The popular 530cc two-cylinder four-stroke Yamaha TMAX maxi-scooter has been redesigned, with new LED dual headlights, a new front cowl, 41mm upside down forks, radial four-pot calipers, a 12V power socket and a keyless ignition/immobiliser.

The TMAX Iron is a special edition with gold forks and caliper caps, exclusive seat, matt black wheels and aluminium footplates. The engine is unchanged in both bikes, still offering 46bhp@6750rpm and 34lb-ft @ 5250rpm.



Here’s what the press release had to say…

When the original TMAX was launched in 2001 it caused the European marketplace to sit up and take notice. This was a design like no other, and was to add a whole new dimension to the world of two wheels. With its motorcycle levels of performance and scooter comfort and convenience, this innovative and groundbreaking model was responsible for the creation of a whole new sector in the two-wheeled marketplace.


The era of the maxi-scooter had arrived, and over the past decade the TMAX has gone on to become one of the most enduring and successful models ever created by Yamaha, with more than 200,000 units sold. During this period the model has undergone a series of major evolutionary changes that have kept it at the forefront of the maxi scooter market, and although many new competitors have arrived, the TMAX is still by far the best selling model in the category.

Yamaha’s research has shown that the TMAX inspires a high level of loyalty amongst its many thousands of owners, and each year a significant proportion of new sales are made to customers who are trading up from an older model TMAX. This unprecedented level of customer loyalty reflects the timeless and ongoing appeal of this model, and it reinforces Yamaha’s engineers’ commitment to ensuring that the needs and desires of our customers are the key target when any technical or stylistic change are introduced.



For 2015 Yamaha will launch – at the same time – the new TMAX as well as the special version of this maxi scooter: IRON MAX. Building on the enviable reputation of their top-selling predecessors, these latest models share the same advanced engine and chassis specification and benefit from the same improvements for 2015, with the main differences between the two models being related to stylistic changes.

With its range of exclusive design features, the IRON MAX special edition represents the ultimate expression of style and sophistication for the customer who wants the very best. Technically identical to the TMAX IRON MAX, the latest TMAX standard version comes with a specification that offers today’s style-conscious commuters and leisure riders a new level of comfort and sophistication.


2015 TMAX

Every single change to the design and specification of this best selling model is made with the tastes and needs of our sophisticated and well informed customers in mind, and our aim is always to give them the style, performance and quality that they desire.

That has been of course the development target of the 2015 model: not a revolution, but a solid evolution focused on many areas where Yamaha has listened to its customers’ requests and general feedback.

Redesigned front cowl

For 2015 the latest TMAX‘s new-look face is equipped with angular new LED dual headlights, and the refreshed front-end design also features a central diffuser that replaces the previous model’s position light. Located below the screen, this delta-shaped diffuser is designed to smooth out the airflow across the cowl and screen for better wind protection.

New look mirrors feature longer and higher stems for improved manoeuvrability in confined spaces, and the Yamaha tuning fork logo is positioned lower on the cowl to emphasize the sporty new lines.


Lightweight full LED dual headlights

For the first time in its illustrious 14-year history, the TMAX is equipped with full LED headlights that offer the multiple advantages of being light, powerful and energy efficient. The new LED dual headlights are located slightly higher in the redesigned cowl for 2015, and this gives a lighter and more compact look.

Another new feature is that the both of the LED headlights are always on – whether the switch is set to low beam or high beam mode – and this feature reinforces the scooter’s charismatic and distinctive ‘two-eyed’ impression all the time. The TMAX’s iconic look is accentuated by the adoption of dual LED position lights that shine through boomerang-shaped lenses, giving this class-leading sport scooter enormous visibility on the street, in the day or at night- time.


New upside down forks

The TMAX is justifiably famous for its motorcycle-style riding feeling, and the adoption of new upside down front forks for the 2015 model year is sure to further improve its reputation for unique and sporty handling performance.

The new forks are equipped with strong and light 41mm diameter inner tubes, and as well as ensuring a precise steering feel and excellent high speed handling characteristics, this new front end reduces unsprung weight to give plush and responsive suspension characteristics for a more comfortable ride.


New front mudguard

Complementing the new upside down front forks is a redesigned front mudguard that gives the 2015 model a more refined and sporty image. With a wide, downward slanting front section and deep, angular sides, the mudguard protects the new forks and enhances the aerodynamics.


Radial-mount front brake calipers

Radial mount front brake calipers were originally developed for our supersport motorcycle range, and the latest TMAX is the first Yamaha scooter to be equipped with this high-performance system. A special feature of the new caliper design is that the mounting bolts are positioned facing forwards – rather than at 90 degrees to the discs – to give excellent rigidity balance and improved feel. The newly designed 4-pot opposed piston calipers are coupled with dual 267mm diameter floating discs that offer strong and effective braking performance.


High quality sports instrumentation

The new TMAX is fitted with a sophisticated and sporty instrument panel that features twin circular analogue dials for the speedometer and tachometer, with precision look needles and numbers on black backgrounds – and for enhanced style and clarity the backlighting colour changes to red for the new model.


Smartkey ignition and immobilizer system

For added convenience the 2015 TMAX adopts a new Smartkey system. All the time that the rider is carrying the new key fob on their person they will be able to start the scooter simply by pressing a button. The new Smartkey system is also designed to control the remote engine immobilizing functions including the steering lock and the seat opening, while the front storage lock and fuel cap lock require physical key insertion.

Featuring a high quality metallic chrome finish with an engraved tuning fork logo, the new Smartkey highlights the sophisticated design of the renewed TMAX, and makes for easier and simpler operation.


New 12V outlet

Another feature that gives improved functionality is the new 12V outlet, enabling the rider to plug in a number of devices for personal use.


New features

* Newly designed front cowl

* New shape LED dual headlights

* Boomerang shaped LED position lights

* 41mm diameter upside down front forks

* Radial mount 4-pot front brake calipers

* Newly designed front fender

* Smartkey system for remote starting/immobilizing

* 12V power outlet



* The original and definitive maxi scooter

* Europe’s top selling model in the class

* A2 licence category

* Dynamic design with unique TMAX DNA

* Liquid-cooled 530cc 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine

* Strong torque for outstanding acceleration

* Lightweight die-cast aluminium frame

* Motorcycle-type belt transmission

* Dual 267mm front discs with new radial calipers

* Large diameter 5-spoke aluminium wheels

* 2-step adjustable windscreen

* Underseat storage and glovebox



Available from November 2014, the Special Edition of the TMAX, the TMAX IRON MAX, is equipped with a number of exclusive features that make it the most remarkable model in the Yamaha scooter line-up.

The new upside down forks benefit from a gold coloured finish to the outer tubes, and along with the matching gold coloured front caliper caps, this high quality front end projects an exclusive image.

Rider and passenger comfort is assured thanks to a specially made two-tone textured dual seat, and this special edition scooter also features aluminium footplates and special emblems on the instruments and tailpiece.

The sophisticated and sporty instrument panel features twin circular analogue dials for the speedometer and tachometer, with precision look needles and numbers on black backgrounds – and for enhanced style and clarity the backlighting colour changes to white.

To underline its unique appearance, Yamaha have developed an all-new colour specifically for this Special Edition model. Designed to give the TMAX IRON MAX a truly different and original look, the new Liquid Darkness colour finish is complemented by matt black wheels with grey pinstripes.


Exclusive features

* Gold-coloured upside down front forks

* Brake caliper caps gold finished

* Special new TMAX IRON MAX seat

* Matt black wheel with grey pinstripes

* Special metallic accents on inner headlamps

* Aluminium footplates

* Instrument panel with special finishing and white backlight

* Special name emblems on instruments and tail

* Dedicated Special Edition colour option




Moon Silver (LGM1)

Competition White (BWC1)

Sonic Grey (MDNM1)



Liquid Darkness (DNMS)


TMAX: November 2014

TMAX IRON MAX: December 2014






Tony Carter

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