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  1. In my opinion the best bikes for Pattaya and the immediate surrounding area are the Honda PCX 150 and the Yamaha NMax 155. Although I've seen a lot of good reports here about the Yamaha Aerox 155, its riding position is not equal to the NMax's. Only a few months ago, I bought my girlfriend a new PCX 150 and she loves it. Needless to say, I can drive it anytime I want, but I don't. The reason is my new Yamaha Nmax 155 is so much more fun to drive. And safer due to its anti lock brakes and disks on both the front and rear. Also, a good friend of mine who is a follow condo co-owner in my building used to love his Honda PCX 150. Then he bought a Yamaha Nmax 155. I got the word from him yesterday that he sent his PCX 150 up to Issan for his brother in law to use. So here you have it. The PCX 150 is an excellent bike for all around use, but the Nmax 155 is simply spectacular.
  2. Absolutely. I just came back from Washara Marine having the oil changed on my Nmax 155 and while they were doing it, I went to the main showroom, looked at the big bikes, and also talked to a young salesman. He owns the Grand Filano. It will only do 100 kph, if that, which is what I heard from other sources. He is hoping for the Yamaha 300 X Max to become available in Thailand but he is now thinking, November, not April. The reason is he can tour Thailand, driving to Koh Chang for example. I'd much rather drive to Koh Chang in my Honda Civic than any bike. But this trip is much more doable with the PCX 150 than a Grand Filano, and it's even more doable with the new Yamaha Nmax 155 although if you gotta do it on a bike, it's better to have at least a 300. But anything short of this long a trip, the PCX 150 can do it all, while the Nmax 155 can do it all even better than the Honda PCX 150. Even with those (fat) 13 inch tires, the Nmax is even more stable on the highway than the PCX 150, it has the best brakes in the business compared to anything anywhere near this price range (80000 baht), and it has a more powerful engine due to the variable valve timing and four valve head to the PCX's 2 valves. It also has a lower center of gravity and much more responsive steering. But at least the PCX and the Nmax are close while the Grand Filano is entirely out of this league entirely.
  3. I didn't mean to send you to all those places I used to hang out in. I have my own private google setup on my web site. So if you were to go to my alphapro main page or many other pages on the site there is a search engine box at the bottom. YOu can use it and type in Yamaha Nmax 155 or you can go to the main Google search engine (outside my site) and type in "Honda PCX 150" or "Yamaha Nmax 155" In both later cases I should be in the top 10 of Google.
  4. If you can find my in depth review on my alphapro web site, I have compiled stopwatched acceleration times for the PCX 150, the Nmax 155, the Honda Click 125, the Yamaha SX 125, the Yamaha Nouvo Elegance 135, etc from 0-50 kph and 0-80 kph. The Aerox uses the same engine as the Nmax 155. But it weighs slightly less. This means you can compare the Nmax times on my web site to all these other bikes, and then figure the Aerox will do a tad better.
  5. `Look up on Google "Jack Corbett Yamaha Nmax 155" I have done an extensive review of the PCX 150 vs my new Nmax 155. Done some top speeds on both bikes and stopwatched times from 0 to 50 kph and 0-80 kph. I bought a Honda PCX 150 for my gf and later got myself an Nmax 155. I prefer the Nmax although the PCX has its advantages. But if its performance you are after, the Nmax is definitely the top dog. One thing I do want to mention against the Honda Forza and similar machines is this. THey would be much more difficult to pick up and muscle around than an Nmax or PCX 150. Three times now I've gone down to the MAX Muay Thai stadium to video the fights. It's nearly impossible to park right in front of the stadium--it's that crowded with bikes. First two times I was able to wrestle my Nmax over a curb and up on a small concrete slab. Even so it was a tight squeeze between the other bikes. The third time I had to park across the street in an area filled deep with sand. The Nmax was just small enough and light enough that I could pull the bike through the sand, muscle it above curbs, and squeeze it between rows of tightly parked bikes. I do not think I could have managed this with a Forza or Sym 300, Sym 400, etc. Also, the last time I took my gf along. Another condo owner took his gf along but they used motorbike taxis. Without half trying we beat the other couple to the restaurant even though the motorbike taxi driver likely knew all the short cuts. This Nmax has a combination of features in a relatively small light machine, and it is very fast.
