2012 Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands

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Californian Roland has multiple track records and the 1998 AMA 250GP Championship under his belt. After 32 broken bones he traded in his helmet and leathers for a computer and a welding torch, designing and building award-winning machines that mark him out as a fresh new talent on the custom scene.

Unconventional, outlandish and ‘way-out’, his designs have landed him a Biker Build-Off Rookie of the Year title and 2Wheel Tuner Brappy Award for Best Appearance Enhancement Product for his innovative Contrast Cut finishes.

One of the most dramatic models developed by Sands is the Yamaha V-MAX, a motorcycle that was launched for the first time in 1985 and has rebirth in 2008, becoming a biking icon.

At the heart of the Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands lies a V-type 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves engine with a displacement of 1,679cc. The engine cranks out 200PS @ 9,000 rpm and has a peak torque of 166.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm.

Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands.

Press Release

Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands

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

Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands
Engine typeV-type 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Bore x stroke90.0 mm x 66.0 mm
Compression ratio11.3 : 1
Maximum Power147.2 kW (200PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication systemWet sump
CarburettorElectronic Fuel Injection
Clutch TypeWet, Multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Ignition systemTCI
Starter systemElectric
Transmission systemConstant Mesh, 5-speed
Final transmissionShaft
FrameAluminium, Diamond Shaped
Front suspensionsystem Telescopic forks, Ø 52 mm
Front travel120 mm
Caster Angle31º
Trail148 mm
Rear suspension system(link suspension), Monoshock
Rear Travel110 mm
Front brakeHydraulic dual disc, Ø 320 mm
Rear brakeSingle Disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre120/70 R18M/C (59V)
Rear tyre200/50 R18M/C (76V)
Overall length2,395 mm
Overall width820 mm
Overall height1,190 mm
Seat height775 mm
Wheel base1,700 mm
Minimum ground clearance140 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)310 kg
Fuel tank capacity15 litres
Oil tank capacity5.9 litres


Yamaha V-MAX Hyper Modified by Roland Sands

Freshnessmag ---- "A motorcycle “lifer”, Roland Sands recieved his first bike at the age of five as a birthday present. He also gotten into his first accident and broken bone on the same day as well"

Motorcycle ---- "Yamaha Motor Europe asked three of the world’s top builders to work their magic on the company’s flagship power cruiser"

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