Yamaha Star VMax
The Star VMax is a high-performance street bike made by Yamaha Motor Corporation. Originally dubbed the Yamaha V-Max, the motorcycle’s name was changed in the US after its first major overhaul for the 2009 model year. Although its name has been altered slightly, the VMax’s formula remains the same.
The Yamaha design team deserves a tip of the hat for producing a bike that inherits the distinctive looks of the V-Max, but with a more modern finish.
Powering the motorcycle is a gigantic 1679cc V-Four that features all of the latest hot rodding techniques including a 16-valve cylinder head, gear and chain driven camshafts and liquid-cooling. The VMax engine is capable of delivering upwards of 160 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque to the oversized rear tire, which makes this motorcycle a drag racers dream.
Although the original V-Max was known for its tremendous straight line acceleration it came up short in the handling and braking department. Engineers addressed these issues by giving the ‘Max a sturdier frame and heavy-duty suspension components that feature complete adjustability front and rear. Brakes sourced from a Yamaha YZF-R1 sportbike with an integrated ABS system provides safe and effective stopping power for the V-MAX.
Although the Vmax commands a hefty price tag, it’s perhaps one of the highest quality production motorcycles made today, not to mention one of the fastest in a straight line.