Product Type: Yamaha motorcycles
Newest Review: ... at the lights). Though it feels heavy and clumsy when you take it off the stand, the minute you start the engine it demonstrates r... more
A real executive motorcycle
Member Name: gallers
Date: 19/04/04, updated on 04/06/04 (4653 review reads)
Advantages: Comfort, Easy to ride, Stability at speed
Disadvantages: Small fuel tank, Limited stotage
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.