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2010 Yamaha Star VMAX Quick Ride

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
2010 Yamaha Star VMAX Quick Ride
The Yamaha Star VMAX is here for 2010 and ready to lay down a smoking strip of rubber as long as Texas is wide.
When Adam Waheed called me up for a quick ride review on the Yamaha Star VMAX, I said, “Sure why not, I could use a nice cruise to relax.” Two days later I was at the MCUSA offices to pick up a red 2010 model. Adam told me all about his ride to the office on the VMAX making crazy screeching and engine noises while jumping around the shop using words like “insane,” “un-friggin-believable,” and “oh my god, dude!” in his usual frenetic and excited demeanor. Ok, Heedy, so it’s quick for a cruiser, but let’s not get carried away here. I figured it must have been a while since he has been on a ‘Busa or ZX14. As I pulled away from the office I decided to see what Adam was so excited about; I wacked the fly-by-wire throttle to the stop and – “OH MY GOD, DUDE!”

Let’s get straight to the point. This bike is fast, brutally fast. The 1679cc V-Four mill pumps out a rear tire destroying 197 horsepower and 122 lb-ft of torque. Once the adrenaline high wears off from that first crack of the throttle, riding the VMAX becomes an exercise in responsibility and restraint. It’s like riding a loaded gun. Be careful where you point it, and when you pull the trigger, you had better mean it. The VMAX makes the longest straight on your favorite mountain roads ridiculously short, brings far way objects near in short order, and basically blurs space and time.
2010 Yamaha Star VMAX Quick Ride
The hulking VMAX muscle cruiser engine draws your attention with its stealth black color and aluminum accents.

Although the engine is by far the standout feature on the Max, the chassis is also impressive. The brakes are just as strong as the engine. A Brembo radial-pump master cylinder mated to 6-piston calipers grab dual 320mm front rotors, while out back a single pot caliper goes to work on a 298mm rotor when your right wrist has bitten of a little too much. Brake feel is strong and progressive, and the ABS doesn’t kick in until it’s absolutely needed.

Bending into the corners the 685 lbs of the VMAX become apparent. Turn-in is a bit heavy feeling, but once leaned over the sled holds a line with no sign of flex or wallow. The suspension is balanced and compliant when the road gets less than ideal. The neutral upright riding position is comfortable and will feel familiar to cruiser and sport bike riders alike.
2010 Yamaha Star VMAX Quick Ride
It may take a bit of time to get used to riding with the huge air intakes but you'll forget about that when you twist the throttle.

It’s difficult to find any faults with this bike, and if I had to nitpick I would have only a few gripes. The beautifully sculpted aluminum air ducts that supply the air to stoke the VMax’s fire hit me right in above the knees on the inside of my legs. I like to squeeze and push a bike around with my knees, so I noticed this immediately. Your riding style most likely differs from my MX derived habits, so I doubt it will be an issue for many. The super cool info display is too low to be useful most of the time, as you have to take your attention from the road to see what’s happening on the small LCD screen. The VMax is also very thirsty. The 4 gallon fuel tank will only get you around 100 miles at a time under the best circumstances. I experienced a blinking empty warning after just 77 miles. None of this matters, however, when you can lay down a smoking strip of rubber as long as Texas is wide any time you get the urge.

