Yamaha Goes Big With New Scooter

Publish Date: 
Sep 12, 2008

BLURRING THE boundaries between scooter and motorcycle, the TMAX is Yamaha's newest entry into the maxi-scooter market. Radically sporty for the often staid maxi market, the TMAX is long, low and sleek.

While styling is important in the scooter market, the mileage that Yamaha touts is pump music to many a rider's ears. The TMAX achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg with a fuel tank that holds four gallons of gas. (Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha.)

Luxury scooter appointments include a double glove box in the streamlined front apron, a position adjustable operator backrest, a storage box under the seat spacious enough for a large full-face helmet, and the excellent wind and weather protection that comes from the TMAX's floorboard/apron/windshield configuration.

Continuously variable transmission connects engine power to the wet multiplate centrifugal clutch via a durable double-cog-type rubber V-belt. Silent chain efficiently transfers power to the rear wheel. This proven system, combined with TMAX's ample power, gives a whole new meaning — and adrenaline level — to twist-and-go throttle operation.

For the TMAX's headlights and taillight Yamaha borrowed styling cues from its sportbikes.