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VMAX the Legend continues…

During the late 90s Yamaha’s VMAX project team started to work on the rebirth of a legend. The team understood just how special the original VMAX was to its owners – as well as those fans who admired the bike without ever riding. The project team identified the following four goals that would enable them to create a worthy successor to the legendary original model:

  • Awesome acceleration feeling together with strong performance
  • Distinctive, precise and sharp handling
  • A sophisticated chassis with unique bodywork

With these main aims in mind, the development team has 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 such as YCC-I and YCC-T. The team 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. This 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.

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. VMAX is back!



The 1,679 cc liquid-cooled 4 Stroke V4 engine offers huge torque from a visually intimidating power plant. Iridium spark plugs ensure extremely efficient combustion at all engine speeds. For the rider, it means previously unimaginable levels of power, whether from a standing-start or roll-on acceleration

Front Fork

Cartridge-damper-type front forks have substantial 52mm inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating. Forks have both compression and rebound damping adjustability plus spring preload.

Aluminium Frame

The chassis is light and compact, with a cast aluminium main frame, extruded aluminum rear frame and cast aluminium swing arm.

Front Tyre

Designed specifically to match the power characteristics of YAMAHA VMAX, the front tyre size is 18-Inch with a 320mm floating double wave disk, monoblock 6 pistons caliper and ABS

Tail Light

Trick-looking LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient.

Speed / Tach Meter

The instrument panel includes an analog, step-motor driven tachometer and digital speedometer with LED indicator lights. Prominent LED shift timing indicator adds to the performance character of the VMAX.

Multifunctional Display

Organic electroluminescence multifunction display provides a more precise display vs. the LCD display. It also includes a clock, fuel meter, trip meter with fuel reserve trip meter, transmission gear position, coolant temperature, stopwatch and more.




Engine typeLiquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, V-type 4-cylinder
Engine CoolingLiquid cooled
Bore & Stroke90.0 x 66.0 mm
Compression ratio11.3:1
Maximum output200.1PS / 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque166.8Nm / 6,500 rpm
Lubrication typeWet sump
Fuel SupplyFuel injection
Starter methodElectric
Clutch typeWet, multiple-disc
Ignition systemT.C.I
Transmission typeConstant mesh, 5-speed
Final transmissionShaft drive
Primary/Secondary reduction ratio1.509/3.082
Gear ratio1st gear=2.375, 2nd gear= 1.81, 3rd gear= 1.4, 4th gear= 1.115, 5th gear = 0.935
Fuel tank volume15 L
Engine oil volume5.9 litres
Overall Length x Width x Height2,395 x 820 x 1,190 mm
Seat height775 mm
Wheelbase1,700 mm
Minimum ground clearance140 mm
Kerb weight310 kg
Frame typeAluminum, Diamond-shaped
Suspension (front/rear)Telescopic fork/Swingarm
Wheel travel (Front/Rear)120/110 mm
Caster angle31°
Trail148 mm
Brake type(front/rear)Dual Hydraulic disc Ø 320 mm/Single Hydraulic disc brake Ø 298 mm
Tire size (front/rear)120/70 R18M/C (59V)/ 200/50 R18M/C (76V)

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