In the local market, the Yamaha XMAX is quite a popular choice when it comes to mid-sized maxi-scooters. Despite the fact that it isn’t expressway legal, a lot of enthusiasts still prefer to ride the XMAX, thanks to its bulletproof reliability, sporty styling, and long distance touring amenities. In the Japanese market, Yamaha has updated the XMAX to feature a host of updates. Let’s take a closer look at the new and improved Yamaha XMAX.
Unlike the local version, the Japanese-spec Yamaha XMAX gets a smaller 249cc single-cylinder engine. Apart from the smaller displacement, the engine is pretty much the same, featuring Yamaha’s BlueCore technology and Euro 5-compliance. It gets a CVT transmission making it perfect for around town duty, thanks to its twist-and-go nature. The XMAX gets fairly simple suspension components consisting of a standard 33mm telescopic front fork, and twin gas-charged rear shock absorbers.
Similar to the local version, the new XMAX rolls on a 15-inch front wheel and a 14-inch rear wheel, and is stopped by ABS-equipped disc brakes on both ends. At 179 kilograms, the XMAX is no featherweight. As such, it lends itself to a smooth, planted, and confidence-inspiring ride around the city, as well as on sprawling rural roads and highways. For the new and improved XMAX recently launched in Japan, Yamaha has updated the bike’s LED lights with slightly brighter bulbs for added safety and visibility.
Four new color options are now also available—Matte Bluish Gray Metallic, Pastel Dark Gray, Matte Dark Purplish Blue Metallic, and Matte Dark Gray Metallic. As you can see, Yamaha has retained the sleek and dark aesthetic of the revised XMAX. Yamaha Motor Japan has proved the née XMAX at JPY 654,600, or the equivalent of around P300,000. While Yamaha has yet to launch the new XMAX in the local market, the current version is still a very capable maxi-scooter, and is priced at P249,000.