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Yamaha D2-492-02-15
Photo ou archives : M. Montange

Capacity : 1200
Model : V Max
Production : 1984 - 1998
Category : (R) Street Bike


1200 - V Max – 1991

Nearly a work of art

"The Yamaha V-Max was originally designed for the United States, though it achieved surprising success when it was imported to France in 1986. It immediately became the favorite bike of the rich and famous along the Côte d'Azur.

"Urban Dragster"

Style is what the V-Max is all about, with its huge aluminum air scoops feeding its quadruple carburetors and its instruments mounted atop its gas tank. It looks dangerous while retaining a high-class appearance. An "urban dragster," the V-Max combines a wide range of apparently incompatible qualities.

 Gentle Giant

A massive machine with a totally-exposed 1200cc V power unit crammed into its double-cradle frame, the V-Max leaps away from traffic signals with a satisfying squeal from its fat rear tire. But it's also a refined street cruiser with astounding fifth-speed flexibility at low revolutions. Further evidence that the V-Max is a gentle giant: even at full bore, the rumble of its two huge chromed tail pipes is far from ear-splitting. In these days of low overall speed limits, the VMax has created a new style of superbike, a real leisure machine whose raw power is tamed by all the finesse that modern engineering can provide.


Engine: 1198cc (76x66mm) water cooled V4 four-stroke

Power output: 115 hp

Valves: twin chain-driven overhead camshafts

Fuel system: quad carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed gearbox; shaft final drive

Suspension: (front) telescopic fork; (rear) swinging arm

Brakes: (front) twin ventilated discs; (rear) single ventilated disc

Wheels: (fron0110/80x18 in; (rear) 150/90x15 in

Weight: 560 lb.

Maximum speed: 150 mph


Nearly a work of art, the Yamaha V-Maxredefined the world of super bikes.” 

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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