Yamaha is replacing one of its popular sport maxi-scooters, the X-MAX 250, with an all-new X-MAX 300. The 250 version enjoyed an 11 year run and in that time sold more than 130,000 units for the Tuning Fork Brand, but the times are changing and need for a more efficient engine, in particular, along with some stylistic upgrades and latest electronics packages was not to be ignored. This is a European model launch however, so don’t expect to see the X-MAX 300 Stateside anytime soon.
Euro4 emissions compliance was a nearly universal feature highlighted among the 2017 models released during the recent Intermot show. Since the regulation covers all new motorcycles from 2017 onward, it comes as no surprise and the X-MAX 300 is no different.
The X-MAX 300 achieves its emissions-passing grade by way of a new 292cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve X-MAX engine that employs the latest Yamaha Blue Core technology. Blue Core makes use of a few different design techniques aimed at improving efficiencies. These include revised valve shape and timing, an offset cylinder design, a DiASil cylinder with oil jet piston cooler, a revised cooling fan and higher compression ratio. These features together yield a claimed 27.6 horsepower at 7250 rpm and 21.4 lb-ft of torque at 5750 rpm. That’s six lb-ft more than the outgoing 250 model and just over seven more ponies.
Yamaha also included an updated fuel injection system, altering the position of the 12-hole injector to direct spray toward the back of the valve head. This, in conjunction with the combustion chamber and intake port shape, is promised to improve combustion performance and result in better low- to mid-range torque output. On top of that, Yamaha also includes a 3D fuel mapping system to control fuel volume and ignition timing.
Bumps in the road are handled via a suspension set-up inspired by Yamaha’s popular TMAX scooter – a telescopic fork with 4.3-inches travel and dual rear shocks with 3.1-inches travel. The X-MAX 300 rolls on a 120/70-15 front tire and 140/70-14 rear tire and features a 267mm disc front, 245mm disc rear braking set-up with ABS. And in case the going gets really rough, Yamaha has included a Traction Control System to handle rear wheel traction when conditions are slick.
The X-MAX 300 makes use of “Smart Key” keyless technology and comes with an updated instrument panel that combines an analogue tachometer and speedometer with an LCD display that’s been enlarged over the previous model. The ride options displayed on the LCD screen are toggled with a control switch on the handlebars and a 12V outlet in the left-hand box allows you to charge various devices with ease.
In addition to the two small front compartments, the X-MAX 300 comes with generous storage space beneath its new dual seat. This area holds two full-face helmets with room to spare.
The X-MAX 300 gets an aesthetic makeover as well with new dual, slanted LED headlights with a central light inspired by the TMAX scooter and a wraparound LED taillight. Seat height is 31.3-inches, curb weight is 395 pounds and fuel capacity is 3.43 gallons.
Yamaha offers three colorways, Lunar Grey, Milky White or Quasar Bronze. The X-MAX 300 will be available starting March 2017 in European markets.
Photos provided by Yamaha.