2011 Maxi Scooter Shootout: For My Money

Steve Atlas | June 27, 2011
2011 Yamaha T-Max
2011 Kymco Xciting 500Ri
2011 Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive
2011 Aprilia Scarabeo 500ie

Jen Ross: Yamaha TMAX
“The Yamaha TMAX was the clear winner of the day. Performance-wise, none of the other scooters came close. I was very much surprised when I twisted the throttle and the T-Max jumped to life instantly and with some zing. What really blew off my socks was sending the TMAX into the fast sweepers of Ortega and it sailing through them without any upsets reactions from the suspension and just great all-around overall handling. The ergonomics, size, and weight of the TMAX were all favorable and I felt instantly comfortable riding it. The Yamaha proved itself to be very versatile and easily out-performed all the other scooters here in a variety of different manner; whether it’s freeway commuting, tight city navigating, or leisurely beach cruising, the TMAX is the best scooter for the job if you ask me.”

Justin Dawes: Suzuki Burgman 650
“Although the handling and clutching were not as good as the TMAX, I’m going to give the Suzuki Burgman the nod. Yes, even though it looks like a sad elephant, I would sign on the dotted line for this giant driving pillow. For me a scooter isn’t really about performance as much as usability, comfort, and convenience, and the Suzuki has got all three in spades. You can hide a family of chimpanzees in the under seat storage (why he wants to store monkeys under his back side we have no idea… Ed), the tunnel in the step-through area isn’t too tall, and the adjustable windscreen is better than a Goldwing. If a want to tear ass all over town I’ll ride a motorcycle. When I want to take it easy, the Burgman is perfect.”

Joey Augustin: Yamaha TMAX
“Out of comparison, if I were to buy one of these scooters with my own money, I would have to go with the Yamaha. Which is funny because it is the only Yamaha that I have not only been impressed with, butt that I have even liked all this year. This scooter has great looks and a decent amount storage under the seat and in the dash; it’s not only quick, but agile as well, and it has a great set of brakes on it. You will have fun taking this scooter on day rides or just putting around town. Hands down the best of the bunch.”

Steve Atlas: Yamaha TMAX
“While is see where Dawes is coming from and I too see the merit in the bags and leisurely feel of the Suzuki, there’s no question the Yamaha destroys the competition in this comparison. So much so that it almost seems unfair; the others never stood a chance. When you have a properly quick little machine that handles like an entry-level sportbike, can fit a human head under the seat (ya never know who might need some freelance help…), will do stoppies on the brakes, and yet still features the convince of an automatic transmission, there’s no comparison.


Steve Atlas

Contributing Editor |Articles | Professional-grade speed and an attitude to match, Steve Atlas has AMA racing creds that are even more extensive than his driving record.

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