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2007 Yamaha Majesty 400 Road Test


by Amyot Bachand ,

Plenty of storage
With a scooter, storage is particularly important in my opinion. In fact, other than the riding position and weather protection, the thing I liked most about the Majesty 400 is its generous versatility. The huge, 60-liter, locking underseat storage compartment can easily hold two full-face helmets (or one helmet and a back-pack). Personally, I would rather opt for the 44-liter trunk with luggage rack to store a second helmet. Cargo room is so plentiful that I was even able to bring home a few days' worth of grocery bags.

The available cargo room is impressive.

That's not all: additional storage can be found in the front area of the rider cockpit. There is one larger lockable compartment and one smaller non-lockable compartment.

Riding with a passenger
Your passenger will find the riding experience pleasant provided that a backrest is installed. While the footrests are a bit too high to my liking, the comfort level of the passenger seat is commendable.

Balanced power
The 395-cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder engine produces 34 horsepower, which I found quite satisfying. The Majesty 400 seems more than adequate to escape any road hazard. The engine somewhat hesitates at first but, in the end, accelerations are still convincing: 0-80 kph in 7.4 seconds and 0-100 kph in 9.9 seconds. Passing maneuvers from 80 to 120 kph are completed in less than 8 seconds, which gives you a nice safety margin.

The fully automatic V-belt transmission ensures a smooth power delivery and a quiet operation. It also allows a sweet engine speed for highway riding. The Majesty is little affected by crosswinds. My only complaint about the powertrain comes from the engine vibrations at idle that are felt through the frame and seat.

As for emission levels, this 4-stroke mill meets the new EU-2 European standards. The environmentally-friendly muffler also produces a soothingly muted exhaust note. In terms of fuel economy, I wound up with a combined city-highway average of 4.6 L/100 km, good enough for a 300-km range.

Aside from a few engine vibrations at idle, the road manners of the Majesty are quite pleasant.
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