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From the Yamaha Website..

“The new VMAX stays true to the philosophy of the genuine hot-rod. Imagine yourself gripping the drag bars and feeling the mega-wide 200/50 R18 rear tyre transfer all the V4’s incredible 200 PS and 166.8 Nm of throbbing torque to the ground – it’s got to the ultimate adrenaline ride. We are proud to say the VMAX is back!”

1985: The birth of a legend

Back in the ’80s the big V8 muscle car was the undisputed boss on the strip in the USA, and in both the car and the bike drag race scene, the large-capacity engine was king. A quarter of a century ago, cubic capacity ruled – and Yamaha captured the true spirit of the time with the introduction of the awesome VMAX in 1985. With its massive 1,198cc V4, 4-stroke, 4-valve DOHC engine kicking out 140PS, this radically-styled muscle bike became an instant legend which established itself as the definitive cult-bike. With around 100,000 units sold during its production run that spanned three decades, the original VMAX made history by being included in the Guggenheim Museum’s ‘Art of the Motorcycle’ exhibition while still in production. There has never been anything to beat it… until now…

In the 2009 VMAX, unveiled in April this year, the development team have created an all-new powerful state-of-the-art 1,679cc V4 engine providing 200 PS and 166.8 Nm of torque combined with Yamaha’s finest and latest electronic engine control technology. They also created an all-new low-profile diamond-type frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member in order to deliver the right balance of rigidity, which makes for excellent straight-line stability – together with precise and sharp levels of cornering. All packed in a head-turning and forceful appearance.

Owners of the original model – as well as newcomers to the VMAX world – can be sure that the new VMAX delivers an unforgettable combination of innovation and acceleration.

Technical Specifications

Engine type: 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, V-type 4-cylinder
Engine cooling: Liquid cooled
Displacement: 1,679cc
Bore x stroke: 90.0 x 66.0 mm
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Maximum power: 147.2 kW (200 PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Carburettor: Fuel injection
Clutch type: Wet, multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Ignition system: TCI
Starter system: Electric
Transmission system: Constant mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission: Shaft drive
Primary ratio: 1.509
Secondary ratio: 3.082
Gear ratio-1st gear 2.375
Gear ratio-2nd gear 1.810
Gear ratio-3rd gear 1.400
Gear ratio-4th gear 1.115
Gear ratio-5th gear 0.935
Fuel tank capacity: 15 litres
Oil tank capacity: 5.9 litres

Chassis: Aluminium, Diamond-shaped
Front suspension system: Telescopic forks, Ø 52 mm
Front travel: 120 mm
Rear suspension system: Swingarm (Link-type suspension)
Rear travel: 110 mm
Caster angle 31°
Trail 148 mm
Front brake: Dual discs, Ø 320 mm
Rear brake: Single disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre: 120/70 R18M/C (59V)
Rear tyre: 200/50 R18M/C (76V)

Length (mm): 2,395 mm
Width (mm): 820 mm
Height (mm): 1,190 mm
Seat height (mm): 775 mm
Wheel base (mm): 1,700 mm
Minimum ground clearance (mm): 140 mm
Service weight (kg) 310 kg


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1700cc makes this one very heavy chunk of motorcycle. I guess if you owned one you would not care about using more gas than some cars :)
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