Date of publication: 2017-10-29 11:32
The Yamaha YP555 T-Max's underseat storage space is plentiful, but you can't fit hard panniers to this scooter if you fancy touring - just a top case. Useful features on the Yamaha YP555 T-Max include an adjustable backrest for the rider, reflector beam lighting, optional wind deflectors and higher screen. Outstanding brakes and comprehensive dashboard too.
An automatic centrifugal clutch engages when you increase revs. I noticed a slight delay in the clutch engagement that was frustrating when I was trying to get away at low throttle openings. To set out perfectly smoothly, I found myself holding the left (rear) brake in until I felt the clutch bite, then easing off the brake to roll away. I own a Yamaha Vino 125, which clutches flawlessly, so I suspect this glitch might come down to a minor setup problem on ’s particular test bike. As soon as you’re underway, the low center of gravity keeps it unthreatening even at parking-lot speeds.
The Yamaha YP555 T-Max has a sturdy chassis, bit like a cut down motorcycle really, and the beefy 88mm forks, plus monoshock rear end help keep it handling on the sporty side, until the sheer weight of the thing starts some misbehaviour if you push it. At 197kgs the Yamaha YP555 T-Max is as heavy as a Yamaha Thunderace 1555.
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The starting protocol is simple: With the key and kill switch in the ‘on’ position, there’s a momentary delay while the fuel injection system pressures up. Then you hold either brake lever in and hit the starter button. (There are no foot controls. The rear brake is operated by the lever on the left handlebar, and the front brake, as usual, on the right.) There is no kick starter, nor is it possible to bump-start it.
If you’re looking for the two-wheeled equivalent of a Honda Accord, this is a strong contender for your next bike. At $8,599 (for the yellow version seen here) it’s priced competitively close to the base-model Suzuki Burgman 655 or about $855 more than Yamaha’s venerable FZ6 all-rounder - if you’re comparing it to real motorcycles.
If you want to tour occasionally, a Deauville 655 does it better. If you want to commute, a YP255 Majesty is probably all you'll ever need. So where does that leave the maxi-scooter Yamaha YP555 T-Max? Good fun to ride, but just too expensive for most urban riders sadly.
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Despite being half a foot longer than say, an R1, the T-Max is very maneuverable in town. If you’re out running errands, there’s room for a good-sized bag of groceries, or a full-face helmet under the seat. The seat is held in the open position by a pair of hydraulic lifters, and there’s even a light in the storage compartment. There are also two non-locking ‘glove compartments’ in the front cowl. I imagine that, in Europe, commuters usually these for a pack of Gauloise cigarettes in one and a flask of Grappa in the other. Or maybe just coins for tolls.
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