Roland Sands Design
Yamaha TMax
When setting out to do something completely different you must sometimes take the road less traveled. In the case of the Tmax the equivalent was that of walking on Mars. There was nothing easy about this project. No guidelines, no magazines, nor pages of internet content to help guide crucial design decisions. There was no one to call on the I phone or be inspired by. There really was nothing but our own thoughts and inspirations. From Surf scooter to boy racer and back again the pendulum swung. In the end the racer fought its way to the front of our consciousness to overcome the awkward and strange flow of the naked machine. The finished product appeals to the rider in us. 
After enjoying the challenge of building a Hyper Modified Vmax against Ludovic Lazareth and Marcus Walz we decided to give it another shot....this time with the TMAX! Watch our vid below and let us know what you think.
For more information on the entire project, please visit Yamaha TMAX Hyper Modified.
Yamaha TMax
Looks like option C is the winner. We were originally going to run the entire frame and bodywork in bare aluminum to really show off the detail and fabrication work. However, after seeing the seat by Bitchin Rich...we decided to opt out of that and powder coat everything. Time to tear it all apart and send it off to Olympic Powdercoating.
Yamaha TMax
The cool thing about this T-Max project  is that anything is possible. Now it’s time to figure out what direction to go, what do you think? A, B or C?
Yamaha TMax
Ladies and gentlemen, the T-Max has entered the building.
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JUPER says:
4/28/2012 5:36:36 AM
Ludovic Lazareth did something first gen Tmax. Sure you'll do an amazing bike as always
Roger Sotelo says:
4/28/2012 7:34:36 AM
Dont laugh the i got one of these mega scooters for the wife, now i ride this thing all the time can do 90mph on road all day long. The street glide is getting a break now
tom in dallas says:
4/29/2012 8:47:52 AM
Get an aprilia mana 850 and youre onto something...
ozzy says:
4/29/2012 11:23:18 AM
i guess , its gonna be great competitor for BMW's concept C. im sure Roland knows wht he is doing ! go Roland go!
Tchung says:
4/30/2012 3:33:10 AM
We have lots of these piles of crap in Europe. Seriously, it's really meant for girls and men with ambiguous tastes... You made amazing things with all models of HD, Victory, Triumph, Ducati, other European brands and, for what I know, you still haven't touched some very promising machines, such as Ural and Royal Enfield. Please don't waste your talent on this "thing". @Roger Sotelo : it's not because it's fast that it's worth buying. I bought myself a Sports'883 for a first bike, it slow, heavy, big and it costs me 2000$ a year to insure but I wanted it because there's something special with Harley's... Some friends of mine have faster bikes but I wouldn't want theirs for more than a trip.
John says:
6/18/2012 2:32:05 PM
Definitely C. To make it killer the front end would look cool kicked out and stretched a bit. C for Chopper.
Sean says:
6/18/2012 2:39:17 PM
Has to be C, do it!
James says:
6/18/2012 3:07:12 PM
How about none of the above, all been done. Try sitting waaayyy back, ala recumbent bike, bring the controls back and have a "lay down". Long hood, pod lights, brooklands shield. It's coming together for me. Your work is great, it'll be beautiful which ever way you go.
Chris says:
6/18/2012 3:23:55 PM
C, t max chopper, do it up son!
Nicolas Petit says:
6/18/2012 3:59:16 PM
C= Nude and Jap' STYLE can be nice or A= SKATE and Free Style ...GOOD LOOK!!
Capi says:
6/18/2012 7:57:16 PM
C. I guess, but make sure you pull down your skirt when you're riding it.
jp says:
6/19/2012 3:58:22 AM
c!!!!!of course!
marc says:
6/19/2012 6:48:14 AM
All the clutter on the front needs to go, the frame should be visible, straight (ish) bars, single sided swingarm(?), hidden exhaust, it should lean forward, lot's of cnc machined parts......then again, I'm sure you know what to do. btw: chopper is fun but that's for another Tmax
aaron says:
6/19/2012 11:34:32 AM
C. C. or, perhaps C. Oh my god this thing is gonna be insane!
lupin says:
6/19/2012 9:13:47 PM
Fairings and bag like a Road Glide.
Cucuaco says:
6/23/2012 7:49:38 AM
A: I would like to see an insane stand up scooter, making weelies at 75 mph.... Clean it as much as possible; black; big wheels; very low frame...
akirafan says:
6/26/2012 7:18:46 AM
C. akira bike please!
lucas says:
6/28/2012 4:07:40 PM
B is the best!!
Pete says:
7/8/2012 11:57:01 AM
I say B....PS Love what you have done with Sportsters...I have an Iron that the first owner spent alot of time sprucing up and souping up but little riding..Your bikes are a constant reminder of why a Sporty has always neen my Favorite Harley
Nearly guy form Italy says:
7/10/2012 4:08:28 AM
C: i never thought about a Tmax chopper!! c'mon do your magic!
motodemo says:
7/12/2012 2:23:09 AM
Blackliner2012 says:
7/14/2012 9:26:08 AM
What ever you do make it funky! C is Spanish for yes
none says:
7/25/2012 7:19:08 PM
Feet forward. Kaneda style.
