2009 Star VMax

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Previously known as Yamaha V-Max, now called Star VMax, this is one cruiser that means serious business and it is as advanced as we never even thought it was possible to get. We recently go the chance to test ride the beast so here is the full review. Check it out!

 

Introduction

Star VMax

Star Motorcycles couldn’t have found a better way to redefine the performance cruiser concept than with the 2009 VMax. They have taken an industry icon and multiply it by ten. The results would normally be overwhelming for anything else out there, but not for the VMax: 200 hp and 167 Nm! It’s all coming from the revolutionary 1,679cc, 65-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four-valves-per-cylinder, DOHC, V4 engine that now implements supersport bike features such as the Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake and Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle. Throttle response is instantaneous and no matter at what speed you’re riding, in what gear you’re in, this thing will go like no other ever before it.

Star sticks to the five-speed tranny in order to exploit all of the power and torque coming from the massive engine both on straight portions of road (or should I say on the drag track) and curved ones. The slipper clutch is also a supersport model feature and further deepens our opinion that Star actually saw this as a competition bike during development and built it as such.


It is amazing that the chassis is even capable of dealing with those kinds of performance figures, but it does. The engine and cast aluminum frame were designed as a single unit with the engine mounted as a stressed member of the diamond frame. Also, the engine is positioned as close to that front wheel as possible for good mass centralization resulting in sharp handling and great high speed stability.

The fully adjustable suspension and Brembo brakes with a 320mm wave-style dual front disc and a 298mm rear one are also a good reminder of YZF top-notch performance, but they claim this is actually a cruising motorcycle. But have things always been this way?

History

Yamaha VMAX

Yes. In the 1980s, Yamaha was set to create the ultimate muscle cruiser and their vision came to live together with the launch of the first V-Max in 1984 as a 1985 model year. The bike quickly gained notoriety as being incredibly fast accelerating and, from what we’ve come to realize, it was just the beginning. The engine was a 1,197cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, V4 delivering a mind blowing 133 hp at 8,000 rpm and 90 ft•lbf at 7,500 rpm while the gearbox was a five-speed unit. With bold looks to match the incredible performance, the V-Max had started his era.

Apart form a fork upgrade in 1993, the Yamaha V-Max carried on without important changes and, to be quite honest, it didn’t even needed any. Top notch built from the very first year of fabrication and managing to maintain that rhythm up until 2007 had to say something. But it did more than that…it turned it into a legend.

The 2009 Star V-Max stands as proof of the fact that history is being rewritten. Hope there won’t be any repercussions for the motorcycle industry.

Exterior

Star VMax

The modern day VMax loses nothing from his ancestor’s charm and exerts that very same magical attraction as that did in the early days. It does it by retaining the general muscle bike design as well as the characteristic styling cues of the original model. The gas tank’s dimensions are enhanced by the presence of the iconic aluminum intake covers which are actually handmade, just to give an example.

The 2009 is a massive and radical approach towards a category which misses competitors, but that’s another story. Measuring 94.3 inches in length has got to say something good about road characteristics. Impressively, only the wheelbase measures 66.9 inches and if we’re still at it, what an aggressive pair of 18-inch wheels!

But most importantly about the VMax is what sits between the wheels, a black covered threatening V4 engine that doesn’t mind giving a clue about the rush that it is capable of providing. The four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust system with Exhaust Ultimate Power valve looks more like a pair of rocket launchers, perfectly suitable for the Vmax.

The naked bike-like headlight is very aerodynamic and behind it, riders will be introduced not only to an instrument panel, but also with a luminescence multi-function display that looks pretty fancy.

Wide and nicely curved, that rear fender looks like contrasting with the sharp design of the seat, but maybe that’s just me.

Color available for the 2009 Star VMax is Intense Black. 


Test Ride

Star VMax

There haven’t been invented the words to describe the rush that you get when riding the Star VMax and we don’t even wish for that to happen. Swinging a leg over the 2009 model year is like entering into a totally new dimension in motorcycling, something you’ve never again experienced and wish to keep it for yourself. Without being selfish at all, I will have to confess that the 200 horsepower engine isn’t for nothing. Acceleration is at a level way above what a human being’s mind can conceive so the rider does require a little bit of getting used to.

It is recommended to treat it as a cruiser in a first instance and the bike will do very well both in masking the enormous performances that it is capable of and being quite comfortable. That doesn’t mean you won’t be opening the throttle from time to time, but that’s only to worm up the tires, especially that 200mm rear one. I like to think that the VMax gradually invites you to open up the throttle more and more when going out of corners, but that’s probably just my routine. Still, I recommend this to become yours too, especially when riding this monster of a bike. A cold tire and a widely opened throttle can mean disaster simply because rolling burns are easily pulled out without even making use of the clutch. Can you imagine the torque of that engine? Incredible!

