Yamaha Malaysia may have just introduced the new NVX (which in all honesty, is a fantastic looking bike and superb value for money, click here to read about the NVX), but on the global front, Yamaha has just introduced another awesome looking scooter, the X-Max 400.
It is an update to the previous X-Max 400 with some styling and technical upgrades. In line with the current motorcycling fashion, the headlights offer LED tech and so does the rear.
The front now features new dual-clamp forks with 4.3 inches of travel, a feature mostly found in regular motorcycles, and houses 15-inch wheels with 120/70 sized tyres. The rear now offers twin shocks with 3.6 inches of travel and 13-inch wheels with 150/70 tyres.
As for stopping power, dual front disc brakes with 267mm rotors cover the front, while the rear is handled by a single 267mm rear disc. ABS is offered as standard on the X-Max 400, and it also comes with a parking brake as a standard feature.
The overall weight is down by 5 kilograms, with a new total overall weight of 210kg’s. The seat height is also taller than before and the undersea storage area has also expanded. Yamaha says that it can now fit two full-face helmets. There is also new storage space up front by the leg shields.
The updated Yamaha X-Max 400 also features other goodies like the aforementioned twin LED headlights and LED taillight, an adjustable windscreen, adjustable handlebars and a keyless ignition system, the latter is also offered as standard on the new NVX.
But though the new Yamaha X-Max 400 is a fantastic looking bike with plenty of awesome features, the sad reality is that there is very little to no chance at all of it being offered in Malaysia.
With our licensing structure making it difficult and expensive for regular commuters to obtain the B full license required for bikes above 250cc, Yamaha Malaysia (Hong Leong Yamaha) will find very little reason to offer it in Malaysia if sales is going to be mediocre.
It is for that reason that bike makers like Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda are currently focusing on bikes 250cc and below as there are more people with B2 license rather than B full.