Launched in 2001, the TMAX is the most successful sport scooter ever built. This iconic model proved to be an instant success with discerning style-conscious customers who wanted the convenience, practicality and status of a premium maxi scooter with the performance and high-speed long-distance cruising potential of a motorcycle.
The TMAX has been constantly developed and improved, and this commitment to offering customers the very best in design and technology has ensured that it has maintained its number one position in the market every year since 2001. Currently in its 6th generation, this iconic vehicle has sold over 275,000 units, making it one of the most successful Yamaha models ever sold in Europe.
For 2020 Yamaha introduce its sportiest and most powerful model in the 20-year history of the Sport Scooter segment. Featuring a larger capacity engine together with a more dynamic and aggressive body design, the new TMAX takes performance to the next level.
New 2020 TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX: : Quicker, sportier and more dynamic
This iconic sport scooter will come in two versions: the TMAX and the TMAX Tech MAX – both of them designed to further reinforce the model’s status with existing owners and also attract new customers from the maxi scooter and scooter segments.
The new machine pays respect to the brand’s iconic design and is shaped by the sporty MAX family DNA that has made this machine so successful. Driven by a more powerful 560cc engine and featuring a more aggressive body design – together with revised suspension settings – the 2020 TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX represent a further evolution of this dominant species.
Quicker, smoother, smarter and more dynamic, the TMAX is a worthy successor to the crown – while the new fully-equipped TMAX Tech MAX comes with the ultimate specification that is aimed at the customer who wants the best-in-class sport scooter.
New more powerful larger capacity 560cc engine
For 2020 the new TMAX gets a major boost in performance with the fitment of a more powerful larger-capacity 560cc, 2-cylinder engine that is equipped with new lightweight aluminium forged pistons and newly-designed con rods. The increase in cubic capacity has been achieved by expanding the bore dimensions by 2 mm to 70 mm – and despite its 6% increase in cc, the new engine’s reciprocating parts weigh just 1% more than previously.
The new 560cc engine’s output figures show a significant increase in power and torque across the rpm range, giving much stronger performance and a sportier character. Yamaha’s engineers have increased the maximum power by 3.5% and maximum torque by 6%, and these figures translate into much stronger acceleration across the rev range.
Improved ground access for passenger
Passenger comfort and convenience is a top priority, and for 2020 Yamaha’s designers have made a number of significant improvements to this area. The newly designed tail section is slimmer, giving improved ergonomics for the passenger and making it easier when getting on and off the TMAX. The redesigned rear section and new body panels also give better access to the footrests, to ensure that the pillion experiences a more relaxed and enjoyable ride.
Good eco performance
For good eco-performance the new EU5-compliant engine features a reshaped combustion chamber – while the intake and exhaust valve timing has been revised and larger 27-mm inlet valves are fitted. A new 12-hole injector is relocated to a position on the underside of the inlet tract and it now injects the fuel droplets directly onto the back of the intake valve for improved combustion efficiency. For reduced emissions the 2-into-1 upswept exhaust system is equipped with front and rear catalytic converters that use both platinum and rhodium elements.
Enhanced ride quality
A key feature that contributes towards enhancing the overall ride quality is the new CVT belt that offers an increased transmission capacity. The overall reduction ratio and automatic shifting characteristics have also been changed to give the equivalent of higher gearing at a given rpm, and this ensures a smoother and more relaxed feeling in the typical cruising speed range. The revised gearing also contributes towards the new model’s increased acceleration.
Refined exhaust sound
Engine sound plays an important role in shaping the overall riding experience, and for 2020 the intake and exhaust systems have been further refined in order to hit the right note. With its 360-degree firing interval the TMAX is already renowned for its crisp and pure sound, and by using Yamaha’s signature Kanno Hyoka – actual human sensory testing – the sound from the new engine has been fine-tuned to achieve a more enjoyable and harmonised tone.
Lightest, smoothest and most compact in class
Featuring a 360-degree crank with a horizontally-opposed reciprocating piston balancer mechanism located between the two cylinders, the TMAX engine is one of the lightest, smoothest and most compact in the maxi scooter class. This low-vibration design is used as a fully-stressed member of the frame in order to achieve a stiffer and sportier chassis – and its small physical size frees up more space for added storage capacity.
This innovative engine’s compact and flat layout also ensures a low centre of gravity that contributes significantly towards the TMAX’s light and agile handling character. In every respect it’s the ultimate design with a record that speaks for itself.
Yamaha D-MODE electronic control technology allows the TMAX rider to instantly adjust engine-running modes to optimise control and performance in different situations. This 2-level system operates in association with the YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) and gives the rider the option to switch to an easier and gentler power delivery for town riding. By selecting the sportier mode, riders can experience the outstanding performance delivered by the new larger capacity 560cc engine for thrilling acceleration on open roads.
