Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max (1993 — 2005) review — Custom — Motorcycles — Visordown

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Yamaha VMX1200
Yamaha VMX1200

Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max — 2005)

Wheeling the out of the showroom and into the sunlight I got my chance to really poke a Vmax. It’s still a bike, mean and aggressive the huge engine dominating its The monstrous, yet somehow only V4 is styled for show with the motor painted black polished to a mirror finish on a the of the engine fins, cam covers and to create the look.

Contrast is the key to the style. If it isn’t black polished chrome, accentuating the features and lines. Which is why I that the fake carbon tank cover and rear on this model were additions. Not so, late in its life actually produced the bike this slightly tacky

But this is a bike from a age, in the late ‘90s was all the rage.

Turning the key in the ignition the whirrs from deep If you have ridden any Yamaha a YPVS sticker on it you will this sound. It’s the of power valves priming. European bikes never this noise as, bizarrely, Europe took the decision not to the V-Boost system until neutering the bike to 95bhp than the claimed boost-assisted

The bikes were easily but this short-sightedness by Yamaha spawned a huge influx of US bikes and second hand kits in to Britain. A story echoes most of the Vmax’s in the UK. It took six years from its launch in 1985 until the went on official sale in the UK, and a five until it was full But staggeringly the bike still

Imagine trying to punt off an 11 FireBlade today, you wouldn’t a chance. But the Vmax is no ordinary

Initially I was genuinely a bit nervous the Yamaha. I’ve heard all the and imagined that the Vmax be some drag-strip demon, to rip my arms off at the slightest whiff of while refusing to corner forced to do so. After about a I was beginning to wonder what all the was about.

It’s a great big

Through the city streets the was totally refined, calm and pleasant to ride. The V4 engine a lovely deep purring while the seating position, initially feels odd with its pegs and short reach to the isn’t too uncomfortable. Hell, the clutch is light.

Fair even at slow speeds you can how terrible the brakes are, managing to combine a total of feel with a uniform of stopping power.

Heading out of I settle into a steady cruise, soaking up the Vmax Its whole persona as a mean and bike starts to rub off on you as a rider and you tough riding it, especially there are people watching. its age the Vmax still turns even non-bikers appreciate its

There is something basic it with its metal and moving brazenly exposed to the world, not apologetically by a fairing.

Having the city limits I’m by a set of traffic lights. Revving up the I decide to test its straight speed when the green shows. First goes second, then third and at 80mph.

It’s not mind-blowing by bike standards but the Vmax hitches up its skirt and goes.

this is an engine made 20 years ago it’s bloody and while it might not top the likes of a GSX-R1000 it wouldn’t be far off up to about You have to remember that the Vmax was launched the sportsbikes Suzuki’s GSX-R1100, which 128bhp, and Kawasaki’s RX1000, claimed 125bhp. Imagine about a 145bhp performance with a V4 engine and you can see why people clambering to get hold of this beast from over the

Everyone I spoke to beforehand was about the kick at 6,000rpm the V-Boost system comes in, so I was a gigantic whoosh of power, didn’t really arrive. there is a boot, but it’s like the two-… kick some owners were about.

Hit the sweet spot and it but the bike is so torque-laden before point it just feels it is pulling even harder, I riders in 1985 were to power trailing off up the rev range, not even stronger. Considering it was in the 1980s it’s amazingly Unfortunately the chassis isn’t as

You don’t corner at speed on a you aim it in vagely the right direction, for the chronic wobble to subside pray you make it around the I think Garry was doing it a describing it as a shopping trolley, far, far worse. Cutting the Peak District on the Yamaha I on number of occasions I was going to straight off the road and end up as part of the

The suspension is terrible and even the front brake is enough to out the matchstick thin forks you hit a bump while they are It’s a terrifying experience and not one I to repeat any time soon. though the whole rollercoaster below 80mph I can’t of any bike I’ve ridden is more out of control.

And the one I rode was the Vmax with ‘beefy’ forks, the original had 40mm

Having survived the Peak I was about 10 miles from showroom when it started to with rain. Pulling from a set of traffic light the sounded a bit funny, changing second the sound continued and as I was thinking the clutch must be the whole bike slewed before the rear tyre and started the bike into wobble. I wasn’t even hard but the torque was enough to the rear tyres traction.

In the dry at speeds I was lulled into this bike was a pussycat, but up the or throw in a bit of rain and it’s an and I was more than relieved to it in one piece.

Having spent a day on the Vmax I can see it gained its reputation. Like so cult bikes the Vmax has one feature, while the rest serious work to get it to function This is the challenge to owners and one happily take on, and so the cult as specialist shops spring up the demand.

23 years on the Vmax has a terrific engine that feel that out of place if it was today, the chassis on the other does need some But I guess that’s all part of its


The Vmax has carbs, one for each cylinder. The is that they are very which is better for low down not high rpm. Below they feed each as normal, but at 6,000rpm things A solenoid moves a butterfly that effectively links up the of carbs. So, rather than be fed and air by one carb, each cylinder is fed by effectively doubling (well, a bit less) the amount of fuel into the motor.

More equals more power.


Yamaha VMX1200
Yamaha VMX1200

Henry Doyle has run Vmax accessories firm For the last 15 years. Exactrep has the first stop for Vmax wanting to customise their

“The Vmax was a bike was born a legend, it’s an that can’t be pigeon-holed any category. We get people customising to tourers and others to a street the Vmax can go either way. Try with a Blade.

To be truthful as standard they handle. It’s a ‘70s with an ‘80s powerhouse. If had spent as much development on the chassis as they did the flip-up to expose the fuel filler it have been much and the OE tyres were crap. The problem is the suspension, the front is too and the rear too hard.

The first people do is fit progressive fork and new shocks, this make a difference. From then the sky is the You can get clear covers for just anything on the engine apart the cylinders!

Superchargers are popular, wheels, big-bore kits, you it. I know owners who have upwards of £25,000 on their and have over 200bhp at the wheel!”

For more information www.exactrep.com


Larry runs PDQ Motorcycle Developments, a when it comes to tuning engines.

“There’s a lot of hype the Vmax engine, and a lot of rubbish. claimed 145bhp, but a stock will make 110bhp at the but you can tune them. I steer of super-chargers, but a 1300cc big bore new pistons, engine re-build, and gas flowed head will you a reliable 150bhp at the wheel.

But it set you back between £4-5,000. complain about the handling, but is a 20-year-old bike, what do you Buy it for its looks and the beautiful V4 engine.”


Ian Wyman is the Chairman of Club UK

“Currently we have 250 members, but this goes up and It’s a funny bike, people buy it, love it, and keep it for Others buy it, it scares the … out of and they sell it. That’s of its appeal.

The Vmax club is active, we meet every month in Warwickshire and we have a on the first weekend in September in the It depends on the weather but this can anything from 50 to 250 owners. If you to meet other owners you have to check out the European

The Vmax is huge in Belgium, the rally there attracts 800 owners, it’s massive. owners are very sociable come and see us at the BMF Show.”

Join the club at www.vmax.co.uk.

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