2010 Yamaha Star VMAX Quick Ride2010 Yamaha Star VMAX Quick Ride
The VMAX carries a unique style that will appeal to those looking for a bike that will
stand out from a crowd and lay down the power to draw that crowd to you.
The Yamaha Star VMax is one of the most unique and extreme motorcycles ever offered from a Japanese motorcycle manufacturer. For the 2010 model year the VMax is a special order model, and the order period ends at the end of November, not a lot of time left to get your hands on this awesome piece of heavy artillery.
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docmusic   November 14, 2013 03:53 AM
The bike is fantastic in all senses...it's super cool and large....it's a VMAX ...take it or leave it ....if you have any doubts even after riding it on the right cold pressure of 36 and 42 then it's not for you.... as a primary vehicle in traffic it's totally fine and supremely comfy even in a jam.......at speed over bad terrain ish roads it's as solid and stable as a healthy rhino at full speed.... stops and turns absolutely fine ....Get real.....this is a real motorcycle....Thank you Yamaha. ride something else if the Vmax 1700 intimidates you .... it's obviously not for everyone. ..... go get a scooter ...
docmusic   November 14, 2013 03:43 AM
If your Maxxo handles crap it's because your air pressure is wrong or less......36 psi in front and 42 at the rear and it will handle like a charm..... get this right .
Dduck   April 7, 2013 11:59 AM
Test this bike before you buy it. The low speed handling and top heavy feel is the worst of any bike I've ever driven. It is stable at speed but super heavy. The power is great but there are better option if you want to go fast. And safer options... And option that are more fun to ride. It is a sexy looking bike though.
KZ1000man   December 1, 2011 06:16 PM
I agree ride what you love,I have 2 bikes one newer and one older listening to all this crap makes Me really understand the reality of the whole motorbike industry, for instance I own a 2005 concourse which is a 1000 cc ninja made for touring , I also have a 1978 kawasaki KZ 1000 the best bike ever made, strangely the old bike outperforms My new bike in every aspect except for touring comfort just like the 1984 and 1985 Vmax was the fastest Vmax ever so find one and restore It save yourself some money agony the new ones are just to expensive and I bet the 84 and 85 will outrun it.
Glen   October 24, 2011 05:30 PM
Star has sent out yet another recall for this bike. This time the motor won't run wild on its own with a YCCT issue, but will lock up from oil pump failure. What's happening to the quality of Asian imports?
Glen   June 20, 2011 03:16 PM
It's not the price that scares you it's the fact that it can't handle safe enough for the road. I've owned a generation two for a couple of years and only drag the bike. Yes it's fast but when you can't use the thing for weekend rides on the street it just makes it impractical to own.
Willie   May 7, 2011 12:28 PM
This bike is unsafe.
Drew Collins -$20,000  January 11, 2011 03:32 PM
Star way, way over priced this bike. You can't sell a Japanese motorcycle assembled in India with Chinese parts for the price of a BMW. At least if you buy an over priced Harley-Davidson you still don't lose any money due to the fact they hold their value.
Drew Collins -$20,000  January 11, 2011 03:25 PM
Star is selling this bike for way to much money. This is a Japanese motorcycle made with parts from China and assembled in India, it's not a BMW.
keith -re-flash  December 29, 2010 11:41 AM
brian, did you know that the fly by wire system on the bike has been re-flashed by some guy on-line? yamaha has said that there is a real safty issue with a hacked ecu and will void the owners warrenty if you have him do it. their concern is that the ecu will send false signals causing wide open throttle crashes. they just want to cover their a** as fast as possible and not be connected to the up coming law suits if this goes south and some dies. i've read the guy selling the cheap flash is out at the track with the guy that made the first max famous pushing the illegal reflash for around $450.

Brian -Re: robert - suspension  December 28, 2010 12:13 PM
Being a not so good shaft driven design there is little that can be done to make it ride soft or even come close to the feel of a chain driven bike. He can try adjusting the settings for the suspension but this bike was thrown out to the public in a hurry with way to many safty concerns to list here. It was thought by the guys at Star(Yamaha), that it would only be collected by Baby-Boomers and not actually ridden. Thats why Jay Leno got into the game.

