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I recently spent a week riding the NMAX 155 approximately 1000 km including a trip between Phuket and Krabi.  Here are my observations.

 

This is in many ways a good bike but an odd one.  It is built to feel more like a cruiser but it's light weight and small tires give it a very odd maneuverability.  It is difficult to describe but when you first get on the motorcycle low speed stability is poor and it feels cumbersome with a poor turning radius.  I don't think it is a very good around town motorbike and is not an agile motorbike.  However, it does shine on the highway.  The smaller wider tires coupled with the assurance of abs and a top notch suspension give the motorbike the solid and safe feel of a heavier cruiser.  Contrary to other reviews I have read I found the motorbike very comfortable and the riding position excellent with very little fatigue after a 300 km ride.  

 

Power wise the motorbike has strong acceleration and can cruise comfortable at 100 km with uphill climbs included.  Top speed is approximately 120 km although I did not exceed 110 km due to the motorbike's poor response to crosswinds I think largely due to the light weight, small wheels and wide fairing to accommodate reclined feet.  I should let readers know the wind was 15-20 km per hour.  This in my opinion is a major weakness of the design.

 

The motorbike is a bit rough at idle for a fuel injected bike and has a bit of a grunt when accelerating.  It is not as smooth as the Honda bikes and not as fuel efficient.  However, as mentioned acceleration is very good and it pulls strongly.  

 

Construction wise I think the suspension is excellent and could not be better.  It is stiff enough to absorb bumps but not rattle the rider.  However, the bike seems cheap in a few spots including a rather flimsy side stand that will easily fold if the motorbike is moved forward in the slightest and a fuel cap that is a pain n the ass to open and close with the key after having a single switch such as the Hondas.  Storage under the seat is large however the seat construction is flimsy and can easily bend or break when improperly opened or closed.  The lack of a usb is rather silly given the low cost and popularity of the accessory.  I should mention the headlights are excellent.

 

So what is my verdict?  Incorporating dual discs and ABS at this price range is a plus as well as a 155 cc engine.  However with a good driver I don't feel the ABS and the rear disc did not add much if any stopping distance but the assurance of ABS in wet or sandy surfaces is a very good thing.  The motor is strong and the bike performs very well at highway cruising speeds.  The motorbike feels well planted and feels like a larger motorbike minus the wind susceptibility. 

 

Ideally this is a great bike to have for highway trips without having to go for 200 or 300 cc displacement.  I think it would be perfect to have this for trips and another mbike for short runs in town.  If you are not planning highway trips this bike is not the best choice.

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1 hour ago, losworld said:

The smaller wider tires coupled with the assurance of abs and a top notch suspension give the motorbike the solid and safe feel of a heavier cruiser.

555 I like to know your definition of a "heavier cruiser".

 

Short summary: A bathtub with a little engine.

 

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4 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

 

555 I like to know your definition of a "heavier cruiser".

 

Short summary: A bathtub with a little engine.

 

I think i mentioned 200 or 300 we are in Thailand.  Back hme Ihave a 1500. Your post makes little sense. 

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3 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

Shame no photo or price

 

 

81500,- THB with ABS.

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From the OP ...

"The smaller wider tires coupled with the assurance of abs and a top notch suspension give the motorbike the solid and safe feel of a heavier cruise

I did not exceed 110 km due to the motorbike's poor response to crosswinds I think largely due to the light weight, small wheels and wide fairing to accommodate reclined feet"

Hard time making up your mind ?

 

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I'm surprised it felt good on highway cruising, after all it has the smallest tires of scooters in this range of ~150/155cc , but I get your point about engine power and acceleration, it's the best on the paper, BHP to weight ratio, comparing to PCX etc. 

Cross winds and also big trucks and busses going by is always a problem with small scooters,  that's why I think a Forza or Xmax will be far better on highway - of course at double the price...!  

And thanks for the review, always good to hear other people's opinion.

