The ultimate power cruiser delivers unmatched performance from its 65-degree, four-valves-per-cylinder, 1679cc V4—plenty of eye-opening, controllable acceleration from a compact engine that looks as powerful as it is.
Downdraft four-bore fuel injection with YCC-I® intake
technology and YCC-T® fly-by-wire throttle provide
awesome acceleration throughout the
Lightweight aluminum chassis puts the engine
low and forward for mass centralization, resulting in
a machine designed to handle curves as well
Borrowing liberally from advanced sportbike
technology, VMAX features a slipper clutch,
wave-style brake discs, ABS, and complete
suspension adjustability front and rear.
Functionality and forward-thinking style uniquely
combine with features like oxidized-titanium-coated
52mm front fork tubes, magnesium engine side
covers, fluorinated polyethylene fuel tank and
The thunderous 1679cc, 65-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected
four-valves-per-cylinder, DOHC engine pumps out astonishing
power to reinvent the VMAX legend.
The superbike-proven Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I)
switches nearly instantaneously between 150mm and 54mm
intake funnels as needed for a broad powerband that delivers
optimum performance at any rpm.
Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), the fly-by-wire
system, delivers optimum acceleration under all conditions.
Engine combines four-valve technology with a high 11.3:1
compression ratio, forged aluminum pistons and NGK® Iridium
spark plugs with R1-type direct ignition coils to extract maximum
horsepower from the fuel charge.
Cams are driven by a combined chain and gear system to
precisely control valves while keeping cylinder heads remarkably
compact for such a large displacement engine.
Hydraulically activated clutch includes racetrack-proven
ramp-type slipper clutch system that makes braking from speed
while downshifting smoother.
Five-speed transmission has superbly spaced gear ratios to take
full advantage of the engine’s awesome power in straight-line
acceleration or through the canyons.
Delivering this power cruiser’s muscle to the street means a
beefy shaft drive. Special shaft design includes two cross joints
to accommodate the fat 200/50 R18 rear tire.
The high-performance engine is cooled by two radiators for
efficiency and clean looks. Lubrication is via a simple, reliable
wet sump system.
Four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust system with EXUP®
delivers a broad, seamless powerband with the right VMAX look.
The iconic VMAX aluminum intake covers are hand buffed by
craftsmen for superb quality and individuality.
The chassis is light and compact, with a cast aluminum main
frame, Controlled-Fill die-cast and extruded aluminum
rear frame and cast aluminum swingarm.
Cartridge-damper-type front forks have substantial 52mm
inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating. Forks have both
compression and rebound damping adjustability plus
Link-type Monocross® rear suspension has a piggyback reservoir
and features compression and rebound clickers, plus remote
VMAX uses Brembo® master cylinders, the front with radial pump
and reserve tank. Large 320mm wave-style dual front discs are
matched to radial-mounted mono block 6-piston calipers. On
the rear wheel, there’s a 298mm disc, also wave design, and
single-piston caliper. These high-tech brakes also incorporate
Tapered handlebar provides a muscular 1-1/8” diameter look at
the triple clamp while using conventionally sized controls.
18-inch radial tires, 120/70 R18 front and 200/50 R18 rear, are
mounted on cast aluminum five-spoke wheels.
For mass centralization that contributes to the bike’s lean looks,
the 4-gallon (15-liter) fuel tank is mounted under the seat, with
the filler under the rider’s backrest.
The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses three microprocessors to
control fuel injection, ignition, YCC-T, YCC-I, meters and other
The instrument panel includes an analog, step-motor driven
tachometer, and digital speedometer with LED indicator lights.
Prominent LED shift timing indicator adds to the performance
character of the VMAX.
Organic electroluminescence multifunction display provides
a more precise display vs. LCD and includes clock, fuel meter,
trip meter with fuel reserve trip meter, transmission gear
position, coolant temperature, stopwatch, and more.
H4 60/55W headlight provides excellent visibility and distinctive
style, while the trick-looking LED taillight is light, bright and