It's a shame this machine has to be classified as a scooter. It has been designed from the ground up to behave and handle like a real motorcycle, and bears no comparison to the tiny machines now so common, in London at least, since they introduced the congestion charge (and which are left behind effortlessly at the lights). Though it feels heavy and clumsy when you take it off the stand, the minute you start the engine it demonstrates really nimble handling, and can make its way through the traffic with no anxious moments. The wheels are larger than the average scooter, and cornering is not a problem. It's a superb town traveller, but it is big and powerful enough to take in trips of up to 100 miles or so without effort, and if you're content to stick to the legal limit (and it's not the sort of bike to appeal to boy racers) then motorway driving is quite comfortable, and very stable. Its main disadvantage is the small fuel tank, which means filling up every couple of hours on a long trip. Storage space is limited (there's only room for one helmet under the seat). The ride is comfortable. Like the Burgman, the Silver Wing and the X9 this is designed for executives, not enthusiasts, and is an ideal "mid-life crisis" bike. You won't set the tarmac on fire, but you'll get where you want to quickly and easily, and in comfort. And, dare I say, in some style.
This is a typical Yamaha. It has all of the speed and superb handling of a sports 400cc, with the comfort of a tourer. This scooter was made to be riden not thrashed. This scooter is ideal for country rides and town rides. Not really any good on the motorway, although has the power to pull. I rode this scooter for three hours and I went on the M16 for about thirty minutes and I had a steady ride at about 80mph. Then I accelerated to 145mph. It was spluttering a bit not much. All in all a pretty nice bike.
I am a regular motorcyclist of many years experience and use a bike for daily travel all year round. Unfortunately modern motorcycles are increasingly recreational rather than functional, so I have tried the new "super scooters" to see if they better suit my needs. The Tmax is a good deal larger than normal scooters, with a 500cc twin cylinder engine and "automatic" transmission. It has a leg shield with a small storage pocket and fixed windscreen. Under the saddle there is a decent storage compartment which will take a single crash-helmet. Never having ridden a scooter I found it unusual to have nothing to do with my feet and I had a couple of “moments” because I forgot to move them when stopping! As a motorcyclist my left hand desperately wanted to de-clutch when slowing down, which was very effective, as the clutch lever had become the back brake! So I had to concentrate hard on the hand controls, to avoid a silly mishap. I have had a couple of rides on travelled over 100 miles in all. The riding position is very upright and the handlebars very close. The saddle is also quite tall, which combined with the width of the bodywork beneath it means only my toes could touch the ground. It made my motorbike feel small! In addition, the “threshold” of the step-through part is very high to step over when getting on. The Yam’s performance is a revelation. It provides decent engine braking when shutting the throttle and responds promptly when accelerating. With a long wheelbase and compliant suspension the Tmax rides beautifully, and its handling and cornering are wonderful. The saddle is apparently quite wide, but sitting on it suggests otherwise and more bum support would be nice, as there is little under-thigh support. The brakes were effective, though slightly spongy, with conventional scooter left lever operating the rear brake, right lever the front, so the right h
and had to do most of the work of driving the thing, leaving the other three limbs relatively idle. An invigorating scooter with remarkable handling and performance. It would be even more impressive with the linked brakes and storage of the Honda Silver Wing.