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Old 03-02-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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The 2012, Mk4 530 Tmax

Hi all,
My write-up of the 2012 Mk4 530 Tmax launch in Los Angeles is now available in the new on-line version of
The Rider's Digest magazine, here:
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 new 530cc Tmax, it's also about Los Angeles,
past and present, as the title implies;
PNB in London, UK
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:43 AM   #2
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Thanks Paul, that's a good read. Food for thought, too, as my own Mk3 is coming up to 3 years old and I think it's time for a change. Not sure whether I'm loyal/ insane enough to lay out 8700 on another TMAX when the Honda NC700 family seems to offer more, in many respects, for (a lot) less. I'll probably struggle even to test ride the new Mk4 as many dealers won't put on a demo or even bring a T. into stock without a buyer given the tiny size of the UK market for the bike.

Agree with you about the ABS - I berated a Yamaha rep about this at the bike show to no apparent avail. And little things like the absence of a power socket (though pretty easy to put right yourself for the cost of a 15 part off eBay) do grate a bit. But despite its flaws the 'max remains somehow so much greater than the sum of its parts. I'm not persuaded on looks, apparent physical quality and technical specs that the new BMWs will knock it off its perch in Italy, though undoubtedly some in the UK who would never otherwise have considered a maxi scooter will be convinced by the blue & white badge alone.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:36 PM   #3
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Great read Paul, looks like you had a great time.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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Thumb Thanks for the link!

Thanks so much for the link to the mag and the T Max ride review. First trip to Riders Digest and quite enjoyed reading a big chunk of it and I've bookmarked the address. Interesting to note that the 2012 T Max is being sold in Canada and as of late last year distribution of Yamaha Motor products is being handled by Yamaha USA with a branch organization here?

Happy Trails...Steve
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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Does anyone know how easy or difficult it is to register a Canadian model Tmax 530 in the U.S.?
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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I was told the 530 Tmax is coming to the U.S. as a 2013 model, I will be the first in line buying one! I have 2 Yamaha Dealers looking out for it and they will contact me as soon as they can order one, the dealers know me and know i keep my word and buy one, I will inform everybody here as soon as I know
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:09 PM   #7
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Good to know. Do you know if we will get the ABS model with the cool matte black paint?
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