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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The sports maxi-scooter that started it all. As close as you'll get to motorcycle handling in scooter form. The T-Max can tour, scratch and commute as good or better than many middleweight conventional bikes. But ABS isn't standard, it lacks the innovative features found on other maxi-scoots and the price is getting dangerously close to £9K.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

A 30cc capacity hike plus a whole host of remodelled and lightened engine parts has increased power by 3bhp over the old model and, more importantly, a 10% bigger wodge of torque. The T-Max will beat most conventional bikes away from the lights (if only for a few yards) and cruises at a relaxed 70mph with enough gusto for efficient overtakes.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Thanks to it's aluminium ladder frame (new on the 2008 model), 43mm forks and new die-cast swing arm the T-Max isn't just surprising down a twisty back lane, it's staggeringly good. A well-ridden conventional middleweight bike will out handle it in the end, but it's better than you'd think.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

You don't get much in the way of toys for your £8870. Under seat storage is just about OK and will swallow a full face lid and lunch box. The two position screen is efficient but needs tools and a few minutes to adjust. The new belt drive is snatch free and unobtrusive. For the price, ABS should be standard.

Yamaha T-Max (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,699
Dealer used prices
£6,210 (2013) - £7,470 (2014)
Private used prices
£5,580 (2013) - £6,720 (2014)
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Engine size 530 cc
Power 46.5 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 0
Engine rating is 4 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 0
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 0
Value rating is 2 rating is 0

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The sports maxi-scooter that started it all. As close as you'll get to motorcycle handling in scooter form. The T-Max can tour, scratch and commute as good or better than many middleweight conventional bikes. But ABS isn't standard, it lacks the innovative features found on other maxi-scoots and the price is getting dangerously close to £9K.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

We've always said the T-Max is on the pricey side and the new model updates don't do anything to change that. Tick the ABS option box and you're looking at a whisker over £9000. The ABS equipped BMW's C600 Sports Scooter is nearly £2000 cheaper and Honda's long-in-the-tooth but accomplished Silverwing is cheaper still at £6505.

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

Yamaha T-Max 500 (2001 - 2011)

Other Versions

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Specifications

Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 46.5 bhp
Max torque 39.2 ft-lb
Weight 217 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 530 cc
Engine specification Parallel 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Frame Aluminium ladder
Front suspension adjustment
Rear suspension adjustment
Front brakes Hydraulic dual disc, 267 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, 282 mm
Front tyre size 120/70-15
Rear tyre size 160/60-15

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