The new Yamaha VMAX 2011 stays true to the philosophy of the genuine hot-rod.
Imagine yourself gripping the drag bars and feeling the mega-wide 200/50 R18 rear tyre transfer all the V4’s incredible 200 PS and 166.8 Nm of throbbing torque to the ground – it’s got to the ultimate adrenaline ride. The VMAX is back!
All-new high-powered liquid-cooled 4-stroke V4 engine
Powering the new VMAX is all-new 1,679cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 65 degree V4 engine* whose imposing in-your-face design offers you an unforgettable acceleration experience created by awesome levels of power.
Running with bore x stroke dimensions of 90 x 66mm and featuring a compression ratio of 11.3:1, this visually intimidating new power plant develops 200 PS at 9,000 rpm, together with a huge torque output of 166.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
The completely new VMAX engine benefits from the application of some of the most advanced Yamaha engine management technology ever seen in the category.
Newly-designed low-profile aluminium frame
As well as featuring an all-new engine, the new VMAX is equipped with a completely new advanced-specification aluminium frame. This high-tech design has been built to deliver high levels of handling performance, allowing you to optimize the huge potential of the remarkably powerful 1,679cc V4 engine.
The VMAX’s new diamond-type frame has been developed using Yamaha’s industry-leading chassis design and manufacturing technology, and features an immensely strong yet lightweight structure that is made up from a variety of gravity-cast, CF die-cast and extruded aluminium sections. This innovative new design incorporates gravity-cast components for the main frame and pivot assembly, while the rear frame is made from a range of Yamaha’s exclusive CF die-cast parts and extruded parts which are welded together.
This combination of these different types of aluminium, each with a different rigidity level, is one of the major factors in achieving the desired balance of rigidity. To fine-tune this balance even further for excellent handling and accurate rider feedback, the wall thickness on the main frame varies from between 3mm through to 6mm.
An imaginary straight line drawn between the swingarm pivot and head pipe runs right through the centre of the V-bank, and this layout makes for neutral handling characteristics. And by incorporating the V4 engine as a stressed member – using cast-iron mounts at the front, the centre of the V bank, and at the top and bottom of the crankcase – the overall chassis rigidity balance is further enhanced.
There’s no doubt that the original VMAX established a reputation with its owners as one of the most awesome straight line performers, and this aspect of the machine’s character has been taken to an even higher level with the new chassis! With an extended wheelbase of 1,700mm the new model’s advanced aluminium chassis is built to handle the massive power and torque output that can be released when you twist the throttle. Significantly, the new bike’s 662.5mm swingarm allows you to lay down the 1,679cc V4 engine’s power more effectively then ever.
Engine type4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, V-type 4-cylinder
Engine coolingLiquid cooled
Bore x stroke90.0 x 66.0 mm
Maximum power147.2 kW (200 PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication systemWet sump
Fuel SystemFuel injection
Clutch typeWet, multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Transmission systemConstant mesh, 5-speed
Final transmissionShaft drive
Gear ratio-1st gear2.375
Gear ratio-2nd gear1.810
Gear ratio-3rd gear1.400
Gear ratio-4th gear1.115
Gear ratio-5th gear0.935
Fuel tank capacity15 litres
Oil tank capacity5.9 litres
Front suspension systemTelescopic forks, Ø 52 mm
Front travel120 mm
Rear suspension systemSwingarm (Link-type suspension)
Rear travel110 mm
Front brakeDual discs, Ø 320 mm
Rear brakeSingle disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre120/70 R18M/C (59V)
Rear tyre200/50 R18M/C (76V)
Seat height775 mm
Wheel base1,700 mm
Minimum ground clearance140 mm
Service weight310 kg