Yamaha TMax Making US Comeback
The Yamaha TMAX has long gone the way of the dinosaurs here in the US, having survived until 2009 until Yamaha decided to just stop selling it in our fair land altogether. Well, it took five years, but now I’m happy to say that the TMAX is finally making a comeback to the US market this year.
The news comes by way of Motorcycle.com, which is great and all, because the US market may not have appreciated the scooter billed as the “Sportbike of Scooters” enough when it was here. The TMAX is reportedly scheduled to hit dealerships later this month. I can’t deny the fact that the return of the TMAX is already getting me excited because I can’t wait to see how the 2015 model can live up to the lofty standards of its nickname.
All the physical elements are certainly there. The TMAX carries a host of sport bike influences that you normally don’t see in a scooter. From the dietcast aluminum frame to the sporty profile highlighted by the aggressive front cowl and front fender, the TMAX looks like it’s ready to make a name for itself in the US scooter segment. Oh, and it’s also going to carry a new 530 cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin engine that will pack a noticeable amount of power, all while returning an impressive 46 mpg.
The TMAX is appropriately at $10,490, which is right about what you’d expect for a super scooter. At this point, it’s only a matter of time before we see the super scooter hit dealerships. Something tells me that it’s going to get a lot attention this time around.
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Why it matters
It’s a real shame that the Yamaha TMAX didn’t get the same amount of attention it normally does in Europe when it was here in the US. The scooter is a really impressive machine in every way imaginable.
Granted, American preference for sportsbikes and cruisers compared to scooters may have had something to do with it but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that the TMAX is an impressive super scooter.
Hopefully, it gets more attention this time around when the TMAX returns to US dealerships later month. I’m not going to predict how successful it’s going to be, but I’m willing to bet that it’s going to stick around in the US longer than it did the last time around.