Yamaha TMAX For Sale

The 2012 Yamaha TMAX is an A2 licence friendly premium maxi scooter with sporty bike credentials and is powered by a new 530cc parallel twin engine which puts out 46bhp. It was first launched in 2001 and updated in 2008, 2015 and 2017.

What Is It?

  • Bike handling with scooter practicality, it does almost everything well
  • Final belt drive on post 2012 models, no 12V socket, expensive

It's powered by a new larger capacity liquid cooled 530cc parallel twin engine, featuring 10% better low down torque that's delivered to the rear wheel via a new more efficient belt drive (check the diagram above). To improve rigidity the engine is a stressed member of the frame achieves maximum power of 45.9bhp at 6,750rpm with maximum torque at 5,250rpm. ABS adds £300.

Features include:

  • New CVT gearbox with new belt drive system
  • 267mm discs up front with 2 piston calipers
  • 282mm disc at the rear with single piston caliper
  • 43mm telescopic fork with 120mm travel
  • Rear swingarm with under mounted shock and 116mm travel
  • Foldable mirrors
  • Adjustable windscreen (with an Allen key)
  • Fuel injection and electric starter
  • LED tail light (from the R1)

Improvements over the 2008-2011 model include new bodywork, a lighter cast Aluminum frame and new Aluminium swing arm to save weight. Elsewhere the windscreen is now height adjustable and the headlights are a new projector design. The engine isn't just bigger but also features new Aluminium pistons, new camshaft profile and larger intake valves. Even the fuel injectors now have 12 holes, just like the YZF-R6.

Both 5-spoke 15" wheels feature a five spoke design with a 120/70 tyre upfront and 160/60 at the rear, now 7% lighter than before. The underseat storage has plenty of room for one full face helmet and there is also a small glovebox on the left. ABS adds 4kg to the weight.

Accessories include an Akrapovic exhaust system with Titanium muffler (£790), heated grips (£180), console bag, 39 litre top case and 12V power socket.

The Black Max and Bronze Max special editions feature special paintwork, seat and wheel details.

Available colours: Black, grey, silver and white

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2012 £5,000 £4,000 £3,500 12,400
2013 £5,600 £4,500 £3,950 10,700
2014 £6,250 £5,000 £4,400 8,800

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Yamaha TMax 2012

Okay I admit it, I'm a TMax fanatic (I've owned 4), so this may not be the most unbiased review you've ever read! However, I'm not alone in my devotion – there are lots of enthusiasts for them out there, and in most of Europe the TMax is amongst the top selling two wheelers out there, so this should tell you something.

The brilliance of the TMax is that it does almost everything well – enough performance for high speed motorway blasts, fun in the twisties, comfortable on long journeys, good weather protection for winter weather and handles crowded city streets brilliantly as well. The TMax's bike-type chassis and sophisticated suspension mean it handles every type of road and never feels awkward to handle, and handles poor roads effortlessly. The riding position is very spacious – lots of space to stretch your legs forward or put them further back.

Underseat storage space is reasonable rather than extensive – room for the largest full face helmet plus extra space for gloves or other stuff, or it will take a reasonably sized holdall or laptop case. A topbox is essential for touring.

The downsides are that its a costly beast – over £9,000 to buy new (compared to £6,300 for Yamaha's new Tracer 700 model), and running costs are definitely bike like rather than scooter like. I get around 54-56 mpg (more with gentler usage) which is okay but not brilliant.

Service costs are okay but consumables that need replacing regularly mount up – tyres are £100 each and life of those isn't brilliant, and a full service can require over £60 for filters alone. Still you forgive it because you love it so much! Reliability is generally good, which isn't to say things never go wrong...

For 2012, Yamaha did some major revisions including increasing the engine size from 500cc to 530cc and introducing a belt drive instead of the enclosed chain in oil bath final drive. The changes in the engine have improved performance at lower speeds with much greater torque and better acceleration from rest and at town speeds.

However, there is no more 'top end' grunt than the previous model, which was a slight disappointment. The belt final drive seems to me to be a step backward being more of a nuisance than the chain drive, making strange noises and making wheel changing more difficult, and I can't detect any improvement in the riding experience.

The suspension has been worked on compared to the previous version as well – whilst the 2008-2012 model was a very sporty ride, it came at the cost of a slightly wild bouncy ride. The post 2012 model has a more sophisticated feel with a much better ride. However, it isn't as much fun as the old version – it feels like a well trained chauffeur is in charge, rather than the hooligan inside the previous version. It does everything you ask effortlessly but doesn't quite give you the feedback you'd like. It some ways it handles TOO well!

So as I said, this is my 4th TMax. I'm always thinking about which bike/scoot I should buy next, but I always end up with the TMax, as to my mind there is nothing else that gives you that blend of performance, supreme handling, comfort and sheer practicality.

- Tim B, 2016

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How many bikes like this are around, by year of production, including those licensed for use on the road and those off the road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

Year On The Road Off The Road Total Around
2012 125 9 134
2013 124 1 125