Written on: 02/04/2013
Have a 2009 Tmax since 2010 as my "commuter" in the garage as keep my BMW GS for the long trips. The GS is an amazing bike when it comes to handling but the Tmax has now won my heart for my commuter AND my week end short ride machine. Braking is amazing; super nimble in traffic. I ride this machine as if I stole it and have had NO handling bad surprises at all! No wonder the T has been on top of sales in the EU all these years : perfect urban/ suburban machine (whished the engine had a... (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2011 by maurie32 (1 review written)
Hi i have just traded in my yamaha Majesty 400 for a new T Max on 02/07/2011,a big jump in price but i am very impressed with the first days run. I live in Bournemouth so took it for a run to Marlborough in Wiltshire,100 miles in just over two hours, riding steady as im observing the run in procedure,had a coffee and a sandwich from Greggs and then returned home . Filled the tank at 50 miles and on the return called in at "Dock gate 20"in Southampton [main Harley dealers] for a coffee,just... (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2011
The problem with Yamaha's 500 Tmax is that there simply is no other bike I can find to replace it!! I've now owned 5 of these machines and covered over 140,000m between them. The highest mileage on one bike being 44,000m.
Previous bikes were: 250 Honda foresight: 22,000m and many failures inc 2 drive-belts snapping. 2 Suzuki 400 Burgmans (34,000m and 22,000m) and these were pretty OK apart from horrible rusting of the silencer and difficult to remove rear wheel. Good economy but not so good... (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2011
EXCELLENT HANDLING! The way the Tmax takes the tightest curves and the excellent balance will insprire confidence
E-A-S-Y to ride, comfortable, excellent wind protection
Mini Gold Wing. I have been riding crotch rockets for years and always thought I was an experienced crotch rocket rider, but after riding the Tmax I find myself being more brave and daring in the tight hairpin curves, it holds the road like the tires are glued to the road!
I can also find myself balancing the Tmax upright... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2010
I've owned the T max for the best part of 18 months. It goes handles and goes well if fitted with the right tyres (I find Bridgestone hoops very sure footed and last well).
The power delivery can be greatly increased with a 'tuned' variator. Had a malossi unit fitted which sped things up and am now trying the J Costa one. (see you tube clips) Not cheap but worth it for the extra poke, especially with the akrapovic pipe and changed front fork springs.
Only real issue is servicing. £550... (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2010
Been a motorcycle rider my whole life. Had to stop riding because of nerve damage in left leg causing problems shifting gears. I went to the scoot store just looking for something to ride and there sat my Lucy (Tmax). It's the best bike I've ever owned and I'm in the wind again. Handles like a dream, can go anywhere. I have the blue/purple one. I'm 5'7" and wasn't able to flat foot it. So being a girl, no problem, just bought me a pair of riding boots with heels and problem solved. ... (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2010 by sabustin (1 review written)
Having owned a 250 cc Xmax for a year, I decided to go for the 500cc Tmax, as my daily commute involves a 60 mile roundtrip that takes in the A1(M), the North Circular and the A1 all the way to Whitechapel and I ferlt the extra punch would make life easier. The Tmax is a fabulous scooter, very responsive, great brakes, accurate handling, stable, comfortable, clear dash, fast with great acceleration. Not as much storage space as the Xmax, but with a rear carrier that is no problem. The 15... (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2010
Nothing in the world of Maxi Scooters comes close to the TMAX!! Best handling most powerful maxi by far. The Suzuki Burgman 650 has more power but weighs a lot more has a smaller wheel base and has sluggish handling. Your best bet in a super scooter that is as close as your going to get to a small cruiser motorcycle with super sports bike handling. (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2009
I got the T-Max after owning a 400 Burgman for a year. The T-Max has so much more punch, is much more agile in traffic and overall the better ride. I have done 10,000km on the T-Max, no trouble of any kind. (read more)
Written on: 10/10/2009 by flatcap007 (1 review written)
From UK but hired one in Majorca on holiday after months admiring them, really impressed with the machine. Spent the day driving through the mountains twisting through curves and steep hills the bike handled great. Even spent time driving on the motorway in the rain. Got the thing flat out at 180k or, 110mph could do with another 10mph to be fair. Excellent storage having never experienced a Sport Scooter before. These bikes are stigmatized in the UK, beats me the Tmax rides better than most... (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2009
New Bike to me (Yamaha TMAX).. after Firebalde!.. Great easy to ride and great pleasure with superb handling. If you want a tourere with attitude this is the bike!. (Scooter!_) (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2009
The Yamaha TMAX 500 seat is wide, Im 6'01 and hit the ground on toes due to the seat width, however sitting closer (shorter people) the seat narrows down. Seating position, mirrors, and brakes are Wonderful Took off in Europe too bad took so long to get here (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2009
All of it , easy to ride handing great, a fun bike to own. However, wee bit hard on bumps. Great bike, the Yamaha TMAX 500 is too good to call it a scooter. (read more)
Written on: 25/03/2009 by fossie1953
Overall, a great piece of machinery. I use the TMAX every day to commute 15 miles and back to the station and look forward to the trip (even in the rain). The bike feels very solid on the road and has no handling quirks - holds the line every time. I used to have a small 50cc for commuting and a big bike for weekends. The TMAX covers both roles easily and even surprises my friends on their traditional motorbikes with its handling and performance. I bought some handlebar mitts and one of... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2009 by PanJammi (1 review written)
The Yamaha TMAX 500 bike is sexy and surprising. One time I was riding down from Oregon to California for a high school reunion which was about a 7 hour drive and I saw a Harley Cruiser up ahead in the slow lane. I chuckled to myself and did something funny. As I drew closer to this mean looking biker in the fast lane I started to give the appearance that I was peddling my scooter while looking like a geeky guy struggling to get the scooter to go faster. He and his female companion... (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2008 by guest111
I ' ve wanted a Yamaha Tmax for about 8 yrs now, when Yamaha first introduced them to the European market. Unfortunately, it wasn ' t available when I bought my last scooter- a 2003 Burgman 400. I never gave up hope that eventually they ' d stop depriving us... and earlier this year I found out I was right!
