Review : Yamaha Xmax 400 (2017)

Yamaha have updated the friendly XMAX 400 for 2018. Taken from MCN, it has improved handling to make it more agile and responsive around town, while being comfortable on longer journeys. It has the same quality feel and similar performance to it’s big brother, the TMAX, for a fraction of the price.




General information
Model: Yamaha X-MAX 400
Year: 2017
Category: Scooter
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 395.00 ccm (24.10 cubic inches)
Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power: 32.86 HP (24.0 kW)) @ 7500 RPM
Torque: 36.00 Nm (3.7 kgf-m or 26.6 ft.lbs) @ 6000 RPM
Compression: 10.6:1
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 73.0 mm (3.3 x 2.9 inches)
Fuel system: Injection
Fuel control: Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Ignition: ECU
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: Automatic
Transmission type, final drive: Belt
Driveline: V-Belt Automatic
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Front suspension: Telescopic fork
Front wheel travel: 110 mm (4.3 inches)
Rear suspension: Unit swing
Rear wheel travel: 110 mm (4.3 inches)
Front tyre: 120/70-15
Rear tyre: 150/70-13
Front brakes: Double disc. ABS
Front brakes diameter: 267 mm (10.5 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. ABS
Rear brakes diameter: 267 mm (10.5 inches)
Physical measures and capacities
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 215.0 kg (474.0 pounds)
Seat height: 785 mm (30.9 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,385 mm (54.5 inches)
Overall length: 2,190 mm (86.2 inches)
Overall width: 780 mm (30.7 inches)
Ground clearance: 105 mm (4.1 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,565 mm (61.6 inches)
Fuel capacity: 14.00 litres (3.70 gallons)
Other specifications
Color options: Black, white, grey
Starter: Electric
Carrying capacity: Underseat storage for two full face helmets, glove compartment.
Comments: Windscreen.


Ride Quality & Brakes

The wheelbase has been shortened to make it 50mm shorter than its nearest rival, the Suzuki Burgman 400. Combine this with 15-inch wheels and the Yamaha is agile and manoeuvrable around town.

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Fitted with quality Michelin City Grip tyres and traction control. The twin shocks have five step pre-load adjustment.

Handlebars are two-way adjustable, with two fixed positions, 20mm apart. The screen is also manually adjustable and can be fixed in two positions, 50mm apart.

Twin front brake discs and twin piston calipers are powerful, without being grabby and ABS is fitted as standard. There is a handy parking brake, a must when parking big scoots on an incline.



The 33bhp engine is Euro4 friendly. It’s responsive and smooth in city traffic and on open roads it doesn’t get left behind and has enough punch for higher speed overtakes.


Build Quality & Reliability

Yamaha’s MAX range has been around since 2001 and there are no known major issues with reliability.

The XMAX 400 is almost half the price of the TMAX but has the same quality feel and attention to detail. There are nice touches, such as the metal decal on the seat, that gives the scooter a touch of class.


Running Costs & Value

Service intervals are every 6000 miles or 12 monthly, other scooters in this class need servicing more frequently.

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We averaged 65mpg during our test, which means the tank range is around 185 miles.



Yamaha have fitted an immobiliser and it has keyless ignition, used in conjunction with a dial on the centre console, operates ignition, steering lock and access to the storage compartments. An alarm sounds if you leave the bike unattended without switching it off, annoying but useful.

Storage space is practical and sizeable. The lit under-seat compartment holds two full faced helmets and there are two glove boxes, one of which is lockable and houses a 12v charging point.

A combination of analogue dials and LCD dash are clear and easy to read. With a quick flick of a switch, you can scroll through the display to reveal useful information, which includes MPG.


Yamaha XMAX 400 a maxi scooter without a maxi pricetag


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