Written on: 29/06/2012
I would consider myself an experienced biker with 30 years under my belt and a hardened long distance commuter with a variety of machines that have been through my hands over the years from a Honda NC50 (Express) through to an ex-police Honda ST1100 (Pan-European). My last bike has an old BMW K100RT which gave up the ghost a few weeks ago at midnight on the A414, it had to go..
For some time I had been looking with envy at the maxi scooters slicing through London traffic leaving me for dead on my big heavy lump of a bike, so I went down to my local dealer who pointed me in the direction of the Yamaha Xmax 250. I was dubious, would it handle 20,000 miles a year commuting? The dealer seemed surprised I'd even answered that question.
My commute takes me along the A414, down the M11 onto the A12 then across to Pimlico in London SW1, 43 miles each way. The first thing that struck me was the lack of power - I had been riding 1,000 cc + motorcycles for the last 8 years or so. But it was comfortable and despite the running in was reaching 60mph quite easily, once on the M11 it held it's own in the harsh motorway traffic. Once in town that's when it came into its own, slicing through the London traffic like a knife through butter. Although technically a slower machine it was reducing my commuting time by about 10 - 15 mins each way - well impressed!
MPG? Around the 60 - 65 mpg mark, hope to improve on this.
Now that it's been run in a little more I find it cruises happiy at 70mph and has a little in reserve to take it up to around 80 mph.
Bear in mind that I'm a 6'01" 16 stone bloke so this isn't bad at all.
I love the underseat storage and the glove box - no more top boxes.. Feet stay dry in the wet - a bonus.
I have popped on a pair of handlebar mitts and will add heated grips before the winter.
It has had its first service, next one due at 5,000 miles.
I am totally won over to scooters, I hope Yamaha bring out an Xmax 400, that will be a real winner..