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Taken to the Max Yamaha’s TMax Tech Max is the highest-spec scooter money can buy

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Yamaha TMax Tech Max

Yamaha TMax Tech Max

Yamaha TMax Tech Max

Yamaha TMax Tech Max

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Yamaha TMax Tech Max

I once shared a ‘brew’ with renowned English motorcycle racer Steve Parrish when we met at the Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show in Dublin’s RDS.

There is always that qualifying question whenever two motorcyclists meet up: “What do you ride now?” This is important because it lets us put the other rider in a box of sorts – sports bike, cruiser, tall tourer or whatever.

Steve’s answer came in two parts. The first was pretty predictable: “I’ve got an R1”. Then there was a pause. “But I have to say," he said, ‘my new TMax is the one for London. I’ve never ridden something so fast, and easy to do so on, in the city.”

Steve wasn’t the first to think this way. Yamaha’s TMax has stood the test of time. First released in the late nineties as a 500cc offering, it has now evolved into a bigger and better machine.

As you’d expect from a bike that has been evolving for more than two decades, today’s offering is pretty much a benchmark for the big scooter class. As such, it has inspired some interesting new innovations from the competition. If you’ve ridden any large-capacity scooter from any manufacturer during the last two decades, then you almost certainly have the people at Yamaha to thank for inspiring the competition to build one.

These days the TMax comes in a number of specs. The one that we’ve taken to is the TMax Tech Max . This is Yamaha’s highest specification sport scooter.

While we use the word scooter to describe the machine, it’s never really going to do it justice. This may be an automatic that the rider sits ‘in’ rather than ‘on’ but it’s a scooter that has been made for motorcyclists. If you’re of the opinion that these things are for people who can’t or won’t ride a ‘real’ bike, then you couldn’t be more wrong.

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Yamaha TMax Tech Max

Yamaha TMax Tech Max

Yamaha TMax Tech Max

New restyled bodywork looks great. This new model is not only quicker, but it’s sleeker and even more comfortable than ever. There are a number of premium comforts as standard on the Tech model. These include an electric screen, a pair of heated grips as well as a heated seat and even cruise control. That last one may well help some of us stay out of trouble when it comes using all that power.

It’s powered by that glorious 560cc engine. This new unit is somewhat future-proof being, as it is, Euro 5 compliant on the emissions front. What we really like is the beast’s power delivery. It puts out seamless power from a standstill to well north of the national speed limit. This just isn’t something that we’d associate with traditional scooters.

The price-tag of €14,299 might sound like a fair wodge of cash for a scooter but if you look at the spec, power, comfort and all-round usability (you can fit two full-face helmets or a small grocery shop under the seat), you’re getting a fair bang for your bank.

And it’s not just motorcycle legend Steve Parrish who would take a TMax over an R1 for urban traffic.

A few years ago at a press launch for a much different machine, the conversation among the assembled journalists turned to urban commuting. Which was better in the city, a decent supermoto or the then-mighty R1200GS?

A French colleague interjected: “In Paris all the bank robbers use the TMax - it’s fast, carries two with luggage and you don’t need to change any gears. It’s the best for any city in any situation.”

“If they are that good then how do the police catch them?” said one of my English associates in a sceptical tone.

“That’s easy,” replied the Parisian, “They use a Tmax fleet with blue lights fitted.”

Fine praise doesn’t get much finer than that. 

To find out more, call Ciaran at Megabikes in Dublin on 01-4784200 or talk to your local Yamaha dealer.

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