In August, we reported on a CARB executive order on a new scooter from Yamaha we suspected would compete with the Honda PCX150. Today at the AIMExpo, Yamaha unveiled to the U.S. market the SMAX sport scooter.

Indeed a challenger to the PCX150 from Honda, the SMAX could be considered a little sibling to the larger, more luxurious Majesty scooter due to its similar styling. Powered by a 155cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC fuel-injected engine, the SMAX is powerful enough for freeway jaunts and should have plenty of power for the city run-around. The continuously variable transmission means the rider doesn’t have to worry about shifting – just hop on and ride.

Yamaha says the new frame design contributes to its sporty handling, but more important for scooter riders, the SMAX is reported to have 32 liters of underseat storage, big enough for a full-face helmet and then some. If that’s not enough, Yamaha accessories for the SMAX include a top case and a center console bag.

The SMAX rolls on 13-inch wheels, while disc brakes at both ends ensure confident stopping power.

The SMAX will be available in two color options – Ultramarine Blue and Matte Titan – and will retail for $3,690, with bikes available in dealerships by November.

Follow the rest of our 2014 AIMExpo coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

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