2018 Yamaha XMax 300 Announced for US + Video

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

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 Typeliquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC single cylinder; 4 valves
Displacement292 cc
Bore & Stroke70.2 x 75.9 mm
Compression Ratio10.9:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Final DriveV-Belt
Front Suspension33mm telescopic fork
Rear SuspensionDual shocks
Front Wheel Travel4.3 in.
Rear Wheel Travel3.1 in.
Front Tire120/70-15 Dunlop Scoot Smart
Rear Tire140/70-14 Dunlop Scoot Smart
Wheelbase56.3 in.
Front Brake TypeHydraulic disc, 267mm; ABS
Rear Brake TypeHydraulic disc, 245mm; ABS
Fuel Capacity3.4 gal.
Length86.0 in.
Width30.5 in.
Height55.7 in.
Rake/Trail26.5°/3.7 in.
Ground Clearance5.3 in.
Seat Height31.3 in.
Wet Weight397 lb. (claimed)
Warranty12 months limited factory warranty
ColorVivid White
Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

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  • Toby Barnes Toby Barnes on Mar 24, 2018

    This is directed at Yamaha; Why don't you make all the color options available. I hate White, Red, and black (most of the time). you can correct this by making the plastic colored pieces assembled at the dealership and having the colors available as an option. Thus will help drive the sales up. This is why I'm on the fence (for 10 yrs now). If it was Blue, Black Cherry, Bronze, Green, ect... this would fit the bill.
    And as to date no US version has had a riders review yet posted. Your a little late.

    • Douglas Douglas on May 16, 2018

      Well, according to some insurance institute info, white & yellow are the most easily seen colors on motor vehicles (tho' maybe not 18 wheelers, 3-axle wreckers, Greyhounds and so forth). And we need all the help (read-"visiblilty") we can get when on our 2 wheelers ("....but I didn't see you!...").....n' c est-pas?

  • Al Al on May 16, 2018

    Why are service intervals for the 2018 XMAX 300 6000 miles in the UK and 4000 miles in the US? Are the products different? Is Yamaha USA trying to rip its customers off? Isn't this the same bike? Both owners manuals have service intervals in Kilometers and Miles. Just curious.