Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max: history, specs, pictures

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1985 Yamaha VMX1200 V-max in red.jpg
Yamaha VMX1200
Manufacturer
Also called VMX12 V-Max, VMX 1200, VMX1200 V-Max, VMX 1200 V-Max
Production 1985 - 2003
Class Cruiser
Engine
v4, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 76.0mm x 66.0mm
Top Speed 120 mph (160 km/h)
Horsepower 137.05 HP (102.2 KW) @ 8500RPM
Torque 86.89 ft/lbs (117.8 Nm) @ 7500RPM
Fuel System carburetor. bds35/mikuni
Air Filter K&N YA-1285 `85-07[1]
Ignition tci
Spark Plug NGK DPR8EA-9 '85-07
Battery YUASA YB16AL-A2 '85-07
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed

Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: wet, multi disc
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Rear: coil spring, oil damper left and right
Brakes Front: dual disc
Rear: single disc
Front Tire 100/90-v18 61v
Rear Tire 150/90-b15 m/c 74v
Wheelbase 62.6 inches (1590 mm)
Length 90.55 inches (2300 mm)
Width 31.3 inches (795 mm)
Height 45.67 inches (1160 mm)
Seat Height 30.12 inches (765 mm)
Weight 577.61 pounds (262.0 Kg) (dry), 274.0 kg (wet)
Oil Capacity 1.24 Gallon (4.70 Liters)
Oil Filter K&N KN-303[1]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Fuel Capacity 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 7.35 liters/100 km (13.6 km/l or 32.00 mpg)
Competition Kawasaki ZX1100A
Honda CB1100F
Honda VF1100C
Suzuki GS1100ES
Suzuki GV1200
Manuals Service Manual


The Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max was a v4, four-stroke muscle bike produced by Yamaha between 1985 and 2003. It could reach a top speed of 120 mph (160 km/h). Max torque was 86.89 ft/lbs (117.8 Nm) @ 7500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 137.05 HP (102.2 KW) @ 8500 RPM.

Overview[edit]

The Yamaha V-Max was originally designed for the United States, though it achieved surprising success when it was imported to France in 1986. It immediately became the favorite bike of the rich and famous along the Cote d 'Azur.

"Urban Dragster"[edit]

Style is what the V-Max is all about, with its huge aluminum air scoops feeding its quadruple carburetors and its instruments mounted atop its gas tank. It looks dangerous while retaining a high-class appearance. An "urban dragster" the v-Max combines a wide range of seemingly incompatible qualities. "Awesome" is the word for this liquid-cooled V-4, V-boost, 145 hp power cruiser, fondly called "Mr. Max."

Gentle Giant[edit]

A massive machine with a totally-exposed 1200cc V power unit crammed into its double-cradle frame, the V-Max leaps away from traffic signals with a satisfying squeal from its fat rear tire. But it's also a refined street cruiser with astounding fifth-speed flexibility at low revolutions. Further evidence that the V-Max is a gentle giant: even at full bore, the rumble of its two huge chromed tail pipes is far from ear splitting. In these days of low overall speed limits, the VMax has created a new style of superbike, a real leisure machine whose raw power is tamed by all the finesse that modern engineering can provide.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a liquid cooled v4, four-stroke. A 76.0mm bore x 66.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 1198.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet, multi disc.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 100/90-v18 61v front tire and a 150/90-b15 m/c 74v rear tire. Stopping was achieved via dual disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The VMX1200 V-Max was fitted with a 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 577.61 pounds (262.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 62.6 inches (1590 mm) long.



  • DPR8EA-9
  • Yamaha V-Max, Vmax, VMX1200
  • 1198cc, V4
  • Liquid cooled
  • Debutted in Las Vegas in 1984
  • The engine was originally based on the Yamaha XVZ12 Venture

1985[edit]

1985 Yamaha VMX1200 V-max in red
1985 Yamaha VMX1200 V-max

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2001[edit]

2001 Yamaha Vmax
2001 Yamaha Vmax


2004[edit]

2004 Yamaha V-max in Black


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2006[edit]

2006 Yamaha V-Max in Onyx with shift red flames
2006 Yamaha V-Max in Onyx with shift red flames
2006 Yamaha V-Max in Onyx with shift red flames




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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.