2018 - 2021 Yamaha XMAX

It’s quite sophisticated for surprisingly low price

Even though the XMAX looks substantial, the weight is carried low so the handling is rather nimble and responsive.

The real shining star is the traction-control feature, tech that you don't expect to find on a scooter at this price point.

The level of rider protection and storage capacity coupled with the highway-conquering power

is what makes the XMAX appropriate as a white-collar commuter.

A rather full windshield protects the torso, and the two-position, screen-height adjuster

allows you to crank it up another two inches for an even bigger pocket of protection.

The sculpted seat is shaped so as not to interfere with the thighs while standing at a stop which makes it more accessible to shorter riders in spite of its 31.3-inch seat height.

Yamaha added adjustable handlebars that can be pulled back almost three-quarters of an inch to further accommodate the vertically-challenged.

Under the seat, a voluminous, lockable storage compartment can hold up to two full-face helmets with LED lighting to help out when fumbling in the dark.

The inner fairing sports a pair of compartments for small items and one of them is wired for 12V DC with an electronic lock for the safe storage/charging of your mobile devices.

Yamaha handled the underpinnings on the XMAX less like it was building a scooter and more like it was building a motorcycle

with a proper tubular-steel frame rather than a monocoque assembly for the main structure.

The factory kept overall weight down at a low 397-pounds wet, but didn't skimp on the brakes.

A 267 mm front disc and 245 mm rear give the XMAX its stopping power, and the stock ABS ensures that you can use the brakes to their fullest without fear of a lockup.

In more motorcycle fashion, the XMAX runs with both an upper and a lower clamp that strengthens the front end and stiffens the forks against torsional forces.

In more motorcycle fashion, the XMAX runs with both an upper and a lower clamp that strengthens the front end and stiffens the forks against torsional forces.

The XMAX beats out anything in the motorcycle field as far as features-per-dollar with a $5.7k sticker.

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