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PostSubject: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 11:06 am

Hey all, any one have any input , knowledge on this scooter. The good , bad etc. ty
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 12:04 pm

Had one new=very fast, good handling, complicated mechanically, sales flop in US, very popular in Europe---likes to be ridden hard----very comfortable seating position, sounds nice, nice low bars----WindManagement---needs work!! I might try Madstad if I had another. Givi rack time consuming to put on.

Traded mine at 16-20,000 miles a I though expensive to keep as miles piled up
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 12:39 pm

The TMax has been out for years and there are four versions, the lastest Mk 4 being 530cc. I'm curious why you're asking about them on a Silver Wing forum when there are forums for TMax enthusiasts.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 1:04 pm

Well, he is a new guy, and the forum does welcome "Other Scooters"...
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 1:23 pm

Cosmic_Jumper wrote:
Well, he is a new guy, and the forum does welcome "Other Scooters"...


And it was posted in the "Other Scooters" section in the proper manner.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 1:55 pm

Yes I know all that stuff and regardless of which section the OP posted in I doubt if there are any current TMax owners are on this forum who can explain the differences between the various models.



As I said in my earlier post Yamaha has produced four different versions since it was introduced, all a bit different from the previous one. For example all the earlier versions had an enclosed chain in an oil bath, this has now been discontinued and the current Mk 4 version has an open belt drive.

I came back from France this morning where I've seen dozens of them in the last fortnight, ranging from the early Mk 1s through to the latest 530 versions and fitted with all sorts of accessories only available for the European maxi market. In the world that exists outside the US, the TMax is annually the biggest selling maxi scooter in France.


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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 2:00 pm

See Meldrew? You probably gave him the info he asked for!!! Nice one.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 2:12 pm

Welcome to the site but you might want to try www.majestyusa.com for more info. It is a site for the Majesty and the T-Max.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 20, 2014 4:01 pm

US never had the various models
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 2:26 am

 cheers 
Meldrew wrote:
The TMax has been out for years and there are four versions, the lastest Mk 4 being 530cc. I'm curious why you're asking about them on a Silver Wing forum when there are forums for TMax enthusiasts.
 king I like the silverKing also. It did say something about scooters topics. I just thought it was a open topic. But I leaning toward a silverwing, or a burgman.
Any tips for buying a used silverwing?
And down the road hoping to meet scooterr riders in Tenn. for weekend runs, or what ever
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 2:28 am

Thank you all, for comments appreciate them really. I am new and will need all the help I can get2014-04-21 jocolor 
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 2:34 am

Well ty you all. Ok next question, what your thoughts on the Honda ctx700DCT? For a beginner? Does any 1 here own one, that would like to share there thoughts. You people seem to be really nice and your thoughts and comments I do really apreciate
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 2:41 am

Old raddog wrote:
 Any tips for buying a used silverwing?
And down the road hoping to meet scooterr riders in Tenn. for weekend runs, or what ever

You're lucky, a certain Mr John Grinsel lives in Tennessee and he could give you plenty of advice on buying a Silver Wing.

In return you could advice him where to get decent food and clean bathrooms in Tennessee!  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 2:47 am

Meldrew wrote:
Old raddog wrote:
 Any tips for buying a used silverwing?
And down the road hoping to meet scooterr riders in Tenn. for weekend runs, or what ever

You're lucky, a certain Mr John Grinsel lives in Tennessee and he could give you plenty of advice on buying a Silver Wing.

In return you could advice him where to get decent food and the clean bathrooms in Tennessee are!  Smile
Well Mate, this another reason I like this site, meeting good people from other countries is great as well. Ty Meldrew
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 8:21 am

Neither the TMAX or SilverWing are good for beginners!!.

First get a license from MSF course.


White's in Chattanooga has late model/low mileage SilverWing on floor---low price as little customer interest.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 12:12 pm

john grinsel wrote:
Neither the  TMAX or SilverWing are good for beginners!!.

First get a license from MSF course.


White's in Chattanooga has late model/low mileage SilverWing on floor---low price as little customer interest.

Hey John, my name is Sam,
It is nice to meet you lol so to speak. I have my lic. Benn through the beginners riders course. So curious what do you recommend for a beginner? to Start riding
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 2:20 pm

Buy a Honda Helix... ride it for a year and sell it for the same money you paid for it. Then get a Silverwing. Or, just buy the Silverwing now.

Easy to operate.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 4:20 pm

Beginners Scooter----both TMAX and SilverWing are too big----have abrupt drive line take up-----big scooters are actually harder to ride correctly compared to motorcycle---example: feet up U Turn, auto scooter lacks the precision control of power input that a regular clutch motorcycle has. Maxi scooters are powerful and can put you in the weeds.

Helix would work (had 4 wore out 4) right rear foot brake allows control in slow speed stuff---Reflex would work,too but has hand controlled linked brakes.

Better to get some real world experience on something you can afford to drop.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeMon Apr 21, 2014 5:19 pm

john grinsel wrote:
Beginners Scooter----both TMAX and SilverWing are too big----have abrupt drive line take up-----big scooters are actually harder to ride correctly compared to motorcycle---example: feet up U Turn,  auto scooter lacks the precision control of power input that a regular clutch motorcycle has.   Maxi scooters are powerful and can put you in the weeds.

Helix would work (had 4 wore out 4)  right rear foot brake allows control in slow speed stuff---Reflex  would work,too but has hand controlled linked brakes.

Better to get some real world experience on something you can afford to drop.

Good point John. That is why I recommended the Helix.

There are quite a few low mileage Helix scooters around and like most used Honda motorcycles, they hold their value pretty well. If one bought a used Honda, a year later one could expect to get most of your money back and have a year's worth of experience looking for the maxi scooter that you want to own long term.
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PostSubject: Me too.   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeTue Apr 22, 2014 1:55 pm

Meldrew wrote:
The TMax has been out for years and there are four versions, the lastest Mk 4 being 530cc. I'm curious why you're asking about them on a Silver Wing forum when there are forums for TMax enthusiasts.

Ive never owned a Yamaha.
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PostSubject: Re: Yamaha Tmax 500   Yamaha Tmax 500 I_icon_minitimeWed Apr 23, 2014 1:35 pm

I concur that maxi scooters are not entry level machines. I rode a Honda VLX for a year after getting my license. Currently I have the SWing and a 2000 Honda ACE 750. The motorcycle gives you more control with the clutch. On the SWing, you can only feather the throttle and use the rear brake for low speed control: AND you have keep the drive engaged at low rpm's or the bike starts freewheeling, and you risk over-correcting and do bunny hops.
I still have difficulty with slow riding on my scooter after 3 months riding. I would definitely steer a new rider away from the SWing.
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