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2008 Yamaha TMax

2008 Yamaha TMax

When Yamaha’s original TMAX hit the road in 2001 it was a revolution, changing the scooter world overnight. For the very first time here was a large-capacity scooter that offered a passionate mix of exhilarating sports bike performance and scooter sophistication and functionality.

The TMAX is an amazing fusion – a maxi-scooter that is big fun to ride on any kind of road – totally at home on city streets, on twisting country roads and in the motorway fast lane. So it was no surprise that so many riders fell in love with its intoxicating blend of performance and practicality, discovering that one bike really can do it all.

The 2008 TMAX takes that concept to the next level:  it’s lighter and sleeker in design, with top performance from its known deluxe heart, the hi-tech 499cc twin-cylinder engine, improved in ride quality, agility and comfort, plus enhanced everyday convenience and upgraded environmental friendliness.

The everyday TMAX scenario takes us from work in the city, out onto the open roads and far into the countryside, always crossing boundaries and changing horizons, always with power, handling and comfort to spare. The rider leaves the office, unpacks helmet and riding gear from the under seat locker, carves through the gridlock, using the easy power and automatic transmission that take the hassle out of stop-start riding. After picking up a friend on the other side of town, the traffic thins out and the TMAX unleashes its impressive performance: superb acceleration, light and accurate handling, a joy to ride, solo or two-up. And then onto the motorway, TMAX is at ease in the fast lane, its rider and passenger in luxury behind the sleek, weather-beating bodywork, overnight bag stashed safely under the seat.

In other words, TMAX has the power to change lives with its awesomely versatile performance because flexibility means freedom to untangle oneself from the complexities of a busy modern lifestyle. Wherever you’re going in life, TMAX will take you there with a smile on your face.

Sleek, sporty new look is more than beautiful
The 2008 TMAX features radical new sports styling with sleek, sculpted bodywork, eye-grabbing headlight design and remarkable new muffler design that accentuate the original model’s image of sports performance and sophistication and maintain the machine’s impressive compactness. The brilliantly avant-garde design retains the TMAX’s signature boomerang-shaped side covers and features elements of the ‘mass forward’ styling used in Yamaha street bikes and supersport bikes to emphasise the TMAX’s front-biased weight distribution that promotes excellent rider control. Lighter body parts also contribute to the 2008 model’s 5kg weight reduction, and the new bodywork improves stability in side winds.

Of course, the new body keeps the weather at bay brilliantly, keeping the rider’s upper body, arms, legs and feet away from the wind and rain. And the new design windscreen is easily detachable to allow quick changes from the standard screen to a short sports screen (especially good for urban riding), which is available as genuine Yamaha accessories.

The 2008 TMAX also features a classy new dash panel that offers all the information you need in an easy-to-read format. The triple instruments house analogue speedo, fuel gauge and temperature gauge plus digital clock.

2008 TMAX styling highlights
Radical new sports styling with smooth, sculpted bodywork
Eye-grabbing dual headlight design
Remarkable new muffler design contributes to sleek, sporty look
Lighter body parts contribute to 5kg weight reduction
New bodywork improves stability in side winds
Easily detachable windscreen

TMAX styling overview
Avant-garde sports scooter styling that stands out on the street
The TMAX look delivers a compact design that is roomy for rider and passenger
‘Mass forward’ look emphasises forward weight distribution for superb rider control.

Taking the ride to the next level
The new TMAX was created for the street, for riders who want a sophisticated urban performer that can exhilarate like a motorcycle when pointed down twisting country roads and wide-open motorways. But our commitment to the sports capabilities of this machine required that our development programme also included track-testing sessions.

All-new aluminium frame
Yamaha test riders evaluated the new TMAX on track to ensure that its all-new aluminium frame allows the machine to handle, steer and grip the road like a sports bike. The new frame, which replaces the original tubular steel unit, is constructed from a mix of extruded aluminium sections and cast aluminium sections formed by Yamaha’s exclusive CF die-casting technology. This composite design allowed our engineers to create a lighter frame with an ideal rigidity balance that delivers both excellent handling characteristics and a superbly comfortable ride. The rigidity balance was fine-tuned during the development process, with the thickness of the aluminium sections changed time and again to achieve the perfect compromise between handling performance, stability and comfort. The TMAX suspension settings have been retuned to complement the new frame’s superb performance.

