Yamaha X-Max 300

Driving report Yamaha X-Max 300

Updates for the all-round scooter

Yamaha’s X-Max family consists of all-rounders: the scooters between 125 and 400 cm³ combine comfort, storage space and driving performance without standing out in any one discipline. This is especially true for the middle representative, which has now been upgraded from the 250 to the 300. MOTORRAD has already ridden it.

"What should the 43 cm³ more displacement bring??" Oh. Not even close. The step from Yamaha X-Max 250 for the Yamaha X-Max 300 means significantly more than 292 instead of the previous 249 cm³ displacement. The new single cylinder got 1 mm more bore and a whopping 9.1 mm more stroke, and 4 valves instead of 2 now control the gas exchange.

Driving report Yamaha X-Max 300

Updates for the all-round scooter


The cockpit of the Yamaha X-Max 300 is extensive and clear.

All Yamaha X-Max 300 are equipped with ABS and a traction control that can be switched off, which influences the ignition timing and injection quantity. In addition, a so-called smart key – this is a key that releases the ignition via radio -, LED headlights and taillights and a 12-volt socket in the left cockpit shelf are part of the standard equipment.

The cockpit of the Yamaha X-Max 300 consists of two analog dials for speed and engine speed, on the left there is space for the digital fuel gauge, on the right there is also a digital display of the engine temperature.

The LCD element between the two scales in the upper line shows the average or current consumption in km / l or l / 100 km, the average speed, the temperature, the battery voltage and the status of the traction control.

The time is in the middle line, the bottom line can be switched between total and trip meter, time driven and kilometers since the last belt or oil change.


The storage compartment of the Yamaha X-Max 300 easily holds two full-face helmets

The storage space under the bench should have grown by 18 percent to 45 liters and can now easily accommodate two full-face helmets. This is a real improvement over the 250 predecessor; if it somehow fit, it had to be quite small helmets without spoilers. The handlebar can be adjusted in height by 20 mm in two positions, the windshield also in two positions by 50 mm.

Another Yamaha promise: The tubular frame chassis of the Yamaha X-Max 300 should be 3 kilograms lighter than that of its predecessor. Wait a minute – tubular frame? What about the aluminum bridge visible on the bronze-colored model? Sorry, it’s made of plastic, it’s just a design element and has no load-bearing function.

Driving impression of the Yamaha X-Max 300

The Yamaha X-Max 300 welcomes its driver, who is just under six feet tall and weighs a good two pounds, in a rather compact sitting position. That’s not exactly uncomfortable, but considering the size of the vehicle, it’s a bit surprising. The Yamaha X-Max 300 swims well in the city traffic of Florence thanks to its jagged acceleration, well-balanced chassis and surprisingly free handling. You hardly notice that you are still dragging a long scooter tail behind you.

The telescopic fork and the two struts at the rear have the bumpy pavement in the World Heritage Old Town and the asphalt scars on the main roads under control; here the Yamaha X-Max 300 plays the role of the useful commuter vehicle very well.

Speaking of "play": The Yamaha X-Max 300 lifts the rear on the accelerator; if you hit the right rhythm, you can have fun jumping through the city. Technically, this could probably be counteracted with a more tightly tuned rebound stage damping. But who knows what suspension compromise the Yamaha X-Max 300 would have to make in view of the high unsprung masses; so we like to just accept this little quirk.

(Author’s note: If you ride in a pack of Yamaha X-Max 300s for a while, thoughts like "It looks very elegant from the front. But he has an incredibly fat rear view." And then the Yamaha X-Max 300 answers telepathically: "Mr. Fuchs, you are fat from behind! And we’d rather not talk about your elegance from the front.")

The real fun with the Yamaha X-Max 300 starts on the country roads outside of town. The 28 hp beat themselves well and are completely sufficient to overtake trucks and the like in the twinkling of an eye. The handling, which is well balanced between stability and handiness, and the Dunlop Scoot Smart tires fitted as standard make curves of all radii extremely enjoyable. Only at higher speeds does the telescopic fork in particular react a little carelessly to medium-sized bumps.

The brakes of the Yamaha X-Max 300 are easy to dose and offer a reasonable ratio of manual force to be used and the braking power achieved. However, the ABS regulates surprisingly late and quite rustic, so that even without explicit provocation, the rear tire in particular can experience short slides.

On expressways, the Yamaha X-Max 300 moves steadily beyond the recommended German motorway speed. However, he leaves dominance over the left lane to other vehicles.

