YAMAHA MAJESTY (YP400)
Yamaha’s Majesty was a good performing maxi-scoot with a highway capable top speed of 85mph. First introduced for the 2005 model year, the Majesty was sold until 2012 in the USA and Canada. The end looked to be near when the Majesty didn’t make the American 2011 lineup, but this capable scooter is was brought back for one more victory lap in 2012. In Canada, the Majesty never left enjoyed a contiguous run from 2005 to 2012.
In the end, the aging design of the Majesty combined with the appeal of the newer and flashier TMAX led Yamaha to discontinue this scooter after eight years.
In the engine compartment, the Majesty featured a fuel injected 395cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4-valve, DOHC single cylinder engine. This engine cranks 33.5 HP which is good for an awesome 105mph and a respectable 50-55mpg. That’s impressive considering many 250cc scoots achieve similar milage out of their less powerful engines. 400-500cc is a great size
for a maxi-scooter engine because it delivers ample power for highway travel, while still retaining great fuel milage. For comparison, Honda’s Silverwing only attains 40mpg, which is a pretty significant difference on long trips. Given the 100mph+ top speed of the Majesty, it might not make sense to shell out thousands more for a 600cc scooter unless you’re particularly power hungry.
Design and Amenities
The Majesty can swallow up to 16 gallons of stuff in its underseat storage area. That’s one more gallon that Honda’s Silverwing holds. You can fit your helmet, knapsack and more in this area all at once. The Majesty can also store a nice amount of smaller items in its two (one large and one small) dash compartments. The Majesty has great instrumentation including a fuel gauge, coolant temp gauge, ambient temp gauge and indicator lights for the V-belt and oil.
Over its run, the Majesty sold for between six and seven grand. In its final year the MSRP was $6750, while in previous years the price was a few hundred less. At this pricepoint, the Majesty was priced fairly for its size, but did cost the same as some aggressively priced scooters from Kymco and Piaggio - namely the Xciting 500 and X9 500 respectively. For its part, the Majesty offered an impressive level of refinement that out shined its displacement endowed peers.
If you’re in the market for a highway capable maxi-scoot, this one makes a lot of sense as you can often find good deals on lightly used examples. The Majesty can easily cruise at highway speeds unlike most 250cc maxi-scoots and the Majesty boasts better milage than the bigger 500-650cc maxi-scoots. The most direct competitors are Kymco’s Xciting 500 and Downtown 300i, Suzuki’s Burgman 400, Yamaha’s 495cc TMAX and Piaggio’s 460cc X9.
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OWNER REVIEWS - Browse the Yamaha Majesty Owner Reviews
* Easily copes with highway speeds
* Underseat storage
* Twin halogen headlights
* Generic styling
Majesty Service Manual - Very helpful for anyone who works on their own scooter.
MotorscooterGuide Forums - Visit the forum on this site to chat about this scoot.
CheapCycleParts - Lowest cost OEM parts to fix up your Majesty.
MajestyUSA - Nice site and forums by the same folks as Burgman USA
Video Review - Nice review done by the folks at the Scooter Scoop
ScooterMaxi.com - Great site on all maxi scooters
Engine: 395cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke single; DOHC, 4 valves
Bore x Stroke: 83.0mm x 73.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
Carb: Electronic fuel injection
Ignition: Digital TCI
Transmission: Centrifugal clutch; double-cog V-belt auto
Final Drive: V-belt
Front Suspension: Telescopic fork; 4.7-in travel
Rear Suspension: Twin shock; 4.0-in travel
Brakes: 267mm disc (front and rear)
Front Tire: 120/80-14
Rear Tire: 150/70-13
Length: 87.8 in
Width: 30.7 in
Height: 54.3 in
Seat Height: 30.0 in
Wheelbase: 61.6 in
Ground Clearance: 4.7 in
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal
Fuel Economy: 60 mpg
Wet Weight: 467 lbs
Max Load: 432 lbs
Fuel Tank: 3.7 Gal / 13L
2005: Dark Bluish Gray Metallic, Dark Purplish Blue Metallic
2006: Deep Red Metallic, Silver 3
2007: Deep Purplish Blue Metallic, Silver 3
2008: Vivid Red Cocktail, Black Metallic X
2009: Metallic Titanium
2010: Stealth Grey, Pearl White
2011: Dark Metallic Gray (Canada Only)
2012: Dark Metallic Gray (Canada) aka Charcoal (USA)
2013: Dark Metallic Bluish Gray (Canada), Charcoal Silver (USA)