This is definitely a scooter with racing genes. It ' s purpose-built to be a "Sport scooter" and it doesn ' t disappoint. Compared to the Burgman, it sits a bit taller, rides a bit... (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2008 by peanuts6blonde (1 review written)
I bought my Yamaha T-max 2001 model on Monday morning in Tasmania Australia put it on the ferry that night over too the mainland then roade it 2200klms back home to Queensland very comfortable in 3 days what can I say but dam this is a good machine not bad for a 69 year old, 5.5lts per 100klms @ 125kp. (read more)
Written on: 27/08/2008
I went to a dealership to have a look at the 2009 Yamaha TMAX 500. I first saw the bike on the Yamaha Website and was intrigued by the claim of sport bike performance in a scooter package. After reviewing the specs, I decided it was worth seeing in person. However, I have a problem with fitting on scooter style bikes. I'm tall and I have long legs, so I can't sit comfortably on many of the models. My knees are either pressed against the instrument panel, or I can't turn the handle bars all... (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2008
This bike is my dream bike, a big bike that rides like a scoot. The thing is I haven't owned one but my friend who happens to have one lend me his bike, I like the comfort and the handling of the bike, and the speed is awesome. The guys at yamaha did a very nice job in that bike, hope someday I can own one. (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2008 by Diesel Dave (1 review written)
It's the most practical 2 wheeler I've ever owned and despite having several other bikes in the garage this is the one that racks up the mileage year on year, Mine is the original Mk1 so has crossply tyres and carburettors. Later Mk2's have fuel injection and radial tyres.
The tank is quite small at 15 litres, but if your gentle with the throttle 180 miles can be covered without needing a refill.
If you need to park 2 helmets then add a topbox - the Givi rack is very solid and Givi also do a... (read more)
Written on: 28/03/2008 by David Superman
Very comfortable and fun. Easy to ride. You get a lot of looks from people trying to work out what you are riding and why it goes so fast. Also it has has good storage. It also makes a great noise. I do like this bike because I hate gears. I've only owned the bike for 3 days and I love it (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2008 by reddex (1 review written)
A general service on my Yamaha TMAX was £250 and the 12000 service £550 with belt change, new pads. Alternator went at 16,000 just out of warranty, quoted £550 for new so had old one rewound and fitted for £250 and sold it at 18000miles. Depreciation was horrific for the 2 Years and 4 Months of ownership from new, dropped £2,700 on a discounted purchase price despite the bike being immaculate. No interest for 2 months in Autotrader and MCN. The most expensive bike that I have ever run. The... (read more)
Written on: 15/02/2008 by Ninja John
I have had quite a few bikes/scooters of different makes ranging from ordinary to crazy (Diblasi/Italjet dragster 180/Formular 125/Yamaha 500LC 2 stroke/Ducati 900 monster/Kawasaki ZZR1100/Vmax 1200s etc. This bike is not the fastest by far but...It has the best combination for a real world biking with comfort with an ability to keep up and or sometimes out pace a lot of bigger bikes because of the handling and twist and go effect. One last thing I think that really helps with this bike is... (read more)
Written on: 15/02/2008
A very reliable motorscooter with loads of fun to ride. - reliable, comfort, steering, acceleration, design and brakes with ABS.
Also very easy to ride, with fast acceleration. Bad points fuel consumption. (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2008
This is simply the most sporty and funny bike in scooterland.
