Despite not being able to traverse tollways due to its sub-400cc displacement, the Yamaha XMax has gained a good amount of popularity among Filipino riders as a comfortable and capable maxi-scooter. In its home country of Japan, the model has recently received some minor updates as well as new colors for 2021.
Powering this maxi-scoot is a 292cc Blue Core single-cylinder engine made Euro 5-compliant by the 2020 update to the TMax and the XMax. A CVT, as is standard on maxi-scooters, sends 27.6hp and 29Nm of torque to the rear wheel without the need for shifting. Holding the XMax aloft is a right-side-up telescopic fork paired with a swingarm-mounted rear shock. Braking is covered by ABS-equipped single discs front and back, and as with the XMax’s little sibling, the 2021 NMax 155 ABS, traction control comes standard for added safety and stability in low-grip situations.
For 2021, Yamaha has upped the intensity of the LED headlights and taillights for improved visibility and to better accentuate the front and rear ends’ X-themed styling. Also new is a re-textured smart key for a more tactile feel, as well as a revised surface for the 31.3-inch-tall seat.
Four new colors have been introduced to the Japanese market for this model year: Matte Gray, Gray, Matte Blue, and Matte Dark Gray. Two of these colors are already available here in the Philippines: Matte Gray (known as Icon Gray locally) and Matte Dark Gray (sold here as Sword Gray). The updated XMax is expected to arrive at Japanese dealers by July 28, with a retail price of 654,500 Japanese yen (P285,000). It seems that Filipino riders get a slightly better deal, as the 2021 Yamaha XMax retails here for just P249,000.
Do the other two colors interest you? Let’s hope Yamaha brings them in locally.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.
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