Smart Key keyless ignition
Yamaha’s ‘Smart Key’ keyless system allows TMAX riders to start the engine, unlock the seat and other compartments, and also lock or release the main stand as long as they’re carrying the Smart Key.
Optimised suspension settings
The TMAX was one of the first scooters to adopt a motorcycle-type chassis design in which the engine and suspension functions were completely separated. By mounting the engine rigidly in the frame as a stressed member, Yamaha’s designers created the first genuine sport scooter that offered motorcycle-type handling qualities – and this successful design continues to this day.
To match the increased engine performance the new TMAX benefits from optimised front and rear suspension settings that focus on achieving light and agile handling together with excellent comfort, strong traction and a confident, planted feeling.
The new TMAX is equipped with the most sophisticated suspension in the sport scooter class, and features 41-mm upside down front forks with a premium black finish. These full-length motorcycle-type forks deliver sure-footed roadholding with precise steering, giving outstanding performance and comfort both in and out of the city. The rear end is one of the most impressive in the class and consists of a link-type Monocross rear suspension system that, in terms of design and performance, can be compared with some of the advanced systems fitted to Yamaha’s large capacity motorcycles.
With the lightweight aluminium twin-spar die-cast frame, this class-leading configuration gives excellent levels of chassis rigidity for precise and agile motorcycle-type handling performance.
Slimmer and sportier body design
The process of evolution is evident in the new body design of the new TMAX which, while remaining true to the iconic family look, also displays a range of significant new features and details that give it a more aggressive presence and a sportier character.
Whilst being constantly developed and enhanced over 20 years with sophisticated new engine and chassis technology, the original TMAX DNA is still present, and this strong family identity is one of the key attractions for new and repeat customers.
Virtually every main body panel except the fairing and under cowl have undergone subtle yet significant changes for 2020. Yamaha’s designers have respected the scooter’s original proportions that project a sharp directional attitude towards the road, and at the same time have achieved a more agile look.
The signature ‘boomerang’ side cover has been a key element of every TMAX produced since the beginning, and for 2020 its design is further refined – while the new front panels complement the reshaped boomerang and the sharper and slimmer side covers to give the 2020 model a more forceful attitude that reflects its iconic status.
New LED flashers and dynamic new tail with ‘T’ shaped light
A key design feature that contributes significantly towards this class-leading sport scooter’s more dynamic looks are the compact new LED front flashers that are fully integrated into the restyled panels. Blending seamlessly with the new body, the lightweight LED flashers ensure a much sleeker, sportier and more agile look – and draw attention to the contemporary design of this constantly evolving model.
The beautifully restyled body is complemented by an all-new rear that consists of many new design elements inspired by Yamaha’s Hyper Naked and Supersport bikes. The focal point is a completely new ‘T’ shaped LED rear light that gives the 7th generation model a unique signature style that transforms the whole look of the TMAX when viewed from behind. The new side covers accentuate the more edgy styling and convey a feeling of lightness and athleticism, and the new slimmer rear end projects a sporty and more agile appearance that reflects the higher specification and increased performance of the new 2020 model.
Large storage space
The TMAX is equipped with a large illuminated underseat storage space that can accommodate 1 x full-face or 2 x jet helmets. The lockable and weatherproof compartment is also ideal for carrying a briefcase or other personal items.
Monotone TFT instruments
Monotone TFT instruments feature a speedometer on the left side with a tachometer on the right, and the central display includes an odometer, two tripmeters, current fuel consumption and outside temperature. TCS and D-MODE indicator lights are also featured.
Centre stand locking system
For added safety and security the TMAX is equipped with a centre stand locking system. This prevents the centre stand being flipped up without the Smart Key, helping to deter thieves and also helps the parked vehicle to remain stable even if accidentally pushed forward.
Detail changes for 2020
Other detail engine improvements for 2020 include a revised cooling system and larger capacity radiator with newly designed air ducts, as well as a new low-noise plastic resin chain tensioner. The Traction Control System (TCS) has been fine-tuned for an improved feeling when it engages, and a new high-strength exhaust pipe material than permits the use of 20% thinner walls.
TMAX KEY FEATURES
More powerful larger-capacity 560cc engine
Cleaner running – EU5 compliant
Enhanced ride quality
Refined exhaust sound
Lightest, smoothest and most compact engine layout
Improved ground access for passenger
A2 licence category
2 level D-Mode
Smart Key Keyless ignition
Optimised suspension settings
Aggressive new body design
New LED taillight and LED front flashers
Aluminium twin-spar die-cast frame
Large illuminated storage space – 1 x full-face or 2 x jet helmets
Monotone TFT instruments
Centre stand locking system
2020 TMAX Tech MAX – the Ultimate Sport Scooter
Yamaha is totally committed to offering a class-leading range of sport scooters that constantly push at the boundaries and exceed the highest customer expectations. Powered by a larger-capacity 560cc engine that gives quicker acceleration and featuring a dynamic and agile new body design, the 2020 TMAX is the strongest-performing sport scooter with motorcycle speed and handling, remarkable versatility and user-friendly operation.
