X-max 300, PLUS Egli Fritz
What is it about scooters that UK commuters don’t understand? Take Yamaha’s new X-MAX 300. For just £65 a month on PCP you can own one of these A2-legal maxi- scooters and basically kiss goodbye to your public transport woes, not to mention save a stackload 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 machine 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 tag. And then there is the practicality side.
Pop up the X- MAX’S seat and underneath is a vast 45-litre storage area (which is helpfully lit by an LED light) that can happily swallow up two full-face lids with room to spare. In one of the two gloveboxes (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 all day long sound? On paper the X- MAX is every suburban commuter’s dream mode of transport, and the ride doesn’t disappoint either.
Despite appearing physically large, the X-MAX soon reveals itself as a surprisingly light and agile commuter. 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 are effective and it can almost hit 100mph flat-out. Should you need to anchor up quickly, while the brakes lack some feel, the ABS is excellent in catching any lock-ups and the traction control certainly worked on wet cobbles.
The suspension, however, could be a little better. Over particularly poor surfaces the X-MAX’S twin shocks felt a little harsh and under-damped, jolting the rider in an unpleasant way. On smoother roads they were up to the job, but if you own an X-MAX it’s best to avoid potholes wherever possible. As well as inclined parking spots…
In a slightly odd move, Yamaha haven’t equipped the bigger X-MAX (or any X-MAX model for that matter) with a parking brake, meaning you do need to be wary when parking up on any kind of slope. But this a small irritation on what is otherwise a thoroughly sorted, and well-specified, maxi-scooter that – if tried – would certainly win over a few public transport-weary commuters.
‘Laden with toys, for £65 a month on PCP, how does this not make sense?’
Clear dash sits neatly below height-adjustable screen