I own a '09 and ride it only to shows.
robert -suspension  December 13, 2010 04:44 PM
my friend is 250 lbs and is having trouble getting a soft ride out of a 2010. Any ideas?
Mike -Unsafe  October 4, 2010 04:55 PM
The Vmax is unsafe no matter how tall you are. Please don't play with peoples lives, Chief. You don't own the bike.
Chief -Just got one 1700  October 2, 2010 07:45 PM
WoW! Rode my '92 into the dealership where they had a '10 V-Max on the floor. After 30 mins alone looking over this bad boy, the bikes staff - yes, staff (6 people min) approached me. Since being an active Max owner, they offered me a test ride. Incredible feel...so I bought it...glad Ombama doesn't effect my bottom-line. Nice feel, even at low speeds...this thing turns much more better than my my '92. The rake is taller, but 6' 5" guys like me fit it well. Trolling for victims hasn't been this fun in years - V-Rod who???
Mike -Buyer Beware  September 29, 2010 03:24 PM
I own a 2010 VMX17 and I urge you not to buy this motorcycle. With more years on more motorcycles then most men have been married, I can truly say this bike is the most unsafe motorcycle I've ever ridden. Rake and rider position make a lethal cocktail if you try to race this bike other then in a strait line. The wide aftermarket tire from Yamaha only amplifies this to its dangerous climax...death. It's to hard to turn at slow speeds even with the stock tire. The stock suspension is too hard as well as it's close gear ratio transmission makes this so called "cruiser" more of a tiring workout then a fun ride. Imagine shifting 4 times before 35mph as you bounce all over the place not being able to turn even slow safely.
odair -odaiur  August 18, 2010 04:03 PM
muito boa essa moto pena que no brasil e muito cara mas vale a pena ter uma
MotoMan -Traffic Stop  July 26, 2010 07:38 AM
This is the first motorcycle, the V-Max that is, that in thirty-plus years of riding it seems most if not all of the Harley guy's hate with a passion. When I pull up to a traffic light, they stop revving their engines to get attention as usual, and quickly turn their heads as if they didn't see me. This would just be funny if it wasn't for the fact that their ladies just can't stop staring.
Stir -Believer  June 12, 2010 12:06 AM
I met one VMax owner and I asked him why he got a VMax. He said it was his dream bike. The dream and the riding were incongruent.

I got my Vmax bacause aside from its looks that seemingly match my personality (and even age at over 50), I was intrigued by the power. I did not mind the talk that the VMax was hard labor in the curves. (It couldn't be worse than the old interceptors, FJs, Ninjas and GSXes days.) Other objections were that one doesn't need that much power because there is no use for it in the streets. And then the frequent gas-ups.

I believed that the VMax was for me so I got one. Although it's an old one, I've seen my speedometer moving no further. And even with bias tires on, it kept up with new Jixers, CBR rrs and R1s in the curves but outdid them in the small stretches in between mountian curves.

I am a believer and I know that if and when I get my hands on that 197 HP, none of the antagonistic posts here will matter.

I just hope some of those dreamers (whose rides do not match the dreams) would sell at a bargain in an effort to save their lives.

don yanavich -My Max  March 8, 2010 04:36 AM
I have an 04 max with a jet kit,kerkers,etc. and its tha fastest thing I have ever been on.The only flaw I ever saw was stopping for gas too often'''
Big Enough -Whoop Ass  February 3, 2010 09:23 AM
I've ridden for over 40 years. I used to get hate on by the 1% gang because I had a Jap bike. No one ever challenged me though. They were always tougher when there were half a dozen of em together. I grew to hate HD and the low IQ, unsophisticated hometown boys that rode em. Now there's so many pansies on Harleys, someone on something like a Vmax is like a one percenter, for different reasons, mainly having the balls to twist the throttle and hold on.
The Raven -V-Max  December 28, 2009 03:24 PM
I have 2 V-Max Motorcycles a 1992 with over 140,000 miles on it and a 1997 that I bought new in 2000 with over 85,000 miles on, both have been from New Orleans to Maine and back multiple times. The first trip to Maine on the 1992 was after it had 99,000 miles on it. I change oil, do regular maintenance as it is scheduled for and they are both still running on original parts, except tires and and header pipes for the 1992.

I also have a Harley Night Rod, but am looking to add a New Max to the stable, because for those of us who LOVE the Max, we know how to ride them and find the best in them. BTW, those trips to Maine from the Gulf Coast were made in two days, one way. So much for discomfort and no cruise time.