Just in time for the market launch, Yamaha offers a wide range of accessories for the X-Max 300 to trim the all-rounder towards either active-driving-sporty or comfortable-touristy. The first category includes an Akrapovič muffler (black 699.95 euros, titanium 649.95 euros), a lower windshield (94.95 euros), a puristic license plate holder (129.95 euros; cover 20.95 euros additional), Aluminum plates for the driver’s footwell (74.95 euros / pair) and a passenger backrest (149.95 euros; upholstery 64.95 euros additional).

In particular the lower windshield is a real recommendation; so that the airstream flows towards the driver over a broad front without vortices. The accessory muffler gives the Yamaha X-Max 300 a more present and by no means too loud sound.

(Author’s note: Anyone who, like me, voluntarily listens to Truck Stop and Status Quo will not comment on other people’s taste in noise. Only this much: I personally don’t need an Akra pot on any scooter.)

For the touring version of the Yamaha X-Max 300, the range includes a higher windshield (179.95 euros), a comfort seat (299.95 euros), a GPS mount (74.95 euros) and one Luggage rack (169.95 euros), on which, for example, a top case (from 94.95 euros), possibly with back padding (64.95 euros), has space.

Anyone who wants to configure their accessories with fun can do so with the Yamaha app "My garage" do on his smartphone; it is available free of charge in the respective stores for Android and iOS devices.


Light cutlery: the standard tool kit for the Yamaha X-Max 300.

(Author’s note: As part of the ride, Yamaha Germany press spokesman Karlheinz Vetter got hold of the touring accessory version of the Yamaha X-Max 300 and wanted it with reference to his currently very sensitive eyes – "I just need the high pane!" – do not go out to test drive. It is clear, Karlheinz, the eyes … and I wanted to form an opinion about the comfort bench.)

Speaking of the bench: Underneath it, the Yamaha X-Max 300 hides its on-board tools, and that is quantitatively very manageable: a hook wrench to change the spring base at the rear, a screwdriver handle with a cross / flat interchangeable blade and two Allen keys should suffice. On the one hand it is gratifying that you can get around the X-Max 300 with so few tools. On the other hand: Anyone who, regardless of the current vehicle, relies on standard on-board tools in the event of a breakdown is also a little to blame.

The Yamaha X-Max 300 is in brown metallic ("Bronze Quazar"), White ("Milky White") and gray ("Matt Gray") for 5695 euros plus additional costs.

Technical data Yamaha X-Max 300


Yamaha X-Max 300

Drive: Liquid-cooled single cylinder four-stroke engine, one overhead camshaft, 4 valves. Bore / stroke: 70.0 / 75.9 mm, displacement 292 cm³, compression 10.9: 1, 21 kW (28 PS) at 7,250 / min, 29 Nm at 5,750 / min, V-belt automatic transmission

Landing gear: Tubular frame, telescopic fork at the front, drive unit swing arm with two spring struts at the rear, spring base adjustable in 5 positions, spring travel v./h. 110/79 mm,

Tires: Dunlop Scootsmart, 120 / 70-15 front, 140 / 70-14 rear

Brakes: Two-piston floating caliper on a 267 mm single disc at the front, single-piston floating caliper on a 245 mm single disc at the rear, ABS

Measurements and weight: Length / width / height 2,185 / 775 / 1,415 mm (with raised windshield 1465 mm), wheelbase 1,540 mm, seat height 795 mm, weight (ready to drive, fully fueled) 179 kg, tank capacity 13 liters

Price: 5695 Euro plus utilities

Market position of the Yamaha X-Max 250/300


Yamaha X-Max 300

Yamaha regards the X-Max family with 125, 250 or now 300 and 400 cm³ as part of the sports scooter segment and thus as a close relative of the TMax 530, from whose fame and name it should benefit. In terms of design, technology and processing quality, the Yamaha X-Max 300 in particular should rank as close to the TMax as no other X-Max model before it.

Yamaha has had three generations of the X-Max 250 in its range since 2005; There were new versions in 2010 and 2013. The manufacturer claims to have sold a total of 150,000 copies, over 11,000 in 2016 alone – and the German importer is responsible for 180 of them

With the upgrade from the 250 to the Yamaha X-Max 300, Yamaha is following a European trend: Almost 10 years ago, the 250 made up more than a quarter of all newly registered scooters; now just under an eighth. On the other hand, the 300s and 350s have grown enormously.

The Yamaha X-Max 300 is clearly aimed at commuters; Yamaha is counting on male customers and brand-loyal customers who might want to upgrade from the X-Max 250.

Offers for the Yamaha X-Max 300

Used Yamaha X-Max 300 in Germany

Fans of sports scooters should take a look at the used motorcycle exchange, because there you can find the Yamaha X-Max 300 in top condition and at low prices: Used Yamaha X-Max 300 in Germany

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