15-inch front wheel and wider diameter forks
Complementing the new frame is a 15-inch front wheel (previous models featured a 14-inch front) which delivers a more stable and more comfortable ride, especially over rougher road surfaces. Both front and rear wheels are of a classy new hollow three-spoke design in aluminium alloy, just like you’d find on a performance sports bike. The new TMAX also features wider diameter front forks (43mm, up from 41mm) and a 5mm longer wheelbase (1580mm, up from 1575mm) for surer handling and stability.

The result of these upgrades is a superbly neutral handling character that gives the rider that life-affirming sports bike sensation of controlling a machine that goes exactly where you point it, plus impressive stability at speed.

Monobloc front brake calipers
If the TMAX specs keep reminding you of a sports bike that’s no surprise because this is a scooter engineered like a sports bike. The TMAX braking system was always impressive – triple hydraulic disc brakes for stunning braking – but the 2008 model takes the sports spec another step forward with monobloc four-piston front brake callipers with adjustable brake lever for even more impressive stopping performance. An ABS version is also available.

Impressive weight reduction
The 2008 TMAX weighs an impressive 5kg less than its predecessor thanks to a full range of weight-reducing measures right across the chassis, from the aluminium frame to the revised bodywork.

2008 TMAX chassis highlights
All-new aluminium frame
Optimized suspension settings for even better handling
15-inch front wheel, new design alloy wheels
Larger diameter front fork (from 41mm to 43mm)
Overall weight reduced by 5kg

TMAX chassis overview
Track-tested for impressive sports-standard handling
Designed for easy low-speed steering in town
15-inch wheels front and rear for great stability
Triple disc brakes deliver stunning braking
Radial tyres for excellent grip and feel
ABS braking version also available

2008 TMAX engine features
Refined power and emissions
That original TMAX looked very much like a scooter but its engine performance made it much, much more than that. Like the TMAX itself, the hi-tech engine has a dual nature – beautifully mild-mannered on the one hand but capable of mightily impressive performance on the other!

The TMAX’s impressive 499cc twin-cylinder engine offers the kind of performance that won’t disappoint experienced sports bike riders. Featuring digital fuel injection, four valves per cylinder and a compression ratio of 11.0:1, the TMAX delivers brilliant acceleration for swift urban getaways and effortless overtaking. And an inbuilt balancer shaft ensures silky smooth cruising.

The 2008 TMAX engine features a host of detail refinements designed to improve overall efficiency and therefore simultaneously enhance performance and environmental friendliness. Most importantly, engineers worked on the fuel injection mapping, air intake, combustion chamber and exhaust system to achieve a beautifully balanced engine with crisp throttle response and user-friendly power delivery that perfectly matches the chassis character and the fully automatic transmission system. The air intake improvements came courtesy of the aluminium frame, which allows the air cleaner to be mounted closer to the engine for increased intake efficiency. The latest TMAX also features a dramatic new sports muffler design that contributes to the 2008 model’s sleek, sporty styling and includes increased catalytic converter capacity for cleaner emissions to EU3 standards.

2008 TMAX engine highlights
Revised fuel injection mapping, air intake and exhaust
Improved engine efficiency delivers more performance and fewer emissions
Remarkable new muffler design contributes to sleek, sporty look
Increase catalytic converter capacity also improves environmental friendliness

TMAX engine overview
Forward inclined angle of the cylinders with reciprocating balancer delivers compact, low center of gravity, and low vibration
Powerful 499cc twin delivers beyond scooter performance
Digital fuel injection means superb power characteristics
Fully auto transmission means hassle-free, twist-and-go riding

2008 TMAX comfort and convenience features
Because a little more deluxe never hurts
At the heart of the TMAX’s dual nature is its ability to combine sports performance with class-leading scooter comfort and convenience. This is a scooter that’s built to keep not one but two people happy with deluxe comfort for rider and passenger that would shame some tourers.

