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Old 02-04-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Yamaha V-Max

Any of you have one of the newer Yamaha V-Max's?
http://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/...23/0/home.aspx

Are you happy with the bike? How is it for 2-up riding? What is the range on a tank of gas? I heard the range was pretty bad.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:32 PM   #2
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A friend of mine had one. He sold it because the rear seat sucked and his wife wanted a more comfortable seat. The range was pretty bad too, but I remember her not minding because it gave her a chance to get off the thing.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Patrick. Was thinking about this bike or a Diavel.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:26 AM   #4
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You missed your chance to test-ride one last weekend at Houston Motorsports.

My brother's only comment was that it cooked his (right?) foot. Through riding boots, on a 20-30 minute ride, in decent weather.
He said the power was GREAT though.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:56 AM   #5
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My vote goes to the Diavel.
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Wild West will have the demo truck to test out a Vmax this weekend... but don't think they allow 2up rides.

My GUESS... you could get an upgraded Vmax seat easier/cheaper than the Diavel seat. The Diavel doesn't SEEM to have much room back there. I definitely wouldn't put a sissy bar on the Diavel. but the Diavel gets my vote all around looks/specs wise. Cost/maintenance/reliability... don't know enough to decide.

Titans vmax diavel 35B105D

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In terms of longevity, I've got two of the old Yamaha V4's (1300cc variant of the original vmax engine), one with 81k on it the other with over 100k, both still running strong. I'm sure the high output tune on the vmax would decrease overall longevity some, but I'm sold on Yamaha's engine design.
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Wild West will have the demo truck to test out a Vmax this weekend... but don't think they allow 2up rides.
How long can you test ride it for?
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http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...35#post3726935

Assuming its like most previous demo events, about 30 minutes. The reps lead a caravan of demo bikes around a route.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:14 PM   #10
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VMAX vs Diavel

Having ridden the VMAX at said demo event last weekend, I'll go ahead and put in my 2 cents. I've ridden my '12 Multistrada nearly every day for the past 6 months, and in many environments- around town, on the highway, forest backroads, track, drag strip. Almost identical to the Diavel mechanically- same motor, ecu, etc, and in terms of weight, and performance. Just different geometry.

Power- the VMAX has the smoother motor, no question about it. Power was there no matter the RPM, just like with the Ducati, but the Ducati V-twins will just never match the smoothness of the Yamaha V4. Delivery- very disappointed it didn't have the "power modes" i.e. adjustable throttle sensitivity- that the Ducatis have. Would've helped out in town tremendously. It's like my bike, if it were in "sport" mode all the time- a blast up top, but just way too jerky in the low end.

Ride- much heavier than the Diavel- 694 lbs wet compared to the Duc's ~500lb. Absorbs bumps in the road like they're not even there, but hurts low-speed handling, and fuel economy tremendously. Yamaha rates this thing at 28mpg- lowest rating I've ever seen claimed for a motorcycle. Based on what I'm getting with my Duc, I'd rate the Diavel at an honest 40mpg on the highway, if not more.

So bottom line- the Diavel is the more "flexible" everyday ride. For the $$, it has ride modes, traction control, and a few other features the VMAX can't match. The VMAX handled like a tank around town- just too massive, too hot, and too much power for city streets. Get this thing to the drag strip, or on some back roads with some nice long straightaways, though. and it would be a hoot!

- Just my opinion
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There is the Diavel Strada if you need better pillion seat.

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Thanks for the replies. The Diavel is a great bike. I used to have one, but traded it in I am leaning towards the V-Max because it is something different, but I may end up with another Diavel. If I get the Diavel, I will put a Strada seat on it. If I get the V-Max, I will put a Corbin rear seat on it.
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Yamaha should've just updated the old 1300cc Vmax with FI, better chassis/suspension, and 17" sportbike tires. Instead, Ducati built the better Vmax II - a 500 lbs power cruiser that actually handles well.

The new Vmax is a great bike for what it is. Reminds me of Dr. Jekyll in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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