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YAMAHA XMAX 400 (2018-on) Review

Published: 20 October 2017

Updated: 20 October 2017

Yamaha XMAX 400 a maxi scooter without a maxi pricetag

YAMAHA XMAX 400  (2018-on)

Yamaha XMAX 400 a maxi scooter without a maxi pricetag

Yamaha have updated the A2 licence friendly XMAX 400 for 2018. It has improved handling to make it more agile and responsive around town, while being comfortable on longer journeys. It has the same quality feel and similar performance to it’s big brother, the TMAX, for a fraction of the price.

The wheelbase has been shortened to make it 50mm shorter than its nearest rival, the Suzuki Burgman 400. Combine this with 15-inch wheels and the Yamaha is agile and manoeuvrable around town.

Fitted with quality Michelin City Grip tyres and traction control. The twin shocks have five step pre-load adjustment.

Handlebars are two-way adjustable, with two fixed positions, 20mm apart. The screen is also manually adjustable and can be fixed in two positions, 50mm apart.

Twin front brake discs and twin piston calipers are powerful, without being grabby and ABS is fitted as standard. There is a handy parking brake, a must when parking big scoots on an incline.

The 33bhp engine is Euro4 friendly. It’s responsive and smooth in city traffic and on open roads it doesn’t get left behind and has enough punch for higher speed overtakes.

Yamaha’s MAX range has been around since 2001 and there are no known major issues with reliability.

The XMAX 400 is almost half the price of the TMAX but has the same quality feel and attention to detail. There are nice touches, such as the metal decal on the seat, that gives the scooter a touch of class.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Service intervals are every 6000 miles or 12 monthly, other scooters in this class need servicing more frequently.

We averaged 65mpg during our test, which means the tank range is around 185 miles.

Insurance group: 7 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Yamaha have fitted an immobiliser and it has keyless ignition, used in conjunction with a dial on the centre console, operates ignition, steering lock and access to the storage compartments. An alarm sounds if you leave the bike unattended without switching it off, annoying but useful.

Storage space is practical and sizeable. The lit under-seat compartment holds two full faced helmets and there are two glove boxes, one of which is lockable and houses a 12v charging point.

A combination of analogue dials and LCD dash are clear and easy to read. With a quick flick of a switch, you can scroll through the display to reveal useful information, which includes MPG.  


Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £5,999
Used price £5,000 to £6,500
Warranty term 2
Running costs
Insurance group 7 of 17
Annual road tax £43
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 33 bhp
Max torque 26.55 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Specification
Engine size 395cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled single
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension 33mm telescopic forms, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin shock, adjustable pre-load
Front brake 267mm twin disc with twin-piston calipers
Rear brake 267mm single disc with twin-piston calipers
Front tyre size 120/70 x 15
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 13

History & Versions

Model history

2018 - Euro4 updates, keyless ignition, shortened wheelbase, reduced weight.

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XMAX 400 (2018-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 400 (2018-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

5000km review

05 November 2018 by adrian

The best part is the high riding position which is comfortable even for touring. The worst parts are mirrors supports that need to be taller and wider out. Overall, I'm very pleased.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
We (the girlfriend and I) did an 800km two-day tour in Northern Spain through hills, mountains, back roads and motorways. Flawless performance and extremely comfortable. Feels like a larger touring bike even with two bags on board spending 5 hours a day riding. City riding is good at great visibility with a high seat.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great highway performance and passing power with passenger and bags uphill.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Great Mileage for a 400cc.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Adjustable handlebars and adjustable windshield made a huge difference.
Buying experience

Good.

4 out of 5

A strong contender in the scooter market, but build quality is potentially an issue

01 October 2018 by Peter Connell

Rides well, strong engine, good storage, decent weather protection, and big enough for two up riding. Downsides are Yamaha's build quality, which is not the best, and the dealer support which could be better. Dual rear shocks are fiddly to adjust and old fashioned when compared to other manufacturers who have moved to a mono shock on their new models.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Strong engine, good brakes, good handling, manoeuvrable, fits rider with added pillion without compromising rider control. Seat is wide but hard, and uncomfortable after one hour.
Engine
5 out of 5
Strong engine. Power delivery is good for overtaking and motorway driving. Throttle response is good making the scooter easy to ride around town.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Bike failed at point of delivery as ABS unit was faulty and it took two weeks to fix. Issues with rear suspension fixed under warranty.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Only 1,000 mile service at present which is not sufficient to comment on longer term running costs. However, the initial service cost experience indicates that it will not be any cheaper than a standard motorcycle to run.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Bike as standard is adequate, with good under seat storage, but needs the addition of heated grips and the battery charger connector in the non lockable glove box as the battery is behind the windscreen and not easily accessible for charging. Standard windscreen size is fine for people up to 5ft 11. The comfort seat is an option to be considered as standard seat gets uncomfortable after one hour. Optional leg cover is expensive and can only be fitted and removed by a dealer. Top box with backrest is recommended as it adds additional storage that is welcome on a longer trip.
Buying experience

Buying experience at the dealer was good, but the bike was nor properly prepared before collection.

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