There will always be individuals who are looking for even more exclusivity – and for these customers Yamaha introduces the TMAX Tech MAX. Designed for riders who appreciate the real value of advanced technology, innovative design and outstanding quality, the fully-equipped TMAX Tech MAX is the ultimate sport scooter.
Featuring the highest standard specification of any model in the sport scooter segment, the TMAX Tech MAX is aimed at riders who want the very best in terms of performance, status, handling, ride quality and functionality.
MyTMAX Connect for full connectivity and total control
Not only does the TMAX Tech Max offer the highest specification with the best performance, it also ensures that the rider can stay fully connected and always be in control through MyTMAX Connect. This exclusive mobile app gives every TMAX Tech MAX rider full access to a GPS tracking system that provides added security and peace of mind.
MyTMAX Connect also features a geofence facility and trip report function, as well as a speed alert, flasher function and low battery alert. This full connectivity is a unique feature that gives the TMAX Tech MAX owner a high level of control over their sport scooter’s security, as well as enabling them to access a range of other useful information using their mobile.
Highest specification as standard
In addition to all of the advanced technology found on the TMAX, the premium TMAX Tech MAX is also equipped with a wide range of exclusive features that are designed to enhance the overall riding experience. The electrically-adjustablescreen allows the rider to select the best position in seconds and achieve the most comfortable set-up to suit the conditions.
Cruise Control is also featured as standard on the TMAX Tech Max, and this feature is particularly useful on longer trips – and it can also help the rider to comply with prevailing speed limits. This is currently the only sport scooter equipped with this feature.
Wind chill can affect hands even on quite mild days, and TMAX Tech Max riders will appreciate the heated grips and the heated seat that make each trip a little more comfortable and relaxing.
The rear suspension is adjustable on this premium model, enabling riders to set their machine up to suit different loads and riding conditions – and the high-quality interior reinforces the premium look and feel of this top of the range model. The front forks on this exclusive model also feature a special gold finish.
The TMAX Tech MAX is available in an all-new Tech Kamo finish as well as Sword Grey. Tech Kamo is exclusive to this premium model, and further underlines its status as the ultimate sport scooter.
TMAX Tech MAX ADDITIONAL KEY FEATURES
MyTMAX Connect for full connectivity
Adjustable rear suspension
Premium quality interior
Exclusive Tech Kamo colour option
Price and availability
The TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX will be available at Yamaha dealers starting in December 2019. Please contact your national Yamaha press officer for more detailed information on the local price.
TMAX Tech MAX
XMAX 400/300/125: Widest choice, highest specification.
Manufactured with the same sporting MAX family DNA as the flagship TMAX models, Yamaha’s XMAX sport scooters offer the widest choice of engines from 125cc to 400cc, and come with a high specification as standard.
Their class-leading equipment includes motorcycle-type front forks for precise and confident handling, as well as dual LED headlights, keyless ignition, adjustable handlebars and screen, and a large illuminated storage space for 2 full-face helmets.
For 2020 the range is boosted with the launch of fully-equipped XMAX Tech MAX that offer a premium specification and exclusive colours.
XMAX 400/300/125 Tech MAX
Yamaha Genuine Accessories and Apparel
Yamaha has developed a constantly evolving range of Genuine Accessories for the TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX models, including performance, comfort and cosmetic parts.
Yamaha Genuine Accessories offer every sport scooter owner to opportunity to create their very own personalised machine that reflects their own style and character. Each part can be purchase individually, and Yamaha have also developed specially created pack of accessories to suit special requirements. There’s also a range of Yamaha branded apparel including urban riding jackets, T shirts, caps, hoodies and more. The Genuine Accessory and apparel range is constantly evolving, and full information can be seen at www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk
Everyone can create their very own unique sport scooter by downloading the free MyGarage app. It’s the quick and easy way to build a virtual Yamaha online and experiment with different combinations of Genuine Accessories and see which components work best for them. Using the MyGarage app anyone can instantly create their dream version of the TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX and view it in from any angle in high definition. This app takes the guesswork out of choosing the right parts, and the final list can be emailed to a Yamaha dealer who will supply and fit the selected Genuine Accessories.
The MyRide app enables Yamaha riders to track every ride and record a variety of data including lean angle, acceleration, top speed, elevation changes and distance covered. Images can be added to the trip data and shared on social media, and information can be saved and stored under the customer’s own account. It’s the best way to add another dimension to every ride and allows riders to rediscover their favourite journeys.
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