Yamaha V-Max For Sale

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Yamaha V-Max
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Current Prices: £8,350–£2,600
Insurance Costs: 10 of 10

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.

Did You Know?

It's also known as the VMX1200.

Updates

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.

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

Power to Weight: 0.507 bhp/kg / 0.378 kW/kg

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  • 1997 Yamaha V MAX 1200, All Books & Keys, Service History, Engine Protection
    £6,499 ebay
    • 1997
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    • Yamaha V MAX 1200, All Books & Keys, Service History, Engine Protection
  • 2006 Yamaha VMax VMX 1200 Petrol Manual
    £4,495 ebay
    • 2006
    • Market Drayton(Map)
    • Yamaha VMax VMX 1200 Petrol Manual
  • Yamaha VMAX 1200 2000
    £4,499 ebay
    • £150 Over Guide Price
    • 2000
    • Chesterfield(Map)
    • Nationwide delivery available
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Price Guide

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

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Popularity & How Many Left

Year
On Road
Off Road
Total
For Sale
1985
3
4
7
3 / month
1986
1
5
6
Rarely
1987
3
5
8
7 / month
1988
5
9
14
25 / month
1989
6
3
9
25 / month
1990
11
9
20
Rarely
1991
8
13
21
48 / month
1992
10
11
21
32 / month
1993
9
7
16
9 / month
1994
4
9
13
Rarely
1995
8
10
18
13 / month
1996
6
9
15
Rarely
1997
23
34
57
2 / month
1998
25
47
72
18 / month
1999
45
50
95
22 / month
2000
33
39
72
4 / month
2001
30
34
64
10 / month
2002
28
27
55
Rarely
2003
23
25
48
Rarely
2004
7
3
10
Rarely
2005
8
6
14
Rarely
2006
4
4
8
3 / month
2007
7
3
10
30 / month
2008
13
3
16
Rarely

Source: DVLA