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TMAX Hyper Modified by Sands

Here is the 3rd and final instalment of the TMAX Hyper Modified series. This brings the meaning of naked to a whole new level.

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TMAX Hyper Modified - Roland Sands 

Since its launch in 2001, the TMAX has revolutionised the maxi-scooter world, introducing a new element of sporting ability as well as an aggressive and angular look to the class. It is a scooter like no other, and this year the 2012 TMAX’s dynamic look will be taken to the Max… and beyond.

Earlier this year Marcus Walz unveiled his concept of a Hyper Modified TMAX that combined his trademark aggressive styling with radical lines and the TMAX’s sporting look, creating a maxi-scooter like no other. Not to be outdone, Ludovic Lazareth then looked to the skies and used his love of the aeronautics industry to give the Yamaha maxi-scooter a cutting edge new look with performance to match, thanks to a supercharged engine. Now the trilogy of Hyper Modified TMAXs is finally complete as Californian wild man Roland Sands unveils his stripped to the bones TMAX…

“With this Hyper Modified project we wanted to take the TMAX back to the basics. I saw a picture of its aluminium frame, a signature of Yamaha sports bikes, and was blown away by what was underneath the fairing. I was surprised as structurally the TMAX looked really cool – different and a little bit weird, which appeals to me. I was intrigued and started thinking about the possibilities of taking this mechanical beauty and using it to create the look of the bike…”

“Once you strip the plastics away and remove the sub-frame and exhaust, the line of the frame is very pleasing; the TMAX is a cool looking raw bike. Most riders wouldn’t be expecting to see such a sportsbike styled aluminium frame on a scooter so we decided this would form the backbone of our project.”

“To give the bike a racer image we added grills into the frame and did a bunch of things to make it look more aggressive and kind of mean. We fabricated the whole tail unit and covered it in a distressed vinyl that looks great, then added risers, flat bars and number boards. The radiator intake is also built by us – after removing the plastics you need somewhere to put your feet so it doubles up as footrests. The front mudguard is a modified YZF-R6 unit and we built new engine covers and then hollowed them out to make the bike look more radical. All in all it took about four weeks to create the Hyper Modified TMAX – and it wasn’t easy.”

“This project was really stressful, far harder than modifying a conventional bike. We were continually fighting the urge to turn the TMAX into a normal motorcycle. It would have been very easy to build a mock petrol tank and tail section to turn it into something with classic motorcycle lines but we wanted to keep it a step-through. It was a fight to keep it cool but I think we have managed it as the reaction from people has been fantastic.”

“I’ve ridden the TMAX around and people freak out when they see it. To be honest I didn’t expect to like it myself as much as I do, it’s so different and weird and it works great. It still rides like a TMAX but is even lighter and more agile and sounds like a dirt bike thanks to the race exhaust! It’s crazy.”

“People think I’m into cruisers but I’m more driven by dirt bikes and racers, but there is no way I’m letting the Hyper Modified TMAX go. I’ve got a scooter in my garage now – I didn’t think that would happen! All I need to do now is to fit a surf rack on it and take it to the beach!”

With the trilogy of Hyper Modified TMAXs now complete, all that is left is to sit back and watch the results of this inspirational project. Walz, Lazareth and Sands have started the ball rolling when it comes to customising maxi-scooters – where it will lead to is a question that only future generations of bike builders can answer. One thing is certain; these three revolutionary Hyper Modified TMAXs are only a taste of what the future has in store…

Other Hyper Modified Models 




eviladrian said:

Hard to believe it's a TMAX, looks like the most boss Honda Ruckus ever!

November 17, 2012 7:51 AM