Dudel still loves us! So much so that he dropped a jewel on us tonight! I don’t think I want to reveal his sources just yet, but lets just say it is VERY reliable. That’s right! (Sorry for the spoiler Yamaha) Sometime later in the year (maybe September) you can expect to hear the official channels bringing you news on her eminent arrival.
This announcement is GIGANTIC for the US market. It shows that Yamaha still has some love to give (grumble HONDA). Believe me, I’m as surprised to hear about the T-Max today as I was when the news broke about the Morphous coming to town in 2006.
“Now, what’s so special about the T-Max?” you may ask. Damn near everything. This little 500cc monster is a highway eating machine. Even if you aren’t in love with the look, you will be head-over-heels with it’s performance. I really love how Australia’s Two Wheels Scooter Magazine starts off their story on the new T-Max:
The young punk on the R6 keeps checking his rear vision mirror, wondering what’s going on. You know the type.
Riding in shorts, sneakers, no gloves and a singlet. He can’t seem to grasp the fact that there’s an annoying but urprisingly large scooter following him round every bend and not disappearing into his rear vision mirror every time he gets on the gas. In fact, the big Yamaha actually seems to be gaining on him.
You can click on the title link to read their whole, drool drenched story. They make it sound very exciting. Below is a 360 view of the 2008 edition of the T-Max. Again, I have a feeling our version will be very similar.
Illnoise over at 2SB has been throwing some numbers together to approximate the eventual MSRP for the US Market. I’d put the numbers here, but to leave him some room for recalculation I’ll just post a link. It will have the latest updates down in the comments. (Don’t let Bryan’s artistic sensibilities fool you, he’s a real math whiz, or at least he appears to be when compared to myself.)
Story linked on the NYTimes Wheels Blog.