Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
Yamaha Shows The SMAX Sport Scooter
Yamaha is entering the mid-sport scooter segment with the 2015 SMAX Sport Scooter. Yamaha wants to fill in a gap in its lineup. Yamaha promises sporty handling. It is lighter than the 359-pound Burgman at 328 pounds ready to ride. However, it doesn’t offer ABS, which comes standard on the Burgman.
This SMAX is a challenger to the PCX150 from Honda. This SMAX could be considered a little sibling to the larger, more luxurious Majesty scooter due to its similar styling. Powered by a 155cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC fuel-injected engine, the SMAX is powerful enough for freeway jaunts and should have plenty of power for the city run-around. The continuously variable transmission means the rider doesn’t have to worry about shifting, just hop on and ride.
Yamaha says the new frame design contributes to its sporty handling, but more important for scooter riders, the SMAX is reported to have 32 liters of underseat storage, big enough for a full-face helmet and then some. If that’s not enough, Yamaha accessories for the SMAX include a top case and a center console bag. The SMAX rolls on 13-inch wheels, while disc brakes at both ends ensure confident stopping power.