2018 Xmax 300 short term review

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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:45 09

Navigation for a bike was invented for me. I get lost in my neighborhood...

So I ordered a kit Yamaha makes for this scooter to get USB power up by the bars and provide a rail to install what you like.
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Removed the cover that center over the bars.
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Now's the time if you want to moved the handlebars back which I did do.
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Be sure to use antisieze for the threads on the handlebar clamp.
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Done.
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Install the rubber housing for the USB then pop in the actual USB. Be sure to orient the USB plug so it's set up the way you normally plug in your cables.
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Thread the wire down through the forks and bolt it in. The tuning fork cap acts a waterproof cap when not in use.
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Peel off the Tupperware off the front.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:49 09

While I had the nose apart and access to the battery I installed a fused battery charging connector. I'll thread that down so more on that later.
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I removed the mirrors to access the ability to move the handlebars back and then removed the adjustable windshield to the top position.
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Move these 4 bolts to the lower location.
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Bolt on the windshield bracket, good to go.
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Pop off the panel on the left side after you removed the screws and push buttons. In this pic is the faux blank where the LED signal goes when I get them.
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Here's a peek at the scoot's business end behind the panels.
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Locate this connector here that powers the 12V adapter in the left glove box.
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Install your splitter and plug in your connector for the USP port that you threaded down through the forks.
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The battery charging pigtail I ziptied for easy access up under the center headlamp.
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The bars have been moved back, the windshield has been raised and I have USB power coming from the dash. In this pic you can see the bar to mount accessories to hold your nav or smartphone.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:51 09

Umbrianissimo wrote:Great reviews, comments and photos, thanks! I hope the scoot does well in NA. It does indeed look a bit like a mini TMax.


Thank you, I hope it does well in NA as well.

90GTVert wrote:Just wanted to say thanks for the effort in the review.


Thank you, glad you enjoyed the read.

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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:14 10

alloo wrote:


It's useless as a phone holder, which I thought that it would be good as. It's a kit available from Yamaha. I wish Yamaha would import the luxury seat, tall windshield, and leg cover.[/quote]

Luxury Seat:
The comfort seat can be purchased from this ebay vendor for about $400 U.S. to your door.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-Xmax-30 ... 2661479188

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Tall windshield:
The tall Givi windscreen is supposed to be right decent. $126
http://www.accessoryinternational.com/p ... creen.html

Leg cover:
If you have to have the Yamaha OEM it can be purchased from many vendors in the UK. There are many other options available.
https://yamabits.co.uk/yamaha-x-max-apron.html
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby RJ64 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 17:32 17

Interesting that the battery is up front
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:47 10

On another forum there were a few questions on how to lock the steering with the keyless remote so I made a very short video to help. I thought I would post it here as well.

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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby RJ64 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:12 11

The more I see these pics and stuff the more I want to get this bike. Looks like the only thing its missing is the power I have in my VTX lol. One consideration to add to what you did with the battery tender plug. I was gonna do it like that but instead decided to go with a regular 12v outlet. That way I can power anything I need to, including the air compressor I carry in the glove box. I also have the adapter to hook to the battery tender plug and can charge via the 12v outlet as well. I can also jump start from it. Since you can't push start a scooter and we don't have kick start back up, if the battery dies we kinda screwed. I used heavy enough wire and fuse to accomidate. I try to think ahead. If you have been stranded in BFE many times, a little prevention pays off. I'm really liking this X-Max.... I'm trying to resist.... it may end up being futile though haha
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:25 11

RJ64 wrote:The more I see these pics and stuff the more I want to get this bike. Looks like the only thing its missing is the power I have in my VTX lol. One consideration to add to what you did with the battery tender plug. I was gonna do it like that but instead decided to go with a regular 12v outlet. That way I can power anything I need to, including the air compressor I carry in the glove box. I also have the adapter to hook to the battery tender plug and can charge via the 12v outlet as well. I can also jump start from it. Since you can't push start a scooter and we don't have kick start back up, if the battery dies we kinda screwed. I used heavy enough wire and fuse to accomidate. I try to think ahead. If you have been stranded in BFE many times, a little prevention pays off. I'm really liking this X-Max.... I'm trying to resist.... it may end up being futile though haha


All good points! Inside the lockable left glove box houses a 12V outlet to power your items you wish to bring along. The battery is housed in the nose much like the Tmax and is annoying to get to so I put that pigtail on to allow easy access to put on a battery tender.

If I need power I have this ;)
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This is the jumpbox I bought at Wally World for $9 on closeout and yes it will even jump-starts a car but perfect for a bike or a scoot with an anemic battery. Believe it or not it's strong enough to start your car. It also has a flashlight and USB port for a quick charge on your phone or camera. It's small enough to stow on your bike or scoot but I only take it when I';m going on a very lengthy ride.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby alloo » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:16 12

ericroadking wrote:
alloo wrote:


It's useless as a phone holder, which I thought that it would be good as. It's a kit available from Yamaha. I wish Yamaha would import the luxury seat, tall windshield, and leg cover.


