Yamaha presents 2009 models

Couple of old faves return along with two new scoots

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 11, 2008
Hot on the heels of the new V-Max, Yamaha has announced its 2009 motorcycle and scooter lines.

Joining the V-Max under the Star label are updates to the V Star line of cruisers, including the Silverado, Classic and Custom, as well as their 1100 iterations. The Silverado and Classic will both have new colors while the Custom models will have blacked-out engines and wheels. The V Star 250 will also return.

Yamaha is also bringing back the YZF-R6S sportbike and the dual purpose XT250 and TW200, which will also receive updates to their color schemes for 2009.

Two new scooters will be joining Yamaha’s 2009 lineup, the TMax and the Zuma 125.

Based on the name, the you could assume the TMax is the scooter version of the V-Max, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron. The TMax actually takes its cues from Yamaha’s sportbikes, from its fairing to the design of the head and taillights. Like Yamaha’s sportbikes, the TMax uses a lightweight, controlled-fill die-cast aluminum frame.One of two new products for 2009, the TMax sounds like the V-Max but has more in common with Yamaha's sportsbikes.

At 499cc, the TMax has the largest displacement among Yamaha’s scooters, easily outsizing the 395cc Majesty. The TMax’s liquid-cooled four-stroke engine has a compression ratio of 11:1. The horizontally-positioned parallel twin features a reciprocating balancer to produce a smooth yet powerful ride. With gas prices reaching new highs, Yamaha is highlighting the fuel efficiency of all its 2009 scooters; Yamaha says that the TMax will run an estimated 47 mpg on a four gallon tank.

The new Zuma 125 is a more powerful version of the 49cc Zuma. The new 125cc model uses a four-stroke single engine with a compression ratio of 10:1, compared to the Zuma’s two-stroke single and its 7.0:1 ratio. Electronic fuel injection also gives the Zuma 125 a boost in performance. The Zuma 125 achieves an estimated 88mpg. That isn’t as impressive as the Zuma’s 123 mpg, though the added power should make up for it.

The Zuma 125’s now uses 220mm front disc brakes from the Zuma’s 155mm disc brakes, while the rear suspension has switched from single to dual shocks.

The two new scooters will join the returning Majesty, Vino 125, Vino Classic, C3 and the original Zuma.

Yamaha will announce additional 2009 models near the end of the summer.