Yamaha announces the 2018 TMax SX Sport
More than just a practical commuter, the stylish TMax scooter has been Yamaha’s darling ever since it was launched in 2001. Although it was a bit long in the tooth here, it’s a whole different story across the pond. The scooter was at the top of the ranking charts in Europe for 17 years, and Yamaha has no signs of retiring it from there anytime soon.
While we are still only able to reach our hands on the 2015 model, Yamaha Europe has given the already sporty TMax SX a new upgrade for 2018 that ticks at being the sportiest and sexiest scooter there ever is. Called the ‘TMax SX Sport’ edition, the scooter gets packed with some fancy equipment, confusing a whole lot of new-bees with their decision-making abilities.
The sport-bike version of its little brother the SMax and a brawnier cousin of 2014’s Majesty, the new-from-2015 Yamaha TMAX has re-emerged on the American market with a restyled front end and improved handling. It might almost be considered a new generation of maxi-scooter.
First introduced for the 2001 model year in Europe, the TMAX made a brief appearance in the U.S. in 2009 through 2011 and then disappeared until Yamaha sought to fill the 500-to-600 cc hole in the U.S. scooter market. This sport-bike-styled scooter looks so awesome; I can almost forgive it for being a scooter.
Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha TMAX.
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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Marcus Walz decided to modify the Yamaha T-Max scooter and we’ll have to admit that the result is quite impressive. Marcus Walz is known for its hardcore cruisers and custom bikes, being one of the best known names in the business.
Taking about its new creation, Marcus Walz said: “With the Hyper Modified TMAX I have tried to keep the bike very clear and recognizable as a TMAX, I didn’t want to create a spaceship out of it. I concentrated on keeping the stock lines and optimising every detail while reducing the bike’s weight. I have also modified the handlebar area of the bike to give it a radical naked bike image and mounted the mirrors on the end of the bars to give it the impression of a café racer when in town.”
The scooter continues to be powered by the same forward-inclined parallel 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 530 cc engine that cranks out 34.2 kW @ 6,750 rpm and 52.3 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm.
Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha T-Max Hyper Modified by Marcus Walz.
The Yamaha TMax is one of the Japanese brand’s core products, one that has stood the test of time. In fact, it remains one of the best in the sector and is a practical alternative to a conventional motorcycle.
In the 10 years that the TMax has been around, it has become one of the best maxi-scooters on the market, one that offers true sports performance wrapped in a highly aggressive scooter body. The design of the new TMax is really to die for because it comes with luxury scooter appointments including a double glove box in the streamlined front apron, a position-adjustable operator backrest, a sumptuous dual seat, an illuminated storage box under the seat spacious enough for a large full-face helmet, a fully featured multifunction instrumentation with a speedometer and a tachometer, and Yamaha’s unique wind and weather protection that comes from the TMax’s floorboard, apron, and windshield configuration.
In terms of performance, the TMax comes with a 499cc fuel-injected, DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that’s been horizontally mounted and performance engineered with forged pistons, carburized connecting rods, and ceramic-composite plated cylinders for plenty of tractable power. The engine is then mated to a continuously variable transmission that connects engine power to the wet multiplate centrifugal clutch via a durable double-cog-type rubber V-belt. The whole technical set-up of the TMax makes it the ultimate twist-and-go throttle operation.
Meanwhile, the engine is encased in a sturdy, lightweight die-cast aluminum chassis with 43mm front forks, 4-piston mono-block caliper dual front disc brakes, a rear disc brake, and aluminum die cast wheels with radial H-rated tires.
Find out more about the Yamaha TMax after the jump.
This week, Yamaha announced four 2010 sports models and a maxi scooter, all which feature revised ECUs and new color schemes.
First and foremost, the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 gets a new, longer exhaust, remapping of the ECU and these attractive new color schemes. The middleweight supersport model is now claimed to benefit of slightly more low-end torque and have a healthier mid-range pull. Nice and discrete move with this one!
Those lucky Europeans get a redesigned 2010 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F in blue and black. ABS is added as an option.
The naked 2010 Yamaha FZ1 and the Fazer are now set for more low- and mid-range power delivery and both come in two-tone paintjobs.
Last, but definitely not least, the 2010 Yamaha TMax is now an even more stylish solution for urban commuters as it comes in white, with a two-tone seat and titanium-polished wheels.
Expect to read more about these Yamaha models on this page in the near future.
Motociclismo states that Yamaha is developing a new T-Max from their currently successfully selling 500 model, a 750cc version supposedly powered by a three-cylinder motor specially designed for the new maxi scooter.
If the picture accords to Yamaha’s idea of a future 750 scooter, we’re happy to help spread the good news and dare ask your opinion about it.