‘Prac­ti­cal, comfy and with no weak­nesses’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

“The TMAX has al­ways stood head and shoul­ders above the max­is­cooter op­po­si­tion. I once did 55,000 trou­ble-free miles on an early one. It’s a scooter that han­dles more like a mo­tor­cy­cle, but at the same time it’s su­per­prac­ti­cal and com­fort­able.

“2013 saw a re­designed frame and swingarm, with a tooth rub­ber drive belt re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ous en­closed drive chain. Th­ese re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cant weight sav­ing and mass cen­tral­i­sa­tion.

“Me­chan­i­cally speak­ing, apart from a 30cc ca­pac­ity in­crease and the ad­di­tion of fuel in­jec­tion, the bike is lit­tle changed from its in­cep­tion in 2001 – prov­ing how good it was to start with.

“The ser­vice in­ter­vals are 6000 miles, with spark­plugs, fil­ters and pri­mary belt at 12k. There’s also a valve-clear­ance check at 24k. The pri­mary belt con­nects the en­gine to the clutch via the vari­a­tor, which ef­fec­tively changes the gear­ing fully au­to­mat­i­cally ac­cord­ing to the load re­quire­ments.

“Warn­ing mes­sages re­mind you when oil changes and belt changes are re­quired. There are three air fil­ters; one for the en­gine and two for the pri­mary belt. The fi­nal- drive belt is main­te­nance free, and apart from a ten­sion check at the ser­vice it’ll re­quire no at­ten­tion. Thanks to the TMAX’S pop­u­lar­ity in Europe, it’s a target for thieves. How­ever, due to the built-in im­mo­biliser, th­ese bikes can’t be hot-wired or started with­out the keys. “You need to look af­ter them – and don’t lose the red master key, which is needed if you re­quire re­place­ments. If you are tempted to buy a stolen/re­cov­ered one with­out keys, fac­tor in the cost of an ECU and lock set, plus the fit­ting costs. You can’t just re­place the ig­ni­tion switch. There is no way around this. The ones that are stolen are either lifted into a van or taken with their own keys.

“Th­ese are good, re­li­able ma­chines, with no par­tic­u­lar weak­nesses. The electrics are well pro­tected, and they’re easy to keep clean. If you buy used, al­ways go for the lat­est model you can af­ford and en­sure there’s a doc­u­mented ser­vice his­tory. The pri­mary belt and fil­ter change at 12,000 miles is im­por­tant; it’ll go for longer, but will then break and leave you stranded. Also, check for crash dam­age. Panel fit is su­perb; view anything oth­er­wise with sus­pi­cion. Buy with con­fi­dence.

‘Th­ese are good, re­li­able ma­chines, with no par­tic­u­lar weak­nesses’

Check for crash dam­age and make sure all main ser­vic­ing has been car­ried out

Charles Marvell Fl­itwick Mo­tor­cy­cles

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