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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.