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Thu, 01 Apr 2021

New NMAX and D’elight: Yamaha offers everyone a smarter way to move

The NMAX 125 is Yamaha’s top-selling model in the Urban Mobility class with over 72,000 sold to date, and together with the NMAX 155 it accounts for nearly two thirds of Yamaha’s unit sales in this increasingly important segment.  In order to take the NMAX to the next level and appeal to an even greater global audience, the company has completely redesigned this important model, which will again be offered in 125cc and 155cc variants.

First introduced in 2015, the NMAX is a premium scooter with a sporty character that is aimed at the entry-level market, and this special combination of lively engine performance along with excellent riding comfort and remarkable economy has ensured its ongoing success. Its strong performance and outstanding value for money make it the ideal urban commuter for male and female riders who need quick, easy and reliable daily transport – and its sporty good looks and fun-loving character make it the ideal set of wheels for younger owners with a busy social life. NMAX 125 can also be ridden on a B-licence* in a number of European countries, making it a real alternative to the car for all but the longest journeys.

For 2021 Yamaha the NMAX 125 / 155 gets an all-new body design as well as a new frame and a premium finish with extra detailing. The Blue Core engine is fully EU5-compliant, and perhaps the most significant change is the fitment of Yamaha’s industry-leading Communication Control Unit that brings total connectivity and offers every customer a more enjoyable and better informed riding experience.

*Limitations and restrictions may apply per country under applicable laws

125cc EU5 Blue Core engine

The NMAX’s 125cc single-cylinder 4-stroke liquid-cooled 4-valve engine has been developed using Yamaha’s sophisticated Blue Core small engine technology that is designed to achieve the highest levels of fuel economy while also enhancing the scooter’s fun-to-ride performance. Blue Core technology focuses on three areas: increasing combustion efficiency, reducing power loss, and enhancing cooling efficiency, and it is part of an ongoing process that is constantly evolving to ensure that the NMAX – and indeed every other small capacity Yamaha – continues to be able to offer the ideal blend of power, fun and economy.

The 125cc engine’s Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology is one of the key Blue Core technologies, and features a special intake camshaft that consists of two cam lobes, one that is ideal for low to mid-rpm, and one that is ideal for high rpm. The VVA system automatically alternates between the two cams in order to achieve the most efficient combustion characteristics, giving lively performance and high levels of engine efficiency.

Producing 9.0 kW at 8000rpm, the NMAX 125 delivers strong acceleration that is designed to keep it ahead of urban traffic – and together with its extremely low fuel consumption this sporty urban commuter is one of the least expensive ways to move – as well as being one of the most enjoyable modes of urban transport.

Sporty new body design with premium finish

The sporty new body design benefits from an even higher level of finish that transforms the whole look and feel of the 2021 NMAX and takes this urban scooter up to the next level. Its all new front cowl is equipped with new twin-eye style LED headlights and a built-in position light that give a more dynamic and sophisticated look – and the integrated taillight and rear flashers reinforce the NMAX 125’s premium specification.

As well as its sharper sports look the new front cowl offers better wind and rain protection, and improved aerodynamics reduce wind noise for a higher quality riding experience.

Newly designed frame

Although it is largely hidden behind the new bodywork, the NMAX 125’s new frame has been designed to offer a number of significant improvements compared to the current model. A key feature is its newly designed central tunnel that accommodates a larger 7.1-litre fuel tank. This not only provides an increased range of around 300 km between refills – it also gives improved a more mass centralized layout that gives increased agility and better manoeuvrability.

The new frame together with the redesigned body also enhances the ergonomics for a more comfortable ride – and the improved aerodynamics contribute towards the outstanding fuel efficiency and also help to reduce wind buffeting for a more relaxing journey.

Traction Control System

Many NMAX 125 customers may be new to two wheels, and this urban commuter’s light weight and easy agility make it the perfect choice. The Traction Control System gives the rider added confidence when accelerating on wet or loose road surfaces by instantaneously limiting the power to the rear wheel when any sign of tyre slip is detected.

