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.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.