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The 2009 V-Max: First Photo!

by Landon Hall


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Our buddy Paul Crowe over at The Kneeslider (www.thekneeslider.com) has the info V-Max lovers have been waiting for: yes, finally, a photo of the new-for-2009 Yamaha V-Max! It's taken Yamaha quite a while to get to this point, but by our eyes, it was worth the wait!

Although thoroughly updated and complete with an  exhaust reminiscent of the vacuum-cleaner design on the first Yamaha Royal Star Warrior, it is obviously a V-Max and nothing else. Motorcycle News (www.motorcyclenews.com) reports an expected standing quarter-mile time of under 10 seconds for the bike, as the giant V-Four engine may be larger than 1,800cc with more than 200 horsepower.

The motorcycle will officially be unveiled on June 4th, so expect more photos and info to be released soon!

randy ayotte
6/7/2008 7:13:33 PM

First impression, cool. I'm glad that they kept with the same theme of the orginal only leaner and meaner(in all the right places). This bike is going to be a hit and now I'm glad I decided to wait another year or two to trade in my sportbike. Only niggle, that rear perch looks a little small.


tommy kerwood
6/4/2008 11:52:15 PM

All in all, i like the looks of the new Max. Yes, like a few others, i wish it had a larger rear tire and a choice of different colors but Yamaha has made vast improvements to this beast and i applaude their accomplishments! http://www.yahoo.com


tommy kerwood
6/4/2008 11:52:07 PM

All in all, i like the looks of the new Max. Yes, like a few others, i wish it had a larger rear tire and a choice of different colors but Yamaha has made vast improvements to this beast and i applaude their accomplishments! http://www.yahoo.com


robert l. derrera
5/29/2008 4:39:20 PM

Wow!! Great looking ride. Now, if I can convince my wife that this is the fuel economy scooter I should have, I'll be there in June at the dealer pleading for the best trade in price for my 2000 Yamaha V-Star.


robert l. derrera
5/29/2008 4:38:38 PM

Wow!! Great looking ride. Now, if I can convince my wife that this is the fuel economy scooter I should have, I'll be there in June at the dealer pleading for the best trade in price for my 2000 Yamaha V-Star.


david ga.
5/29/2008 4:18:55 PM

THIS BIKE LOOKS AMAZING!!! I would love to see a front fork on this bike that doesn't look like a couple of toothpics connected to a tire and I would also like to see a fatter back tire. I'm sick of seeing dirt bike size tires and a mountain bike suspension on such a unique and incredible ride.


david ga.
5/29/2008 4:18:49 PM

THIS BIKE LOOKS AMAZING!!! I would love to see a front fork on this bike that doesn't look like a couple of toothpics connected to a tire and I would also like to see a fatter back tire. I'm sick of seeing dirt bike size tires and a mountain bike suspension on such a unique and incredible ride.


richard blue
5/29/2008 2:57:57 PM

My 1985 V-Max would do REAL close to those times with only 145 H.P. . With a slick on the rear even better . I hope they got rid of the head shake somewhere just north of 130 mph . They said it was due to the rake angle . Still... it was one HELL of a bike . One you don't get " used to " in a month or so .


mike from orange, ca
5/29/2008 2:01:01 PM

One word..........UGLY


miller waddington
5/29/2008 12:25:44 PM

Wow!, I don't care for the mufflers, but I am glad Yamaha decided to keep the V-Max and update it. Looks like Suzuki will have to to find another name for the for thier new bike because there is a new King in town.