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Premium Sports: Yamaha Xmax 300 - voila! Car


Highlights: Yamaha's premium sport scooter gets a design refresh, equipment and calibration. What is it succeeding at, what is it still not providing a proper response to, and when is it in Israel?. For veteran and new riders for whom price is not their problem.Price:about 40,350 NISCompetitors:Honda X ADV 300 We liked:Engine, behavior; we didn't like:Seat height, comfort, Yamaha price. The Xmax 250 is one of the best-selling and well-known scooters in Israel and around the world.

Yamaha's premium sport scooter gets a design refresh, equipment and calibration. What is it succeeding at, what is it still not providing a proper response to, and when is it in Israel?

For veteran and new riders for whom price is not their problem (Photo: manufacturer's website)

Price:about 40,350 NIS
Competitors:Honda X ADV 300 We liked:Engine, behavior
We didn't like:Seat height, comfort, Yamaha price

The Xmax 250 is one of the best-selling and well-known scooters in Israel and around the world, but nevertheless we will mention what it is all about: the first 2005cc Xmax was introduced back in 125, since then 400 and 2017cc versions were added to it. In 300, the first Xmax 28

was released, Besides a powerful engine producing 292 horsepower from 300cc, it also included a new chassis with a pair of steering triangles that grip the front fork – like a motorcycle. The Xmax <> did indeed have sporty road handling accordingly, and along with a look reminiscent of its big brother, the Yamaha Timex, the Xmax became a sales hit for Yamaha around the world.

A new dashboard, in the equipped versions, also with control of Spotify (Photo: manufacturer's website)

Yamaha is now upgrading the Xmax 300 - an upgrade that stems from customer feedback and aims to establish the Xmax at the top of the intermediate scooters. The engine has not changed, the wheels are still 15 inches in diameter at the front and 14 inches at the rear, and the chassis, brakes and brakes remain unchanged. What has changed is the design, fittings and human engineering.

In terms of design, the Xmax was narrowed, especially in the center of the instrument, the lighting was changed to X-shaped lighting as a tribute to the model name, and the front signals were raised and replaced with LEDs. In the prestigious Tech MAX model, which we rode at the global launch, aluminum covers for the insoles, leather covers for the storage compartments, and branding and premium materials were added everywhere.

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You can leave in your pocket: a new proximity key (Photo: manufacturer's website)

In terms of equipment, the new Xmax received a large LCD screen that replaces the analog watch panel in the previous model. The Tech MAX model gets a smaller LCD screen, but also a large color TFT screen. Both models allow connectivity to the phone, but while the Xmax 300 only offers a display for messages, the Xmax 300 Techmax has the ability to control Spotify, a choice of convenient displays, and the possibility of navigation - but only in countries where Grameen has created maps, and Israel is not yet among them. And like the previous model, the new Xmax also has a proximity key, two glove compartments and a huge compartment under the seat, a USB charging socket, and a windshield that can be attached in high or low position.

The comfort in the city is still not good enough (Photo: manufacturer's website)

In terms of human engineering, Yamaha changed the seat. It is now softer and longer and longer, allowing more freedom of movement for the rider. It is also narrower at the front to make it easier to reach the ground with a safe foot - a problematic point on the relatively tall scooter. The leg position also has more movement options on the new insoles. The handlebars allow, like the wind shield, a connection at two angles. The Xmax was a comfortable but cramped scooter, and these changes do not make it a touring scooter but bring it a bit closer there - it is less crowded.

Another feedback Yamaha has dealt with is the brake lever. The Xmax was left with a single disc at the front and one at the back, but the feel in the brake lever, which was a bit spongy in the previous model, was taken care of. The Xmax obviously has anti-lock ABS and traction control.

The new Xmax 300 comes in blue or grey, and the Takemax version comes in a beautiful matte black or matte green – which we rode. Yamaha offers plenty of original accessories for the scooter such as an elevated goggle or Acropovich exhaust, and several equipment packages: Sport, Urban and Winter.

High? Make sure you reach the floor, despite the change in structure, the seat is still high (Photo: manufacturer's website)

Getting Started

We start our riding in Milan. The asphalt is low-level, stone streets from the Roman Empire and railroads that cross the asphalt at every corner. The Xmax doesn't get excited about anything. The suspension is a bit stiff so you can feel what's going underneath it, but not in a way that makes the rider uncomfortable. He keeps the line of travel, and even deep pits do not take him out of his peace. The engine remains as powerful as it was, and the Xmax accelerates well at any speed. The narrow structure makes it easy to crawl into motion, and the brakes stop it hard and with a lot of emotion. It's still a little hard to get to the ground, though the shorter rider in the group got by too.

It's also fun to ride on a winding road thanks to a front suspension similar to a motorcycle (Photo: manufacturer's website)

The Yamaha Xmax 300 Tech-Max feels like it was created to get through the volume quickly and efficiently. We get out of town, climb mountains on small, winding roads north and the XMax, again, doesn't get excited about anything. It's easy to ride on technical roads, easy to lay down and change direction, it inspires a lot of confidence and sticks to the asphalt in any conditions. The Xmax accelerates strongly on uphills, brakes descents and turns hard at every turn. A polished sport scooter that comes to give work and leave the rider free from worries.

After a few hours of riding, including a round on Lake Como, we return to Milan, this time via the highway. There, too, Xmax has no problem. It is stable on the road even when the speed approaches 140 km/h, the wind protection is effective, and the scooter is comfortable and spacious so that even after 7 hours and 200 km of riding and photography, the back is not sore, the buttocks are not numb and the hands are not tired. The Yamaha Xmax 300 Tech-Max was a perfect partner for such a ride.

Comfortable even after hours of riding (Photo: manufacturer's website)


The Yamaha Xmax 300 remains the same - a sporty premium scooter. But now it is also comfortable enough for short trips. It is still not as luxurious and isolated from the environment as executive scooters, but it is rewarded by sporty road handling at a high level. Cannon in the city, axe in twists and turns and train on the highway. And with all the hard work he does, he never forgets to look good in the process. It is a good scooter, mature and 'fastened', with its only disadvantages being the height of the seat and the price - which stands at around NIS 40,350.

It is designed for those who want a sport scooter, are looking for the best - and are willing to pay for it. Even Timex fans who don't want or can't pay the asking price will find solace in X-Max. Anyone looking for a maxi-scooter, but without the physical size, something a little more comfortable to ride in and around the city - will also find an answer in X-Max. Its main competitor was the Honda Forza, but since Honda released the ADV300 with similar power and weight and with a pair of front triangles like the Xmax - it is the real competitor of the XMax, and we will soon test them head to head.

The new Yamaha Xmax 300 is sporty but also practical. Premium scooter, even if not luxurious. And above all it allows the rider lots of fun with a little effort. You just have to make an effort to save enough on the purchase price. We really liked the new Xmax <> and will say goodbye to it and Milan with the blessing of Chao, Bravo on the X-Max.

Will cope well with highways as well (Photo: manufacturer's website)

On the technical side: Yamaha Xmax 300

Engine:Single cylinder, 4 valves

Displacement: 292 cc
Power:28 hp at 7,250 rpm Torque:2.96 kg at 5,750 rpm

Transmission:Chassis virotor
:steel, twin steering

triangles Brakes:Front/Rear: 267mm/245mm


Overall length: 2,180 mm, Wheelbase: 1,540 mm, Seat height: 795 mm
Fuel tank:13.2 liters
Full weight:183 kg
Tyres:120/70R15, 140/70R14

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Source: walla

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