Yamaha VMax

Born with muscles...

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What we say…

This fast and monstrously powerful machine continues in the traditions of the original VMAX from 1985, with head-turning looks and a distinctive growl.

The current incarnation puts a bigger engine in a more compact chassis to give awesome acceleration and precise handling. It comes with a 1,679cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke V4 engine that delivers huge torque and gives the rider previously unimaginable levels of power.

All that power is all contained within a dramatic, black, low profile aluminium frame with giant front forks and massive, aggressively-styled aluminium air intakes. This is a muscle bike for the 21st century.


Full power

The 1,679cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke V4 engine offers huge torque from a visually intimidating powerplant. Iridium spark plugs ensure extremely efficient combustion at all engine speeds - and for the rider, this means previously unimaginable levels of power, whether from a standing-start or roll-on acceleration.


Low-profile frame

The VMAX is a dramatic machine. Its black, low-profile aluminium frame spars arc forcefully across the top, while the giant tubes on the front forks are like nothing else seen on any other bike. Its unique character is further emphasised by four massive, aggressively-styled, hand-finished aluminium air intakes.


Mighty mufflers

The four single-expansion mufflers are short and upswept, and emit a strong and pleasing exhaust sound with a hearty pulsing sensation that announces your presence. The high quality silencers are manufactured from lightweight titanium, and finished in shot blast to complement the mean and moody look of the black frame and engine.


Rigid forks

The massive tubes on the front forks are perfectly in keeping with this bike's unique character. They also offer excellent rigidity and the front suspension delivers a smooth ride, great handling, and is fully adjustable for preload, to suit the riders own requirements.


Strong grip

A big bike needs big wheels, and the VMAX doesn't disappoint. The 1,700 mm wheelbase gives outstanding straight line stability, and the handling is further enhanced by 18 inch front and rear wheels that have specially-developed tyres to optimise grip, shock absorption and road holding.


Iridium sparks

As well as advanced chip-controlled technology, the VMAX also runs with Iridium spark plugs. These special plugs are used on the majority of high performance motorcycles, and are designed to ensure extremely efficient combustion at all engine speeds.

What Yamaha says…

You ride muscle bikes for very visceral reasons - the dominating growl of the engine, the knowledge that vast power is yours to easily control, the quiet awe of passers-by. The VMAX delivers all of these and more.

This radically-styled muscle bike became an instant legend when the first versions rolled onto the streets and drag strips in 1985, and the current incarnation continues those traditions of brawn and beauty, with massive, muscular design to match the vast power of the engine.

Ride one today to experience astonishing power in a domineering frame, and the simple pleasure of riding one of the most iconic muscle bikes around.

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Overall Length
2395 mm
Overall Width
820 mm
Overall Height
1190 mm
Wheel Base
1700 mm
Minimum Ground Clearance
140 mm
Seat Height
775 mm
Wet Weight
310 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity
15 litre
Engine Type
V-type 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Number of Cylinders
90 mm
66 mm
1679 cc
Compression Ratio
Maximum Power
147.2 kW (200PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque
166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection
Lubrication System
Wet sump
Clutch Type
Wet, Multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Transmission System
Constant Mesh, 5-speed
Drive system
Front Suspension System
Telescopic forks, Ø 52 mm
Rear Suspension System
(link suspension), Monoshock
Front Travel
120 mm
Rear Travel
110 mm
Caster Angle
148 mm
Front Brake
Hydraulic Disk, Ø 320 mm
Rear Brake
Single Disc, Ø 298 mm
Front Tyre
120/70 R18M/C (59V)
Rear Tyre
200/50 R18M/C (76V)