Ludovic Lazareth has done it again. This interesting creation is a Yamaha TMax 500 scooter, fitted with a Rotrex supercharger, doubling the horsepower and making for what looks like a fun ride, what Lazareth calls the “TMax R.” It retains the twist and go, no clutch simplicity of a regular scooter but packs a high power punch and better handling, probably enough to embarass quite a few unsuspecting motorcycle riders. Of course, you would have to tone down the paint scheme if you really wanted to spring the surprise.
Starting with the Yamaha TMax, a 500cc parallel twin scooter with an output of 44 horsepower, he first fitted an upside down fork from a Yamaha R1 for the scooter’s 14 inch wheels along with two Galfer Wave rotors and 4 piston calipers.
After getting the suspension in order, he added a belt driven Rotrex supercharger running at 12 times crankshaft speed. The engine compression was lowered to 9.1:1 from the stock 10:1 and he also fitted an intercooler. Exhaust is handled through twin Devil mufflers.
Engine power is now 84 horsepower, enough to get 0-150km/h (93mph) in 10 seconds and in one track test, saw speeds as high as 180km/h (111mph).
Peugeot, I believe, has the only production supercharged scooter so far, the 125cc Jetforce Compressor. Nice power from a scooter, to be sure, but this blown scooter raises the bar quite a bit beyond that. This would actually be fun to ride. No shift simplicity, supercharged performance, big storage, … this scooter thing could catch on.
The Kneeslider: Peugeot JetForce 125 Compressor