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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

2009 Yamaha V-Max

Though not a big fan of cruisers, I really did get struck with the looks and specs of the 2009 Yamaha V-Max!!


Built completely for sheer power and off the edge thrill, the all new V-Max redefines it's birth 24 years after it was launched.


Launched on-board the USS Midway, the complete arrangement of it's launch was designed to focus on the sheer power the V-Max produces.



Starting with the engine, for the 09 V-Max, Yamaha has re-done the engine.

  • First Yamaha has tightened the angle from 70 degree to a 60 degree configuration. The bore has been expanded massively from 76mm to 90mm but keeping the stroke length same, producing a total displacement of 1679cc as against the 1198cc previously.
  • New improved combustion chambers and compression ratio of 11.3:1 as against 10.5:1 previously gives the machine a power of 190hp at crank.
  • In order to reduce the bulk of the engine, the intake cams are driven by central chains and the exhausts are geared to intakes.
  • Introduced with the 2009 Yamaha R1, Yamaha implemented it's YCC-T and YCC-I routines on the V-Max too. The bike implements the usual five gear ratios but with a lighter shaft final drive through slipper clutch.

As for the styling, though differently pieced together from it's predecessors, the 09 V-Max wears the same gene.

  • Functional air-scoops flanking the faux fuel tank, under seat stubby exhaust (with EXUP and a catalyst),
  • a very prominent front radiator and a ducktail rear fender..... seems coming straight out of the design board.

All in all the 09 Yamaha V-Max is a cruiser re-defined and should give be equally enjoyable to a hardcore sports bike rider as it would be to a cruiser rider.

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Item Reviewed: 2009 Yamaha V-Max Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sajal Chakraborty
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