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Yamaha T-MAX 530, test (characteristics and curiosities)
Yamaha T-MAX 530, test (characteristics and curiosities)

Award for Green_Rider who was not fooled by the teaser photo in which he was trying to put your skills to the test. It was indeed the Yamaha T-MAX 530, the best seller par excellence in the megascooter segment.

Yamaha hit the nail on the head ten years ago when he presented the Yamaha T-MAX 500 And this year, he has given a new return to his concept to try to continue reigning in a category that is increasingly complicated with the arrival of BMW's scooters. But let's see if it's as good as it looks and what does it have to be the mirror in which others look at themselves.

Yamaha T-MAX 530, same wolf with new lambskin

Yamaha T-MAX 530

Before starting, I recommend that you take a few minutes to take a look at the excellent article that Luis published on the Yamaha T-MAX 530 when it was presented at the EICMA Salon 2011. There you have absolutely all the changes that the brand of tuning forks introduced in its most representative motorcycle.

Already dipped in flour, when we approach the Yamaha T-MAX 530 for the first time we see that it is a motorcycle of great length which is also enhanced by its low height from the platform area to the tail. It has a slight upward slant that enhances its sporty shapes.

This sportsmanship it can be seen in each of the angles. For example in the exhaust, with exit on the right side, long and high following the same line that marks the entire side. Ahead, both optical with a black background, they are located somewhat lower than usual. It looks like the intimidating look of a boxer, with his head slightly lowered, about to engage you in a fight.

Yamaha T-MAX 530

Another detail is the mirror position, very advanced in their anchorage and which still travel a few centimeters towards the front before rising above the handlebars. A curious position and that we will see if it is effective in the urban jungle. Between them, the screen, What is it adjustable in two positions with tools.

And speaking of the city, the Yamaha T-MAX 530 has two glove boxes front, one on each side of the handlebar (the right one with lock) and a hole under the seat which has the peculiarity that it opens from the ignition key itself backwards, instead of forwards like most scooters. With capacity for a full face helmet and something else, it has courtesy light and is lined at the bottom. Two hydraulics make it easy for us to stay in the open position.

Right ahead we have the fuel filler neck. It is accessed through a hatch and underneath we find the cap, without a hinge and with a lock.

Yamaha T-MAX 530, the top-fuel of the urban dragster

Yamaha T-MAX 530

The Yamaha T-MAX 530 is animated by a parallel twin engine located in the center of the aluminum chassis. It was the first scooter to adopt this scheme, moving the engine that until then always served as the swingarm to a more common position on motorcycles. This allowed the rest of the motorcycle design to be inspired by precisely that, motorcycles and not scooters.

Its power is 46, 5 CV at 6,750 laps, with a maximum torque of 52.3 Nm at 5,250 rpm, which allows it to be driven with the A2 license. Power to the rear wheel is sent through a strap made of aramid fiber, which offers several advantages: low maintenance, absolute cleanliness and also softens the blows in the transmission.

Yamaha T-MAX 530, part of cycle for city and road

Yamaha T-MAX 530

Making a scooter that is practical in the city and effective on the road is no easy task. If you size brakes and suspensions so that it does not break down when you are driving at high speed, around town it will be too dry in reactions, both when going through potholes and when applying the brakes.

For this the Yamaha T-MAX 530 It uses a telescopic fork with 43mm stanchions and 120mm travel at the front and a swingarm with 116mm travel at the rear. Regarding the brakes, at the front it mounts a 267mm double disc bitten by the well-known four-piston monobloc calipers. At the back, it uses an even larger disc, 282mm, with a two-piston caliper. ABS is available as an option.

The wheels are from 15 inch And they are shod with tires of generous dimensions, specifically 120/70 and 160/60 front and rear respectively. Among them, we have the option of the side leg or the easel to leave it parked. In case of resorting to the lateral leg, in the left fist we have the control for the parking brake, which acts on the rear brake on a second caliper through a cable. We will talk about it in the next few days.

Yamaha T-MAX 530, intuitive and complete instrumentation

Yamaha T-MAX 530

The Yamaha T-MAX 530 It has a fully symmetrical instrumentation panel. Two spheres (or should I say polygons, specifically irregular hexagons) located on the sides contain inside the speedometer and the tachometer. Each one gives a warning, to the left the immobilizer and to the right the engine failure.

Between the two, a digital screen with two bar gauges, the fuel gauge on the left and the engine temperature gauge on the right. In the upper part, the totalizer of kilometers and two partials, the time in the center and in the lower part, the on-board computer (average consumption, instantaneous, outside temperature, etc.). All this illuminated with a red tone.

Now that you know as much about the Yamaha T-MAX 530, I think you are in a position to get on it and travel the first kilometers with me. Are you ready? We started.

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