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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The V-Max is what happens when you mix 1679cc and nearly 200 horsepower in a motorcycle that's one part cruiser, one part sportbike - and all parts thrilling. It's difficult to explain just how quickly the V-Max builds speed. Cruise along at 30 mph in second gear, pick up the throttle and hold on tight... you'll be doing 90 mph before you say, "Holycrapthisthingisfast!". It's a thrill ride of epic proportions - the V-Max redefines the word torque. It produces the kind of acceleration that you feel in your chest. The kind you don't soon forget.... and it handles to boot. What's the catch? Well, there's 16,500 of them...

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The V-Max's brutal all-new 1679cc, 65-degree V4 produces a claimed 200hp (or 197.4bhp) at just 9000rpm. To put that into perspective, that's the same as a GP replica Ducati Desmosedici RR, but at 4000rpm less. To achieve this, the new V-Max borrows heavily from latest sportsbike technology, meaning that looks aside, it has little in common with its predecessor. Key features are the YCC-I adjustable intake funnels (which are a bit like a 21st century V-Boost); R6-style ‘fly-by-wire’ electronic throttle, a high 11.3:1 compression ratio and forged aluminium pistons.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Main frame is an all-new, cast aluminium diamond with a die-cast and extruded rear subframe. Suspension front and rear is about as bling as it gets: mammoth, 52mm diamter inverted forks with TIN coated tubes. Rear monoshock has a remote preload adjuster to go with its shock-mounted rebound and compression adjusters. Front end is multi-adjustable, too. Believe it or not, this beast actually handles.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Handlebars are posh, tapered items. Like the original Vmax and to keep mass centralization as low as possible, the 15-litre fuel tank is mounted under the seat with the fuel filler positioned under the rider’s backrest. All-new instrument panel includes an analog tacho, digital speedo plus LED shift lights. The info-center on the V-Max's pseudo gas tank provides more information than you can imagine... throttle position, miles per gallon and a stop watch - just for starters.

Yamaha V-MAX (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £21,499
Used price range View Yamaha V-MAX bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1679 cc
Power 197 bhp
Top speed 143 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 2 rating is 2.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

You can expect the kind of bulletproof quality and reliabilty that has become standard on all new Japanaese motorcycles. It's enough to put the American competition to shame. There's some quality parts as standard, including brembo brakes with wavy discs and a hi-tech info-center on the tank. Interesting fact: the Vmax’s signature aluminium intake covers are hand finished.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

At an expected price of £16,500, the V-Max is pretty hard to justify to the missus. That's alot of money for a motorcycle, but then big name cruisers have never been cheap and they still sell, just look at Harley's... But this is no Davidson, complex electronics and and sportsbike specs are what pulls the price up, not marketing and branding. If you want a 197bhp cruiser and the kudos that goes with it, be prepared to pay for it. Find a Yamaha V-Max for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1986: Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max launched in USA.
1991: Restricted version arrives in UK.
1996: Full 140bhp version of the Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max appears in UK.
1999: Cosmetic upgrade with `carbon look' bodywork.
2004: Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max discontinued in UK.
2008; All new VMAX revealed, on sale 2009.

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Specifications

Top speed 143 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.86 secs
Max power 197 bhp
Max torque 123 ft-lb
Weight 310 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1679 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 1679cc (90 x 66mm), dohc, four-valve V-four. Fuel-injection. Five gears, shaft drive
Frame Aluminium diamond
Front suspension adjustment preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension adjustment preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brakes 2 x 320mm wavy front discs with radial six-piiston calipers
Rear brake 298mm wavy rear disc with single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 200/50 x 18

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(4 reviews)

  • Really?

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    £22,000 for a new motorcycle and you can't get a test ride. Really, Yamaha? How many people are there out there who will splash out that kind of money without having a ride first? Obviously not as many as Yamaha think. I got mine second hand and I love it to bits. Awesome looks and bigger than you expect when you see one up close but I am learning to live with the less desirable aspects of the bike. Fuel economy is awful. It's a shock at first when you realise how few miles you're doing between fill ups, but the impressively massive amount of power available is the trade off. But you don't buy a near 1700cc, 200 bhp bike and expect 50cc scooter mpg figures. It weighs 300 kgs., so upper body strength is important when trying to manoeuvre the bike under your own steam. The centre of gravity is somewhere in the middle so it's not trying to dive into the ground but be careful because turn in can be quite sharp. It's a well put together piece of kit with a high quality finish. Accessories are super expensive and very rarely in stock. Destined to be a modern classic but not for touring or the faint of heart. In the US the VMax is yours for $19890, which is around £12500. There is sales tax to add, which varies, depending on which US state you are in, but the massive price difference between here and there is down to import duty, VAT etc. added by HM Gov't.

