, called the VMAX since 2008, is a cruiser motorcycle
made by Yamaha
since 1985, known for its powerful V4 engine
, shaft drive, and distinctive styling.
John Reed, an English designer who lived in California
was contracted by Yamaha to design the ultimate custom bike. He designed a muscle cruiser based on the Venture
Upon its release in 1985, the V-Max garnered instant critical acclaim and earned the title "Bike of the Year" from Cycle Guide
Until 2007, the original V-Max was offered for sale through the Star Motorcycles division of Yamaha Motorcycles. Apart from a minor freshening to the bike's specifications in 1993, when the bike gained a larger-diameter fork to minimize high-speed wobbling and drift, four-piston brake calipers, and other handling and safety related upgrades, the 2007 V-Max was almost the same as the original 1985 version.Motorcyclist
March 2006 issue p. 89 Primedia Inc.
Overall, the V-Max was long, wide, and ... Read More