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2005 Yamaha VMAX


– 2005 Yamaha V-Max

The “V” is for Velocity

The V-Max said it first. There’s a reason why this V-four bruiser is one of our longest-running models- maybe the same reason it has won award after award, year after year. The V-Max is our original iron fist in the velvet glove. Rock-solid reliability and power from top to bottom. In the world of power cruisers, the V-Max was born to lead.

Introducing the 20th Anniversary Limited Edition V Max

And he’s dressed up for the occasion in unique attire –

Special Shift Red paint with flames
Blacked out rims
Red pinstripes
Yellow turn signal bulbs behind clear lenses
Serial-numbered plate
Yet, some things haven’t changed. He’s still the original liquid-cooled, 1198cc, DOHC, 16-valve, V-4 beast that’s won more Best Musclebike awards than it knows what to do with.

For over 20 years now, Mad Max has been wiping the boulevard with pretty much every musclebike-come-lately in terms of pure, unadulterated acceleration. What else would you expect from a machine with high-lift cams and a quartet of massive downdraft carbs stoking its ravenous V-4 powerplant.

Things really get fun once the tachometer sweeps past 6000 rpm and V-Boost induction kicks in, force-feeding the engine, via a servo-controlled butterfly valve, huge mouthfuls of unleaded.

There is a civilized side to the brute, however, including these features –

Vibration-quelling counterbalancer
Smooth, hydraulically activated clutch
Adjustable front and rear suspension
Triple disc brakes
As Motorcyclist magazine so kindly pointed out, “nothing before or since turns straight pavement into a party quite like it.”

Features & Benefits

New for 2005
20th anniversary limited edition gets special Shift Red paint with flames, blacked out rims with red pinstripes and a serial-numbered plate.

Yellow turn signal bulbs behind clear lenses are cool.

Liquid-cooled, 1198cc, DOHC, 16-valve, 70° V-4 engine has no equal in its class, pumping out tremendous, hard-hitting power to make it the ultimate quick-accelerating, high-performance king.

Patented Yamaha “V-Boost” induction, a power-boosting variable intake system, force-feeds massive quantities of fuel into the cylinders via a servo-controlled butterfly valve at 6000 rpm and above.

Specially designed high-lift camshafts ensure ample acceleration at lower rpm, helping to further broaden the already awesome powerband.

Specially tempered crankshaft and connecting rods help harness the powerplant’s chart-topping performance and stand up with greater durability to the unparalleled power.

Smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission puts that massive powerband to the pavement with one purpose: maximum acceleration all the way to redline.

Hydraulically activated diaphragm-type clutch delivers precise clutch performance with lighter pull.

Four huge, 35mm Mikuni downdraft carburetors ensure seamless, lightning quick throttle response.

Low-maintenance shaft drive provides ultra-smooth performance that’s virtually lash-free.

Low-slung styling helps reduce seat height to 30.1 inches for low center of gravity and better-balanced handling.

Stout, 43mm front fork features 5.5 inches of travel and air-assist adjustability that allows the rider to fine-tune suspension characteristics to his riding style and size.

Dual rear shocks feature 4-position rebound damping and 5-click spring preload adjustability for ultimate versatility and performance in varying road and/or riding situations.

Fat, 6-inch rear tire mounted on solid disc wheel hooks up with the asphalt for maximum traction.

Dual 298mm front discs with 4-piston calipers and single 282mm rear disc brakes reel in Mr. Max with outstanding stopping power and light, one-finger feel.

Additional Features:
Underseat fuel tank helps lower bike’s center of gravity and provides space for large-capacity airbox located above the carburetors.

Fuel reserve switch is conveniently positioned on the handlebars.

Fork seal guards help prevent rock and debris damage to fork sliders.

Trick-looking Shift Red w/flames finish on fuel tank combine with massive-looking faux air intake scoops to give the V-Max the perfect “street rod” look and feel.

Wide, thickly padded seat and plush passenger saddle with grabrail adds exceptional comfort to the incomparable excitement.

Handy centerstand adds extra convenience and service accessibility.

Compact speedometer unit keeps cockpit clean and simple and offers easy readability of tripmeter/odometer and neutral, high beam, turn signal, low oil and low fuel indicator lights.


$11,099* Available from July 2004


1198cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, 70° V-4

Bore x Stroke
76 X 66mm

Compression Ratio

(4) 35mm Mikuni downdraft-type w/V-Boost

Digital TCI

5-speed w/hydraulically activated diaphragm-type clutch

Final Drive


43mm telescopic fork w/air-assist; 5.5″ travel

Dual shocks w/adjustable spring preload and rebound damping; 3.94″ travel

Dual 298mm Discs

282mm Disc







Seat Height


Dry Weight
580 Lbs.

Fuel Capacity
4.0 Gallons

Shift Red w/Flames

1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

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