For as long as I can remember (about four minutes on most days) the Yamaha T-Max has been the sports orientated maxi scooter of choice. In fact, itâ€™s really been the only choice as it hasnâ€™t had a direct competitor other than Gileraâ€™s Nexus 500ie. Things have changed with the introduction of the new Gilera GP800 and the T-Max has suddenly found itself in the position of having to play catch-up. Thereâ€™s been a lot of talk on-line and even in our own comments section about the various merits of both bikes. Iâ€™ve not been able to offer a definitive opinion of my own as I simply hadnâ€™t ridden the latest T-Max in anger. I have nowâ€¦so Iâ€™ll unleash my rather vivacious opinion.
Iâ€™d got sick of people telling me the T-Max was better at all manner of things than other maxi scooters and like the normal human reaction, Iâ€™d gone a bit negative because of it. Well I was wrong. The T-Max is a superb maxi scooter; in fact Iâ€™d say it sets the benchmark in most performance categories. First off the T-Max is lighter than most of its direct competitors. At 203kg (447lbs) itâ€™s 13kg (28lbs) lighter that the Gilera Nexus 500ie, 15kg (33lbs) less than the Honda Silver Wing, 32kg (70lbs) lighter than the Gilera Gp800 and a massive 35kg (77lbs lighter than the bulbous Suzuki Burgman 650). Itâ€™s this light weight that immediately hands the T-Max an advantage in the handling department.