Marcus bought his first bike, a Yamaha RD350LC, at the age of 18. He knows what makes Yamaha unique. After bowing out of Moto Cross in 1992, following a serious accident, Marcus invested the proceeds from the sale of his machine into a set of tools and a bike-lift. He set up a workshop in a converted barn and established Walz Hardcore Cycles.
The German invented and developed the world-famous Drag Style frame, a new kind of custom bike. Europe’s most successful bike builder, his creations have appeared on 60 magazine covers and in more than 600 magazine articles and Marcus was the 2006 winner of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Bike Build-Off.
One of its latest creations is the hyper modified VMAX model which is and extreme bike “designed for visual stimulation, balancing aggression and aesthetics”
Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Marcus Walz.
From its launch in 1985 to its rebirth in 2008, the Yamaha VMAX has become a biking icon through its unique bodywork, awesome acceleration and sharp handling.
So, you don’t mess with an icon, right? How do you enhance a class act that already delivers an unbeatable ride? By building on the style and road presence of the VMAX, using the best people to create individual machines forged from the highest quality materials. This is hyper modification.
Designed for visual stimulation, balancing aggression and aesthetics, these are exclusive muscle bikes.
Meet the heroes of hyper modification who take customisation to the max. They’re the big-gun bike builders with the tenacity to tackle the big beast of the road and their latest VMAX creations have been unveiled during EICMA in Milan November 2011.
Specifications of Yamaha VMAX
|Engine type||V-type 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves|
|Bore x stroke||90.0 mm x 66.0 mm|
|Compression ratio||11.3 : 1|
|Maximum Power||147.2 kW (200PS) @ 9,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm|
|Lubrication system||Wet sump|
|Carburettor||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Clutch Type||Wet, Multiple-disc diaphragm spring|
|Transmission system||Constant Mesh, 5-speed|
|Frame||Aluminium, Diamond Shaped|
|Front suspension||system Telescopic forks, Ø 52 mm|
|Front travel||120 mm|
|Rear suspension system||(link suspension), Monoshock|
|Rear Travel||110 mm|
|Front brake||Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 320 mm|
|Rear brake||Single Disc, Ø 298 mm|
|Front tyre||120/70 R18M/C (59V)|
|Rear tyre||200/50 R18M/C (76V)|
|Overall length||2,395 mm|
|Overall width||820 mm|
|Overall height||1,190 mm|
|Seat height||775 mm|
|Wheel base||1,700 mm|
|Minimum ground clearance||140 mm|
|Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)||310 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||15 litres|
|Oil tank capacity||5.9 litres|
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