Written on: 12/02/2011
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 in… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
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 for… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
Written on: 27/03/2010 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 litre… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
Written on: 11/10/2009 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 Full Review
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 Full Review
Written on: 18/05/2009
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 Full Review
Written on: 27/04/2009
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 Full Review
Written on: 25/03/2009 by fossie1953 (1 review written)
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 those… Read Full Review
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 just… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/09/2008 by guest111 (1 review written)
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 firmer… Read Full Review
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 Full Review
Written on: 28/08/2008
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 the… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/08/2008
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
Written on: 29/03/2008 by David Superman (1 review written)
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 Full Review
Written on: 23/02/2008 by reddex (2 reviews 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 Full Review