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1995 Yamaha V Max, 6 month warranty, extras, value for money
Close your eyes and image its 1984. If you wanted bragging rights to owning the fastest bike on the block, you had options like the naked 110hp CB1100, 120hp GPZ 1100, or the generally regarded quickest and best bike of the day, the 125hp FJ1100. Smaller capacity and better handling sports bikes were around, but for sheer grunt, these were the top of their class. Then you hear whispers of a wild new Yamaha. Rumours of substantially more power than anything else around. Of some turbo boost effect. And in a style that no-one can describe what type of bike it is.
Open your eyes now, and behold the Yamaha V Max VMX 1200. 150hp. A big liquid cooled DOHC engine with V boost secondary intake that gives a turbo boost feel when it kicks in at higher revs. A fat rear tyre connected by shaft drive. Its no sports bike. Its no tourer. Its no chopper – the cruiser term hadn’t been used commonly then. It is just a bad-ass straight line drag bike, inspired by the muscle cars of the 1970s. And it’s a revelation.
Even by today’s standards, 150hp is a lot, but its more than just the peak power of the V Max that impresses – it’s the torque that the torque on offer from low revs, the glorious V8-style sound that only a V4 can deliver, and the intoxicating hit of power when the V boost kicks in, that makes it so hard to resist riding at full throttle. And if you think I’m over exaggerating, read any review of the bike and you’ll hear the same sentiment repeated again and again.
You will also read the same sentiment on the brakes and handling. They both work, but only enough to let you pull up and turn around for the next drag race. This isn’t a bike designed for the hills twisties or out-braking them into a corner at a track day, and it’s the reason you see a lot of these fitted with first generation R1 brakes and ugly but effective frame braces.
This one is quite stock and original, giving you an indication that its previous owners weren’t after any more performance than the factory provided. It also leaves you a clean sheet for any mods you do. While looking stock, the exhausts have been opened up internally, and aside from having a backrest and a manual switch for the thermos fan and headlight, its very near original – subtle Bundy bear on the tank and angry rear indicators aside! - and even comes with its factory owner's manual.
Freshly serviced by Mount Barker Motorcycles, with the front brakes overhauled, new rear tyre & fork seals fitted, its ready to let rip on your local drag strip, registered until January 2018 and backed by our own 6 month unlimited km warranty. On a bike like this, 52,000km is of no concern to us, and shouldn’t be for you either.
As a start up dealer we price our bikes to move, and work hard buying at the best price so we can sell at the best price. Bike trade ins welcome and credit card facilities available, we offer cheap freight to the lower Eastern states and only sell bikes that have never been written off. Follow mac_motorcycles_sa on Instagram to see incoming stock first, find all our bikes on the Mac Motorcycles SA Facebook group page, to succeed in life you need three things: a wish bone, a back bone and a funny bone – Reba McEntire (just seeing if you’re still reading) and for any enquiries contact Lachlan at Mac Motorcycles on ******** 316 MVD264253
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