Start & Stop engine technology

The new EU5-compliant 125cc Blue Core engine is the cleanest running and most economical powerplant ever featured on the NMAX, and its new switchable Start & Stop technology helps to further reduce local pollution and also cut fuel bills. When the system is switched on the Start & Stop function automatically cuts the engine whenever the scooter comes to a stop at lights or junctions, and restarts it instantly when the brakes are released and the throttle is turned.

Bluetooth connectivity with the CCU Communication Control Unit

NMAX is the first scooter to feature Yamaha’s Communication Control Unit (CCU), an easy-to-use piece of electronic technology that is designed to keep the rider informed and make every journey more enjoyable and rewarding.

NMAX 125 & 155 owners can download Yamaha’s free MyRide app to their smartphone, and then pair their device with the CCU using Bluetooth when they are close to the unit. Once connected, the MyRide app gives the rider full access to a wide range of technical and running information including battery and oil status, fuel consumption and more. There’s even a parking locator that enables the rider to find their NMAX using the phone’s last connected location.

By using MyRide every NMAX owner can also access many exciting functionalities, including Ride & Record that records data such as lean angle, acceleration, speed, distance and more from previous rides. Data can be shared with other MyRide users from all over the world, and new riding routes can be discovered and shared.

Once the new model is available at Yamaha dealers all NMAX owners will be able to access a tutorial video showing them how to use the MyRide app and make the most of its wide range of functionalities.

Connected LCD instruments

The NMAX comes with all-new high-tech LCD instruments that are fully linked to the new CCU. Riders can view the usual information on speed, distance, fuel level and temperature – but what makes the new NMAX 125 so special is that its connected instruments also feature icons that will light up and notify the rider of incoming calls, emails and SMS messages – as well as displaying their smartphone’s battery status.

Smart Key keyless ignition system

This top-selling scooter features some of the most impressive electronic technology in the category, and as well as its new CCU and connected LCD instruments the NMAX is also equipped with Yamaha’s Smart Key keyless ignition system. This convenient system enables the NMAX rider to activate the machine as long as they have the Smart Key with them in their coat or bag, making every trip a little bit easier and quicker – and it’s one of the many class-leading features that makes this one of the most attractive urban commuters in its class.

Underseat storage space

The comfortable dual seat can be opened up to reveal a large storage space that can accommodate a helmet or other personal items. This lockable compartment is also weatherproof, making it ideal for carrying an assortment of various stuff needed for work or play.

Power socket and front pockets

The NMAX 125’s CCU gives the rider full connectivity, and the new instrumentation features alerts whenever emails, texts or phone calls are received by the users smartphone. The 12V power socket enables the rider’s device to be kept charged, and the front pocket gives easy access to a smartphone, wallet or camera.

Front and rear disc brakes with ABS

The braking system is one of the best in the class, and features a 230mm front disc brake and a 230mm rear disc brake that provide plenty of smooth and controllable stopping power. ABS is fitted as standard to both brakes to prevent skidding during excessive braking, giving new riders the added peace mind when riding in low-grip conditions.

Genuine Accessories and riding gear

Yamaha have developed a comprehensive range of Genuine Accessories for the new NMAX, enabling riders to make their own personalized scooter that reflects their lifestyle and requirements. Yamaha is also creating a new range of urban riding gear for Urban Mobility riders, full details will be announced shortly.


  • 125cc EU5 Blue Core engine – reduced emissions with increased fuel economy

  • 9.0kW@8000rpm

  • Excellent fuel economy: Start & Stop on: 2.2 litres/100 km

  • Low CO² emissions: Start & Stop on: 52g/km

  • Variable Valve Actuation (VVA)

  • Sporty new body design

  • Newly designed frame for enhanced ergonomics and easier manoeuvrability

  • Traction Control System

  • Switchable on/off Start & Stop engine technology

  • Twin eye LED headlights, built-in position lights and integral flashers

  • Bluetooth connectivity with CCU Communication Control Unit

  • Smart Key keyless ignition

  • Larger 7.1-litre fuel tank gives around 300 km between refills

  • Underseat storage space

  • Connected LCD instruments

  • Power socket and front pockets

  • 230mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes, both equipped with ABS

  • Can be ridden on a B-licence*

  • *Limitations and restrictions may apply per country under applicable laws