New Yamaha NMAX scooter revealed

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Yamaha have added a new entry-level scooter aimed at urban riders with this new NMAX 125cc with a single-cylinder four-stroke engine and sporty styling.

The engine has been designed with fuel efficiency in mind as part of the ‘Blue Core’ design philosophy with improvements to combustion and cooling efficiency and the reduction of frictional losses.

What the engine lacks in capacity it makes up for with technology and this is the first Yamaha scooter to feature a four-valve cylinderhead and Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) which shifts between two different intake cam lobes depending on the engine speed. Yamaha claim it contributes to a ‘smooth and linear torque curve’ but also helps the scooter perform well in the low to mid-range and so suit the urban environment.

Yamaha is pitching this scooter directly at the Honda PCX125 which has been a top-seller for the last few years having been a huge seller across Europe and the UK too.

Other engine design changes include the fitment of the radiator to the side of the motor to free up more space around the footboard area.

The overall style of the NMAX’s sporty bodywork owes a lot to the larger TMAX maxi-scooter.

ABS brakes are fitted as standard; a first for the 125cc class and the NMAX comes with a single 230mm front brake disc and the same size at the back.

Urban comfort is the aim when the twin rear shock absorbers are considered and the fitment of 13-inch wheels too.

The NMAX gets LED lights front and rear, a full LCD dashboard to add to the premium ambitions of this model. Four colours are available; red, silver, white and black and the NMAX will be available from June 2015.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter