Blue 09 Yamaha Tmax Scooter Review

by James Dobbs
(NW Alabama, USA)

Me on my Yamaha Tmax scooter

Me on my Yamaha Tmax scooter

I'm 74, retired. I live in Alabama, so it gets cold here. I just wish my Yamaha Tmax scooter came with more accessories without having to add them.

To start with, I added the touring windshield. It was nice keeping wind off me, but when I hit the interstate at 70mph and fell in behind a 18 wheeler, the buffeting was terrible, tried to pass, couldn't hold it, fell back, took next exit, back to the garage, took it off and put stock windshield back on.

You want one you can see over (like stock) when it gets covered with bugs and fogs over you can still see where you are going.

2. I needed a new power outlet, ordered one... went to dealer to have it put on. I tried but couldn't get 1 side panel off to get to wiring. Well they had trouble getting it off & broke it, in short what was supposed to be 1.5-hour job turned into 2 days with me renting a car while they was getting the panel. They didn't charge me, but they wouldn't pay for my rental either.

3. I ordered R069 THERMOSCUD from London... well, I put that on. It's an apron, shag lining cover you up to waist with flap up to chest to keep cold off you. It's kind of tricky to get your feet out when you are stopping.

4. I added a heat troller for electric heat gear, I put that on, works great.

5. I added a GPS, bought the Tom Tom model and stuck it to my windshield & I have a waterproof bag.

I've had no trouble with this scooter. I've got 6600 miles on it; I take it to the dealer for service. No oil leaks like a 250cc scooter I had in the past.

This is my experience; hope this is not too long. I love my Yamaha Tmax scooter. Oh, I put hand windshield on.

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Sep 11, 2011
no more t-max.
by: james

june 2011 i traded my tmax for a H-D sportster 1200custom.2010 more panels to take off. 50 mpg now & that's what i got with the t-max.

Sep 11, 2011
by: Mike of Milw.

I took mine off right away. The aerodynamics of the T Max fairing is awesome. I feel little to no wind pressure going fast. The stock sized wind shield is good for cold weather riding.

Jan 18, 2011
Windshield & panels
by: james

Thanks for the comment, Rick. I've been reading about the windshield, it's called giv adjustable.
I'm going to make do with my stock.

Jan 18, 2011
Optional accessories
by: Rick Rudge

Hi James,

I sympathize with you. Yamaha doesn't seem to make a lot of optional accessories for their bikes. That's strange since how hard would it be for the factory to make stuff like an optional digital speedometer units that simply fit in where the stock one fits or different windshields? I think that Yamaha is really missing out on some opportunities there.

I don't know if you subscribe to "Scoot" magazine, but they wrote about a new adaptable windscreen that looks like it might do the trick for you. It sort of splits slightly to vent some of the wind behind the screen and you can adjust how high or low the shielding is. I'm sorry that I forgot the name of the brand but it's built to fit most bikes. They now advertise in the magazine.

Best of luck.

Jan 12, 2011
Thanks, James
by: Kathi, Site Owner

Thanks so much for the detailed review, James. Not too long at all. Just right... she sounds like a great scooter to own and ride!

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