Eddie says:
7/26/2012 7:23:19 PM
I'm thinking B: Sportbike scooter! BUT if you go with C, PLEASE make it AKIRA syle:
Darrell says:
7/27/2012 11:38:57 AM
I’m thinking B and then take it to Bonneville. Who needs the fastest Indian when you could have the fastest T-MAX.
patrick says:
7/29/2012 4:35:09 AM
C is cool and ........................
Danman says:
8/27/2012 7:46:00 PM
OK, C is cool, but been done before. Do B as fully-faired as extreme hyper-mileage or Salt Flat racer. Hmmm... wonder what the world speed scooter record is?
Chris says:
9/21/2012 6:26:18 PM
C. But on "Return Of Cafe Racers" site i seen lot of used small Yammies, which became base for Cafe Racers. That's why i stay between B and C @Roger Sotelo: who will laugh, but not me :) Once i tried sister's Vino.... It even sound like 'adult citizen', comfort, good slide, small cruiser for city - no other words. Sometime things became more serious. Scooters have more potential, no matter how funny it looks like. Only a great Master is able to see what nobody see. That what makes Mr. Sands a real Great man
Jose says:
9/22/2012 9:43:07 AM
Italians have T-Max Cup. This video not in English, but that's not important. I hope this will help you with right choice Good Luck, Mr. Sands
Mr.Tail says:
9/30/2012 2:20:16 PM
BRAVO Roland !!! Revolutionary as always... T-max owners are following you also from Italy...
Blitz says:
11/14/2012 1:13:10 AM
blilliant work. fresh and clear look. More, please, world is bored by numerous shitty custom harleys and their narrow-minded owners.
Luke says:
11/14/2012 3:57:11 AM
I profoundly hate T-MAX, it's the scooter used by a lot of wannabe riders here around, that believe they are bikers even riding this big boy toy... but you managed to turn it in something that could fascinate even me. it is amazing!...but it still lacks someting... a gearshift.
J Peterson says:
11/14/2012 3:42:06 PM
Only RSD could make me want a scooter!
R. K says:
11/17/2012 6:37:25 AM
i would like to HYPERmodified my scooter kinda like this...who i had to contact?
rolandadmin says:
11/28/2012 10:03:27 AM
Please send us an email
ivan marcos(spain) says:
12/13/2012 5:30:02 PM
wow... im so crazy about your tmax custm,,,, just,,,,, i wont this bike toy,,, i wont to play whit it ;)
Sylvain says:
12/22/2012 5:33:07 AM
Wow, When in france ?
nono dz says:
1/15/2013 8:07:17 AM
t max c'est mon rève de mon futur
toni-France says:
1/25/2013 2:23:43 AM
Bonjour. I wante plis, one!!! where in france?
rolandadmin says:
2/27/2013 12:50:33 PM
We are located in the USA and can custom build one, if you like. E-mail
dan says:
1/25/2013 3:00:49 PM
amazing! great job, i would love to have one like that.
Aleksandr says:
2/13/2013 3:28:54 AM
????? ????
Scottie V says:
4/1/2013 9:38:29 AM
Extremely cool for what it is. Apparently there's a market for everything motorized. Cool for a kid but if I needed to borrow it, I'd be in a full face with tinted glass and clothes I don't wear anymore...
Gan Solo says:
4/12/2013 12:28:36 AM
I've never been this impressed with a scooter in all my life. Stunning work, Mr. Sands and Co. Sounds awesome too. What's the cornering/ground clearance like on one of these. My only complaint would be the footrests. I'm assuming that's part of the original bike/scoot? I'm sure you guys could have machined it off without affecting structural integrity of the frame and refitted something a bit more proper. You know, this design 'study' of yours kind of makes me think of what cruisers and traditional choppers could look like in future. Low, a proper frame (instead of the 18th century plumbing you see on Orange County junkbombs), comfortable. All it needs is a bigger engine and fatter wheels. Curious. Roughly what would it cost the average (read: not that rich) bloke to have you guys make a custom Tmax like this?
rolandadmin says:
5/21/2013 10:37:40 AM
Thanks for the comments. We actually designed the floorboards/radiator scoop this way on purpose, to keep the casual ergonomics of a scooter. Drop us an email to and we can send you a quote.
Alex says:
6/19/2013 8:49:31 AM
This bike it's so Unique! I trully believe it could be the begining of a new concept of sportive urban scooter. Spectacular!
soufiane says:
11/24/2013 10:40:02 AM
tmax moudile 2014 550
Hoang Bao says:
11/25/2013 10:01:51 PM
I ride a honda sh300i and I love the exhaust sound of your hyper tmax, also the look of the exhaust. Is the exhaust made by you and your team...? If It could, can i order you to make the exhaust like the one of your hyper tmax but full system for sh300i 2013. Also the sound must be as loud and terrify as your tmax!
Raul says:
3/8/2014 6:52:51 AM
Hello good day, I know how much it costs to get a Tmax. Custom. congratulations on that beautiful bike is my favorite Roland Sands
8/28/2014 4:05:41 AM
Hi Roland, When are you going to do the same thing on a Vespa PX 200 ???
rolandadmin says:
9/9/2014 9:16:49 AM
When you bring us one
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