I have to stop for gas as often on my Night rod as my V-Max's right about 100 to 120 miles to the tank. I stop fill up the tank, get a gulp or two of cold water and then it is helmet on, and on the road again. I ride rain or shine, all year round!

As a biker/ motorcyclist, I don't care what anyone else rides, ride what you enjoy, and ride safely. We have enough adversity with car drivers, no need to argue amongst ourselves! Keep the shining side up and the rubber side down! Now get out there and ride!
John D. -VMax  December 24, 2009 08:12 AM
I can see from the above comments, that there is not a lack of knowledge about the VMax. A few sentences of truth about the VMax, I have one and without a doubt it is the fastest, best handling bike ever period. It is a crusier but handles like a sport bike. It is beating everything on the strip, including Hyabusa and the rest, running well into the 8-second range.

You have to drive one to understand what it's about,there is a learning curve to drag racing one of these machines. There is so much power most people can't control the spin. then there are those who are learning and are runing 8's and low 9's.


JD.
1198-Great -"spend less-get more"  December 8, 2009 09:58 PM
Wanted one of these but my wallet was too thin. Found a clean '07 1198 vmax with 7000 miles for $6000. UFO pipes $895. Re-jet and 4 individual K&N's $300. Dyno 128hp @ the rear wheel. Runs damn good. Smokes most. Had enough $$$ left over to buy a girlfiend...
HDBreeze -VMAX  December 8, 2009 05:22 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...the VMAX is not really a cruiser, it's a standard. It doesn't have a cruiser seating position, handlebar position, and on a good day, it will get 85 miles out of a tank. There's no doubt that it's fast, but it's no sportbike. I can see it's appeal to some riders, and I'm sure it would be a fun machine to own. For me, it falls into the same category as the Boss Hoss. It serves no real purpose to mototcycling. On the track, my 97 ZX7RR would lap the VMAX easily. I ride between 14k and 18k miles each year on my Harley Road Glide, and I usually stop for gas between 190 and 230 miles. I can't imagine riding to Sturgis from New Jersey on my Road Glide with a buddy on a VMAX, and stopping for gas every 80 or 90 miles. It's a bike that's in it's own niche, and I'm not really sure what that niche is. I'm not putting down the VMAX, I just can't see a reason for it. For distance riding and cruising, I prefer my Harley, and on the track I prefer my supercharged ZX7RR. Two different bikes for two different purposes. The VMAX is an awesome machine and it's scary fast, but it can't do either of the above as well as my Harley or my Kawasaki.
Don -Feel.  December 5, 2009 05:04 PM
If a bike is lighter than a V-Max, and is quicker in the 1/4 mile, doesn't that mean it feels more powerful than a V-Max in terms of (smile factor)? How would a geared down R1 feel?
RJ -Star V-Max  December 3, 2009 06:16 AM
The bike is insanity at it's best and for the power junkie a pure delight, too bad cost of onwership is the biggest prohibitive factor for most. I'm not just talking the higher MSRP either which might be justified because of the R&D involved and final technological product. Let's talk about maintenance, like with all that HP and torque how long are the tires really going to last and the price to replace them? Are the tires a standard size or some odd size like the rear of the Star Roadliner that inflates the cost? How long before the valves require adjusting and how many hours does the Yamaha Tech in the service department estimate on that job? Is this bike the same as all other Star cruisers with a wet clutch so it requires 5 quarts of oil each change? If you want to do what is right for the bike and run motorcycle synthetics that can get costly at approx. $10 a quart each change. I'm sure others might find oil a bit cheaper but not by much. How's the heat coming off that motor? Is the bike liquid cooled and does the rider experience any heat transfer anywhere on the bike? I ask because on other Stars heat comes through the seat because of where the oil tank is located. On a hot summer day sitting in traffic this matters. Also do the math on gas, at 77 miles on 4 gallons of gas that's 19.25 MPG. Then multiply that out if your a real rider which does an easy 200 miles a day that's going to be about three fill ups of super unleaded because I don't think regular will do. So rounding at $3/gallon (CT prices), that's about $36/day alone every time you roll that baby out of the garage and that does not include lunch, water, or other stops. Ouch, really getting to be an expensive addiction! Don't even price up the brake pads and 320/298mm rotors which will eventually wear out... I'm still trying to figure out if Justin Dawes is marketing the bike for Yamaha or really interested in writing a good article for the intended audience. I understand perhaps you need to be careful not to offend a manufacturer so you get invited back for other test rides but why a write up that neglects critical details to the overall function of the bike? It's all previous press released hyped up numbers and subjective seat of the pants assessments that left me with no idea if the darn thing even has a wet clutch. At 685 lbs does that mean it has an aluminium frame and swing arm? Forget all previous comments on other bikes and let's get some detail on the V-Max to draw our own conclusions... Yes, I understand you need to throw out some rational on this type of power cruiser but please tell us about the bike...
javajoe -capt meeko and jl mealer  December 3, 2009 04:41 AM
right on you guys...good comments but TMI on the gentalia...also, while the goldwing is a nice ride, i don't like them cuz they're too quiet and cuz they don't get the mileage i get on my '08 fatbob which is 63 mpg while i'm holding at 80 mph...it goes plenty fast for me..my other bike is the hotrod..
JL Mealer -V Max, Harley Davidson and my Triumph  December 2, 2009 08:44 PM
I find it very odd that within the comments here, we have people complaining about loud motorcycles, cells phones and it seems someone is unhappy with his penis size. Better ask your wife or girlfriend about it and please... Other men do not want to hear about your penis.

