Yamaha V-Max For Sale
Insurance Costs: 10 of 10
Current Prices: £7,800–£2,550
Power: 145 bhp
Engine: 1,198 cc, 9,500 rpm red line, 150 mph top speed
Economy: 40 mpg
Range: 130 miles from the 15.0 litre tank
Seat Height: 765 mm
Weight: 286 kg (wet), 263 kg (dry)
What Is It?
The Yamaha V-Max is a cruiser style bike optimised for 1/4 mile drag races and is powered by a liquid cooled 1,198cc V4 engine, producing 145bhp at 7,500rpm and maximum torque at 6,000rpm.
- Shaft drive
- 282mm discs up front with single piston calipers
- 282mm disc at the rear with single piston caliper
- Adjustable 40mm fork with 140mm travel
- Adjustable dual rear shocks with 100mm travel
- Four 35mm downdraft Mikuni carbs
- 5 speed gearbox
The V-Max was fist launched in the USA in 1985 and the iconic side air intakes were inspired by the fast jets flying over the designer in Japan at the time. It was designed with quarter mile acceleration in mind for the love of drag racing in the USA, but unfortunately it handled corners less well and generally tried to contain more power than the bits surrounding the engine could cope with.
It arrived in the UK in 1992 but with power reduced to 101bhp, rectified in 1996 with the full 145 bhp V-Boost version. The early bikes basically had the V-Boost system turned off and there should be three buzzes on start up if it's enabled.
V-Boost adds 10% more power at the top end. At 5,750 rpm butterfly valves between the cylinders begin to open, reaching fully open by 8,000 rpm. The 15" rear wheel takes a 150/90 tyre and the front 18" a 110/90.
1987: Front wheel joins rear wheel with dished Aluminium design and the air intakes change from silver to blacked out.
1990: Air intakes back to silver and electric starter added.
1991: Engine tweaks to unleash maximum torque at 3,000rpm rather than 6,000rpm and new exhaust system to reduce noise by 2 dB. Power reduced from 101bhp to 95bhp. Camshafts re-designed.
1993: Fork enlarged from 40mm to 43mm to improve high speed wobbles while the front discs moved from 282mm with single piston calipers to 298mm with 2 piston calipers. Generator upgraded.
1996: Air intakes and forks are half blacked out while wheels and exhaust are now all black.
1998-1999: The exhaust, fork and wheels are back to silver.
2001: Carbon look added to fuel tank
2005: 20th anniversary special red edition with red pinstripe wheels. The V-Max was actually unavailable to buy new in the UK 2005-2008 however some have found there way over and command a premium.
Did You Know?
It's also known as the VMX1200.
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Popularity / How Many Left
|Year||On The Road||Off The Road||Total||For Sale|
|1987||3||5||8||42 / month|
|1989||6||3||9||22 / month|
|1991||8||13||21||30 / month|
|1992||10||11||21||25 / month|
|1996||6||9||15||15 / month|
|1997||23||34||57||1 / month|
|1998||25||47||72||30 / month|
|1999||45||50||95||71 / month|
|2000||33||39||72||30 / month|
|2001||30||34||64||24 / month|
|2002||28||27||55||32 / month|
|2008||13||3||16||3 / month|
Stats include those licenced for use on the road and those off the road with a SORN, by year of production. Source: DVLA
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