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More new models in Yamaha's Canadian line up

Just days after the big news of the release of the 2009 V-Max, Yamaha took the wraps off another couple new models. With gas prices rising and more consumers looking for cheaper alternatives Yamaha made a smart move and introduced two new scooters; a maxi-scooter, the T-Max 500 and a larger model of tremendously popular BW 50, which bumps the displacement up to 125.

The largest displacement of the new scooter models is the new T-Max 500. The T-Max has been available in Europe for some time now (around 8 years) but gets an major refresh for 2008 (lighter, new styling, and sporty updates).

It features a liquid cooled, DOHC, 499 cc four-stroke parallel twin engine. With a maximum horsepower rating of 42 (@7,500 rpm) and torque of 34.2ft-lbs @ 6,500 rpm this maxi-scoot should be a commuters new best friend. Highway speeds should be a breeze.

You'll have no trouble stopping this scoot with its R6 inspired dual 267 mm discs up front and a 267 mm disc in the back. They're mounted on sporty 15" wheels. Front suspension is by way of a conventional motorcycle style 43mm hydraulic fork with 120mm or 4.7" of travel. In the rear there's a single shock swingarm with 116mm or 4.6" of travel.

Wet weight is a claimed 222 kg or 488.4 lbs with a fuel capacity of 15 litres. Yamaha claims that the T-Max will get an estimated 47 mpg or 5 litres per 100 km.

Base MSRP of the T-Max 500 is $9,999 and it should make it's way into Canadian dealerships in July.


The new, larger, BW gets a 124 cc 4-stroke, air-cooled (with fan assist), SOHC, 4-valve, single. The fan-assisted cooling system maintains consistent engine temperatures, even while idling at stoplights or in stop and go traffic to improve efficiency and extend engine life.

The seemingly simple engine packs quite a bit of modern tech inside.

- Light weight aluminum cylinder features a ceramic composite coating on the cylinder bore which insures uniform heat dissipation, reduced friction, reduced weight and an extended service life.
- Four valve cylinder head design utilizes two intake valves and two exhaust valves for maximum breathing efficiency and great power output.
- Both the intake and exhaust valves feature a special "carbon cutter" design which removes any carbon build up from the valve stem, keeping the engine operating at maximum efficiency, even during extended slow speed use.
- 16 bit ECU (electronic control unit) is used to control the fuel injection and ignition systems.

The big wheel, twin headlight - rally inspired styling is still present on the new, larger, BW. The "underbone-style" steel frame is visible and even incorporates and anti-corrosion paint process.

Of course the new scooter also features fuel injection so there's no choke or idle adjustment to fuss with. The fuel mixture s all controlled automatically for maximum performance and reduced emissions.

No gears to worry about either, as it uses a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT); just twist the throttle and go. Yamaha expects that the BW will return an estimated 88 mpg, that's only 2.67 litres per 100 km.

Dual-shock rear suspension provides a plush, comfortable ride wheel travel is 71mm (2.8"). Up front you get a 220mm hydraulic disc brake with single piston caliper while the rear gets a 150mm drum. They're mounted on rugged but lightweight die cast aluminum 5-spoke "mag style" wheels.

You get a 6-litre fuel tank, which should be good for quite a bit of driving time even if you're carrying a passenger on the roomy 2-person seat. The locking seat includes 20l of storage underneath that will fit some, but not all, full face helmets.

Base MSRP of the 125 BWs is $3,999.

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