The V Max is a great motorcycle for just about anything, Harley Davidsons are cool for the cruise to show off the American attitude just as BMWs are for the long haul. I prefer my Triumph Rocket III over all of these bikes and that is simply because I have not yet bought one of each. Loud or quiet... All motorcycles are great to ride. AND any true motorcycle "road warrior" would agree, that on the open road it really doesn't matter as long as you're moving.

Sure sure... some people liek the smooth ride while others prefer the out of balance Harley Davidson (try riding with a woman ont he back of a Harley and she will jump your bones at every stop you make if you let her. When you buy an Harley Davidson, you can order it with the extra vibration option that seems directed to the hard partially fender mounted rear seat so that as many HD owners claim allow their women to FEEL the bike...

For some of us it's all about the ride...

My Triumph Rocket III is the best bike I have ever ridden adn the old 1986 V Max rates right there as second.


capt, Meeko -loud pipes  December 2, 2009 05:50 PM
I have my share of bikes, fzr1000 72sportster ninja1000 03Indian spirit to mention a few. I have put carb kits and pipes on just about all my bikes. So they might be louder than stock. I work on all my bikes myself, a labor of love. The one that I sling my leg over the most, seems to be the Indian. I take it on club rides and asked one of the fellows if my bike was too loud. He said no, but they know your commin. Good, thats what I want. My bikes don't make noise, they make music. Unlike leaf blowers, screeming little girls, and my neighbor's air conditioner. and if I made you soil yourself as I blew passed you, great. Pay attention to your driving put and the cell phone down. Also, I'm not an insecure biker even though my penis is under 9". All bikes are good, so shut up.
Observer -Fed up - pin heads  December 2, 2009 08:25 AM
"I want to be so loud that the dumb ass next to me drops their cell phone and never finds it again. What a bunch of pin heads some of you are." This kind of a moron excuse for loud pipes is the same crap as the "Loud Pipes Save Lives" crap. These people are just a bunch of insecure bikers with the "Hey Look At Me - I Have A Loud Motorcycle" so I must be cool attitude. They are the bikers that are getting the laws changed to factory equipped mufflers. Stillwater, MN has a $600 fine for not having stock exhaust on your bike. Too many people complaining about loud motorcycles and I don't blame them. Motorcycle manufactures only ship a small portion to there bike line to the U.S. Why? because the cruiser bike is too popular in the U.S. Bikers in the U.S. like to buy a cruiser and ride slow, make lots of noise to prove there manhood and dress up like a clown. That is why HD dosent't have to improve there line of bikes. People only buy a HD because it sounds cool with out mufflers. If there was a nationwide law banning loud exhaust HD would be out of business in 6 months. Nobody would buy that out of date crap otherwise. Harley dealers make a fortune selling loud exhaust to bikers. The first thing one does after buying a HD is change the exhaust. These insecure clowns could not stand it if there bike was quiet. Gee, no one would notice them in there pirate outfit. Those morons have to sit at stop lights revving there motors so people notice them. Yea, they get noticed all right. People say - look at that idiot on the motorcycle making all that noise. More and more cities are passing motorcycle noise ordinances and you can thank all the guys on cruisers for that. Hey everybody look at me coming down the street on my bike. Man Iam cool with my loud exhaust. People must think that I have a real hot bike. Boy am I cool. Oops, I better slow down, my do-rag might blow off.
WingMan -HD Noise  December 2, 2009 06:23 AM
I ride with our local touring group. We mostly all have Honda Goldwings and take 1 to 2 day rides. What is upsetting is when a guy and his wife join our group that have a Harley dresser. 100% of the time the guy puts real loud exhaust on it. Now the group has to listen to his exhaust on our trips. Usually everyone will let the harley ride at the rear of our group so we can't hear him. We do not want them in the front because the harelys always burn a little oil and then we have the oil smell plus the noise. We do not want to offend these bikers by telling them they can't ride with us but it is hard to understand why they put the loud pipes on there bikes. It must be terrible on the highway with all that noise. Also, we like the harleys in the rear of the group because it is hard for them to pass slow cars on the highway. It is no problem with our Goldwings but the harley does not have a lot of horsepower and it is difficult for them to pass cars.
javajoe -response to passin thru  December 2, 2009 05:23 AM
