2009 Yamaha Tmax 500!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by rs-mn, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. piedevant

    piedevant Adventurer

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    You should also work on your picking up technique! Are you familiar with the technique whereby you put your butt against the side of the bike and use your leg muscles to pick it up, (with a straight back) rather than your arms?
    There are some good videos on YouTube where small women demonstrate how to pick up big BMWs, Harleys etc.

    Having said that, I think the Tmax would be easier to pick up than a loaded V-strom, although it ain't much, if any, lighter.

    Also, you won't find any dualsport tyres for the Tmax wheels, strictly street only, so not ideal for gravel, although perfectly ride-able if you know what you're doing. There's a guy in Oz who's done hundreds of miles on dirt roads in the outback.
    PNB in London
  2. Shirker

    Shirker Been here awhile

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    Each time I have dropped the bike (3 times in 6 years) it has been on steep side-slope with gravel underfoot and a full tank. Once the heavy mofo starts to tip it's inevitable for me, BTW I never dropped my K75 or Suzuki gs500. Having a shorter inseam and a taller bike means that the tipping point is reached sooner.
    The easy answer would be to avoid those situations, but this one was in a carpark with loose gravel left from the last snow and a sunken drain which was the final straw. Hardly any damage, just some scratches on the mirror and caseguards.
    As for the how-to videos, yes I can do a flat hard surface pick-up, just not a wheels up downhill facing bike- I strained my knee cartilage ( minor)the last when time I tried that, even using the correct technique.

    Back to the topic, has anyone actually picked up their T-Max?
  3. Oldandslower

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    Yes, even though ordering was a real hassle. I needed to call and talk to a person instead of ordering off the website. The first seat was all yellow instead of the one shown on the website, black with yellow trim, and grey passenger section. I called Corbin and told them of the mistake and they were very good about replacing it with the correct one. I asked the girl on the telephone who answered at Corbin, "Who in the world would order an all yellow seat?" She said she didn't know but she bet it was "loud". I told her she would be correct!

    With the Corbin, you sit down in the scooter instead of up on top of the scooter-only way I know to describe it. You sit back about an inch, and down about two or three inches. The seat is hard as a board, at first, but molds to your butt over time. They recommend to ride on it at least 2000 miles to get the correct mold. I found it much more comfortable than the stock seat after a few hundred miles. I've got a sheepskin cover I'm going to put on top for added comfort, this spring, after the seat is finished molding to me.
  4. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    That's interesting that you sit IN IT instead of on top of it . Does that mean your feet are closer to the ground ?
    Also have you lost any storage space under the seat ?

    Thanks....... TheReaper!
  5. Twisted Martini

    Twisted Martini Been here awhile

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    O&S, I'm definitely gonna have to make a ride up to Marion to check that out. I put my new GIVI touring shield on today and can't wait to try it out (thanks Aqua!)
  6. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    hi guys

    been enjoying this great thread about this fantastic scoot when on the second page from 3 and 1/2 years ago i see the above quoted post

    guys...why oh why do SOME motorcylists have this 'tude about scoots? even badass ones like this? do they think they are elite for riding motorcycles? do they not know a scooter has two wheels, too? is a motorbike? and common ones can go anywhere from 60mph to over 100mph?

    i mean, do these poofers know anything about scooters or the sheer euphoria riding 'em can bring? it boggles the mind, this arrogance among some riders
  7. Twisted Martini

    Twisted Martini Been here awhile

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    That was over 3 pirate costumes ago for that jackass.
  8. Oldandslower

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    Yes, that's the feeling you get, you're sitting down in it. Yes, your feet are a little closer to the ground. No, storage space is the same as the seat padding is just not as thick. High density, form molding, foam is used. There's a nice tool case area with straps built-in on the bottom of the seat. The seat is a little heavier and I have to use a five inch prop to keep the seat up as the struts are not strong enough-slowly sinks. Not a problem as I don't get in there that often. I use the glove boxes all the time, though.
  9. Oldandslower

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    Anytime. Let me know ahead of time so I'll be home. Better yet, meet me at one of our twice weekly meetings of "The Over The Hill Gang" luncheons. We meet at Gabriel's in North Park Mall area at 11:30 AM Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here's our blog website: http://larryharleyplace.blogspot.com/
  10. jfally

    jfally n00b

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    loving every mile on this 3700 to date

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  11. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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  12. Shirker

    Shirker Been here awhile

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    Ahh, real, pertinent information, thanks Modnrod.:clap
  13. bikecat

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    Hi,

    I would like some recommendations for a reliable and expedient parts supplier for a 2009 TMax. In particular I am looking for a taillight and a rear fender. Appreciate replies with links where possible.

    Cheers
  14. piedevant

    piedevant Adventurer

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    I suggest you tell us where in the world you are first. Are you in Asia, Europe, or North America?!
    Might be an idea to tell us which town, county, state and/or province and country too!
  15. piedevant

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    Hi all,
    My write-up of the 2012 Mk4 530 Tmax launch in LA is now available in the new on-line version of
    The Rider's Digest magazine, here:
    www.theridersdigest.co.uk
    The story starts on page 52, runs to 14 pages and is called 'Adventures in LaLa land'.
    (If you're looking at the PDF version it starts on spread 27)
    You can either read it on line, or download the whole magazine for free.

    Although it's mainly about the Tmax, it's also about Los Angeles,
    past and present, as the title implies;
    'Enjoy'.
    PNB in London, UK
  16. lostinkorea

    lostinkorea n00b

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    Hey Guys,

    Been reading this forum for a while now. I just wanted to throw my 2009 TMAX here. Jspec.

    Thanks,

    Brandon

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  17. Paul Mihalka

    Paul Mihalka Old Fart

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    Hi TMAX guys, a old fart here - 80. Right now I ride a R1200GS, last year I rode +/- 30K miles, longest trip Maryland/Utah round trip. It's getting time to go lighter-simpler. Old dogs don't lift a leg very well, so a step-through may be nice. I may have a chance to get a '09 Tmax with 20K miles from a known careful owner. The Tmax would replace the GS as my only bike.
    Opinions please: How will it hold up doing 20K+ a year for a few years, getting to over 100K miles before I'm done. Long trip reliability and maintenance need?
    Reliability/problems: I've read a lot here and in MajestyUSA, the only thing I've found is Tmax fever fuel pumps. Anything else?
    Yamaha dealers when traveling: I know there is one in every village, but I'm afraid many have never seen a Tmax, much less have any parts for it. Opinions?
    Opinions on doing a 3 week/8K mile cross-country trip? Any tires I can TRUST to hold up for 8K?
    Thank you for your objective opinions.
    Paul
  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    As much as I love the Tmax, I'd probably look more at SW600 and Burger 650 for touring.
  19. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I think that I agree with this. You will be more comfortable and have more storage space.
  20. aqua1957

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    Hi guys hit that 12,500 mile mark and the VBelt light is flashing. I am going to order the parts on line which is much cheaper then going to my local Yamaha dealer. Can anyone please tell me which parts I need to replace besides the Belt. Any help would be greatly appreciated.:ear