Reprofiled seat for improved rider control
The two-step dual seat has been reprofiled for improved leg reach to the ground and thus enhanced low-speed control and confidence. The sumptuously padded unit is as hugely accommodating and supporting as ever, with plenty of room for rider and passenger to remain comfortable even on longer trips. The seat also features a new, dual-textured material for added comfort. (The TMAX in Stealth Metal colourway is complemented by a classy burgundy-red seat material.) Sturdy alloy grabrails ensure that the passenger feels confident and secure at all times.

New glovebox, bigger fuel tank
The practicalities of everyday life were a major consideration in this TMAX redesign, so the 2008 model features several detail improvements for added convenience. The new bodywork includes a second glovebox just below the left handlebar, handy for carrying coinage for tolls, parking tickets or other small items. The new aluminium frame also freed up more space for the fuel tank which is now almost seven percent bigger than that featured on previous models, up one litre to 15 litres for improved range and thus less need for fuel stops. And a new seat hinging system makes it easier to pack and unpack the underseat locker.

2008 TMAX comfort and convenience highlights
Reprofiled seat for improved low-speed control and confidence
Lighter sculpted bodywork
Better resistance to side winds
Extra glovebox within bodywork
Larger fuel tank capacity
New seat hinging system for easier packing/unpacking

TMAX comfort and convenience overview
Superb all-body protection from sculpted bodywork
Two-step dual seat for excellent rider/passenger comfort
Underseat locker holds one full-face helmets or business bag
Standard fitment immobiliser for added security

TMAX – the background story
A genius engineering concept that truly broke boundaries
The TMAX was unveiled to the European press in Italy, during July 2000 and went on sale the following year. The machine was acclaimed by everyone who rode it and very soon there were many imitations, but none has been able to match its unique blend of sporty sensation and deluxe ride. Yamaha has a unique feel for this sector of the market because the company invented it! The original maxi-scooter was Yamaha’s Majesty 250, launched in 1994.

The T of TMAX stands for twin, as in twin-cylinder scooter, but also for twin as in dual purpose. This is a unique creation that’s more like two machines, each with its own job: to excite you like a motorcycle and to be as easy to live with as a scooter. There is a real art to creating a machine that can do it all. You could even argue that it’s a more complex task than designing a machine that’s focused on just one type of riding, like a supersport bike or a cruiser.

The 2008 TMAX continues the original theme of duality, its in-depth development programme conceived to enhance its commuter functionality, sports bike performance, tourer comfort and environmental credentials.

Colours for 2008: 

  • Stealth Metal
  • Silver Tech
  • Thunder Blue
  • Midnight Black
Technical Specification 2008    XP500/A   TMAX  
Type: 4-stroke, DOHC,4-valve, forward-inclined parallel 2-cylinder
Cooling system: Liquid Cooled 
Displacement: 499 cc
Bore x stroke: 66,0 x 73,0 mm
Compression ratio: 11,0 : 1
Maximum power: 32,0 kW @ 7500 rpm
Maximum torque: 46,4 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Carburator: Electronic Fuel Injection
Ignition system: T.C.I. 
Starter system: Electric starter
Fuel tank capacity: 15,0 L
Transmission system: Automatic with V-Belt
Overall size (LxWxH): 2195 x 775 x 1445 mm
Seat height: 800 mm
Dry weight: 203 Kg  (ABS: 207 Kg)
Wheelbase: 1580 mm
Min. ground clearence: 125 mm
Front suspension system: Telescopic fork
Stroke: 120 mm
Rear suspension system: Swingarm
Stroke: 116 mm
Front brake: Dual Hydraulic Disc Ø 267 mm
Rear brake: Single Hydraulic Disc Ø 267 mm
Front tyre: 120/70-15
Rear tyre: 160/60-15
Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations