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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.” 

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.