2020 Yamaha TMAX 560 Preview

Yamaha’s sport scooter hits a higher level.

European scooter riders will have a few new Yamaha TMAX scooters to consider in 2020. The Japanese brand unveiled its new TMAX 560 and TMAX Tech MAX during the EICMA show in Milan, hailing them as stronger, better-handling, and more rider-friendly versions of its popular maxi scooter.

2020 Yamaha TMAX 560
Improved power and performance.Yamaha

2020 Yamaha TMAX 560 Updates

The key to the 560's improved power is a new 562cc twin-cylinder engine, which provides 3.5-percent more horsepower and 6-percent more torque than last year's model. Yamaha increased bore by 2mm to get the extra capacity, and added new aluminum-forged pistons and con rods.

To achieve Euro-5 compliance, the 560 has revised intake and exhaust valve timing and larger 27mm inlet valves. The new 12-hole injector feeds fuel from a position beneath the inlet tract to enhance combustion efficiency. Once the fuel is spent, emissions flow through a revised 2-into-1 upswept exhaust system with front and rear catalytic converters. Yamaha also utilized human sensory testing to make the exhaust note and engine sound more pleasing and harmonious. The mill is a stressed member of the twin spar, die cast frame and is designed to sit low in the machine to allow for more storage capacity and optimized handling.

Yamaha TMAX 560
Revised bodywork gives the TMAX 560 a sportier look.Yamaha

Yamaha’s CVT got some attention, featuring a new belt and revised automatic shifting operation to give the 560 a higher, smoother top-end and better acceleration. Other mechanical updates include an updated cooling system, larger radiator, new air ducts, higher strength exhaust pipe, and low-noise resin chain tensioner.

The 560 utilizes motorcycle-type suspension to soak up bumps, a 41mm fork and link-type Monocross rear shock.

Yamaha TMAX 560
Yamaha keeps weight low in the 560 for optimal handling characteristics.Yamaha

Additionally, Yamaha have updated the look of the TMAX with updated body panels to achieve a sportier look. New LED indicators and rear light contribute to the revised aesthetic.

In terms of electronics, the 560 gets a revised traction control system. It’s also equipped with a two-level Yamaha D-Mode system, allowing the rider to select between full power and more moderate power settings. The Smart Key keyless system starts the ignition, locks the seat and other compartments, and also releases the center stand lock.

Yamaha TMAX 560
Revised exhaust and intake systems help achieve Euro-5 compliance.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
A new 562cc twin gives this scooter more punch.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
Underseat storage holds one full face helmet.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
This isn’t your grandma’s scooter.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
New LED rear lighting on the 560.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
The new engine also has new pistons and con rods.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
The center stand can lock to help deter thieves.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
TMAX 560 instrument panel.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
Motorcycle-type forks help provide a smooth ride.Yamaha
Yamaha TMAX 560
Disc brakes front and rear.Yamaha

2020 Yamaha TMAX 560 Specifications

Price: TBD
Engine: 562cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 70.0 x 73.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.9:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection
Transmission/Final Drive CVT automatic/V-Belt
Frame: Twin-spar, die cast
Front Suspension: 41mm fork
Rear Suspension: Link-type shock
Front Brake: Hydraulic disc
Rear Brake: Hydraulic disc
Tires: 120/70-15 front; 160/60-15 rear
Wheelbase: 62.0 in
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.9 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 485 lb.
Available: December 2019