automatic with no gears, a bike that was not too heavy to manoeuvre, a bike that would keep me dry in the wettest Scottish riding weather possible, and did not have any dirty oily exposed parts.  The answer was to purchase a modern maxi scooter.

I spent weeks researching different machines – I got the brochures laid out all over the coffee table – I read up on their specifications and features, it became almost a pleasurable form of meditation.  I looked into the new ‘Hybrid’ bikes which are scooters that want to be motorcycles but none of them appealed to me as these bikes have features of the motorcycle which I wanted to get away from.

I narrowed my search down to two Japanese models – the Suzuki Burgmann 400 and the Yamaha Majesty 400.  The MJ was more expensive by £700 and I opted to pay the extra due to brand loyalty and also I liked the design features of this machine.

The Majesty has a different design from conventional motorcycles

The MJ has a very different design from a conventional motorcycle which means that someone of my build can manoeuvre this machine with ease.  All the weight of this bike is low down – the fuel tank and the engine are all underneath the rider’s seat.  The wheels are smaller than that of a motorcycle which helps keep the seat height down.

 I found that I could get this bike on and off  it’s centre stand with relative ease.

I remember the excitement of riding this bike off from the dealership on the first day.  I was aware that the controls of this machine are different to that of a conventional motorcycle.  I had to remember that the left hand lever was a brake and not a clutch and that my feet did not have to move to change gear.

 I found it odd that when I came to the end of my journey, all I needed to do was turn off the ignition key.  For the first few trips I’d have to pause for a few moments as my left hand would automatically want to pull the  clutch and my left foot automatically wanted to change the gear foot lever to neutral.

The advantage of a fully automatic bike are evident when riding in town – you are constantly starting and stopping at traffic lights and junctions so it was a pleasure not to have to constantly painfully pull on a clutch lever at every stop, as I would have with previous manual motorcycles.  The MJ has no gears at all, this bike uses Constant Variable Transmission.  The first design for CVT was sketched by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 14th Century.

 The main thing to be aware of is that with CVT it’s easy to not realise just how fast you’re going so it’s necessary to constantly check the speedo.   Because there are no gear changes, I find that I can pull away from a total stand still, fast, if I need to.  So the MJ is a twist’n Go machine which helps you concentrate more on the road with less controls to think about.


Suede Sandals remain 50% dry in heavy rain weather proofing test

Inevitably, living in Scotland, I would experience riding in the rain on the MJ.  I have so far been very impressed with the weather protection of this bike.  I  did a test one weekend when the rain was so heavy that no biker in their right mind would go for a spin.  I decided for fun to ride from Edinburgh’s Granton harbour to Crammond beach in extremely heavy rain, wearing sandals to see how wet my feet would get.  I found that suede sandals were 50% dry at the end of the trip.

 I have now found that if I have better quality waterproofs and waterproofed gloves, I can travel on the MJ in the heaviest downpour and I will get to my destination completely dry.

The MJ is the most practical machine I’ve ever known.  I bought my MJ for Business and pleasure.  Very often I have to attend business networking events and have meetings with clients and I have to look professional.  I can now turn up to events in full suit and tie and no one would ever know that I had travelled in bad weather on two wheels.  I can open up the seat and store a laptop and large leather briefcase.

 At the end of my journey into town, I can store two full face helmets, my waterproofs, gloves and scarf in the bike’s boot.  Due to the weather protection of this bike, I can arrive at business meetings completely dry no matter how heavy the rain has been, with no dirty oil stains on my trousers.

For Video or Photography shoots in town, I can place my camera bag in the boot or alternatively in the top box.  I can attach my Tripod bag to the hand rails on the seat.  I’ve even travelled on the MJ to shoot weddings.

The MJ is great for  taking mini trips at the weekends on the A roads.  It’s not designed  for long journeys on motorways and it’s not the bike for going out with groups of bikers who ride sports bikes.  However, I discovered to my surprise that more of my female friends have expressed interest in going for bike rides on the MJ.  It has a large comfy passenger seat and the bike does not look aggressive and I think that’s why it appeals more to women.

 Even my mother couldn’t resist having a seat on it – I had never seen that before with my other bikes.  I have taken friends for short bike rides and I get much pleasure from letting another person share the experience travelling on a motorcycle.

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The Majesty’s foot rests can be used as mini tables

I always take a compact camera with me on my bike rides and add them to my facebook motorcycle diary albums.  Very often I like to ride the MJ down to the coast at Crammond and take photographs.  I usually always bring a flask and sandwiches and discovered that I could use the foot rests as a mini table which is very handy – especially as the bike’s fairing stops cups from blowing away in the winds.

First Camping Trip on the Majesty

My first camping trip on the MJ was a joyous event in October 2012.  I had travelled a short distance out of Edinburgh city to Pathhead in Mid Lothian to photograph a biker’s Rock Night.  I was able to store all my camping gear in the top box and  boot, and strapped the rest onto the back seat.

 I enjoyed not having to carry a heavy rucksack with camping gear as I had to previously with the XJ6.   I had a good shoot, and managed to get a sleep despite ice on the inside of my tent.  After brewing my own tea on the portable stove, I enjoyed a ride down to the Scottish borders to visit a friend.

  This bike handles the twists and turns of the country roads well although due to the design of this bike, you ride in a sitting position with feet forward which means that cornering requires a little more concentration.  I found that the MJ powers up the Scottish hills just as well as my XJ6 600cc machine could.  I also managed to do an emergency stop easily at 60mph when 3 pheasants decided to walk in single file on the road in front of me.

In my humble opinion, this bike is perfect – there is nothing about it I would change as it’s so practical – however, be prepared to spend over two hours each week cleaning it.  It has many plastic panels and they all get covered in road filth on the outside and underneath in the areas where the back wheel sits.   The brake pads also produce a lot of what is called brake dust which is very very dirty if it gets on your skin.

  However, cleaning isn’t generally a problem as most bikers enjoy cleaning their bike – for me it’s almost a form of meditation that I enjoy practising.  I like to polish the leather seats and windscreen meticulously.   I get great satisfaction from seeing my bike gleaming after it’s been through 4 consecutive days of monsoon  like rains.

The MJ has a 14 litre tank so when full, you can expect to get approximately  130 miles until the reserve warning indicator starts flashing.  I usually find that I have to remove my helmet so that I can reach down to the fuel cap which is slightly awkward to access compared to conventional motorcycles that have the tank as high as the handlebars.

The Majesty is the perfect commuter for Mini Trips at the weekend

The Yamaha Majesty 400 is the perfect machine for commuting to work in town and for doing your daily shop.  It will take you and a friend away on short weekend camping trips in all weathers.  It is the ideal vehicle for business people who prefer to travel into town on two wheels and still look fresh on arrival.

 This bike is easy to control, the instrument display is large and clear.  The Majesty has been developed over the last 8 years and is completely solid and reliable.  At £6400 this is a great value for money super commuter that will give the owner many happy years of riding on two wheels  in comfort.

For further information about the Yamaha Majesty, there is the MajestyUSA forum at http://www.majestyusa.com

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