i agree with all the comment about loud pipes and pirate costumes...i wear a helmet in a state that doesn't require one with protective gear..the ironic thing about the loud pipes is that they detract from your horsepower...i don't understand a lot of guys out there but i hang with all of them from the pirates to the jockies on the metric rockets..i'll ride with anyone, anytime..in the meantime, my hopes are that we can all be a little more tolerant of each other..cuz it's us, the guys on 2 wheels and them, the cars...
fed up -pin heads  December 1, 2009 06:35 PM
I have always heard that the V-Max goes real fast and handles like crap. Even last year that is what I was reading about the new ones. I think this review falls way short of being informative enough to base a buying decision on. Burns rubber and a tank of gas in 77 miles? 20K just so you can brag about how you could win a race against anyone on any bike. Wow, I'm impressed (NOT) I love Yamaha, don't get me wrong, but that doesn't mean they can do no bad. NOW, the very first comment on here was that Harley should take note of this one. WTF? B Biker, you are the one looking like a moron. Mr I want one? You do exactly what you say not to do, idiot. A couple more tards talking about protective leather clothing like it's a clown or pirate suit? Grow up. You and your friends put on even more of the crap with fringe and bits of silver and a pin from every pancake house in the nation on your jean jacket (with the arms ripped off) over your leather jacket. And the same loud pipes are on all cruisers all over the damn place. I want to be so loud that the dumb ass next to me drops their cell phone and never finds it again. What a bunch of pin heads some of you are.
LABiker -My eyes! MY EYES!!!  December 1, 2009 04:28 PM
Simply hideous styling. The old MAX looked better. Not enough of a boost in power to justify the boost in price vs. rehabbing the already amortized old V4. If I had the money, I'd take the old 1200cc? Vmax and build a real frame for it over what it would cost to buy one of these new...
Passin Thru -Harley Bashing  December 1, 2009 04:15 PM
It would seem to me that the Harley people are the ones that are insecure. Why else would they ride a motorcycle with no mufflers and dress up like they belong in a circus. I think you get annoying comments about HD because the general pubic is sick of listening to the insecure harley riders with no mufflers. I think everyone enjoys motorcycles no matter what brand. It just seems that whenever you hear a loud obnoxious motorcycle it is a HD with some guy dressed up like a clown riding it. People are just tired of it.
javajoe -harley bashers  December 1, 2009 02:51 PM
a person must extremely insecure and jealous to bash another for what their chosen mode of transport..i own an '08 fatbob and an '83 shovelhead fxwg...my next bike will be a ducati or buell..maybe a v-max..just about anything on 2 wheels turns my gears...i don't feel the need to bash someone for what they do or don't ride..oh, and ride safe.
B Biker -Response to Rendell  December 1, 2009 01:17 PM
The "Harley People" could care less if a bike is fast or not. All they care about is how loud it sounds and if there pirate outfit looks cool. I don't think HD makes anything that even burns rubber. A Harley can hardly get out of its own way. They only have around 65 HP and they are big boat anchor heavy. Of course HD will sell those morons a screaming beagle kit to get the HP up a little but that cost a lot of money. Harley riders just like to go slow, make noise and look like an idiot.
Rendell -Response to Mullet Head  November 29, 2009 11:18 AM
You (and Harley people too) like bikes for the wrong reasons. Get a 250 Virago and work on your self confidence.
dave - burn the tires ..  November 28, 2009 01:03 PM
What you hear most by VmAx riders and even in mag tests is the big long burnout you can do with bike ...
Whatever ,if thats what its all about to you then great .
I thought that was mostly just a harley thing ..
Still like to know real world 1/4 mile time with stock vMax?
philamar -v-max  November 28, 2009 08:50 AM
Im going to try to get a tire sponsorship so I can buy one of these. The old vmax was fun, this one is a two wheeled space shuttle I actually liked the BKing till I sat on one, I don't know how that got by the engineers eye (they must not have sat on one). Most people don't ride with their legs spread out like they are on the back of a hippo and what's with the plastic mufflers? This class of cycles could be great with a little styling to go with the power.
Mullet head -VMax rules!  November 28, 2009 04:58 AM
B-King? what the crap is that...I thought it was a marketing ploy by Suzuki to sell Busas without all that makeup? Guess what?.....It fell on it's FACE! NO ONE wants it and the not only didn't the B-King have any clothes on, BUT it didn't even sell well enough to keep it in the Suzuki line-up. They only offer it outside the USA, cause they hope that the Euros don't notice the bike is dead in the USA.

