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YAMAHA VMAX ... need your review

#1 Unread post by Rhomer » Sun May 04, 2008 6:26 am

i just bought a 1985 model YAMAHA VMAX 1200CC ... am new to this so i hope to get first hand feedbacks from you guys regarding this bike ... tnx !

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#2 Unread post by Johnj » Sun May 04, 2008 7:45 am

Do you mean this is your first bike? And that you are just learning to ride? That's a lot of bike for a noob.
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#3 Unread post by Rhomer » Mon May 05, 2008 7:16 am

i also own a HONDA VFR400 but haven't use it for 3 years ..... its difficult to ride for big guys like me though i don't have big tummy :wink: ..... so i decided to get the YAMAHA VMAX ..... i just need some feedbacks regarding this bike for guys who had this too.
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#4 Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon May 05, 2008 1:41 pm

Fun bike in a straight line. Doesn't like the twisties as much so be careful getting used to it there. I forget what they call the boost, but it must make it hemorrhage gas b/c your mileage drops like a brick.
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#5 Unread post by mgdavis » Mon May 05, 2008 4:36 pm

IIRC the "boost" is when the secondaries open up in the carbs.

Cool bike, they've been making it with few-to-no changes for a couple decades now. I think they're pretty bulletproof. Have fun with it. Lots of power, be careful as you get back into the swing of things.
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#6 Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon May 05, 2008 8:18 pm

from what Ive heard it gets worse gas milage then your car does...but they are very cool looking. and a torque monster.
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#7 Unread post by Rhomer » Wed May 07, 2008 7:11 pm

yup ... it guzzle up fuel like a 4 cyl mini suv during short drives ... the heavy frame makes it easy to handle in a straight line but am having some trouble turning at high speed because it feels like goin to slip ... its an easy ride and doesn't hurt my back :wink:
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#8 Unread post by paul246 » Wed May 14, 2008 6:43 pm

I'm pretty sure the forks from '92 onward are beefed up over the earlier models. There are also frame stiffeners available thru aftermarket that are affixed across each side of the engine. That is one of the great things with the V-Max, lots and lots of aftermarket goodies available.

Are you sure about that bike being an '85 model? I don't recall the black and brushed aluminium finish on the engine being offered that early, in fact I don't recall a black paint job being offered in that year, either. But, I could be wrong. :|

Wickedly cool bike, though. Always liked them. A definite cult classic.
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#9 Unread post by matthew5656 » Sun May 18, 2008 1:24 am

wow... but the VMAX pictured above, is that really it's 1985 model? Looks super clean and fairly modern for an 85... i'm impressed.

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#10 Unread post by Rhomer » Sun May 18, 2008 9:10 am

the previous owner told me it is the 1985 model of Yamaha Vmax ... i had it repainted and chromed thats why it doesnt look like its age :wink: ... still saving up for additional accesories.
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#11 Unread post by HYPERR » Thu May 22, 2008 8:00 pm

Great looking V-Max! '85 was the first year and the fastest. When the V-Boost kicked in at 6000 RPMs, the cylinders in the intake cycle sucked in from all the carbs resulting in a violent acceleration. The rear tire was humongous for it's time period and it was the fastest accelerating bike to the 1/4 mile at the time. Imagine a cruiser being the fastest 1/4 mile bike!

BTW, you gotta lose the headlight visor.
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#12 Unread post by matthew5656 » Tue May 27, 2008 3:11 am

HYPERR wrote:
BTW, you gotta lose the headlight visor.
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#13 Unread post by ondeckchamps » Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:06 am

YAMAHA VMAX 1200CC


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