YAMAHA MAJESTY 400 (2004-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Supremely comfortable, good on fuel, but the 125/250 versions make better commuters"

Yamaha YP400 Majesty motorcycle review - Riding

"Supremely comfortable, good on fuel, but the 125/250 versions make better commuters"

  • At a glance
  • 395cc  -  34 bhp
  • 55 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (750mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • £6,299

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The Yamaha YP400 Majesty is a fair bit heavier than the 250, but has beefed up suspension and a much more touring biased set of bodywork panels. It's supremely comfortable, good on fuel, but the 125/250 Majesty makes a better commuter than the Yamaha YP400 Majesty and the T-Max makes a better maxi scooter for another £700.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The chassis is excellent and the Yamaha YP400 Majesty can handle twisty roads just as well as many small motorcycles. You will be amazed at how rapidly you can cut through traffic on busy A roads. The Yamaha YP400 Majesty's sheer weight eventually loads up the front end when you push hard however.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Yamaha YP400 Majesty's single cylinder 395cc unit is really quiet, smooth and pleasant to use, but a mere 34bhp pushing along 197kgs dry (same as the T-Max 500) just isn't enough oomph for the open road - especially when riding two-up. 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The Yamaha YP400 Majesty really impresses you with its finish, the way everything fits nicely and the quality of the ride. Yamaha YP400 Majesty engines are renowned for their mile-munching durability. The Yamaha YP400 Majesty is definitely a cut above rivals like the Burgman 400 or Piaggio X9 500.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Yamaha YP400 Majesty has a two year warranty and there's a useful range of accessories, but an all-rounder bike like a Kawasaki Versys, or CBF600 Honda might do the same commuting/touring job, but offer more of a grin factor at the weekends. Find a Yamaha Majesty 400 for sale

Insurance group: 8 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Comprehensive dashboard, loads of storage space, great mirrors, lighting and a grab rail all help make the Yamaha YP400 Majesty a practical way to get around. Optional extras on the Yamaha YP400 Majesty include top case, backrest and heated grips for all year round commuters.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MAJESTY 400 (2004-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

YP400 2011

27 February 2011 by petervoros

Had my Majesty new about 7 weeks ago. On the ride home about 30 miles I began to wonder had I done the right thing because I had pain in the lower back by the time I got home. Since then I have got more used to it altered my riding position... Read more slightly and can now go at least an hour with no aches or pains any more. There is good storage under the seat and a couple of smaller ones in the leg shield. The motor seems powerful enough for me and reasonable on fuel as long as the right wrist isn't twisted too violently. Handling is brilliant really confident and safe. The ride is a little harsh and choppy on poor surfaces but fine otherwise. Brakes are superb, powerful with good feel. Weather protection is good although I could do with a slightly taller screen. I think the cost of a new one is on the high side for what it is at the moment but I suspect that this is mainly due to the currency exchange rate.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

2007 Majesty 400

18 February 2011 by scottdiver690

My first big scoot after owning nearly 30 bikes, its fun, comfy, fairly rapid for a single cylinder, Yamaha's build quality has come on a long way since i last had one back in 1997. It also has masses of storage space, paint finish is good and... Read more handles surprisingly well, it does need a bit more go but it makes half decent progress, screen does create lots of buffeting as it blows right on the top of your head, other than that a very enjoyable scoot, nicer than the Burgman 400, oh and the brakes are outstanding.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued -
New price £6,299
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 8 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 34 bhp
Max torque 36.3 ft-lb
Top speed 95 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 395cc
Engine type 4 stroke, single cylinder, auto
Frame type Cast aluminium diamond
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 750mm
Bike weight 197kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 267mm disc
Rear brake 267mm disc
Front tyre size 120/80 x 14
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 13

History & Versions

Model history

2004: Yamaha YP400 Majesty launched.

Other versions

None.

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