Yamaha brings the XMAX to the U.S. market this year after testing it in Europe for a bit. It’s a shame that it took this long ’cause the 300 cc class makes a lot of sense on our side of the Pacific Rim/Pond. A 27.6-horsepower mill promises enough speed to be safe, even comfortable, at highway velocities, and that’s ’muy importante’ in the American market. This performance comes bundled with a decidedly modern and mature look that just screams metro-commuter to me, and not necessarily for the younger set, either. Our European friends have had a few years to test it, but we don’t use scooters quite the same way here and don’t even get me started on their tiered-licensing system. Salient point is, I’m going to put some homegrown eyes on this thing to see how it will hold up to scrutiny from a local point of view.