We’ll be riding Yamaha’s new £9399 TMax this weekend at its world launch in Cape Town.
It’s the maxi-scooter’s first major overhaul since it was released in 2001 (and growing from 499cc to 530cc along the way). It’s 9kg lighter and features a new die-cast aluminium frame, a 40mm longer swingarm, a new rear suspension linkage, shock and revised steering geometry.
The 45bhp, parallel twin cylinder machine also gets ride-by-wire for the first time, traction control, a new exhaust and lightweight carbon fibre transmission belt and pulleys, a new TFT dash, switchgear, keyless ignition, a centre stand lock and enough underseat storage for two helmets.
A top-spec DX (£10,699) version comes with an adjustable rear shock, cruise control, electronic power modes, an electronically adjustable screen, heated seat and grips.
The out-going TMax was a commuter's dream and the last word in easy speed, comfort and practicality. This new model promises to add an extra layer of safety, poise and refinement.
Check back here this weekend and on MCN’s social media channels to discover our first impressions and read the full test in the 1st March issue of MCN.