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2021 Yamaha TMAX 20th Anniversary: ​​the scooter legend!

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When Yamaha launched the first TMAX in 2001, it turned the two-wheeler world upside down. He combined the performance of a motorcycle with the comfort of a scooter. This dynamic sports scooter has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of drivers across Europe. Since its market launch, the TMAX has been the best-selling sports scooter in Europe every year and has earned a truly legendary status. With almost 300.000 units sold in Europe, the TMAX is by far the most successful sports scooter ever produced - and one of the most important models in the Yamaha range. To celebrate that, Yamaha created a special edition two decades after the introduction of the first TMAX.

Yamaha TMAX 20th Anniversary

The celebrates with exclusive features and a unique new color TMAX 20th Anniversary the continued success of the world's most successful sports scooter. TMAX enthusiasts have the opportunity to call this ultimate design their own.

TMAX: Only the MAXimum counts

Before the introduction of the TMAX, a decision had to be made: a scooter with a small displacement or a motorcycle with a gear shift. Both were fine - but the perfect solution for commuters and recreational drivers looked different. What was missing was a machine that combined the simplicity of an automatic scooter and the exciting driving characteristics of a sports motorcycle.

The engineers at Yamaha recognized this gap in the market and began a project in the late 1990s to build the fastest scooter in the world. Once again, Yamaha broke convention and created a whole new breed of hybrid two-wheeler. It combined the advanced engine and chassis technologies from the motorcycle sector with the simple and comfortable features of a scooter.

The rest is history. With the introduction of the innovative maxi scooter in 2001, the European market was presented with something unprecedented that made commuting faster, easier and more entertaining than ever before. The TMAX was ahead of its time - it didn't fit into any category. That is why Yamaha created the “Sport Scooter” class, which has since become the most important segment in the scooter sector.

20 years of TMAX: evolution of a legend

Over the course of its history, the TMAX has constantly evolved to meet the needs and desires of drivers. Driven by a 500 cc two-cylinder engine with a top speed of 160 km / h, the 1st generation of the TMAX 2001 was the first real sports scooter. It offered a new level of stability at high speeds, making it the ideal vehicle for customers who needed a fast, comfortable, and easy-to-use scooter for long commutes.

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2004 The performance of the 2nd generation TMAX was taken to the next level with the introduction of a more powerful injection engine. At the same time, the ride quality has been improved by a new telescopic fork and double disc brakes at the front, optionally with ABS. He also received a parking brake and a larger 15 "rear wheel.

The 3rd generation of the TMAX followed 2008 with a completely new design. The driving characteristics have been further improved by a new strong and light cast aluminum frame, a 15 "front wheel and a 2 mm larger fork tube diameter (43 mm).

2012 the 4th generation of the TMAX came onto the market. The heart of the sport scooter got more displacement: the new engine had 530 cc. In addition, the TMAX came up with a belt drive and a new aluminum swing arm, which reduced the unsprung mass and thus improved handling even further.

The 5th generation of the TMAX came 2015 with some features that made it look even more like a motorcycle: an upside-down fork and radially mounted brake calipers.

2017 The 6th generation of the TMAX came on the market with a dynamic new look and a range of sophisticated electronic driving aids. The equipment included the electronic throttle valve control (YCC-T) and the traction control (TCS). The even more fully equipped SX version also had selectable performance modes (D-MODE) - while the DX version was also equipped with a cruise control system, heated seats and grips and an electrically adjustable windshield.

2020 the most dynamic and powerful TMAX of all time was introduced. The new, sporty body in combination with the larger displacement 560 cc engine opened up completely new possibilities for the TMAX and underpinned its status as a top model.

TMAX 20th Anniversary: ​​MAX Evolution.

As a tribute to the outstanding success of the TMAX over the past two decades, Yamaha is introducing the new TMAX 20th Anniversary. Only 560 numbered copies will be built. The series will therefore become one of the most exclusive special editions from Yamaha, which will surely be appreciated by TMAX riders and enthusiasts all over Europe.

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Unique Forged Carbon fairing parts

The main feature of this new model are the Forged Carbon trim parts, which give each scooter its unique, individual "fingerprint". In contrast to conventional carbon fiber, which has a uniform weave pattern, each piece made from Forged Carbon - as used on the TMAX 20th Anniversary - has a unique look. This makes each of the 560 copies absolutely unique.

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The distinctive cladding parts as well as the front wheel cover and the heat shield of the silencer are made of this strong and light carbon fiber material. Yellow details on the side panels and the front wheel cover are reminiscent of the bright yellow color scheme of the original model.

Special handle and seat heating

The heated seat is made of high quality materials and has yellow seams that complement the yellow details of the cladding. A 20th Anniversary logo underlines the exclusive status of the scooter. The special model also comes with heated handles as standard, the special look of which further enhances the equipment.


Each TMAX 20th Anniversary also has a unique number that identifies it as one of the 560 special models. Together with the individual “fingerprint” of the Forged Carbon parts, each unit is given its very own identity.

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Exclusive color

This exclusive TMAX model is painted in the special Tech Graphite color, which expresses the dynamic look of this very special scooter. Bronze-colored rims underline the premium status.

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Yamaha TMAX 20th Anniversary - main features:

  • Unique Forged Carbon fairing parts
  • Special handle and seat heating
  • Exclusive color
  • Powerful 560 cc EU5 engine
  • Dynamic and sporty fairing design
  • Electrically adjustable disc
  • Cruise Control System
  • Integrated LED turn signals at the front
  • Light aluminum frame
  • Traction control and D-MODE
  • Large storage space
  • Smart key for keyless operation
  • TFT cockpit
  • Motorcycle-like suspension elements with optimized coordination
  • main stand

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