Yamaha is bringing the 292cc version of the XMax scooter to the U.S., topping its 2018 scooter lineup which also includes the 155cc SMax, the Zuma 125 and the 49cc Zuma 50F, Zuma 50FX and Vino Classic. The 2018 Yamaha XMax will arrive in dealerships in October with an MSRP of $5,599.
The Yamaha XMax has been available in Europe for a few years now, with Yamaha offering 125, 250, 300 and 400 versions. The 300 version is the newest engine size, introduced just last year and finally making it to the U.S. for 2018.
The XMax is powered by a fuel-injected 292cc liquid-cooled SOHC Single. Yamaha didn’t release any performance figures for the U.S.-spec model but the European model claims a peak output of 27.6 hp at 7250 rpm and 21.4 lb-ft. at 5750 rpm. Yamaha does claim the XMax gets 75 mpg; with a full 3.4 gallon tank, that would translate to a range of 255 miles.
The engine uses a counterbalancer to reduce vibrations while an offset cylinder and semi-dry-sump lubrication system help to reduce internal friction. Power is transferred to the rear wheel through a CVT and drive belt. The XMax also comes with a traction control system which cuts power when it detects the rear wheel slipping.
Up front, the XMax uses a 33mm telescopic fork – beefy for a scooter – with 4.3 inches of travel. The rear wheel is suspended by twin shocks, offering 3.1 inches of travel. The 15-inch front wheel and 14-inch rear wheel come shod with Dunlop Scoot Smart tires. A 267mm rotor is mounted to the front wheel while the back uses a 245mm disc. ABS is standard.
The underseat storage area comes with LED illumination and can hold two full-face helmets. The front shield also holds two smaller storage spaces, with one housing a 12V outlet.
Other highlights include a smart key system, LED lighting, adjustable handlebars and windscreen, and a (claimed) wet weight of 397 pounds.
Check out the video below for our coverage of the Yamaha XMax 300 from AIMExpo.
|2018 Yamaha XMax Specifications|
|Engine Type||liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC single cylinder; 4 valves|
|Bore & Stroke||70.2 x 75.9 mm|
|Fuel Delivery||Fuel Injection|
|Ignition||TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition|
|Front Suspension||33mm telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||Dual shocks|
|Front Wheel Travel||4.3 in.|
|Rear Wheel Travel||3.1 in.|
|Front Tire||120/70-15 Dunlop Scoot Smart|
|Rear Tire||140/70-14 Dunlop Scoot Smart|
|Front Brake Type||Hydraulic disc, 267mm; ABS|
|Rear Brake Type||Hydraulic disc, 245mm; ABS|
|Fuel Capacity||3.4 gal.|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 in.|
|Seat Height||31.3 in.|
|Wet Weight||397 lb. (claimed)|
|Warranty||12 months limited factory warranty|