A team of two Italian customizers created an unique interpretation of Yamaha’s TMax: a weird hybrid mixed of scooter and crosser elements.
Last year, Yamaha asked some of the world’s most renowned motorcycle customizers to transform the TMax into something that would fully express their personal style: The »TMax Hyper Modified« project was born. The effort has been three unique vehicles – made by Roland Sands, Marcus Walz and Ludovic Lazareth.
This year, the project continues – now entering its fourth, and most astonishing chapter. A team of Italian customizers have created what is perhaps the most astonishing and provocative version of this scooter we have ever seen. The Yamaha TCross Hyper Modified is a radical version of the TMax that has been fully stripped of its original superstructure and transformed into a vehicle with off-road style and spirit.
Working closely together, Riccardo Girardelli and Rodolfo Frascoli started by carefully analysing the standard scooter before launching the first phase of the project – stripping. They removed everything, only leaving the chassis, the engine and the forks on the workbench. The guidelines they established for building the new TMAX involved using the superstructure, fork and steering yoke from the Yamaha YZ 450 F motocross model, as well as off-road style wheels and tyres.
The next step was to place the YZ 450 F body onto the TMax base. To combine the two bikes together they decided to lengthen the swinging arm in order to replace the 15-inch wheel with a 17-inch wheel.
To resolve the steering angle problem the steering head was disassembled, the steering angle reduced and the assembly re-welded. After this, a sub-frame had to be build to support the fuel tank and the seat. Finally the brakes, the exhaust (that uses the end piece from the YZ 450 F) and the big, spoked wheels were designed.
And to finish off the unit, all plastic parts were painted brown, which contrasts sharply with the white parts on the standard model.
Yamaha TCross Hyper Modified: Technical specifications
- YZ 450 F fork with 250 mm suspension travel
- Steering angle reduced by 6° compared to standard TMax
- 2.50 x 19 front wheel with 110/80/19 tyre (tubeless)
- 4.50 x 17 rear wheel with 150/70/17 tyre (tubeless)
- Batfly 280-mm front brake disc with YZ 450 F brake calliper
- 260 mm rear disc brake with standard TMax calliper
- Seat height: 900 mm
- Ground clearance: 280 mm
- Wheel base: 1650 mm
- Wet weight without fuel: 164 kg