Yamaha VMAX For Sale

The 2009 Yamaha VMAX is a cruiser style bike and is powered by a 1,679cc V4 engine which puts out 197bhp. It replaces the original V-Max.

Yamaha VMAX

Review

  • Massive acceleration from low revs, comfortable, build quality, finish, epic presence, rare
  • Expensive, big, heavy, thirsty

What Is It?

The latest VMAX is powered by a liquid cooled 1,679cc 197.4bhp V4 engine, producing maximum power at 9,000rpm and maximum torque at 6,500rpm. It's basically a cruiser with the straight line performance of the fastest litre sport bikes and doesn't handy badly either.

This generation is essentially a complete technical re-design, although the ethos remains. There is a new larger engine which is now a stressed member of the Aluminium chassis, new brakes and new brighter Organic Electro Luminescence (OEL) console. The fuel tank is now also under the seat for a more focused centre of gravity.

Features include:

  • Aluminium frame and swingarm
  • Adjustable hand finished aluminium air intake covers (carbon fibre option available)
  • Dual 320mm wavy discs at the front with Brembo 3 piston calipers
  • 298mm wavy disc at the rear with 3 piston caliper
  • ABS system
  • 52mm upside down front fork with 120mm travel
  • Rear monoshock with 110mm travel, adjustable pre-load and compression levels
  • Electronic throttle (YCC-T) and intake control (YCC-I)
  • 5 speed gearbox and shaft final drive
  • Adjustable levers
  • Slipper clutch

The old V-Boost feature has been replaced by YCC-I; the intakes open up at 6,650 rpm, much like the YZF-R1 system. Top speed is limited to 137mph but that's enough to complete a 1/4 mile run with full acceleration.

The base VMAX retails for £15,749 in 2015 and can be customised extensively with a number of carbon fibre parts from Yamaha. The 5-spoke 18" wheels take a 120/70 tyre at the front and 200/50 at the rear.

Alternatively, if you want to spend £3k more, you can have the special edition VMAX Carbon (2015-2016) with lashings of carbon and Akrapovic titanium mufflers. It was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original V-Max launch in the USA in 1985 (officially it didn't hit the UK until the early 90s though, with earlier bikes being imports).

2016: Yamaha introduces a special yellow/black Speed Block edition to celebrate their 60th Anniversary

Did You Know?

Even though it looks like a cruiser/muscle bike the VMAX is right up there with the best litre sports bikes in terms of straight line 0-60 acceleration

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2009 £9,500 £7,600 £6,650 16,900
2010 £10,300 £8,250 £7,200 15,500
2011 £11,150 £8,900 £7,800 14,000
2012 £12,000 £9,600 £8,400 12,400
2013 £12,950 £10,350 £9,050 10,700
2014 £13,950 £11,150 £9,750 9,000
2015 £14,950 £11,950 £10,450 7,200
2016 £16,000 £12,800 £11,200 5,100

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