 

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6 hours ago, Agusts said:

I'm surprised it felt good on highway cruising, after all it has the smallest tires of scooters in this range of ~150/155cc , but I get your point about engine power and acceleration, it's the best on the paper, BHP to weight ratio, comparing to PCX etc. 

Cross winds and also big trucks and busses going by is always a problem with small scooters,  that's why I think a Forza or Xmax will be far better on highway - of course at double the price...!  

And thanks for the review, always good to hear other people's opinion.

 

you are welcome

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7 hours ago, canthai55 said:

From the OP ...

"The smaller wider tires coupled with the assurance of abs and a top notch suspension give the motorbike the solid and safe feel of a heavier cruise

I did not exceed 110 km due to the motorbike's poor response to crosswinds I think largely due to the light weight, small wheels and wide fairing to accommodate reclined feet"

Hard time making up your mind ?

 

Not at all simply read between the lines the motorbike is stable and well glued to the road but very susceptible to crosswinds. 

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This was a very good review of the Nmax 155, very insightful.

The observations of the scooter's characteristics that are focused on in this review should make it required reading, especially for potential Nmax 155 buyers.

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Yes a useful review, i have a honda click and don't notice any of the flaws mentioned for the Nmax, maybe I'm in love

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1 minute ago, scubascuba3 said:

Yes a useful review, i have a honda click and don't notice any of the flaws mentioned for the Nmax, maybe I'm in love

I think you should test drive the bike yourself. The OP mentioned, that he drives a 1500ccm bike in his home country.

 

 

On 8/12/2018 at 6:25 PM, losworld said:

I think i mentioned 200 or 300 we are in Thailand.  Back hme Ihave a 1500.

 

If you are used to drive a 1500ccm bike the Nmax feels of course tiny and not very stable. 
If you are used to a Honda Click a Nmax probably feels more stable and comfortable. 

 

Same with a car, if you drive a S-Class for a couple of month and switch to a new Civic you have the feeling the car is small, loud and uncomfortable. 
If you switch from a 8 year old Renault Clio to the Civic, the Honda feels rock solid, silent and fast.

 

In my opinion comfort wise the Nmax is in a different class compared to a Honda Click. 

 

 

 

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If you are used to drive a 1500ccm bike the Nmax feels of course tiny and not very stable. 
If you are used to a Honda Click a Nmax probably feels more stable and comfortable. 
 
Same with a car, if you drive a S-Class for a couple of month and switch to a new Civic you have the feeling the car is small, loud and uncomfortable. 
If you switch from a 8 year old Renault Clio to the Civic, the Honda feels rock solid, silent and fast.
 
In my opinion comfort wise the Nmax is in a different class compared to a Honda Click. 
 
 
 
I find my Honda click stable and comfortable and fast in comparison to my previous BMW F800GS and Honda 600CBR. Pointless having big bikes really, its mostly ego
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2 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

I find my Honda click stable and comfortable and fast in comparison to my previous BMW F800GS and Honda 600CBR. Pointless having big bikes really, its mostly ego

Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but I would say those bikes have zero in common apart from having to wheels and therefore it is pointless to compare those bikes.

 

Is a GS a useful bike to drive 3km to the next Tesco without a separate Big Bike parking space? No, it is a PITA!

Would you want to drive Bangkok - Hua Hin on a Click? I would decline that offer.

 

Different bikes for different purposes.

Do you know many people in Thailand with a so called "Big Bike" that does not have at least one small Scooter at home to potter to the next 7eleven?
I don't know anyone that has only a "Big Bike" and no car or at least a Scooter, but I know a few guys that have only a Wave or Click...

 

Funny that mostly those people say how unnecessary it is to have a bigger bike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, uwe_rayong said:

In my opinion comfort wise the Nmax is in a different class compared to a Honda Click. 

 

During 6 years I had an Honda wave 110, I thought ( and still think ) it was a good small scooter, now I have a Yamaha nmax 155 and I prefer it 1000 times better  than the Honda wave 

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