Yamaha V-Max For Sale

Yamaha V-Max
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Current Prices: £8,000–£2,550

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 1,198 cc V4 engine, producing 145 bhp at 7,500 rpm and maximum torque at 6,000 rpm.

Features include:

  • Shaft drive
  • 282 mm discs up front with two piston calipers
  • 282 mm disc at the rear with two piston caliper
  • Adjustable 40 mm fork with 140 mm travel
  • Adjustable dual rear shocks with 100 mm travel
  • Four 35 mm 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 101 bhp, 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 3,000 rpm rather than 6,000 rpm and new exhaust system to reduce noise by 2 dB. Power reduced from 101 bhp to 95 bhp. Camshafts re-designed.

1993: Fork enlarged from 40 mm to 43 mm to improve high speed wobbles while the front discs moved from 282 mm to 298 mm. The generator was also 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.

Review In A Few

What's Good?

  • Fun at the lights, looks bad ass, epic engine, legend

Any Downsides?

  • It doesn't like corners, suspension, brakes, tyres

Specs

Capacity: 1,198 cc (very high)

Power: 145 bhp / 108 kW (high)

Red Line: 9,500 rpm (average)

Top Speed: 150 mph / 241 km/h (very high)

Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km (average)

Range: 130 miles / 209 km (average)

Fuel Capacity: 15.0 litres / 3.3 gallons (average)

Seat Height: 765 mm / 30.1 inches (low)

Wet Weight: 286 kg / 631 pounds (very heavy)

Dry Weight: 263 kg / 580 pounds

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
1985 £3,900 £3,150 £2,750 27,900
1986 £4,100 £3,300 £2,900 28,400
1987 £3,850 £3,100 £2,700 28,800
1988 £3,650 £2,900 £2,550 29,100
1989 £3,450 £2,800 £2,450 29,300
1990 £3,350 £2,650 £2,350 29,500
1991 £3,250 £2,600 £2,300 29,500
1992 £3,200 £2,550 £2,250 29,500
1993 £3,200 £2,550 £2,250 29,300
1994 £3,200 £2,600 £2,250 29,100
1995 £3,300 £2,650 £2,300 28,800
1996 £3,400 £2,750 £2,400 28,400
1997 £3,550 £2,850 £2,500 28,000
1998 £3,750 £3,000 £2,650 27,400
1999 £4,000 £3,200 £2,800 26,800
2000 £4,300 £3,450 £3,000 26,100
2001 £4,600 £3,700 £3,250 25,300
2002 £4,950 £3,950 £3,500 24,500
2003 £5,350 £4,300 £3,750 23,600
2004 £5,800 £4,650 £4,050 22,600
2005 £6,300 £5,050 £4,400 21,600
2006 £6,800 £5,450 £4,800 20,400
2007 £7,400 £5,900 £5,150 19,200
2008 £8,000 £6,400 £5,600 18,000

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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 30 / month
1988 5 9 14 Rarely
1989 6 3 9 19 / month
1990 11 9 20 Rarely
1991 8 13 21 44 / month
1992 10 11 21 44 / month
1993 9 7 16 Rarely
1994 4 9 13 Rarely
1995 8 10 18 Rarely
1996 6 9 15 4 / month
1997 23 34 57 3 / month
1998 25 47 72 41 / month
1999 45 50 95 42 / month
2000 33 39 72 77 / month
2001 30 34 64 11 / month
2002 28 27 55 18 / 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 Rarely

Source: DVLA

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