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Old 08-03-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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Used 2009 Tmax - 1300 miles - questions

Hello! I am currently looking at 2 different TMAX's - both with what seem to be great prices.

Here are the options:

1 - $4599 - yellow 7200 miles. No visible damage, seems to be pristine, new rubber.

2 - $4399 - blue 1300 miles. Has a scrape on the muffler, slight rash on the side fairing (very very slight) and outside mirror has a bit of rash. It was obviously down but from the looks of it, possibly a garage drop. All panels are very tight and secure. Probably factory rubber but still look like they have a lot of life.

I am very tempted by the blue due to the lower miles, but am hesitant due to the slight damage. The dealer does not have records of the fuel pumps being changed on either bike so the fear of TMAX fever is in the mix as well.

Also, I would be buying the bike to replace my 2009 bv250 which I have loved but I am looking for something a little sturdier and less stressed on the slab. BV250 tops out around 73gps and Ohio limits are up to 70 outside of the cities so it isn't the most confidence inspiring ride on the open road.

What bike would you go for? Anything I could possibly be missing that I should look for?

Thank you very much in advance!

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Old 08-03-2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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If the miles were the same which one would you rather own?
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Old 08-03-2014, 02:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response, if the miles were the same I'd take the yellow bc it doesn't have the scratches. Being that there is a 6k mile difference and $200 cheaper, the blue is pretty appealing.
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Old 08-03-2014, 02:18 PM   #4
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Modern bikes are just getting started at 6,000 miles. Properly taken care of, I would expect 100,000 miles out of a bike like this, if not abused.
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response, if the miles were the same I'd take the yellow bc it doesn't have the scratches. Being that there is a 6k mile difference and $200 cheaper, the blue is pretty appealing.



The blue bike also has 5 or 6 year old tires on it. I would replace them.
Now the yellow is the better buy with no scratches. You sound like you keep a bike a good while, so the miles shouldn't matter.
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:46 PM   #6
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Mine had 30k and ran like new. Get the one in better condition with more miles. Sitting kills them.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:02 PM   #7
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The stock tires will be getting hard on the blue one, as mentioned. Also, you can expect to need a new battery if that's still the stock one. BTDT on mine that I bought with low miles.

You'll have a great time with whichever one you pick. And the yellow ones are faster ...
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:54 AM   #8
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I'm guessing the OP is aware that the Tmax will use double the fuel for the
same mileage compared to the BV250?

Other then that, other responses covered everything, it's an amazing scooter
that handles better then some entry level motorcycles (like the ninja 650 I had)
but I can't figure out why it's so thirsty (and expensive when new).
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:16 AM   #9
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Thank you all for your feedback!

Lots of valid points and I agree. I do keep bikes a while and this would be my first used purchase so just trying to cover my bases.

^ Yes I am sure with the extra displacement and being a twin it will be thirstier. Certainly a good point though that I had not thoroughly considered.

Thank you!
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:01 AM   #10
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Get the yellow one so I can buy the blue one. Win-win.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:35 PM   #11
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Thank you all for your feedback!

Lots of valid points and I agree. I do keep bikes a while and this would be my first used purchase so just trying to cover my bases.

^ Yes I am sure with the extra displacement and being a twin it will be thirstier. Certainly a good point though that I had not thoroughly considered.

Thank you!
Actually, parallel twins are usually the most fuel efficient motorcycles out there.
My Kawasaki 650R was great on fuel (almost in the BV250 ballpark), a BMW
F800R/S can match the BV250 in fuel consumption and it's a 800cc 90hp
bike.

Tmax is setup a bit on the revvy side of things so it's usually up high in the
rev range, but pushing it shouldn't result in GSXR1000 fuel consumption
figures, but it does.

It's about the same riding slowly around town as a Bandit 1250.

A 500cc piaggio single is a lot better on fuel and only a few hp down, but
virtually nothing touches the tmax in handling. The Gilera Nexus 500 is
as close as it gets from what I tried, but you'd have to buy that in EU.
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I'm guessing the OP is aware that the Tmax will use double the fuel for the
same mileage compared to the BV250?

Other then that, other responses covered everything, it's an amazing scooter
that handles better then some entry level motorcycles (like the ninja 650 I had)
but I can't figure out why it's so thirsty (and expensive when new).
My Tmax has averaged 56 mpg since new and I ride it very enthusiastically. It is one of the best handling street legal two wheeled vehicles ever sold.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:50 AM   #13
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the miles are a non-issue. I'd get the blue simply because the yellow is hideous and a cop magnet. Or, you could buy my 2005 Majesty for a mere $2600 and have more comfort, storage, and still go plenty fast (90+)...
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:33 PM   #14
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Or, you can buy my 2009 Tmax in yellow with 3100 miles and about the same minor scrapes as the blue one for just $3600 for inmates

Of course you'll have to do a fly and ride to California ...


I decided I like having a flat floor and once the Tmax is sold, I want to look for a Kymco GTi300. Once I find one of those, I'll probably also sell my SYM HD200 and just stick with one scooter.
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Or, you can buy my 2009 Tmax in yellow with 3100 miles and about the same minor scrapes as the blue one for just $3600 for inmates

Of course you'll have to do a fly and ride to California ...


I decided I like having a flat floor and once the Tmax is sold, I want to look for a Kymco GTi300. Once I find one of those, I'll probably also sell my SYM HD200 and just stick with one scooter.
Sounds like a plan to me.
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