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Old 06-04-2008, 03:37 PM   #41
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YAMAHA unveiled their all-new V-Max today in Madrid, at Santo Tome, an old airfield converted into a drag strip. The launch was witnessed by Europe's top motorcycle journalists.

The new bike boasts a 1679cc V4 65 degree engine which revs to 9000rpm. Yamaha claim the V4 is producing over 200bhp. The monster V4 not only produces over 200bhp but also a claimed 167nm of torque.

The beefy forks are adjustable and so too is the rear suspension - a huge leap from the pencil-thin forks on the old model and, despite its size and power figures, the V-Max isn't as daunting a prospect as the old model, weighing in at approximately 215kg.

The gearbox is 5-speed, with power going to the rear wheel through a shaft drive. The V-Max also features a slipper clutch allowing for smoother downshifts without locking the rear wheel.

The chassis is cast aluminium and the swingarm is also aluminium, to keep weight at a minimum. The brakes are beefy Bremo 6-pots on the front end - more than capable of hauling its 215kg to halt. The V-Max isn't just brute force either, it features Yamaha's technology developed on their superbike range - Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCCT) and Yamaha Chip Controlled Induction (YCCI) maximise the power output but also throttle control.

After seeing the Suzuki B-King trickle from showrooms, it's hard to imagine that you're looking at a bike that will sell well in the UK. It doesn't matter how much poke it's got or how well it handles, styling is important, and with a silouhette so similar to the last model, it's instantly classic and instantly dated at the same time.

However, if you're looking for a new bike that gives a nod to an era that pre-dates shell-suits and microwaves, you're in luck.

The bike will be shown to the public for the first time at the German Intermot show in October, and they'll be delivered to first customers in November this year.

There will be a limited run of 1500 units per year worldwide and you'll only be able to order one through Yamaha's bespoke V-Max website. UK prices are not yet decided but Yamaha UK expect it to retail for a maximum of 16,000
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:31 PM   #42
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The New Vmax site...


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Doesn't look much different if you ask me...
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I've always wanted a V-max. The new one rocks!
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:56 PM   #46
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Video of the concept:


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Old 06-04-2008, 09:58 PM   #48
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omg....its a got a freakin slipper clutch....that. is. AWESOME....
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:00 PM   #49
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and its got adjustable suspension....sorry 1st gen...think im sold on the 2nd....
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AND a gear indicator. After looking at this VMax, I'm thinking the 09 R1 is going to be sick!!

We will find out in September.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:12 PM   #51
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this months Cycle World magazine has got a full write up on it.

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that thing is beggin' for a semi-fatty rear wheel.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:33 AM   #52
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sure it will be a performer - looks like a streetfighter - but the lines don't work nearly as well as the older one. things look out of place a bit - the air scoop, the radiator, the fender, the exhaust...

course that picture is one of a prototype they were showing - probably to guage interest so they can modify what needs changing...
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:42 AM   #54
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I want one damnit... NOW!!.. then i can be V-Max Geezer..
soulds like it'll have more power than the busa... it may realign your spine for ya
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hope it doesnt ride like the triumph rocket III... too much power, the bike cuts hard to the right under heavy acceleration cause its sooo torquey, and chassis has too much flex.
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soulds like it'll have more power than the busa... it may realign your spine for ya
that would be great.. then i can get off these pain killers... power is good..
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the bike cuts hard to the right under heavy acceleration
maybe that's cause it's shaft driven :dontknow:
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maybe that's cause it's shaft driven :dontknow:
could be, but its def. annoying when accelerating hard.
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