As commuters currently struggle with soaring fuel prices, it’s good to know there’s an affordable solution in the form of the stylish 2022 Yamaha NMAX 155 scooter. town and ease the pain at the gas tank.

Featuring a lightweight rigid frame, aggressive and sporty design with dual LED headlights, smart technology, driver-focused ergonomics, and safety features like ABS and traction control, the NMAX 155 is full of good stuff.

Powered by a blue-core 155cc 4-stroke engine that provides plenty of power to get you up to speed quickly, the Yamaha lets you beat the traffic with ease. The V-belt automatic transmission is also smooth and will happily cruise at 80 km/h.

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It can also handle highway speeds, which is great for longer trips. The powertrain is very fuel efficient and, combined with Yamaha’s new stop/start system, means you don’t have to worry about stopping too often for juice.

We averaged 3.0litres/100km, which would easily see around 250km of potential distance from the 7.1litre fuel capacity. The suspension is made up of a telescopic fork with 100mm of travel up front and a unitary swingarm with 85mm of travel and twin shocks in the rear.

Scooter Yamaha NMAX 155 2022

The suit offers a nice ride overall and does a decent job of soaking up bumps. The rear also has an adjustable sport preload which is really easy to use when you need to carry a passenger.

Braking performance is also very good, with 230mm front discs up front and a 230mm rear disc paired with the safety of ABS. Using the left brake lever applies the front and rear brakes equally, which we liked.

There is a but here though, as using this feature under heavy braking will tend to lock the rear wheel. In wet weather, so we suggest you stay away from double braking.

Yamaha’s smart key system comes standard, allowing you to start the NMAX as long as you have the key fob in your pocket or bag. The scooter detects the presence of the key and allows the use of the main switch button without having to insert a key.

We liked this feature, as it also lets you power on/off, lock the steering, and unlock the seat and fuel door. It’s super convenient to just turn the knob on the power off and just drive off knowing your ride is safe until you get back.

Scooter Yamaha NMAX 155 2022
Scooter Yamaha NMAX 155 2022

The build quality is great too, and nothing feels cheap. Every detail is well thought out, right down to the stylish fold-down passenger footpegs and grab handles that are cleverly integrated into the subframe design.

The inner front fascia also features two deep storage compartments, one with a 12-volt outlet large enough to charge the phone. The other has a door, which is great, but we would have liked to see the one with the socket have the same.

This would ensure that our electronic devices can be safe and protected from the elements while charging. A large 23.3-litre under-seat storage compartment is advertised as holding an XL full-face helmet, but in reality it doesn’t.

Despite multiple attempts, we were unable to fit a medium-sized full-face helmet in there and lock the seat. That aside, when you have the seat open, spring-loaded hinges hold it in place, making storage easy to access.

Likewise, the handlebar-mounted switches are well-positioned and easy to use on the fly. There’s a nice shaped cover that makes the setup look neat and tidy, but can make it difficult to mount a phone for navigation.

Scooter Yamaha NMAX 155 2022
Scooter Yamaha NMAX 155 2022

The seating position is comfortable and we particularly liked how the footrests extend forward at a 45 degree angle, allowing you to stretch your legs out into a very comfortable and supportive position.

The 765mm seat height made it easy for us to come to a stop with our feet flat on the ground. The LCD screen is a good size and the speed display is large, making it easy to see with the quickest glances.

It also has a decent number of features including dual trip odometers, fuel and temperature gauges, average fuel, instant fuel, oil consumption and battery voltage. Connectivity is also possible with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, via the Yamaha MyRide app.

This allows you to use features such as a maintenance service schedule, trip details and, for the forgetful, it saves your last parking location. With a weight of 127 kg, it is also quite easy to stand up on the center stand.

There are rear grab handles that make it easier to lift up and down on the kickstand, plus a handy side kickstand that’s easy to use but could fall off if parked on a slope.

Scooter Yamaha NMAX 155 2022
Scooter Yamaha NMAX 155 2022

For us, the 2022 Yamaha NMAX 155 is the perfect package for a new or inexperienced rider, with excellent handling and light weight making it a cinch to negotiate traffic and a ton of fun to ride.

The LED headlights illuminate the road perfectly and the windshield protects the rider from the wind. It’s priced at $5899 and comes in Icon Blue (as tested) and Matt Grey.

Our test bike was supplied by Yamaha Australia. To learn more about the 2022 Yamaha NMAX 155, contact your local Yamaha dealer.

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