Yamaha V-Max For Sale

Yamaha V-Max
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Insurance Costs: 10 of 10

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Current Prices: £7,800–£2,550

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Power: 145 bhp

Engine: 1,198 cc, 9,500 rpm red line, 150 mph top speed

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Economy: 40 mpg

Range: 130 miles from the 15.0 litre tank

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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.

Features include:

  • 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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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
1985 £4,300 £3,450 £3,050 27,800
1986 £4,050 £3,250 £2,850 28,300
1987 £3,800 £3,050 £2,650 28,700
1988 £3,550 £2,850 £2,500 29,000
1989 £3,400 £2,700 £2,400 29,200
1990 £3,250 £2,600 £2,300 29,300
1991 £3,200 £2,550 £2,250 29,300
1992 £3,300 £2,650 £2,300 29,200
1993 £3,250 £2,600 £2,300 29,000
1994 £3,250 £2,600 £2,300 28,800
1995 £3,300 £2,650 £2,300 28,500
1996 £3,400 £2,700 £2,400 28,100
1997 £3,500 £2,800 £2,450 27,600
1998 £3,650 £2,950 £2,550 27,000
1999 £3,850 £3,100 £2,700 26,400
2000 £4,100 £3,300 £2,900 25,700
2001 £4,400 £3,550 £3,100 24,900
2002 £4,750 £3,800 £3,350 24,100
2003 £5,150 £4,100 £3,600 23,100
2004 £5,550 £4,450 £3,900 22,100
2005 £6,050 £4,850 £4,250 21,100
2006 £6,600 £5,300 £4,600 19,900
2007 £7,150 £5,750 £5,050 18,700
2008 £7,800 £6,250 £5,450 17,500

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Popularity / How Many Left

Year On The Road Off The Road Total For Sale
1985 3 4 7 Rarely
1986 1 5 6 Rarely
1987 3 5 8 42 / month
1988 5 9 14 Rarely
1989 6 3 9 22 / month
1990 11 9 20 Rarely
1991 8 13 21 30 / month
1992 10 11 21 25 / month
1993 9 7 16 Rarely
1994 4 9 13 Rarely
1995 8 10 18 Rarely
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
2003 23 25 48 Rarely
2004 7 3 10 Rarely
2005 8 6 14 Rarely
2006 4 4 8 Rarely
2007 7 3 10 Rarely
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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