  6. I can assure everyone that the NMax is a terrific machine in heavy traffic. My Yamaha Nouvo Elegance was the same width of the Nouvo SX, and now that I'm used to the NMax subjectively it is every bit as good at getting through the tight spots. It's also very good at highway speeds. Plus it has a lot better acceleration and far superior brakes so when you factor these two attributes in it's even better than an Elegance or Nouvo SX in city traffic. And as far as the Aerox is concerned I sat on both at the dealership and the Nmax has better seating position for me. And, it's got better brakes than the Aerox. That much larger fuel capacity is a very huge deal for me. Having the best brakes could be the difference between life and death. So based on this criterion alone it's superior to its stable mate.
  7. You are not paying close enough attention to what I wrote. Note that my reference to the R3 is enclosed in parentheses ( ). My reference is to my SR 400 being said by some to be capable of 90 miles per hour. I only referred to the Yamaha R3 as having more than 40 h.p. was to dramatize the difference between what amounts to a de-tuned 400 c.c. engine and a significantly lower displacement engine that produces nearly twice the horsepower. I personally think the R3 represents a lot of performance for the dollar and would be loads of fun to drive. But here you are suggesting that the R3 has a possible top speed of around 112 mph. Well, perhaps. But I once had a 1981 BMW R-65 horizontal twin. It only weighed 408 pounds, was a 650 and it had 50 horsepower. The top speed on it was about 105 mph. And as I pointed out my Honda 450 produced 45 h.p. which is slightly more than the R-3, and I'd say about 100 mph was about it. Now...if I weighed only 45 kg instead of the 75 I actually weight and I laid absolutely flat on the tank, and I removed the tach and the speedometer on such bikes, well maybe these inflated claims can be substantiated. The only thing is in the real world one does not lie absolutely horizontal to the tank, etc. etc.
  8. Now that sounds like a good idea.
  9. I'd say that across the board there's a lot of inflated claims for top speed. For example, I remember Honda claiming top speeds for the likes of a CB 160 back in the sixties of over 80 miles per hour. Or a CB 350 producing 36 horsepower of around 103 mph. I had a CB 350 and I'd say on average it was good for about 90 miles an hour although on a good day in the right conditions it might go 95 mph. Then I got a CB 450, and it was good for around 95 to 100 mph, and this with 45 hp to the 36 hp of the 350 Honda. I had not one, but two, on off road Honda XL 185's. Top speed was usually around 70 but on a good (tail wind?) day it might see 75 mph. And although the Yamaha SR 400 has a very modest power output at 24 h.p. (whereas a 321 cc. Yamaha R3 has 42 h.p.) I've seen a lot of people claim it will get up to around 90 (albeit slowly). Mine has never gone beyond 120 kph (75 miles an hour), but there are no real level spots on the road from Pattaya to Rayong and before I can get the bike to its absolute top speed too much traffic congestion occurs so I have to back off the throttle. I'd be happy if I got a legitimate 80 miles an hour out of it. As for doing a zero to 100 kph run----that's roughly zero to sixty. THis would be a very meaningful stat. The problem is with a small scooter type bike it will be difficult to hold and manipulate a stop watch for this entire speed range. This would not be nearly the problem for much faster powerful bikes that can get up to 100 kph in 5 seconds or less. And again....on that stretch of road on route 36 that ends where I pull a you turn at the International School, driver's license center, one is either going uphill or downhill practically all the way. Also when you are winding a 125-150 cc. undertone bike out to 100 kph and beyond, it takes a much longer distance to get up to such speeds on such small bikes and by the time you are up to 100 and trying to get up to 115 or 120, traffic congestion starts to become a huge obstacle, especially when you factor in the unfathomable, unpredictable bad driving of so many Thai drivers. Unfortunately in these conditions with these smaller motorbikes doing zero to 100 kph stop watched times is a very dangerous proposition.
  10. I figure the top speed of my Yamaha Nmax is about 120 kph. Since doing my heads up comparison review a couple of days ago, I wanted to recheck my figures. Today I was up to 115 kph with my Nmax on a short uphill and a bit later on I was up to 120 kph on a level stretch A couple of years ago I took a PCX 150 rental up to 112 kph and my pal got 115 kph out of it a bit later on. Several days ago I was up to 103 kph or so on my gf's 150 Honda PCX but the bike had more left. But I had to back off due to traffic. But at that point it was accelerating very slowly unlike my Nmax. Do keep in mind that there are very few level stretches of road on route 36, the road from Pattaya to Rayong and oftentimes there's either a headwind or tailwind.
  11. I have not been able to find any side by side stopwatch times of the Honda PCX 150 versus the Nmax 155 anywhere on the internet. Whereas car and motorbike magazines do an excellent job of objectively measuring cars and larger motorcycles, I've found such performance comparisons to be non existent for motor bikes in the 125-150 c.c. class. Now for anyone who is interested in seeing how the Yamaha Nmax 155 really stacks up against the Honda PCX 150 I've finally done a series of tests with a stopwatch that accurately measures the engine performance of both bikes. Since I cannot provide a link here to my tests, just use the keywords "Honda PCX 150" or "Yamaha Nmax 155". You will find my review in the #3 position world wide.