Any open stretch of road becomes a rider’s very own drag course and with a slipper clutch and five-speed gearbox, there’s nothing to stop a rider from getting faster and faster on any portion of road that he usually travels on. It sounds unhealthy, but Star Motorcycles designed the latest VMax to suit the riding needs of experienced riders who thing they have seen it all. The balance between horsepower and torque is ideal and with ingenious MotoGP-like features such as the YCC-T and YCC-I, all a rider needs to do in order to go like a bullet is just open up that throttle. It doesn’t matter in what gear you’re in or the speed you’re cruising at this thing goes like no other.

Riding at speeds that won’t disappoint any supersport rider does show the need of a windscreen that Star offers in their accessory range, but the VMax isn’t bad a t all without it either. Also, if not keeping a constantly opened throttle, the ergonomics – which are similar to the ones of the previous generation model – are quite permissive and not at all demanding on the old timer’s bones.

Star VMax

You can’t have it all and the VMax does seem to be moderated by tight curves more than high-end sportbikes are, but riders enjoy catching up during the straight road portions. This involves a lot of braking and the Brembo master cylinders make their presence felt on the 320mm front, respectively 298mm rear brake discs. The three-position ABS gives an extra feel of safety. We did have it intervene even though there was no emergency. We simply proceed like when testing the brakes of a car: choose a wide opened road, keep the vehicle at constant speed and suddenly hit the brakes. Well, except the suddenly part because there were a lot of trees in that area and the bike is pretty expensive as well.

For average sized and weighing riders, the standard suspension setting are very good. The bumps are easily absorbed and the machine remains stable under hard acceleration, but especially braking. Still, tune-ups require no tools so that’s good to know.

Overall, the 2009 Yamaha VMax is as good as those designing it intended and way better than anyone considered it can get. 

Price

At $17,990, the Star VMax is not only destined to experienced riders, but to those with deep pockets as well. That’s a manufacturer’s advantage for delivering a unique product and also the customer’s only reason to second think the buying.

Conclusion

If you’ve just come off the latest VMax, it feels like a dream come true, but as you think back at the experience you’ve just lived, it actually makes you wonder how you survived. Definitely not for the faith hearted!


SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine and Transmission

 

Star VMax

Type: 1679cc liquid-cooled 65° V-4, DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 90.0mm x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition: TCI
Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive: Shaft

 

Chassis and Dimensions

 

Star VMax

Suspension/Front: 52mm telescopic cartridge fork w/oxidized titanium coating. Fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound; 4.7 in travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock w/remote reservoir and remote adjustable for preload, compression and rebound
Brakes/Front: Dual 320mm wave-type discs; radial mount 6-piston calipers, Brembo® radial pump master cylinder
Brakes/Rear: 298mm wave-type disc, single-piston caliper and Brembo® master cylinder
Tires/Front: Bridgestone® Radial 120/70-R18 59V
Tires/Rear: Bridgestone® Radial 200/50-R18 76V
Length: 94.3 in
Width: 32.3 in
Height: 46.8 in
Seat Height: 30.5 in
Wheelbase: 66.9 in
Rake (Caster Angle): 31.0 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg
Wet Weight: 683 lb / 685 lb (CA model)

 

Features

 

Key Features:

 

  • All-New for 2009 - The long-awaited ultimate power cruiser delivers unmatched performance from its all-new 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 broad powerband.

  • Lightweight aluminum chassis puts the engine low and forward for mass centralization, resulting in a machine designed to handle curves as well as straightaways.

  • Borrowing liberally from advanced sportbike technology, VMAX features a slipper clutch, wave-style brake discs with ABS and Brembo® master cylinders and complete suspension adjustability front and rear.
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    Engine:

     

  • A new-generation V4: 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 sportbike-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 flawless response every time the rider twists the throttle.

  • 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 just like its predecessor. 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 (Exhaust Ultimate Power valve) 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.
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    Chassis/Suspension:

     

  • The newly designed chassis is light and compact, with a cast aluminum main frame, CF die-cast and extruded aluminum rear frame and cast aluminum swingarm. The result is superb rigidity balance for both hard acceleration off the line and corner carving.

  • Cartridge-damper-type front forks have substantial 52mm inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating. Forks have both compression and rebound damping adjustability plus spring preload.

  • Link-type Monocross® rear suspension has a piggyback reservoir and features compression and rebound clickers, plus remote preload adjustment.

  • VMAX uses Brembo®-designed 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 three-position ABS.

  • Tapered handlebar provides a muscular 1-1/8” diameter look at the triple clamp while using conventionally sized controls.

  • Newly designed 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. Tank is constructed of fluorinated polyethylene with superb permeability resistance.
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    Additional Features:

     

    Star VMax
  • The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses three microprocessors to control fuel injection, ignition, YCC-T, YCC-I, meters and other electrical components.

  • 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 new VMAX.

  • Organic electro luminescence multi-function 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.

  • Distinctive key design reinforces the unique character of this new VMAX.

  • H4 60/55W headlight provides excellent visibility and distinctive style, while the trick-looking LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient.

  • Rare earth magnet AC magneto puts out a robust 420W at 5000 rpm.

  • 1 comments:

    Great review the Vmax is just one unique and great crusier Motorbike.smiley

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