YAMAHA TMAX 500 (2012-on) Review

Published: 14 December 2011

"The sports maxi-scooter that started it all"

Yamaha T-Max

"The sports maxi-scooter that started it all"

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

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 group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA TMAX 500 (2012-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.

Review your YAMAHA TMAX 500 (2012-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Tmax 530 BronzeMAX, great great buy!

21 July 2015 by BronzeMAX

I paid a little extra and took the Bronze MAX which is the special edition. Amazing look, beautiful bike. You can really feel the quality on this bike, the response is great, has a really good amount of power to get you out of trouble should need be.... Read more Very comfortable to ride, especially within traffic and tight spots and even riding at 160km/h it feels stable. The worst feature is the ABS, as it feels as the bike could stop much quicker without the ABS. I would love to see future versions of the TMAX to have more power (although 530 is fantastic we all want more power).

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The ride quality is amazing BUT the ABS is really annoying, I feel as when I have been in a situation I needed to slow down immediately, the bike just would not stop. I personally would prefer an edition without the ABS.....as in much much much more prefer it.
Engine
5 out of 5
Very smooth engine, amazing responsiveness and great power for a maxi-scooter.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I am now on 12,000km and the quality of the bike is outstanding, absolutely great. Nothing has broken down and it is riding like it was new.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The services are decent but a bit on the expensive side, I am still waiting for the 20,000km service which I've heard is expensive. The Tmax has one issue, it is very expensive for the bike you get. Yes the quality is amazing but you are paying sportsbike prices for a scooter at the end of the day.
Equipment
5 out of 5
As with any bike purchase the best tires possible. I added an Akrapovic system and a malossi variator and the combo is great. It is much quicker and sounds great!.
Buying experience

I bought from the dealer and it was expensive, but it holds the price compared to other maxi scooters, there is a market to sell ti in and it is great quality.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £8,699
Used price £3,500 to £9,100
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 46.5 bhp
Max torque 39.2 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 157 miles
Specification
Engine size 530cc
Engine type Parallel 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Frame type Aluminium ladder
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 217kg
Front suspension Telescopic forks
Rear suspension Monoshock swingarm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, 267 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, 282 mm
Front tyre size 120/70-15
Rear tyre size 160/60-15

History & Versions

Model history

Yamaha T-Max 500 (2001 - 2011)

Other versions

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