The Nmax is quite a physically small bike, and as such feels quite nimble without feeling too skittish over bumps. It's a well balanced machine which provides plenty of confidence to lean it all the way over until the bodywork touches down. It does crash a little over larger bumps, but most bikes and scooters of this weight struggle to cope with bumps as well as their hevaier cousins.
The NMax is the first scooter to come with variable valve timing, which shifts between two different intake cam lobes depending on the engine speed. This results in good performance away from the lights, and when the system chimes in at 6000rpm, a gradual, smooth increase in performance. Yamaha claim a top speed of 62mph, although we saw 67 on the speedo sat bolt upright.
Quality-wise the NMax feels as you'd expect, there's no cheapness anywhere on the bike and it's one of the most stylish scooters on the market.
At £2,599 the Yamaha isn't the cheapest scooter out there, but it is £100 cheaper than the best-selling Honda PCX125 and it performs better, too.
Variable valve timing is a first on a 125cc scooter, as is ABS as standard. That's about your lot when it comes to toys, but you can fit a full face helmet under the seat and there are two pockets on the inside of the leg shield for small items.