YAMAHA ADDS XMAX 300 TO 2018 SCOOTER LINEUP
October 15, 2017
NEW XMAX 300 CARRIES ON THE TMAX SPIRIT
Yamaha has released their 2018 scooter lineup and it is arriving in dealerships now.
The big news this year is the all new XMAX 300, which looks a lot like a mini-version of the TMAX 530 that left a couple years ago. The XMAX is an all new machine that went on sale in Europe earlier this year. It features aggressive styling, good power and sporty handling with a number of high end features including ABS, traction control and a keyless ignition (just have the key in your power and you can scoot off). Unfortunately for Canadian scooterists, the XMAX looks like it’s only headed to the USA for 2018.
The XMAX jumps in where Honda left off with their Forza 300 after discontinuing it last year. Comparatively, the XMAX offers 10% more power (27.6 HP vs 24.5 HP) in a lighter scooter (397 lbs vs 428 lbs), so it should be pretty quick. If you’re worried about handling all that power, Yamaha’s got you covered with standard traction control and ABS. Unfortunately Yamaha thinks everyone in the USA likes white, so the silver and brown colors they’re offering overseas won’t be arriving here this year.
The rest of Yamaha’s scooter line received virtually no attention. Yamaha USA is returning their 5 other scooters without a single tweak to even the colors. Thankfully the pricing is also the same.
Without the XMAX, Yamaha Canada is offering a completely unchanged line up for 2018. Color options are the same, but there are some price increases for the BWs (+$200 to $2999), Zuma X (+$100 to $3099) and SMAX (+$100 to $4099) but no changes in pricing to the Vino ($2899) and BWs 125 ($3699).
MODELS: Vino, BWs / Zuma, Zuma FX / X, BWs 125 / Zuma 125, SMAX, XMAX (USA Only)
BMW ANNOUNCES C EVOLUTION FOR CALIFORNIA
August 10, 2017
ONLY ALL ELECTRIC MAXI-SCOOTER ON SALE IN THE USA
BMW has been selling their all electric C Evolution maxiscooter in Europe since 2014, but they’ve been coy about whether it will be sold in North America, with several false promises over the years. Finally this week BMW announced that it is coming to the USA - or at least California - for 2018, and they seem serious this time by also releasing pricing. When it arrives, it’ll be the first electric maxi-scooter sold here since Vectrix closed up shop a couple years ago.
The C Evolution shares little with BMW’s other C series maxiscooters, but rather has been designed from the ground up as an all electric ride. It’s based around a 12.5 kWh battery, which are pretty large for a scooter. For comparison, Chevy’s all electric car, the Bolt, has a 60 kWh back, while Tesla’s new Model 3 is being offered with 50 and 75 kWh packs. With 12.5kWh, the C Evolution has a range of 100 miles.
That should be enough range for most folks commutes, but BMW hasn’t equipped the C Evolution with particularly fast charging, so it’s not a great road trip machine. The C Evolution can’t use DC fast charging networks currently, so the best it can do is an 80% charge via 220V power in 4 hrs, or double that on 110V. So at best you’d spend twice as much time charging as driving.
The C Evolution makes 19 kW of power (not to be confused with kWh, which is power capacity), which translates into about 48 horsepower and 53 lbs-ft of torque. Thus, the C Evolution can jump to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds despite it’s hefty 606 lbs weight (about 50 lbs more than BMW’s other maxi’s).
For folks that do more commuting than road tripping, the C Evolution could be an excellent machine with it’s clean operation, low maintenance, cheap operational costs and quality construction. The C Evolution also has 40mm diameter inverted forks, a single sided swingarm, 15” wheels and dual 270mm front disc brakes with standard ABS.
BMW is pricing the longer range model (12.5 kWH, 48 horsepower) at $13.5g and then you can add heated grips ($250), an upgraded seat ($145) and an alarm ($395). This price is $3-4g higher than BMW’s gas powered maxi scooters, but you’ll save quite a bit in fuel and maintenance costs over the life of the machine, as electrons are typically only 1/4 the cost of gasoline.
PIAGGIO RELEASES 2018 LIBERTY 50 / 150
May 15, 2017
PIAGGIO BRINGS LARGE WHEELS TO NORTH AMERICA
The large wheeled scooter segment has dried up in North America in recent years, despite being more popular than ever overseas. Big wheeled scooters like Aprilia’s Scarabeo series and Kymco’s People S series have been discontinued, while Honda’s 2010 introduction of the SH150i lasted just one year.
Thankfully for people interested in a scooter that can dance across potholes and railroad tracks, Piaggio is bringing one of their top selling global models - the Liberty - the USA and Canada. This new model has been arriving at showrooms throughout the spring, but is being listed by Piaggio as an early release 2018 model.
The Liberty was actually sold in the USA way back in 2003 - 2004 (badged as the LT 50 / 150) when Piaggio was first getting started here, so its re-introduction is also a chance to reflect at how far Piaggio has come. The new 4th generation Liberty is quite a bit nicer than the old LT models, which certainly had a quirky look, and also offers far better technology like ABS and fuel injection.
The 2018 Piaggio Liberty will be available in both 50cc and 155cc sizes, and in two trims: regular and S. The S trim (top left) adds black accents (rims, mirrors) etc instead of chrome (top right). Full details on the new Liberty models are available on the new Liberty page.
For 2018, the Liberty costs $2399 (50) or $2999 (150) in the USA, with the S versions adding another $100. Canadian prices are even more reasonable at $2645 (50) and $3345 (150) - again the S versions add $100.