The Yamaha VMAX Carbon: Celebrating 30 Years Of VMAX

30 Years In The Making – The Yamaha VMAX Carbon

Updated August 8, 2018

That’s right, it’s been thirty years since the first VMAX came out and way back then in 1985 it was already raising eyebrows. Voted as Cycle Guide’s ‘bike of the year’, it’s come a very long way since then.

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Celebrating 30 Years Of The VMAX: The VMAX Carbon!

The enormous 1679cc V4 motorcycle has had a revamp to mark the occasion, taking the current 200PS model and updating the tank cover, fenders and side covers with top of the range carbon fiber upgrades and adding a set of beautiful upswept Akrapovic slip-on mufflers rather than stick with the standard stack system. The bike has shed some weight and added some more depth to its growl which should be enough to please the die hard VMAX fan base but for all of those who aren’t aware of what else the VMAX has to offer, read on!

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This drag style inspired bike has always delivered a serious degree of power and torque, with a massive 1679cc V4 liquid cooled engine that produces 200hp at 9000rpm, nicely held in place by a twin spar frame, resting on a set of 5-spoke alloys (complete with that fat rear tyre) and naturally shaft driven for the full experience. Of course, your VMAX will also come with dual 320mm front disc brakes and a large 298mm rear to provide the stopping power.

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It’s hard to find fault with the VMAX range, unless you just don’t like the way it looks. Even then, the VMAX series generally comes as part of a fully customizable package, with a wide range of optional extras to choose from. If you’re into big motorcycles and have a soft spot for Japanese reliability then the VMAX should be an obvious choice for you. Big bike, big engine, big sound, big fun.

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In conjunction with the anniversary, Yamaha are also promoting a special edition Matt Grey VMAX and a collection of Yard Built models from German designer JvB-moto, which will be worth keeping an eye on when they’re released during the summer of this year.

But hold your horses! There is a downside. At the moment the VMAX doesn’t have any designs on conquering the American market, so if you’re in the market (as it were) you may have to wait until an import comes your way. The VMAX has a massive American following though, so it’s only a matter of time before it makes an appearance stateside.


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