I stopped by Allsport today to pick up a spark plug and talk to the service manager. While I was here I spent some time checking out a couple of scooters since I expect to replace my Super 8 in the next year or so. The scooter I would really like to get next is the Yamaha Smax but I'm concerned about being able to fit on it. When I found out the Smax they have in the showroom was all prepped and ready to ride, I asked Steve if I could take it for a spin. He said sure so I did.
A little background on the Smax. It's a 155cc fuel injected scooter. It get good reviews on the forums with an actual top speed of around 73 MPH and around 80 MPG. That's a lot better than my Super 8 which tops out around 60 and get around 70MPG. The Smax has more storage under the seat than the Super 8, a bigger gas tank, and it's also heavier.
I took it for a short ride. It felt good. The 13" wheels makes it feel very nimble but still stable. The dual disc brakes felt powerful enough and unlike Honda's scooters, Yamaha thankfully did not link the brakes. I had no complaints about the ride. The seating position was a bit cramped but not too bad. It would be great for someone under 6 feet tall. If I got one I'd look into modifying the seat or adding a seat pad to move me up and back a bit.
I didn't run it up to top speed since it only had 10 miles on the Odometer. At 155cc it's no Vmax but it ran well for a such a small engine. I could see going on a long tour on this scooter. If the seating position of this scooter was a little more suited for tall people it would be a no brainer for me get this scooter. It's still at the top of my list.