TMAX Hyper Modifed by Lazareth
We've seen the Walz Hyper Modified TMAX. Now in Part 2 we take a look at this creation by Ludovic Lazareth. Amazing is an understatement.
TMAX Hyper Modified - Ludovic Lazareth
Since its launch in 2001, the TMAX has revolutionised the maxi scooter world, introducing a new element of sporting ability as well as an aggressive and angular look to the class. It is a scooter like no other, and this year the 2012 TMAX’s dynamic look will be taken to the Max… and beyond.
Earlier this year Walz unveiled his concept of a Hyper Modified TMAX that combined his trademark aggressive styling with radical lines and the TMAX’s sporting look, creating a unique maxi scooter. Having set the bar at such a high level, Ludovic Lazareth was forced to look to the skies for inspiration for his creation…
“When I first saw the new TMAX I thought it looked really sporty, like a MotoGP bike or the YZF-R1,” said Lazareth. “But I wanted to take this impression one stage further and push the boundaries even more.
“A lot of my designs are influenced by the high quality technology and engineering techniques that are used in the aeronautics industry. When Hyper Modifying the TMAX, I tried to exaggerate the bike’s existing aerodynamic lines using materials and components that you would find within cutting edge aeroplanes – which is where the idea of using a supercharger came from!
“As soon as I started working on the Hyper Modified TMAX, I had one goal – to go faster than 200kph. To achieve this I fitted the supercharger, which has increased the TMAX’s power by around 30% to nearly 60bhp. It is now very rapid and sounds incredible.
“With its original exhausts the TMAX is very quiet, but the Hyper Modified version runs a supercharger that makes a distinctive high-pitched whine. Personally I think that race exhausts are often too noisy on a road bike so I created a special exhaust under the TMAX’s engine which contains a catalytic converter and then finishes in an end can that sits flush to the bodywork. It is noisier than the original but not overly loud like a race exhaust, it is a very pleasant sound and completely unique to the Hyper Modified TMAX.
“As the bike is now so fast I felt it important to upgrade some chassis components to keep the machine’s high-tech appearance. The inverted forks are from the Yamaha YZF-R1 and I have matched them to ISR calipers and added a larger front disc. The brakes are amazing, very strong, but then so is the motor!
“Visually I wanted to keep the Hyper Modified TMAX similar to the Hyper Modified VMAX I built last year so that they look like they are part of a unique family. I have used the same silver and matt grey paint on the maxi scooter that I did on the cruiser. However I have also modified the TMAX’s styling. The fairing may look the same but it is not, only a few of the original panels are retained. I would say I have changed 80% of the plastics to make the TMAX look even tougher and sportier. At a quick glance you wouldn’t notice the differences, but people who know the TMAX will spot the numerous subtle changes.
“One of my favourite modifications is to the instruments. Although the speedometer looks unchanged, I opened it up and added two stickers that say ‘200 and 220kph’ in the same style as the Yamaha display. If you look quickly you don’t spot it, but look again and you will see that this is one very special TMAX!
“The Hyper Modified TMAX has been a fantastic project to work on but we aren’t finished yet. We have achieved our goal of 200kph but now we are working on a new fuelling map to see if we can exceed this figure”
Having seen what Marcus Walz and Ludovic Lazareth have created, all that is now left is to discover what Roland Sands had been building in his Californian workshop. Walz set the bar, Lazareth looked to the skies, where will Sand draw his inspiration from to create the final Hyper Modified TMAX? As Ludovic Lazareth has proved, the sky isn’t the limit, it is only the start.