A very busy day in Milan has included Yamaha’s reveal of the new TMAX. Lighter and more powerful, the 2012 TMAX includes numerous changes and refinements.
First and foremost, engine displacement has increased from 499 cc to 530 cc, and “rebuilt with a host of lighter, more efficient components.” Yamaha claims this results in a huge boost in low to mid-speed power and torque. A new belt drive system provides a claimed increase in efficient power transfer together with a more connected feel between the throttle and the rear wheel.
Redesigned seating includes more comfortable passenger accommodations and hand grips. A new automotive-style dashboard provides extremely thorough instrumentation with excellent legibility. A larger 282 mm rear disc brake combines with the already powerful dual front brake system. The all-new bodywork includes a two-step adjustable windscreen.
The Yamaha TMAX has previously set the bar for maxi-scooters when it comes to handling, and Yamaha claims improvements in this category, as well. With all the new competition in this segment, it will be interesting to see if the TMAX hangs on to its almost cult-like status among enthusiasts.