His new look does not disappoint. Sleeker, the new Yamaha TMax 530 is placed more to cross genres. He also won 3 and lost 4 kilos horses to enhance performance. But this year, with the coming into play of BMW, competition should be fierce. With this development, Yamaha did hit the mark? Back test in Los Angeles, Scooter-Station responds.
Sunday, December 4, Los Angeles. An unusual day for “work”, a place to say the least original to try a scooter. For the world to present the fourth version of its TMax – ten years after the appearance of the phenomenon to three tuning forks – it is indeed in the City of Angels that Yamaha has invited its international presentation.
Given the humidity and low temperatures currently raging in Europe, could not imagine a better field. Certainly, it is necessary to override a jet lag and homesickness, but discover THE handlebar of a major segment of the new maxi-scooter is one of the most exciting experience. When opening the doors of LAX, the 12 hour flight and the joys of Paris ring road are soon forgotten …
It is 8:30. Opposite the hotel waiting for us our horses, parked in a row on Vine Street – Hollywood Boulevard. The maximum to look great. As they had been observed in Eicma Milan and more recently the Motorcycle Show and Scooter in Paris, the new YamahaTMax 530 exposes a facies sleeker. We do not resist long to put us in the saddle … and find a driving position slightly retouched.
The seat itself has not changed. Located 800 mm from the ground, wide enough at its base, it will always be some difficulty for smaller of us. Those that height does not repel discover with pleasure the new handlebars max Yam. Now it is down slightly, tilting less than the upper body forward. But as the hanger is attached to a bridge above, you can always put it back as it was before.
In this version 4.0, the ergonomics of the controls still as good. The levers (with pressure control) fall under the hands and each button is instinctively mania. We may regret not being able to scroll through the information pad digital dashboard directly to stalk. In the deck, the disappearance of the glove box on the left – replaced by a mini-glove box, too tight to accommodate a smartphone – is another reason for discontent. Fortunately the right one is also spacious and can accommodate one liter bottle.
Facing the driver, the dashboard presents a completely revamped design. The instrument panel is perfectly legible. It is behind a new bubble with a manual sense better protection (5 cm high, 1 cm further forward).
On this Sunday morning, the streets of California are not congested megalopolis, which is rarely the case at other times. Perfect! The interfile did not practicing in the country of Uncle Sam, the traffic flow is good news to avoid spending hours on the endless avenues leading to the beach in Malibu, then laces Mulholland Drive. Scooter sport requires, it is indeed where we judge the qualities of Yamaha TMAX 530 in the matter.
For now, we run our engines are always expressed with the same sound, manly, but not much. Engine response to throttle opening is almost immediate. The twin engine roars, the needle rises to 4,000 rev / min and T max off in half a second. The craft distilling a very slight “kick ass”, but not smoothly. The suspension is perfect and the acceleration always bluffing. Mounted engine and equipped with new internal organs supposed to optimize its performance (to be read in the section to remember), the thermal group is more swift, but bury his predecessor. In town, a fire to jump to another, the new Yamaha TMax 530 is always as effective as the old one.
During the acceleration phase, we perceive a few vibrations, but they are not disturbing. And when it comes to stopping the heat of the big Yamaha tmax 530, the braking system appears formidable. The simultaneous action of two levers provide complete satisfaction. The machine is online, does not dive, but it must nevertheless take care not to overdose the rear brake oversized and potentially subject to blocking. In this exercise, the less seasoned certainly opt for the ABS version (uncoupled), available from February 2012
After a few photos taken at the foot of the buildings of downtown LA and a good couple of hours in the saddle, we reach the limits of the city, beyond Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Along the Pacific, we are moving towards more roller shafts. With its long straights and a police (everywhere) ready to punish any excesses, the U.S. remains the country’s ultimate cruising. So cruisons! But unlike the 500, it is now very difficult to yours truly to expand its long stump. Stalled at 55 mph (90 km / h), the new bubble set to its standard position, and mirrors placed so as to provide better protection side, bring satisfaction. A brief us on the motorway but put this quality, at least with the windscreen set at its lowest. It would be interesting to test the accessory position, that the course of our trial did not permit.
The mountain looms.
Given the layout and condition of the roads on which we now ask the tires of our Yamaha TMAX 530, we imagine here get the most information about the qualities of the craft in Sport mode. But we face a barrage of police seems to stop us. Error! The LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) has just decided to close a stretch of road, just for us! A place known on Mulholland, where the Americans are accustomed to use their sliders and to rub the foot rest of their gleaming Harley-Davidson. All right guys! So it’s no speed limit we sway your maxiscooters in our Snake. Yamaha TMax 530 and there is dexterity, entering a curve with confidence and from a corner to another with ease. Curve maintains its course, but if a deformation of the bitumen is polluting the path to full load, it may lack rigor, but is actually sausage. Setting an inflexible fork is probably the origin of the phenomenon.
17:30, we return our horses. After 220 km on the handlebars Yamaha TMax 530, it is clear that comfort is acceptable, since fatigue has not been felt no ache to report. Aesthetically successful, in our view, we find this new version also relevant in terms of dynamics. The new engine offers an accreditation slightly higher than the previous version, but only slightly.
Will this be sufficient to withstand the attacks of German competitor, the C-600 Sport (which should arrive in March)? Given the equipment, the chassis and engine Maxiscooter of Munich, the battle may turn to the advantage of the propeller. However, do not sell the bear’s skin before killing. For now, our only certainty is that the new Yamaha TMAX 530 more should meet the expectations of “TMaxeurs” licensed. Not really, scooters, motorcycle or real, they chose the maximum for lines and sportiness. With its sleek style even more optimized and dynamic qualities, the 530 grown even more this feature.