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YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017-on) Review

Published: 02 July 2019

Updated: 02 July 2019

Kiss goodbye to your public transport woes

YAMAHA XMAX 300  (2017-on)

Kiss goodbye to your public transport woes

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

What is it about scooters that UK commuters don’t understand? Take Yamaha’s new 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. 

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?

Yamaha XMAX 300 cityscape

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Yamaha XMAX 300 open road

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Yamaha XMAX 300 rear

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.

Equipment 5 out of 5

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.

Yamaha XMAX 300 storage

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £4,599
Used price £5,200 to £5,700
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £43
Annual service cost £100
Performance
Max power 27.6 bhp
Max torque 21.4 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 80 mpg
Tank range 264 miles
Specification
Engine size 292cc
Engine type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves
Frame type -
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 179kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

The XMAX 250 first arrived in the UK in 2005, the 300 and 400 versions were launched in 2017.

Other versions

As well as the XMAX 300 and 400, the A1 licence friendly XMAX 125 is also available.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has 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.

Review your YAMAHA XMAX 300 (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Better than any motorbike

21 August 2019 by Teach

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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 (
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Oil deals required replacing after just 1000 miles despite obeying full run-instructions. Disappontingly was charged for it.
Equipment
4 out of 5
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

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