2012 Yamaha V-Max

Think of the ultimate bike that offers a marriage between brains and brawn and there’s a good chance that you’ll come up with one bike: the Yamaha V-Max.

The V-Max is really in a class all its own. The muscular looks combined with sporty handling and Yamaha’s latest electronic engine management technologies make for a bike that offers the ultimate riding experience.

The bike’s engine alone - a 1,679cc DOHC, liquid-cooled, 16-valve V4 engine - is reason enough to drool over. But this bike is more than just the powertain that makes it run, there are also plenty of elements that help in its overall awesomeness. It has steel valves that are used for excellent durability. There’s also a chain and gear camshaft drive system that’s responsible for increasing engine productivity. High-performance camshafts provide incredible engine performance while a centrifugal decompression device on the exhaust cam allows for seamless starting.

You’ll also get a Mikuni fuel injection system that uses four 48mm throttle bodies fitted with T.P.S. (Throttle Position Sensor) and numerous other sensors. An oxygen sensor has been fitted into the exhaust, providing excellent throttle response, great fuel economy, reduced emissions, stable idling, and no choke to fuss with during start up.

The V-Max also comes with a lightweight main Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that’s made up of three ECUs in total. One is the main 32-bit ECU that controls the ignition and fuel injection process, while a 2nd and 3rd integral ECU controls the Yamaha’s YCC-T & YCC-I systems. Then there’s the Air Induction System (AIS), which is responsible for injecting fresh air into the exhaust port area to fully combust any unburned fuel.

Find out more about the Yamaha V-Max after the jump.

Engine

Yamaha V-Max
  • 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 superbike-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 optimum acceleration under all conditions.
  • 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. 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 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.

Chassis and Suspension

Yamaha V-Max
  • The chassis is light and compact, with a cast aluminum main frame, Controlled-Fill 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 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.
  • 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.

Specifications

Yamaha V-Max
ModelVMX17BB; VMX17BCB
Engine Type102-cubic-inch (1679cc) liquid-cooled 65°
V-4, DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke90.0 x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio11.3:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission5-speed, multiplate slipper clutch
Final DriveShaft
Suspension/Front52mm telescopic cartridge fork w/oxidized
titanium coating. Fully adjustable preload,
compression and rebound; 4.7 in travel
Suspension/RearSingle shock w/remote reservoir and
remote adjustable for preload, compression
and rebound
Brake/FrontDual 320mm wave-type discs; radial mount
6-piston calipers, Brembo radial pump
master cylinder
Brake/Rear298mm wave-type disc, single-piston
caliper and Brembo master cylinder
Tire/FrontBridgestone Radial 120/70-R18 59V
Tire/RearBridgestone Radial 200/50-R18 76V
L x W x H94.3 x 32.3 x 46.8 in
Seat Height30.5 in
Wheelbase66.9 in
Rake (Caster Angle)31.0°
Trail5.8 in
Fuel Capacity4.0 gal
*Est. Fuel Economy27 mpg
**Wet Weight683 lb / C: 685 lb
ColorMatte Black

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