With the primary era Yamaha X-Max 250 taking the Malaysia scooter market by storm, the up to date 2023 Yamaha X-Max 250, priced at RM23,998, was positioned within the arms of the paultan.org crew for assessment. That the X-Max 250 is well-liked can’t be denied, with patrons complaining of lengthy ready lists and lack of inventory from Hong Leong Yamaha Motor sellers.
There’s additionally the problem of above retail pricing on the seller degree however as distributor Hong Leong Yamaha has identified, pricing is really helpful retail and it has little management over sellers who want to cost a premium. However that may be a story for an additional time and what we need to see is what’s new, what’s improved and the way is the second era X-Max totally different from its predecessor.
The scooter market in Malaysia has exploded since 2022, with distributors and sellers reporting excessive gross sales numbers within the 2022/2023 interval. Issues may’ve cooled down considerably since then as life returns to normalcy.
Apart from a sure section of the Malaysian car inhabitants who’ve come to grasp there’s a particular profit to driving a two-wheeler, most particularly a scooter, as site visitors returns to the extent of lunacy it was at earlier than the pandemic.
Visitors however, the X-Max is a well-liked alternative with Malaysian scooter riders for its versatility and ease of use. This time round, with the upgrades obtained, we predict the bar has been raised a bit of larger for 250 cc section scooters in Malaysia.
Most evident on the first method is the bodywork and LED headlights of the X-Max, the panels now coming with barely extra angular and aggressive styling. This offers extra emphasis to the traces of the X-Max, making it maybe attraction extra to the “youthful” crowd.
The household similarity is apparent to the earlier era mannequin, however now makes the X-Max barely wider each entrance and rear. Some have beforehand mentioned the X-Max’s large rear finish makes slicing via site visitors a bit of troublesome, however there’s a compromise between below seat area, passenger consolation and the power to “cilok” via metropolis site visitors.
One other main change is within the entrance flip indicators, now high-mounted within the “ears” on the entrance cowl that had been beforehand left clean. This does clear the entrance finish of the X-Max up, giving it a purposeful look.
Contained in the cockpit, the dual LCD screens substitute the twin analogue gauge and centre LCD display setup. New for the X-Max 250 is on display navigation utilizing Yamaha’s Y-Join app and the rider’s smartphone with Bluetooth connectivity.
We tried the connection and after the clumsiness of the preliminary setup because of downloading time, pairing and such, the system works. Utilizing the free Garmin Avenue Join app and Y-Join, the rider will get on-screen navigation instructions, together with management of factors of curiosity like petrol stations utilizing the handlebar pod mounted buttons.
One disadvantage we discovered is after switching the scooter off, reconnection was generally a bit of hit or miss. We don’t know if this was as a result of creator’s (out-of-date) handphone or a problem inherent within the system itself, however we discovered getting the cellphone to talk to the X-Max was a bit of troublesome necessitating disabling and enabling Bluetooth then going via the pairing course of.
Mixed with the helmet comms set we use, it was good utilizing the X-Max 250’s bar change to regulate calls, music and the like, one thing we discovered a comfort and now can’t stay with out, just like the X-M
For braking, the X-Max is as we remembered from the primary era, performing with out fuss or drama and hauling the 181 kg weight all the way down to a cease shortly and confidently. Two-channel ABS is what we count on for any two-wheeler on this class as of late and for the X-Max was unobtrusive.
One other security characteristic new to this era X-Max is traction management. No fancy journey modes and degree settings right here, simply the selection of getting the system on or off.
When you’re asking why would anybody want traction management off, keep in mind the X-Max 250 is primarily designed for the European market. In sure chilly circumstances the place there’s snow on the street, or in inclement circumstances, the power to wheel slip (slip, not spin) is critical.
This may seemingly not be essential in native driving circumstances save throughout the all too usually flooding we get. Nonetheless, we don’t advocate you attempt turning your X-Max right into a sampan, Yamaha makes a greater bike for that type of driving and it’s referred to as the Tenere 700.
In any other case, issues stay unchanged for the X-Max 250, with the identical single-cylinder engine producing 22.8 PS at 7,000 rpm and 24.3 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. We did discover the brand new era X-Max was barely faster at take off than beforehand, one thing we used to our benefit in site visitors, however the distinction is sufficiently small as to make no by no means thoughts for many riders.
We additionally observed barely extra vibration within the handlebars of the up to date X-Max 250 however would put it all the way down to manufacturing tolerances greater than some other factor. The large below seat storage is there, sufficiently big to swallow two full-face helmets.
So, who wants the up to date Yamaha X-Max 250, with small modifications – bodywork, lighting – and large – TFT-LCD display with onscreen navigation and Bluetooth connectivity? The all-rounder nature of the X-Max continues to be there, able to doing the each day commute and medium-distance journeys properly.
Add the consolation of the seat which is now reduce narrower for ease of footing for each rider and pillion is a particular plus. When you’re in want of a do-it-all scooter able to freeway jaunts, you may do worse than getting an X-Max 250.
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