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.
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.
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.
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.