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October 13, 2020

Yamaha VMAX - Take It To The Max

You Need A VMAX.

2015 Yamaha VMAX Motion Image

Yamaha VMAX - The Bike made Me Do It

Massive motorcycles are something that we love here at the magazine and few come more massive than Yamaha's VMAX. The bike is wonderfully massive in an American muscle car kind of way. It even manages to carry an air of aloofness and promises to deliver some non-specific general anti social behaviour with the slightest provocation.

It isn’t just window dressing either. The new Yamaha VMAX has a little shy of 1,700ccs and a just plain silly 200 ponies on tap. And that’s with the standard ECU, filter and exhaust system. Since these are a keeper fidgeting with them to release even more power is somewhat of a given. “It wasn’t my fault your honour, the bike made me do it” might actually work…

That motor is a 65-degree V4 is full of lots of lovely new technology, which includes stuff like adjustable intake funnels, aluminium pistons and a fly by wire electronic throttle. There is a whole lot of R1 in this thing and a lot more going on in it than there ever is in any this else with the exception of the Diavel from Ducati.

2015 Yamaha VMAX Static Image

Yamaha VMAX - Eye Wateringly Brisk

Because it’s a Japanese bike the fact that it has a long wheelbase and a huge engine doesn’t prevent it from handling. Because the roll on acceleration, in pretty much any gear, is eye wateringly brisk the bike has been built to handle and it does so with surprising ease. Once again we can refer to the excuse in the previous paragraph.

The frame is cast aluminium and sits with fully adjustable suspension on either end. The front forks are, wait for it, huge big 52mm things. Stopping is compliments of Brembo monoblocs and wavy discs. When riding this thing with your blood up the only thing that feels stressed is the riders shoulders.

The tank has a screen with a whole host of info available. Once again this is quite similar to the system on the R1 with the info simply being housed in the fake tank. It even has a stopwatch so you can time how fast you get to work. The real tank sits under the rider to aid that magic ‘mass centralisation’ that we’ve all come to love so much.

The main bits that we actually need are on the handlebars where there is a good old fashioned analogue rev counter. Obviously this needs to be kept in the red in every gear. The fact that you could find yourself in custody for doing this in first gear is immaterial. The rest, including the speedo and gear indicator are in a smaller digital panel beside the tacho. The LED shift light dares you to continue accelerating.

The machine featured is a 2010 model with 55,500 kilometres on the clock. Contact Megabikes for further details and put your solicitors number on speed dial…

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