Luxury Seat:
The comfort seat can be purchased from this ebay vendor for about $400 U.S. to your door.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-Xmax-30 ... 2661479188

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Tall windshield:
The tall Givi windscreen is supposed to be right decent. $126
http://www.accessoryinternational.com/p ... creen.html



Leg cover:
If you have to have the Yamaha OEM it can be purchased from many vendors in the UK. There are many other options available.
https://yamabits.co.uk/yamaha-x-max-apron.html[/quote]

Thanks I ordered the Yamaha Tall Windscreen and Leg Cover. We will see when it comes in.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ax1464 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:55 02

Thanks for the excellent info. I love(d) my Majesties (on my second one after the first was totaled from my second deer strike four years ago) and, since they're no longer made, I occasionally wonder what I'll eventually replace it with. Some very good options but one Majesty feature that's apparently missing from all other (maxi) scooters is the split-seat design. I often carry a backpack strapped to the passenger section and, on the Majesty, you can still raise the front section to access the storage. Not possible on any other scoot I'm aware of. Very inconvenient to have to remove luggage to get under the saddle.

Oh, well. Barring a third deer strike, my Majesty still has some miles left in her. :wink:
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby RJ64 » Sun May 06, 2018 7:52 07

Where is the parking brake on it? I didn't notice it anywhere.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Sun May 06, 2018 10:59 10

RJ64 wrote:Where is the parking brake on it? I didn't notice it anywhere.


The Xmax does not have a parking brake.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby RJ64 » Sun May 06, 2018 17:15 17

So how do you hold it still? Do you have to use the center stand all the time?
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Sun May 06, 2018 18:28 18

RJ64 wrote:So how do you hold it still? Do you have to use the center stand all the time?


I personally have no issues not using one so it really doesn't register on my radar. Be smart where you decide to park it, if it's on a questionable incline then use the center stand.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby RJ64 » Mon May 07, 2018 7:11 07

My Majesty is the only scooter I've ever had, so I thought they all had a parking brake. I use it often.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby alloo » Sun May 13, 2018 12:57 12

It's useless as a phone holder, which I thought that it would be good as. It's a kit available from Yamaha. I wish Yamaha would import the luxury seat, tall windshield, and leg cover.[/quote]

Thanks I ordered the Yamaha Tall Windscreen and Leg Cover. We will see when it comes in.

I ended up ordering a Cell Phone mount for the cell phone mounting bar. Thank You for your posts. It works very well and all for $10.

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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby alloo » Wed May 16, 2018 15:30 15

While reviewing my owner's manual I noticed that XMAX 300 sold in Europe have service intervals of 6000 miles while US models have service intervals of 4000 miles. Why is that?
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Mon Jun 04, 2018 18:39 18

90GTVert wrote:Just wanted to say thanks for the effort in the review.


Thanks! I appreciate the reply in kind.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Mon Jun 04, 2018 18:43 18

Nothing exciting this post but I installed a rear rack and topcase. Pretty standard stuff here, remove 5 bolts and lift the bucket out from under the seat.
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Bolt the new rack on, there's also 4 cross thread screws that anchor the body panels to the rack.
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I felt this was notable that the bolt areas have a weep hole for water to drain before you put the rubber caps on. .
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Jobs done.
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Pop on the topcase and I'm good to go.
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On a side note the stock grab rails that are painted to match the scoot are cheap thin plastic. As in if you muscled a load on the seat with rokstraps I would expect them to crack.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby alloo » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:51 10

Al,

Thanks for the reply! I'm just starting my Xmax journey and thought I would share my thoughts on here. Why was the USB plug a poor buy? Is it the kit that attaches to the handlebar clamp cover? I'm glad to hear another person is enjoying this scoot at I believe it to be a excellent buy.

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I've changed my tune. The USB is not a poor buy after I bought my Phone mount. At the time, I didn't understand how to mount the phone, but have changed my opinion. I have about 4600 mile on my scooter now and love it! In a recent review of the XMAX 400 the reviewer stated that the XMAX 300 is more sure footed than the XMAX 400
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby ericroadking » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:27 11

Al,

Super glad to hear it's been a wise choice for you!

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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby alloo » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:41 12

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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby gruntled » Thu Aug 02, 2018 21:09 21

I went back in June after the belt broke on my Majesty to buy the Burgman 400 I had priced in April. The price WENT UP $1000 since Suzuki eliminated the rebate. I finally wound up spending almost $900 getting my Majesty fixed up so I am stuck with it for a while. Just about ready for the first full tank of gas refill & it looks like the new belt, air filters & clutch will boost the gas milage quite a bit. The gas gauge just started to flash at 167 miles.
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby Hip001 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 14:16 14

im sorry if you answered this already, how much did it cost? our dealer here is not really scooter knowledgable about the Xmax.

just found it $7200ish
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Re: 2018 Xmax 300 short term review

Postby gruntled » Thu Oct 25, 2018 16:44 16

My question about the location of the battery has already been answered & I like the location of the oil fill tube, oil window & the easy access to the oil filter.
I am concerned about the FOUR air filters. The Majesty is bad enough with three. My major concerns would be the price of the filters & especially with how hard are they to access? All bikes I have owned except the Yamaha Virago & Yamaha Majesty have been super easy to change the air filters but since this is a Yamaha I would not be surprised if they didn't outdo themselves again.
I'm 78 years old & with a bum knee, I can't work on my Majesty for even such simple things as changing the oil & air filters. The $100/hr shop labor fee is eating me alive. It looks as though the oil change would be no problem but how about the air filters?
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