When X-Max 250 came to the market by mid 2005, it was an instant success. Yamaha's concept was very clear: to develop a compact and functional maxiscooter with a sporty riding character, that excels both in city commuting as well as in leisure riding and weekend getaways.
Designed like a smaller brother of the famous T-Max 500, the looks clearly conveyed its dynamic attitude and struck a chord with many people.
Also the novel concept was appreciated.
The fullsize, maxiscooter type body did not have the typical feet-forward riding position with low seat and windscreen far away from the rider that most competitors had. Instead, it featured an upright and dynamic riding position, for active control of the vehicle. The screen was mounted on the handlebar and close to the rider for a good view of the street directly ahead and to filter through the cars easily.
The relatively large wheels (15 inch front, 14 inch rear) and rigid tubular steel chassis offer good road-holding and stability without the 'scooter like' spongy feeling in the handlebars.
The reliable 4-stroke engine is responsive and perfectly efficient for this size of scooter.
X-Max has ample space for rider and passenger and a huge storage under the seat where 2 full-face helmets fit easily.
Rider comfort and sporty set-up were no contradiction for the X-Max!