Yamaha TMAX 500 Overview
While there are plenty of bikes to choose to tour or commute on in the market, one of the most fun maxi-scooters that will give a bike a run for its money is the Yamaha T-Max 500 maxi-scooter.
Admittedly it is a bit over budget but is well worth the money in terms of riding experience.
It comes with a twin cylinder engine that churns out 40bhp and is a pleasure to ride. Featuring an automatic transmission makes it one of the easiest and most comfortable bikes to use in the city – especially when stuck in traffic.
It does a cool 70mph plus, which puts it at par with some of the top bikes in the market.
It comes with a durable chassis which is designed more like a bike and sturdy 38 mm forks, with a mono-shock absorber installed at the rear.
This makes the bike sporty to handle although its sheer weight of 197kgs can pose a few issues if you push the bike too far. Its weight makes it as heavy as many of the other Yamaha bikes.
The bike was purpose built to set a new benchmark as far as maxi-scooters go and this is obvious with one look at the bike. In terms of looks it is really trendy and sporty and in a league of its own.
In fact, it became so popular with quite a few European riders that they chose to opt for a T-Max to commute on, instead of using their car in the city.
Yamaha TMAX 500 Spec
- Top speed100mph
- Average fuel consumption45mpg
- Seat height795mm
- EngineFour stroke, parallel twin, liquid cooled
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Utterly fantastic, great turn in, smooth, composed, predictable and feels a bit sporty (not far off my Street Triple). Best ride you can have on a scooter in my experience.
Good torque, superb for commuting, but drifts away rapidly at 80+ though
Id like more top end power (of course). Everything else is just right.
It's a Yamaha, of course the build is fantastic.
I chose the model for the ABS as I ride in all weather in very congested areas, and they have proved themselves to be fantastic a number of times.