Yamaha Australia has released the new TMAX 530, a model that delivers an enhanced version of the TMAX experience.
Official Release By Yamaha Australia
More TMAX than ever.
Opening a new chapter in the sports scooter book, the TMAX 530 grabs
attention like never before. Beneath the aggressive new fairing, a
radically redesigned aluminium chassis and 530cc engine provide the new
TMAX 530 with a combination of smooth, ultra-direct acceleration and
best-ever torque from a standing start.
Handling and stability have also been improved, with weight distribution
and balance now more like a motorcycle than ever, for instinctive,
ultra- precise turning, every time. Make no mistake, this is still a
TMAX. In fact, it’s the purest TMAX riding experience yet.
TMAX: the legend continues
In 2001, the original TMAX announced a new era in scooter riding. A
scooter like no other, it established an entirely new category: the
Sports Maxi-Scooter. The idea behind the TMAX was to combine the
performance, handling and speed of a motorcycle, with the convenience
and practicality of a Maxi- Scooter. This unique proposition made the
TMAX an immediate hit.
Experienced riders with a love of prestige styling and sporty
performance, quickly came to enjoy its versatile, dynamic riding style. A
fun-filled commuter during the week and an enjoyable ride for a weekend
getaway, the TMAX was just as at home in the countryside as it was on
busy city streets – either with a passenger or without.
While successive models of the TMAX have continuously evolved since 2001
– setting new benchmarks for performance and handling – the core
concept of the TMAX has always remained the same: combining the
performance of a motorcycle and the convenience of a scooter.
TMAX 530 doesn’t deviate from that formula: it improves it – in a host of new, exciting ways.
One ride on the new TMAX 530 will convince any rider that the scooter’s
improvements can’t be conveyed in spec numbers alone. From the
noticeably smoother, direct acceleration feeling, to the instant,
powerful response delivered by the engine, it offers boosted levels of
excitement that have to be experienced to be believed.
This TMAX 530 evolution starts with a new 4-stroke, DOHC, in-line
2-cylinder, 4-valve, 530cc fuel-injected engine with continuously
variable transmission (CVT). Compared to its predecessor, this new
engine delivers extremely strong torque in the low to mid-speed range,
achieving a significant increase in torque output.
This remarkable torque is achieved by an
engine full of lighter, more
components, including forged aluminium
pistons with optimised
valve recess; a pent roof type combustion chamber with optimised squish
area; and a new cam profile. A lightweight aluminium balancer sleeve is
used in place of a steel sleeve. This balancer system is optimised to
reduce horsepower loss, using a vent to eliminate pumping effect.
Similar vents in the inner walls of the crankcase reduce pressure.
The result? A noticeable boost in acceleration in the 40-90 km/h speed
range. It’s an improvement riders will feel every time they power away
from the lights, or effortlessly pass rush-hour traffic.
To better accommodate the new engine, all-new intake and exhaust systems
are used. Instead of aluminium, the intake manifold is constructed from
lightweight plastic resin. Other changes include a 34mm diameter
throttle bore, longer exhaust pipe, and new silencer.
Such serious levels of torque are reflected in a new, higher-capacity
wet sump design, and a redesigned CVT unit, with new build materials, a
new belt chamber cooling system, new optimised speed ratios, and an
updated fuel injection system. Thanks to these extensive changes, riders
don’t just get the thrill of powerful acceleration; they get a
sensation of effortless, fluid driveability, across the whole power
The secondary drive features a new belt drive mechanism, clearly visible
at the rear of the scooter: a Yamaha world-first in this class. With
virtually no play in the belt, power delivery is more linear, the
throttle is more connected with the engine, and the rider also feels
closer to the machine.
Constructed from lightweight aramid fibre – famed for its excellent
tensile strength, durability, shock resistance and anti-corrosion
qualities – the new belt drive further contributes to the reduction of
un-sprung weight, and the centralised mass that gives the TMAX its
unique, motorcycle-style handling.
More like a motorcycle: reduced weight and adjusted weight distribution
At the heart of the TMAX 530 is a die-cast aluminium frame, with
optimised rigidity balance, that lets riders enjoy the full effect of
the 530cc engine and CVT transmission. Weight distribution follows a
pattern similar to that of a motorcycle, with the engine rigidly mounted
within the frame, using newly-refined steel parts, and a low-sitting
In total, the scooter has lost
approximately 4kg in weight: this
largely thanks to a new die-cast aluminium swing arm, with separate
right and left halves. The swingarm incorporates a chain tensioner
identical to those used on Supersport models, which further helps
optimise the rigidity balance that is so crucial to this scooter’s
exciting, sporty performance.
