Do you spend a lot of time racing motorcycles or do you just love to hit the road on a fast cycle? First unveiled in 1985, the Yamaha VMAX is accepted as one of the fastest motorcycles available on the market. This isn’t a bike for beginners, but for those who are skilled, and wanting speed and excitement when riding their motorcycle. The VMAX is known as a heavier motorbike that is very popular and represents the best when it comes to speed.
Its most outstanding attribute is the V-Boost which is capable of speeds as much as 800 RMP. Butterfly valves isolate the row of four downshaft carburetors which feed the cylinders. The V-Boost gives a horsepower that is unmatched by other hot rod bikes on the market. The V-Boost also allows VMAX quick and smooth acceleration. Having a V4 1200 CC engine, V-Boost, and 145 HP, the first VMax was only offered in North America. A slower design, offering 104 HP, was launched by Yamaha to Europe and France in 1986. The V-Boost was certainly not featured on the European motorbikes. In 1990 the design was improved somewhat by adding digital electronic ignition, and also that year, this motorcycle was first brought to Japan.
The European design would have to be revised due to the enforcement of strict noise restrictions throughout Europe. In 1998, Yamaha brought back its chrome design and style which had been substituted by a really unpopular black exhaust system in 1996. The VMAX offers substantially more power than many bike riders choose but the members of the VMAX Owners Association couldn’t be happier with their bikes. Motorcycle rallies and races are often sponsored by the Association for their members. With the speed of the VMAX providing a distinct advantage or competitors, the bike it is also highly regarded with drag racers. A few main competitions have witnessed modified VMAX bikes achieve speeds in excess of 200 MPH in a quarter mile.
The Yamaha VMAX has remained a popular motorcycle since its introduction in 1985. Its black and chrome color provides the bike a powerful and almost muscular look. For many people this lack of originality is the only downside. Many have solved this by introducing their own personal touches to make their bike unique. What they have done is add distinctive exhaust systems, different mirrors, adding decals to various places on the motorbike, and much more. Some riders have also chosen to substitute a more comfortable seat for the one that came with the VMAX. Since the most desirable attribute of the bike is its power, adding these unique touches is not difficult.
For more than 20 years the Yamaha VMAX continues to be acknowledged as the hottest muscle bike on the planet. This particular motorbike is a top achiever in terms of how it performs as well as how it looks but it’s very much a bike for experienced bikers.