Yamaha Tmax 500 ABS (Test Compact)
Between the worlds
Kcorner at the rear: LED taillights in a revolver design
and powerful single-sided swing arm with torque support
Between the worlds – test Yamaha Tmax 500 ABS
When Yamaha presented the Tmax in 2001, it was the first scooter to enter the league of motorcycles with its performance and driving stability, but also with its acquisition costs.
The competition did not sleep, however, and presented bigger and stronger alternatives with the Honda Silver Wing and Suzuki Burgman 650. However, the Yamaha always remained the sportiest of the large two-cylinder scooters. For 2005 this trait was emphasized even more. Apart from the new, more extensive cockpit and the second brake disc at the front, the innovations are hardly noticeable from the outside. In contrast, the changes to the chassis can be felt when driving. The geometry has been changed slightly in order to maintain the balanced driving characteristics despite the higher weight.
And really, the Tmax doesn’t need to hide: it can be turned precisely, it follows the curve with stability, it reacts willingly to course corrections.
In addition, the new, reinforced fork in conjunction with the horizontal shock absorber ensures safe ground contact at all times. If it weren’t for the more passive seating position, the Tmax driver could fall into high spirits. Above all, there is a lack of feeling for the front wheel. If things get tight, there is another innovation: ABS. The system works with fine control intervals and makes the brake, which is already easy to adjust, even safer. In connection with the long wheelbase and the balanced weight distribution, very good deceleration values are therefore possible.
The engine also won. Thanks to the new injection system, a cold start is flawless in every season. The parallel twin thunders out of the silencer. Although the unit is designed with a long stroke, it shows considerable revving and, together with the perfectly coordinated variator, enables short sprints. Feels underpowered
you never get on the Yamaha, the top speed of just under 160 km / h is more than satisfactory.
Equipment and suitability for everyday use of the Tmax remain? measured by the
Scooter competition ?? just average. The helmet compartment is not particularly spacious and the low beam is not very illuminating. To-
the disk causes uncomfortable
Turbulence and a high level of noise for the driver. But it has enough space to set up the ideal sitting position. The same applies to the pillion passenger.
The cost balance is mixed: The Tmax is not cheap, for 9195 euros there are very adult motorcycles. A Suzuki Bandit 1200 S, for example, costs a whopping thousand less. Anyone who nevertheless opts for a sporty Yamaha scooter saves with the long inspection intervals and low consumption. If a quieter windshield and a top case are then retrofitted, that could be the beginning of a wonderful journey between worlds. el
Technical data – Yamaha Tmax 500 ABS
Engine: two-cylinder four-stroke engine, two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, injection, regulated catalytic converter, variator with centrifugal clutch in an oil bath.
Bore x stroke 66.0 x 73.0 mm
Cubic capacity 499 cm3
Rated output 33 kW (44 PS) at 7500 rpm
Max. Torque 48 Nm at 6250 rpm
Chassis: tubular steel frame, telescopic fork, horizontal, directly hinged spring strut, double disc brake at the front, Ø 267 mm, disc brake at the rear, Ø 267 mm, ABS.
Tires 120/70 R 14; 160/60 R 15
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1575 mm, seat height * 795 mm, empty weight 213 kg, permissible total weight 415 kg, tank capacity 14 liters.
Top speed 159 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h 7.4 sec
Two year guarantee
Price including additional costs 9195 euros
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