It never ceases to amaze me why city commuters in the UK aren’t flocking to two wheels rather than pay extortionate public transport fees and then still have to deal with their terrible reliability and service. And having ridden the new Yamaha X-MAX 300 I am even more bamboozled.
If you sign up to a PCP plan, the X-MAX will cost you £65 a month after a £1054 deposit. This is the same as a single week’s peak time commute from Croydon to London Bridge (£11.30 a day), four (almost, it’s £17.50 a day) London Zone 1-6 anytime Travelcards, and these are just two examples, the list of commuter rip-offs goes on and on.
What’s stopping people taking up two wheels? Is it the fear of accidents? If you are yet to be converted to two-wheels and are worried about safety, the X-MAX even helps quash this fear as it comes with a decent traction control system as well as ABS alongside its flash keyless ignition and huge 45-litre underseat storage compartment. Did I mention economy? How does 80mpg all day long sound? On paper the X-MAX is every suburban commuter’s dream transport, and the ride doesn’t disappoint.
Despite appearing quite physically large, the X-MAX is totally at home in the city’s streets and is a light and agile commuter that is narrow enough to zip through gaps. The seat is comfortable, the screen (which can be raised by 50mm) and fairing effective and it can even almost hit 100mph flat-out. While the brakes lack some feel the ABS is excellent, catching any lock-ups, and the traction control certainly worked when we rode on some wet cobbles in Florence. When the potholes really struck the twin shocks felt a little harsh and under-damped, but on smoother roads they were up to the job.
If you want a suburban commuter the X-MAX certainly ticked all my boxes, and at the end of the day I can’t help but return to the price - £65 a month! Why on earth would you rely on public transport every day when you can own a maxi-scooter for less than the cost of five days on a packed train?
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