2009 Yamaha TMAX
The handling will surprise you
Extreme excellent balance and handling, very comfortable and almost wind free ride. The TMAX will take hairpin tight curves better than any other sportbike-crotch rocket out there. I can balance the TMAX upright stopped at a red light without my feet touching the ground. I can ride the TMAX down the road at 70 MPH and hear the birds signing in the trees.
You won't win any races with it, but it has no problem on hills and with any legal speed limits. Top speed is 105 MPH, gas mileage is between 48 to 52 MPG. A full size helmet will fit in the underseat storage. Brakes are excellent as good as any crotch rocket.
Very easy to ride, any beginner can ride one, a excellent bike for a long distance ride.
I did and will and match and exceed any other sportbike on any curve anywhere with my TMAX, when I ride my TMAX with other sportbikes they slow down for a curve, but with my TMAX I speed up and take the curve at full speed, then I have to wait for them to catch up. The extreme handling of the TMAX will surprise you! Yeah, I get harassed cause it's a scooter, but that scooter will take tight curves better than your bike!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd August, 2010
I guessing here, but the other pilots you came up against, I bet you could have changed bikes and still beat them. So probably not just the T-Max at work here.
Yes a T-Max does handle fine, as I owned one. I also have owned several crotch rockets, and the T-Max does not handle any better than they did, so I am thinking you have ridden with less than stellar pilots.
Just my opinion.