2018 Yamaha XMAX Review

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By John Burns

2018 Yamaha XMAX

Editor Score: 89.0%

Engine 17.5/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 89/100

Yamaha‘s new XMAX scooter appeared in the US last year with little fanfare – possibly because Yamaha didn’t want to call attention to the fact that its long-running and updated-for-2017 TMAX maxi-scooter came up missing about the same time.

We were big fans of the TMAX, mostly because its powerful-ish 530cc parallel Twin, big-boy running gear and 15-inch wheels made it feel almost as much sportbike as it did scooter. Its price tag backed that impression up, unfortunately – $10,490 last time we tested one four years ago – which must have a lot to do with its new MIA status. TMAX is still for sale in the rest of the world.

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The new XMAX carries on the large high-performance look of the TMAX, at least, but does so with a 292cc liquid-cooled 4-valve Single rated by Yamaha’s UK website at 27.6 horsepower at 7250 rpm, and 21.4 foot-pounds torque at 5750 rpm. The TMAX is rated at 45 hp at 6750 rpm, and 39 ft-lbs at 5250 rpm.

Wet-weight wise, the UK site has the TMAX at 470 pounds and the XMAX at 395 lbs, which agrees with Yamaha USA – so the XMAX’s 75 less pounds closes the performance gap a little. The TMAX’s big 15-inch wheels are responsible for a large part of its handling performance, and Yamaha has integrated most of that into the XMAX: Its 120/70-15 Dunlop Scoot Smart front is the same size as the T’s, and its 140/70-14 rear tire is close enough to keep it feeling perfectly fine at the remarkable speed it’s capable of (though the TMAX runs …read more

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