Powered by a new-for-2015 530cc twin, the Yamaha TMAX is not the scooter of yore – it is designed to deliver highway-capable performance with competent handling.This engine’s specs sound very un-scooter like with a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC twin with a 68.0 x 73.0 mm bore x stroke. It arrives with fuel injection and Digital TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition).
Power is delivered to the ground via a continuously variable transmission, which is an automatic centrifugal torque converter that transfers the power via a snowmobile-style v-belt. No manual clutch or gear changes required.Front suspension is handled by 41mm inverted telescopic forks with – 4.7 in of travel; rear suspension uses a mid-ship horizontal positioned rear shock with 4.6 in of travel.Braking chores are handled by 267mm dual radially-mounted hydraulic discs up front. The rear brake is a 282mm hydraulic disc brake. Tire sizes are 120/70-15 up front and 160/60-15 at the rear. All this is built around a die-cast aluminum frame with an aluminum rear swingarm.The newly designed LED headlights, front cowl, front fender, mirrors, and instrument panel have a sportbike influence, to give the TMAX a an ultra-modern appearance. A dual-level adjustable windscreen is provided for variable windscreen heights. A large under-seat storage space will fit a full face helmet or groceries.A new Smartkey system makes switching the TMAX on and off a push button operation. The Smartkey also operates the handlebar lock mechanism.The 2015 TMAX is available starting in February in Sonic Gray and retails for $10,490. For additional information, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
The guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—visit your local dealer or suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.