VMax...RULES!

Brian -vs Rocket III Roadster?  November 27, 2009 10:28 PM
How would the Max compare to the Triumph Rocket III Roadster?
RT Rider -Royal Star  November 27, 2009 10:32 AM
Woodman West - You are absolutely right about the Royal Star motor. I believe Yamaha has the Royal Star up for a major makeover in 2011. The Royal Star is a wonderful bike but it is long in tooth just like the Goldwing. Honda will have an all new Leadwing for 2011. It will be interesting to see it. I almost bought a Royal Star in 2006 but I bought a Leadwing instead. I put 6500 miles on it and sold it. It was a wonderful bike but it was just too heavy. Sure liked the built-in GPS and airbag though. I had a 2007 Moto Guzzi Norge and a 16 year old girl made a left turn in front of me while she was text messaging. I broadsided her car and totaled my Norge. Had I had the Leadwing at least I would not have taken the trip thru the air over her car. LOL....
Woodman West -Smoking Motor  November 27, 2009 04:36 AM
This is the motor that belongs in the RoyalStar line. For years Royal riders have been putting V Max cams and carbs in thier motors.

Yammie would have sold a lot more bikes if it had a V max motor.
dave -on the track  November 25, 2009 08:22 PM
so its a straight line monster .What 1/4 mile times is it producing in stock form?
BDVMAX -Drag Strip  November 25, 2009 07:56 PM
Out of the crate the VMax has more than suitable power for about most anyone. Do all the mods illustrated on www.starvmax.com and you got a high 8's @ 156mph rocket ship. The VMax gives you a head rush from the time you go wide open until you let off.
Rider -Mr Max  November 25, 2009 04:53 PM
Ahmed has a very good point. The V-Max really is just a very fast cruiser. As far as looks go, the B-King will not win any contest either. I am sure its sales reflect its poor design in the looks dept. The new Honda VFR falls on it face also with the worlds worst looking muffler. There is one B-King in my city and the owner takes a lot of shit from the guys over the bikes looks. He got his cookies cooked good this fall when he bet he could beat a new BMW K1300S. Man that BMW blew him away but good. There are 14 bikes (all very fast) in our group and none can touch the K1300S. I would have one but I do not have the $$$$. I hoping for a used one in a year or so.
Ahmed -Let another crusier come up to the plate  November 25, 2009 02:40 PM
Already the sport bikers (even BMW fans) are failing to realize that the Max is a CRUISER. Though a Muscle Cruiser. There for in that text. Not naked, not Sport, not what ever.......Make a bike with the rider in a cruiser position, take away all the plastic, and what do all the other bikes have that comes close? Thats right NOTHING. Apples to Apples and Oranges to Oranges. V Max a class of one! B-King (yawn) everyone knows a sportbike with no plastic. Not to mention the stock ugliness of the thing.
