YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
What is it about scooters that UK commuters don’t understand? Take the Yamaha XMAX 300. You can get incredibly low PCP deals on one of these A2-legal maxi-scooters and basically kiss goodbye to your public transport woes, not to mention save a stackload of cash in the process.
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For a suburban commuter, the XMAX 300 makes total sense. It’s practical, has the full package of safety aids, will easily cruise at 70mph and delivers 80mpg. How does that not make sense?
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Despite appearing physically large, the XMAX soon reveals itself as a surprisingly light and agile commuter. Carrying its 179kg weight very low helps it flick effortlessly from side-to-side and it’s narrow enough to zip through gaps.
The seat is comfortable, the screen and fairing are effective and it can almost hit 100mph flat-out. Should you need to anchor up quickly, while the brakes lack some feel, the ABS is excellent in catching any lock-ups and the traction control certainly worked on wet cobbles.
The suspension, however, could be a little better. Over particularly poor surfaces the XMAX’s twin shocks felt a little harsh and under-damped, jolting the rider in an unpleasant way. On smoother roads they were up to the job, but if you own an XMAX it’s best to avoid potholes wherever possible.
EngineNext up: Reliability
With a top speed nearing 100mph, the 292cc single in the XMAX is probably more powerful than most will need it to be.
The A2-compliant 27.6bhp motor is plenty for zipping around the city and won't intimidate fresh converts to two wheels, either.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Yamaha are famous for the reliability of their thumping singles in bigger bikes, and there's no reason to think the power unit in the XMAX should be any less bullet-proof.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
How does 80mpg all day long sound? On paper the XMAX is every suburban commuter’s dream mode of transport, and the ride doesn’t disappoint either.
A low monthly PCP cost makes the XMAX a viable alternative to public transport, and its £5199 price tag puts it on a par with Honda's Forza 300 (£5099) and cheaper than the Suzuki Burgman 400 (£6499). The Kawasaki J300 comes in at £4599, but is not so well-equipped.
If you are yet to be converted to two wheels and are worried about safety, the XMAX even helps quash this fear. Alongside ABS, Yamaha’s new 292cc single-cylinder machine comes with traction control as standard, which although a little unnecessary on a 27.6bhp twist-and-go is still reassuring when it starts to rain.
Add to this keyless ignition and disc brakes front and rear and the XMAX goes a long way to justifying its £5199 tag. And then there is the practicality side.
Pop up the XMAX’s seat and underneath is a vast 45-litre storage area (which is helpfully lit by an LED light) that can happily swallow up two full-face lids with room to spare. In one of the two gloveboxes (the one that locks) there is a 12V power source so you can charge a phone while on the go and both the screen and bars are height adjustable.
In a slightly odd move, Yamaha haven’t equipped the bigger XMAX (or any XMAX model for that matter) with a parking brake, meaning you do need to be wary when parking up on any kind of slope.
But this a small irritation on what is otherwise a thoroughly sorted, and well-specified, maxi-scooter that – if tried – would certainly win over a few public transport-weary commuters.
|Engine type||Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves|
|Fuel capacity||13 litres|
|Front suspension||Telescopic forks 110mm travel|
|Rear suspension||Unit Swing 79mm travel|
|Front brake||Hydraulic single disc, Ø267 mm|
|Rear brake||Hydraulic single disc, Ø245 mm|
|Front tyre size||120/70-15|
|Rear tyre size||140/70-14|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||80 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||£100|
|Used price||£3,000 - £4,600|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||28 bhp|
|Max torque||21.4 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||264 miles|
Model history & versions
The XMAX 250 first arrived in the UK in 2005, the 300 and 400 versions were launched in 2017.
As well as the XMAX 300 and 400, the A1 licence friendly XMAX 125 is also available.
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Great city commuter, watch the side panels going through tight gaps. Quick off the line. Headlights are abysmal, main beam makes no difference. I would hate to ride on unlighted roads out of town,. Brakes only just good enough. Seat a little tall ( but the under seat storage is amazing ) enough power to leave most things at lights including swarms of 125 delivery scooters!
Back brake pretty effective, but front needs a good squeeze, feels a little dead. After the disc and pad change it was much better, the pins had been properly lubed. Front end not bad, but be aware most weight is on the rear, so watch it in the wet. Rear suspension seems very soft, and floaty and soon bottoms over big bumps. But cruising on traffic free roads, feels good, upright position behind the screen ( on its tallest setting) is comfy for 100 mile plus. Can cruise 70+mph but watch it drink fuel, buffeting does get worse at high speed
Pulls well from starting and mid range, just slower at top end - it is only 28bhp! Vibration only shows a little at tick over, mirrors always clear.