  12. I've done my stop watch times of my Yamaha NMax today on the road to Rayong today. Did three sample runs from zero to fifty and three runs from zero to 80 kph. But it's going to take a lot more time to complete my head to head road test of the Honda 150 Pcx versus the 155 Yamaha NMax. I have posted my times on my alphapro web site so those who are interested can use the search function there to find these stopwatch times compared to times with the Honda Click, Yamaha 135 Elegance, Yamaha Nouvo SX, etc. The Yamaha NMax totally outclassed all the other bikes (and the Honda Click 125 is fast and so is the Elegance). I predict the Honda 150 PCX just might outdo the Elegance and Honda Click but I don't think by much which would still leave it well behind the Nmax. I tried to open the bike up. I had a tail wind but I also was just cresting a long uphill on the way back to Pattaya. I got 119 kph registered but the speedo was still climbing and I had still not quite hit level ground. I do believe this bike's variable valve timing was giving it a big boost. You watch the speedo and start thinking, this bike's gotta be out of steam now, but the speedometer keeps climbing. The traffic was getting pretty congested. THat's why I chickened out at 119 kph. As for the 13 inch tires--no problem. This bike is structurally very tightly put together. This is an awesome little bike.
  13. The only test ride I've gotten at Watchara Marine is of an Nmax, and this was limited to the parking lot. Even so, I immediately saw that the braking of this bike was far superior to other bikes I've driven such as my Elegance, PCX, etc. Perhaps someday I'll find a convenient rental of an Aerox that will make me want to review this bike. However, I'm not very excited about the Aerox, which I consider in most respects to be inferior to the Nmax which shares the same engine. What I am excited about is doing a review of my gf's Honda 150 PCX to my own Yamaha Nmax which is now close to being broken in. I've not even done one hands on review of the Nmax due to lack of available rentals. I've got a good stop watch. I've already stop watched such bikes as the Yamaha 135 Elegance, the Yamaha Nouvo SX, and the Honda Click 125 S so it will be really nice to soon add the Nmax and the PCX figures to what I've already compiled for these bikes.
  14. I saw a blue Aerox 155 at Lotus today. Then I went down to Watchara Marine to see if my Green Book has arrived for my Nmax. THey had a number of Nmaxes and Aeroxes there. Talked to my salesman. I already know the Aerox only has a 4.6 liter fuel tank while my Nmax has a 6.6 liter tank so in my book this is a huge disadvantage for the Aerox. The Nmax also has superior brakes with disk brakes on both the front and rear and ABS standard. But my salesman also assessed my height, had me get on the Aerox as he pointed out that the Nmax is much more comfortable for a guy as tall as me, and he was right. The seating position on the Aerox is cramped (I am five foot eleven) On the way back to my condo driving down Sukamvit I was hitting 90 kph. The Nmax is dead steady at this speed. It will not be long before I will do a real test, pitting my Nmax 155 against my gf's PCX 150. And I will use a real stopwatch so I am going to get real comparative times. But so far my assessment of the Nmax vs the PCX is....Advantage to the PCX--smoother ride especially over speed bumps. Quieter. Smoother performance at very low speeds. Larger fuel tank---8 liters vs 6.6 for the Nmax. Advantage to the Nmax....steering is much more precise and direct. Braking is absolutely first rate and superior to the PCX. Acceleration is noticeably better although we will see when I stopwatch both bikes. Engine is not as quiet. It's got a bit of a snarl to it, which is both an advantage and disadvantage depending on how you view this. So far it's a case of "each to his own". Both are great bikes. As for the 13 inch tires of the Nmax. I feel that this whole bike was engineered from the ground up around those 13 inch wheels. The bike seems structurally very sound. So far I feel that a 12 to 14 inch tire in a Filano, Fino, etc is not the epitome of stability by any means. But these bikes are scooters, not underbones. THere's no reinforcing struts above the floorboard area. This is not the case with the Nmax which seems to have a steel cage of support braces that provides this bike with a very stable structure. Just look at some of the You tube Videos from Yamaha that show this inner structure and you will see what I mean.
  15. Driving my new Yamaha N-Max 155 and my Yamaha SR-400--giving about equal time to each, but tonight will drive tilak to the fitness center on her striking red Honda PCX 150. I feel I've neglected the pretty PCX due to my greater love for my Nmax and SR-400.