YAMAHA X-MAX 300 CITY SLICKER
‘What is it about scooters that UK commuters don’t understand?’
What is it about scooters that UK commuters don’t understand? Take Yamaha’s new X-MAX 300 as an example. For just £65 a month on PCP you can have one of these A2legal maxi-scooters and basically kiss goodbye to your public transport woes, not to mention save a stack of cash in the process. How does that not make sense? And if you are yet to be converted to two-wheels and are worried about safety, the X-MAX even helps quash this fear.
Alongside ABS, Yamaha’s new 292cc single cylinder maxi-scooter comes with traction control as standard which, although a little unnecessary on a 27.6bhp twist-and- go, is still reassuring when it starts to rain. Add to this keyless ignition and disc brakes front and rear, and the X-MAX goes a long way to justifying its £4949 price. And then there is the practicality side.
Pop the seat and underneath is a vast 45-litre storage compartment (which is lit by an LED light) can happily swallow up two full-face lids with room to spare. In one of the two glove boxes (the one that locks) there is a 12v power source so you can charge a phone while on the go and both the screen and bars are height adjustable. Did I mention economy? How does 80mpg sound? On paper the X-MAX is every suburban commuter’s dream transport, and the ride doesn’t disappoint.
Despite appearing quite large physically, the X-MAX is actually surprisingly light and agile. Carrying its 179kg weight very low helps it flick effortlessly from side to side and it’s narrow enough to zip through gaps. The seat is comfortable, the screen and fairing effective, and it can almost hit 100mph flat-out. Should you need to anchor up quickly the ABS brakes are excellent, if lacking a little in feel, and the traction control worked when we rode it on wet cobbles.
The suspension, however, could be better. Over poor surfaces the twin shocks felt a little harsh and under-damped. On smoother roads they were up to the job, but potholes are best avoided. As are inclined parking spots, because Yamaha haven’t equipped the X-MAX with a parking brake, meaning you do need to be wary when parking on a slope. But it’s a small irritation on what is otherwise a thoroughly sorted maxi-scooter.
Clear dash and an adjustable screen Need to charge your phone? Easy! Two lids and room for gloves and more