Well built, no rattles. but lower bolt holding swing arm seized and its into the engine case...so changing the back tyre was a challenge. Front disc seriously scored and a little warped and replaced under warranty at 7K. Main switch can be fiddly, if you get it wrong, the filler cap opens when you are trying to lock the steering! ( plus it has no illumination)
Fuel is good around town ( considering its stop start all the way) and 95+ mpg on open roads. back tyre needed changing at 7500 miles.
MPG and temperature easily viewed on screen. I fitted a 113db horn because pedestrians are morons in London. Michelin City Grip tyres are great in town, I had them on a previous scooter, stick with what you know
Annual servicing cost: £100
Great scooter, only the suspension letting it down, don't let this put you off as this is an excellent machine
Ride quality is far to firm, brakes have a slightly vague feel to them although stop you ok.
Sublime engine, can't fault it
Very well made
Very cheap to run, great mpg 95mpg....v belt at 12k
Michelin city grip tyres are good
Annual servicing cost: £100
It's a great workhorse for commuting with all the storage you need. Mine gives 95mpg and will do 95mph indicated.. so I hear :-) It's extremely functional, if not the most engaging scooter I've ridden. Looks pretty sharp especially with the matt paint. A few niggles.. chiefly the rear ride comfort and it can be a bit of a stretch for shorter riders.
The rear suspension is a bit of a let-down. Even replacing it for something a little more plush doesn't greatly improve matters. The issue is one of suspension travel and you'll need to grit your teeth a bit over the harsher roads. I found this a limiting factor on roads out of town.
The engine is it's best feature. Smooth acceleration all the way up to max speed and great mpg. Also it's very smooth whilst your ticking over (which cannot be said for the 400). Enough power at motorway speeds to overtake easily. Impressive for only 300cc.
It's never broken down exactly in 8000 miles however I have run the battery down twice. The alternator does not produce as much juice as I need and a few hours wearing a heated jacket & gloves in city traffic will send the battery flat. This isn't true of all scooters btw, my old Honda PCX 125 would cope without raising a sweat. It took more than a few calls to Yamaha to establish the cause and yes, the design amp output couldn't keep up. This likely won't affect most people but I like to stay toasty.
Pretty low service costs as you'd expect. Had to replace the front disc but that's my fault as I forgot about my disc lock :-/
The Michelin city-grip tyres that come as standard don't seem the same quality as those you'd buy as Retail. That's common of course but worth swapping these out. Touring screen useful for motorway speeds but cut it down to the height you need.
Buying experience: Bought it from new
Annual servicing cost: £100
Long distance commuter. Lightweight with decent power. Needs better brakes. Massive storage. Flickable. Tops out before "losing licence automatically" speeds😉 No major issues just a couple of "spoilers". Tyres let go suddenly in the damp. Leaning right turn rams something into floor very early compared to leaning left turn.
After 7000 miles there seems to be a steering issue that only I can feel apparently. Brakes are weak for a bike that can cruise at motorway speeds. Seat uncomfortable after 200miles or so, and the little "bum stop" really is a pain in the arse for anyone over 5'6"...at 5'9" there is too little leg room to stretch cruiser style and too little to bend upright style. A large screen is a must but why haven't they made hand guards?! Regularly cover 250 miles a day and guards are required in winter.
Tops out on a track *innocent look* at 97mph with a 92kg rider. Shame it hasn't got a tad more acceleration (0-60, 9s)...and as I said the oil seals or similar went at 1000miles despite very careful run-in for 700 miles (
Seat issue and oil seals went. Oil seals should have been fixed for free as far as I'm concerned. Seat issue seems minor but is bloody annoying: need to press button AND pull seat or it didn't unlock therefore one has to put down (often in the wet) what needs to go under the seat. Yamaha can't fix it.
Oil deals required replacing after just 1000 miles despite obeying full run-instructions. Disappontingly was charged for it.
Should be shipped with tall screen and handguards. Tyres seem OK but can "let go" suddenly in the damp or wet so real care needed in those conditions. Loads of underseat storage, large laptop bag plus helmet or shopping... Although my seat no longer releases without two hands which is a pain that yamaha couldn't care about. "we don't know how to fix it, but it can still be opened so just put up with it", direct quote from dealer
Buying experience: Dealer: 5299 interest free