Greg -V-Max  November 25, 2009 11:14 AM
Not sure what all the hubub is about. sure it is fast. sure it will shred a tire before you can sneeze. It still is not as fast as a Suzuki B-King, won't handle nearly as good as a B-King, and the Yamaha costs a lot more.
will parker -Vmax..  November 25, 2009 10:10 AM
cool..wearing a Mullett must be a prerequisite for owning one...
RT Rider -Mr Max vs S1000RR  November 25, 2009 08:58 AM
Wonder what Mr Max will do against the new BMW S1000RR in a drag race. They both have the same HP but the BMW is lighter.
Mr Speed -V-Max  November 25, 2009 08:56 AM
Wow - this thing will scare those HD guys right out of there clown outfits. Even there expensive Screaming Beagle kits will not help them here. Imagine a 70 HP Harley going up against a V-Max?
I want one -Mr Max  November 25, 2009 08:52 AM
Mr Max is King!!!! Harley does not even get an honorable mention around this machine. The only similar between Mr Max and a Harley is they both have 2 wheels. Lets not embarrass Mr Max by mentioning a Harley's 1950's tech around him.
Teh Kodiak -Point and Shoot  November 25, 2009 07:35 AM
Point and shoot at its best. If you think this thing is a liezurly ride, think again. This isn't a Harley, it actually has technology conceived during this century.
Hangar -Vmax  November 25, 2009 06:16 AM
If you are someone who is not easily impressed, the new Max will bring you to your knees in admiration. It is an unbelievable machine.
Frank N Stein -Bad  November 25, 2009 05:54 AM
It is everything that it was meant to be, and more. No surprises here on a bike that truly stands in a nitch all of it's own. It delivers on brute power, handling, braking and ergonomics. Basically, it's the '69 SS you always wanted, but on two wheels!!!
Pool -Harley o Harley  November 25, 2009 02:27 AM
V4....Harley just like a kitten
Pool -Harley o Harley  November 25, 2009 02:27 AM
V4....Harley just like a kitten
Peaches -"special order"  November 24, 2009 10:37 PM
“For the 2010 model year the VMax is a special order model, and the order period ends at the end of November, not a lot of time left to get your hands on this awesome piece of heavy artillery”. Special order, I guess Yamaha just got tired of buyers wanting more units than they can make OR they realized that when demand is low it’s just easier to make the bikes for the select few that will actually have the means or desire to purchase one. I’m not saying the bike isn’t cool because it is, its way cool but let’s be real here in the current economy along with very poor sales figures from ALL the OEMs, special order is code for we have no idea how many units we have a chance of selling.
sweet -ME  November 24, 2009 04:37 PM
198HP/122Lb...dang, Harley should take note on this one.

1679cc V4? Awesome Yamaha, now get rid of that cross plane crank and make a smaller V4 for the R1! :)