Combined, these design elements deliver best-ever weight distribution
towards the front wheel and noticeably improve handling; riders can
follow their intended line with stability and ease, even through the
tightest corners. Similar to a motorcycle, TMAX 530 is also incredibly
responsive: by providing riders with precise feedback from the road, it
allows for an enhanced level of control.
More braking power, ultra-responsive suspension
With a scooter as powerful as the TMAX, reliable, effective braking is
essential. A large diameter 282 mm rear disc brake is added to TMAX 530,
working in combination with dual 267 mm front disc brakes and the
TMAX’s famous 4-pot front caliper.
TMAX 530 suspension lifts both handling and comfort to new levels, with
excellent cornering, stability and overall feel. The cushioned ride
provided by the strong rear shock is complemented by motorcycle-style
telescopic front forks: highly resistant to twisting, they keep the
front wheel tracking straight and true in various road conditions.
Aggressive, high-prestige style
Visually, the new TMAX 530 refines its signature blend of distinctive,
streamlined design and functionality. Now the look is sportier, tougher
and edgier than any TMAX to date; in short, it’s more TMAX than ever,
newly shaped, streamlined body panels are combined with new aggressive
front end styling, which provides ample room for the re-styled,
symmetrically shaped dashboard and new rear-view mirrors, which reduce
the effects of turbulence and vibration. The completely new, modern
instrument panel shows every piece of key ride information at a glance.
Dual, polygon-shaped analogue
counters make striking additions to
dashboard: the speedometer on the left
side, the tachometer on the
dashboard is also backlit, for excellent
Yamaha’s instantly recognisable ‘twin
eye’ projector headlights with
reflectors are more compact, yet more
efficient, and they
distinctive, angular front flashers.
accent line above the
headlights creates the appearance of a
distinctive Yamaha touch. A
new LED tail lamp is taken from Yamaha’s
flagship Supersport bikes, emphasising the TMAX 530’s sporty DNA.
Underlining the scooter’s versatile and sporty character – the exciting
city commuter that’s more than capable of opening up on the open road –
is a new aerodynamic 2-step adjustable windscreen, which can be adjusted
to suit riding conditions. Despite being smaller than the screen on its
predecessor, a sophisticated design allows it to achieve identical
levels of air resistance and wind noise, for total rider comfort.
Additional modifications include new, dynamic-looking 5-spoke wheels and
a high-quality, forged aluminium side stand, which helps keep overall
The visual ‘boomerang’-shaped line, running from front to rear, is as
distinctive as ever. Luxurious levels of comfort remain the standard,
with wraparound fairing providing protection from the elements, and a
sporty seat providing an optimal, active riding position with the
flexibility to move. Grab rails, fold-out footrests and redesigned rear
panels ensure that a passenger travels with new levels of comfort and
confidence. Multiple gloveboxes and underseat storage provide
substantial luggage space.
Yamaha Genuine Accessories
TMAX owners can customise their TMAX 530 with a range of Yamaha Genuine Accessories.
When larger quantities of luggage are required – for example, on a
weekend away – a 39L top case with inner bag can be fitted, using a
dedicated rear carrier in black and silver. These top cases can be
opened using a dedicated key or one-key operation, which allows users to
operate both case and scooter using the same key. A 22L console bag is
For additional passenger comfort, a back rest with matching cushion is
available in two colours: matt black or silver for the stay, and black
or titanium-colour for the cushion. A stylish, comfortable designer seat
comes in black and silver with red stitching, and features an embossed
Riders can add an additional sporty touch with a sport screen in
transparent or dark smoked colouring, or attach their own GPS using a
dedicated GPS stay. An apron offers protection from the elements in cold
or rainy weather, while an engine cover (sold per piece) and belt cover
(available in two colours) add a stylish extra layer of vehicle
protection on the move.
Other accessories include aluminium foot panels, a stylish licence plate
holder with red TMAX logo, a 12V DC outlet, a grip heater for cold
days, and battery chargers.
2013 TMAX 530 key features at a glance
- NEW: increased engine displacement with 4-stroke, 2-cylinder 530cc engine
- NEW: redesigned CVT unit for increased driveability
- NEW: lightweight belt drive and aluminium swing arm, saving
weight and redistributing weight frontward, for more engaged,
- NEW: increased torque for acceleration and response
- NEW: enlarged, 282 mm rear disc brake
- NEW: dynamic, aggressively angular styling announces the next
evolution of TMAX
- NEW: forged aluminium side stand, LED tail light, reshaped rear
view mirrors, and 5-spoke wheels
- NEW: more compact, aerodynamic 2-step adjustable windscreen
- NEW: striking dashboard design with separate analogue
speedometer and tachometer
- Strong, lightweight die-cast aluminium frame with optimised rigidity
- Large diameter wheels with wide tyres for stability and handling
- Motorcycle telescopic front forks and strong rear suspension
- Dual seat with passenger grip for comfort