    15 November 2011

  • something to to think about.

    hondagixer

    Average rating rating is 3

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    you want power and something which looks different then think about this. You can buy a suzuki b-king (ok. its ugly) and get it supercharged to over 300bhp for 4k.that still puts it well under the v-max price and 200-300kph is in a blink of an eye. you can even move the exhausts from rear to side akropovic. v max is lovely but owners are paying too much and customer service from yamaha is poor

    15 April 2010

  • Just bought one

    ColinBell88

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have recently taken delivery of a 2009 Vmax and yes, I really did think hard about the price. I managed to get mine for £16k which seems a lot less out of touch than the now over £17k. What you get are 4 things that little else will give you. 1 - this thing accelerates like nothing else but the point is that it goes like this from 2,000 revs upwards and that makes a huge, huge difference 2. - you can commute on this bike through central London in far more comfort than a sports bike which makes it useable for those who ride every day 3. It has a wow factor like little else 4 - there are so few around, everyone wants to look at your bike whilst R1's are 2 a penny. It is beautifully made, state of the art, unusal and beautiful in a butch sort of way. Yes - I find it worth the money even at teh higher price .

    25 June 2009

  • no extras in stock

    grumpy ol git

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    Optional extras. You have to be kidding Not one available. All back orders including new R1. Sod all. This is unexceptable Yamaha.Even when i recived my Warrantie and Breakdown Card this week They Informed me that the Booklet explaining the rules. Yep you guessed it [They have run out]Being a fair minded sort of a chap i thought it is a new model in Europe. But Lo and Behold after a visit to the Yank website Vmax. That have had the vmax for some time.Your ahead of me. They have not recived the Gift packs for new owners.This problem also applies to the new R1. So Yamaha Bleeding wake up. 16000 is beginning to look a bit Steep Yours Grumpy ol Git

    27 April 2009

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IronblockV8

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IronblockV8says

This Rocks!

Wow what an awesome machine,197bhp!,terrific!,I'll have one please,HOW MUCH?,£16,500?,you're having a laugh mate,forget it.

21 May 2010 22:27

LaughingGas

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LaughingGassays

new Vmax

I'd like to know how a new bike with more bhp can be slower(???)

06 October 2009 17:44

grumpy ol git

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Bought One

Is it realey overpriced. At first i thought so, but then you have a look around, i,e Ducati S version 16,000+ an instant Rust whilst still in the Delivery Crate Harley 14,000 + For Basic Road King and for a top of there range Screaming Eagle 19,ooo +Oh yes i will admit it does come with a Catologue full of relacement parts. Say no more. M.V AUGUSTA 14,000 plus, Shall i go on.  If you can find one have a real close look at the new VMax. The workmanship is quite stunning. I saw my bike at a well known Swindon Dealers Open night to launch the new R1, that a mate bought before it even got to the dealer. Mine was a cancelled order that someone had paid 500 quid deposit. So i got that as an instant discount.  Have been lucky enough to have owned many new bikes and this bike is something else. you have got have had a go on one to realey have a genuine bitch about the price. As iv said at the start think about other model prices BMWs the new V4 Aprila they will be as common as muck and discounted within 18months. Ithink and hope the Vmax will still be a bit scarce on the ground therfore holding its resale value. And who bloody cares what the Yanks pay for them. They also only pay under 10,000 for a Gold wing 18,000plus HERE And the Dam HP Lap Top that im using that cost me 400quid over there but over here at Currys 1,299QUID IN THERE SALE. Now stop YA Bitching and go and see your Bank Manager, All the best From Grumpy ol Git

12 April 2009 22:58

rhodian

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9000 cos noone would buy it!

Americans are consumer beasts. They will not spend a cent more than what they think an item is worth. In the us the customer sets the price. In Europe we are stupid to accept what they ask for. If you think something is overpriced, DON'T BUY IT. PERIOD.

02 October 2008 08:27

keithvmx1200

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2009 V MAX

Far to overpriced, if Yamaha had not been to greedy, and sold it for £12000, in the UK, they may have sold every one they can make,  I dont know why its only £9000 in the USA on the road, but £16500 on the road over here, I have been a V Max fan and owner since it came out, but I will not be buying this one unless they bring the price down to £12000 or less.

Regards Keith

26 September 2008 13:57

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