Lots of performance & very reliable, it never let me down !
Yamaha the real thing ! (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2007 by tmaxrider (1 review written)
I've had a Yamaha Tmax 500 for a few months now and really like it. I used to have an x9 125cc which I got rid of because of poor handling, and very poor reliability. The Tmax is in such a different league. It has really got me into riding again, and I will be planning some large trips soon.
The ride is very confidence inspiring: Very well grounded on the road, goes over bumps with no effort. It has a very low centre of gravity offering sure footed cornering. It is pretty heavy, but I... (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2007 by Dandeleo
A good buy. I've gone from being a bike owner to a scooter owner as I became lazier with age. This is still bike enough that it's fun and handles well, but scootery enough that I can stack away my helmet and jacket when I park (even more with the top box) and I don't have to think about gear changes and clutch stuff. And people look at it with envy... who would have thought it? If I buy another scooter it will only be to upgrade this to a more recent T-Max. (read more)
Written on: 27/07/2007 by Mike Behr (2 reviews written)
Owned a Yamaha TMAX for 4 years before trading in for Black Max in July 2006.
At terrific commuter with great performance - the scoot has a power commander and Akropovic performance exhaust. (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2007 by harpoon (1 review written)
Sold it in 06 with "0K miles done for a new Bulldog, love it but Bulldog is made in Italy, and the build quality is terrible. Rust on every chrome part, fork legs have pitted.
I am getting a new Tmax next week. (read more)
Written on: 30/04/2007 by Al Shutt (1 review written)
Is it a bike or is it a scooter? Its a scooterbike!
I may have owned my Yamaha TMAX 500 for only 4 days, but I have given it a lot of thought.
My last two bikes were both Honda's - a Hornet and a Blackbird. Both super fast and fun but both had their faults - a pain to keep clean, a real pain in the arms, wrists and shoulders to ride any distance, my girlfriend had one go and hated it, little carrying capacity and having to dress up like a Borg on a hot summers day. And even worse is, given... (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2006 by udipur
I have driven big and small bikes in various countries around the world. This is by far the best bike I have ever had. Comfortable, fast, easy to use, bags of storage (with a top box as well), I absolutely love it. A BMW 1200GS rider pulled up next to me on the lights and said that it was fantastic and took off like a rocket - he had to get one of those! I have realised that by the time the other bikes have got through 2nd, 3rd and possibly 4th, I am miles away, happily zooming off into the... (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2006 by mdwysc (1 review written)
I have owned large motorbikes, Lambretta's, Vespa's and all sorts. I sold an SV 100SK3 to get this Yamaha T-max. What a fantastic machine. I have toured Spain, Belguim, Scotland, Holland and all over UK. Nobody waves at you as they are all bike snobs. With a high screen and handlebar deflectors no rain is ever going to get near you. Both me and my Dad have T-max's now. Not as many toys as the other large scooters but the best one on the road by far. (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2006 by Hajo (2 reviews written)
The Yamaha T-Max 500 is a great ride. I drove it new from Eindhoven Netherlands to Boltana and Barcelona in Spain in 6 days. 2 days one way, 2 days back. Very zippy in passing cars going from 80Kmh to 120Kmh at one twist of the wrist. Very comfortable too. My previous bike was a Honda ST1100. Good bike but to bulky for the commute to work. I still have a Voxan CafeRacer to enjoy superbike handling. Commuting wise there is no better vehicle. Even with snow and ice. It stay's very stable! (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2006 by Mike Behr (2 reviews written)
I have owned my Yamaha T-Max 500 since June 2002 and have covered 26,000 miles and would highly recommend this scooter if you want a sporty cruiser and you can afford to run it. It is easy to commute around town and is very comfortable for the passenger. It is the next best thing to a bike but has the added benefit of plenty of storage and wind protection. (read more)
Written on: 01/10/2005 by Bruce Dibben (1 review written)
The Yamaha T Max is so good, it is a mystery that at least the more mature riders are not queing up to change their Honda Pan European for a cheaper to run ride like the T Max. I have had both and must admit the Pan has more street cred but with our restrictive speed enforcement, 100 MPH is surely fast enough with handling to match. Yamaha are demanding £74.00 for a speedo sensor which I broke but I only want one part of it which they will not supply. Consequently I will not be buying... (read more)
Written on: 07/07/2005 by Gonzone3 (1 review written)
I have been on bikes of all sorts from the age of 7, I am now 49 and think the T-Max is the best fun on two wheels. My wife and I have toured France, Belgium, Switzerland, the lake district, Hadrians wall and rode the Hard Knott pass we have done 20,000 miles in three years on the bike. It has never missed a beat, all the body work is still in grade A condition all the fasteners are as good as new.
Apart from tyres, pads, belt, oil and filters I have not replaced a thing not even a light... (read more)