All Tests – X-Max Trial – Evolis 125: Maximization! – The ” Made in France ” argument

X-Max / Evolis 125 test: Maximization !

All Tests - X-Max Trial - Evolis 125: Max-imisation! - The '' Made in France '' argument

In the wake of the X-Max 400i launched in spring 2013, Yamaha is upgrading its 125/250 cc scooters and their MBK Skycruiser equivalents, renamed Evolis. MNC took the measure of these X-Max and Evolis 125 during their Parisian presentation. First try.

The “ Made in France ” argument

Eric de Seynes, CEO of Yamaha Motor France, had not donned his Armor Lux sailor shirt or his red Scottish wool cap to praise the French manufacture of the Yamaha X-Max and MBK Evolis scooters, both designed in the Yamaha factory in Saint-Quentin (02). At least for the most part, because the machining of certain parts in an aluminum foundry and the supply of the engine remain the responsibility of the Italian subsidiary Moto Minarelli, in Bologna..

Anyway, we can only salute the unwavering optimism of this man and his fighting spirit in the face of a very impacted by the economic crisis (-49% in three years). Despite this unfavorable context and a sales volume halved, the Yamaha / MBK duo indeed retains nearly 23% of the market share and the leadership of the 125 cc category..

However, it was time to give a little something to this best seller 125, launched in then revamped in. An update that is all the easier because it is based on the work already done for the design of the recent one, which has the double advantage of aesthetically standardizing the three models of the range (125, 250 and 400) offered. in each of the two brands.

The Yamaha X-Max and MBK Evolis 125 therefore naturally inherit the more modern and sleek exterior of the 400i model, with an enhanced front and rear, redesigned boomerang panels on either side of the central tunnel. , new headlights and indicators, a rear LED light, a new saddle and new multi-spoke rims. As on the 400, deflectors integrated into the body act as hand protectors.

The tubular frame is of course based on that of the recent 400 cc, itself derived from that of the old X-Max 250, but reinforced and lightened (-1.5 kg). This framework has also been reworked to offer "10%"additional capacity in the trunk under the saddle (47 liters in total, or two full-face helmets plus some personal effects).

There are also two storage compartments (one of which can be locked on the left) and their respective hatches, apparently more fragile than the one in one piece of the previous model..

The on-board instrumentation is for its part much less qualitative and readable than that of the new 400 or even the old 125. Entirely digital, it however includes tachometer, tachometer and fuel level gauge on the left dial, on-board computer and water temperature gauge on the right one.

You can read the outside temperature, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, battery charge, average speed, an ice warning, the time and even partial information (journey time and journey consumption). A new command on the right stalk, which replaces the ignition switch, allows you to switch from one info to another while the warnig is kept.

Too bad it lacks a 12V socket, very practical for recharging a phone or connecting a GPS…

Finally, the braking is entrusted to a front disc of 267 mm with double piston caliper, this time positioned on the left side because, as Eric de Seynes mischievously pointed out when alluding to the current government "it always brakes better on the left"… ABS versions will be available from January 2014 in dealerships and .

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