Yamaha V-Max Information:
The Yamaha V-Max, known as the Vmax after 2009, is a power cruiser motorcycle produced by Yamaha since 1985. This bike is known for its distinctive style, powerful 70 V4 engine, and its shaft drive. A power cruiser is used to distinguish cruiser style motorcycles that have higher power levels. These bikes generally come with better ground clearance, along with upgraded suspension and brakes, premium surface finishes, and non-traditional cruiser styling.
Designed by Atsushi Ichijo with Akira Ariaki, John Reed, and Ed Burke, the Yamaha Vmax was well received upon its release. It won "Bike of the Year" in 1985 from Cycle Guide. The bike is sold globally and went through only minor modifications from 1985 until 2007. The Yamaha VMax received praise for its quick acceleration but received criticism for its soft suspension and poor cornering ability.
The original Vmax was sold through the Star Motorcycles division of Yamaha Motorcycles until 2008.
Aside from minor changes to the motorcycle's specifications in 1993 that adjusted handling and added safety related upgrades, the 2007 Vmax was nearly the same as the original 1985 version.
For the 2009 model year and beyond, the Yamaha Vmax was completely redesigned and released in Europe, North America, and India. The new model features an all-aluminum-frame and a 1,679-cc engine.