Yamaha V-Max Bikes For Sale

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Yamaha V-Max
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Current Prices: £8,800–£2,750
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.

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 / 4.0 US 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

Road Tax (VED): £96 / Year (Very High)

Road tax and VED guide

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

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Price Guide

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

Year shows signs of appreciation

Dealer: The typical price paid at a dealer after haggling.
Private: The typical private sale value of a bike in good condition.
Part Ex: The typical price offered by a bike buying service or dealer in part exchange.
Regional variations have been averaged out and we work out the price guide in-house.

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Popularity & How Many Left

Year
On Road
Off Road
Total
For Sale
2008
10
3
13
7 / month
2007
6
4
10
6 / month
2006
4
4
8
1 / month
2005
8
6
14
Rarely
2004
7
4
11
Rarely
2003
18
31
49
21 / month
2002
26
30
56
37 / month
2001
27
35
62
10 / month
2000
31
43
74
26 / month
1999
38
53
91
41 / month
1998
30
43
73
37 / month
1997
22
35
57
20 / month
1996
7
9
16
Rarely
1995
7
12
19
Rarely
1994
6
10
16
Rarely
1993
7
10
17
22 / month
1992
11
10
21
2 / month
1991
11
11
22
18 / month
1990
9
12
21
38 / month
1989
2
8
10
8 / month
1988
5
9
14
1 / month
1987
1
7
8
Rarely
1986
1
5
6
Rarely
1985
2
5
7
2 / month

Source: DVLA

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