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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If you want to tour occasionally, a Deauville 650 does it better. If you want to commute, a YP250 Majesty is probably all you'll ever need. So where does that leave the maxi-scooter Yamaha YP500 T-Max? Good fun to ride, but just too expensive for most urban riders sadly.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Yamaha YP500 T-Max's twin cylinder 40bhp motor is a gem and the auto transmission makes commuting along urban motorways a joy in stop-start traffic. Car drivers cannot believe they've been overtaken by a scooter doing 70mph plus.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha YP500 T-Max has a sturdy chassis, bit like a cut down motorcycle really, and the beefy 38mm forks, plus monoshock rear end help keep it handling on the sporty side, until the sheer weight of the thing starts some misbehaviour if you push it. At 197kgs the Yamaha YP500 T-Max is as heavy as a Yamaha Thunderace 1000.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Yamaha YP500 T-Max's underseat storage space is plentiful, but you can't fit hard panniers to this scooter if you fancy touring - just a top case. Useful features on the Yamaha YP500 T-Max include an adjustable backrest for the rider, reflector beam lighting, optional wind deflectors and higher screen. Outstanding brakes and comprehensive dashboard too.

Yamaha T-Max (2001-2011)

Detail Value
New price £8,299
Dealer used prices
£2,520 (2003) - £6,240 (2011)
Private used prices
£2,290 (2003) - £5,620 (2011)
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Engine size 499 cc
Power 40 bhp
Top speed 100 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 2.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

You can tell straight away that Yamaha wanted the Yamaha YP500 T-Max to set a new standard in sporty maxi-scooters when they built this one. It's a classy looking vehicle. Many French and Italian riders choose a Yamaha YP500 T-Max instead of a second car and do 10K miles per year on `em.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

The Yamaha YP500 T-Max is an expensive machine and the truth is that many 500-600cc class roadster motorcycles, or 250-400cc scooters can cover all the commuter/weekend fun bases nearly as well as the Yamaha YP500 T-Max, for substantially less cash. You can get better fuel consumption out of some 600cc bikes, that are just as fast as the Yamaha YP500 T-Max. Find a Yamaha T-Max for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2001: Yamaha YP500 T-Max launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 100 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 40 bhp
Max torque 34.2 ft-lb
Weight 197 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 499 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke, parallel twin, auto
Frame Steel diamond type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 282mm disc
Rear brake 267mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 14 in
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 14 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(6 reviews)

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    owned my tmax for a year now, very reliable, had to fit a givi screen as i am over 6 foot which now makes for a better ride, only fault it's heavy.

    04 July 2012

  • Black Max

    johnlich

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Mine is a 2007 Black Max on which the fuel pump packed up a year after the warranty expired. Flitwick motors and Yamaha sorted this out between them - at no cost to me. Good service. The scoot has been a delight and has handled my commute in all weather over 4 winters. As many people have remarked the screen doesn't work for a rider of my height (180 cm) making progress at 70 mph tiring. The price has gone up by £2000 since I bought mine which i think is a bit steep for a fairly simple parallel twin.

    02 October 2011

  • Mk1

    Woodyfjr

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I always fancied a having a TMax when they 1st came out and I finally got a 2001 model which is a delight to ride I have been told the Mk2&3 are even better which is hard to believe and I do prefere carbs over FI anyway.

    20 April 2010

  • One for those that ride...

    dannyzac

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    If you want to cover lots of miles in all conditions and on british roads and arrive fresh, then this is the machine for you...

    10 December 2009

  • Are we having fun yet?

    rog5150

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Swapped a Buell for a Scooter! Crazy experiment - maybe? But I'm now doing 3 times as many miles so I'm very happy I took the risk! Power, er well it's not bike but 100 plus and Okay. Handling is fab, stable, good ground clearance (without wife on back), good unlinked brakes, turns very well. Best thing is I use it all the time because its so damn usefull, ace in traffic, weather protection and storage - two wheel car that splits traffic- works for me.

    04 June 2009

  • An expensive and unreliable pile ...

    teesee03

    Average rating rating is 1.5

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    With shoddy manufacturing quality and inaccessibility of most of the engine, this machine is designed to be an expendable item. The starter motor was the first thing to go. Yamaha UK were as sympathetic as you might expect - ie not at all. The cam chain tensioner has now failed after 8000 miles, wrecking the engine, and the machine is now beyond economic repair, after only 4 years. An absolute disgrace.

    31 October 2008

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bros647

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Superb scooter

I've had a couple of these early Tmaxes and they are a superb scooter. The design is brilliant with the engine situated centrally and not hanging off the side like most maxi scoots. This is why the Tmax is so evenly balanced and handles so well. They have no real inherrent faults and achive very high mileages reliably. Well worth a punt.

06 January 2011 12:41

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