Expert Review of Yamaha VMAX
This is the 1679cc VMAX, Yamaha’s third international model in India. It was displayed as a concept bike in the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in 2005. June 4, 2008 observed the launch of the New VMAX 1700, which was bigger and surely better than the previous one. The bike was launched in India on September 20, 2009. The launch was a part of Yamaha’s plans to increase its share in the premium and executive bike market from the present 11% to 30% by 2012. Yamaha’s VMAX, known for its powerful V4 engine, is continuing its legacy since 1985. It is a power cruiser motorcycle popular for its quick acceleration and distinctive styling. Being one of the most stylish Bike in its segment, it definitely poses a threat on other bike manufacturers. Price is definitely an issue but once you ride it,your heart is bound to skip a beat or two.
Even John Abraham, Indian Actor known for his immense love for bikes, owns a VMAX. John is so passionate about the VMAX that he said, “Anybody who rides the VMAX will only change the VMAX, if he has only to buy a new VMAX." It’s a lot different from its predecessor which had a 133 horsepower engine indifferent to the new 197 one. Bigger and lighter than the previous max, it has got over the problem of dicey handling which earlier max and other 700 pound bikes face.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Available only in petrol variant, it is blessed with a bigger fuel tank, capable of holding 15 liters of petrol. In addition to it, 6 liters of fuel tank is available as reserve fuel. Fuel supply is through fuel injection, which is present below the seat. Mileage offered by VMAX 1700 is between 10-14 kmpl, which is quite standard among bikes of this segment.
The muscle cruiser, complementing its excellent styling, is available only in a single color- Black. However, the manufacturers add a slight greyish tinge at the silencer and the visor.
Acceleration and Pick up
Woohooo, just 2.70 seconds to touch 100 kmph, remarkable, isn’t it? Yes, just 2.70 seconds, one of the quickest. Powered by four-stroke, 1679cc, V4 engine, it can reach a maximum speed of 220 kmph. The YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake) and YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) boosts up the acceleration.
The showstopper has amazing looks. The 16-liter fuel tank is huge, and the dual intake vents look stunning. The silver colored exhaust adds to the muscular nature of the gigantic machine. It has been well architected and given not the hottest, but a muscular and handsome look which makes it stand out in its own class.
One of the few disadvantages of this bike is that the driver seat is not comfortable. VMAX has separate driver and pillion seat. The driver seat is a bit compact unlike the step-up pillion seat. However, with no grab handle at the back and with backward sloping pillion seat, it’s probably wise to check if the pillion is still there after the intense acceleration
“Bigger, the Better”, is a phrase well suited for this one. It surely is a muscular, giant-size, mean machine. With a height of 1190mm, it does surpass all other bikes in this range. Having a length of 2395mm and width of 820 mm, it does looks huge. (The dimensions of the Old Max were- 2300 X 795 X 1160 mm). However, the ground clearance is not so large, just 140mm. The giant-sized Max weighs 310 kg, that’s 682 lb, which is somewhat more than its ancestor that weighed 286 kg, 631 lb.
The new VMAX 1700 continues with its trademark V4 engine. Unlike the 1197cc liquid cooled DOHC 70 degree engine in the Old Max, the New VMAX 1700 is equipped with a 1679cc liquid cooled DOHC 65 degree engine. It has a compression ratio of 11.3:1, which is maximum amongst the bikes of its range. The 4-valve, 4-cylinder V4 engine pumps out 200 PS (147.2 kW) of maximum energy at 9000 rpm and 166.8 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. The V-Boost on the original VMAX is now replaced by YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake), which shortens the length of the intake system from 150mm to 52 mm.This “handsome” machine stands tall in the competition.
The tall mean machine comes loaded with superb large tubeless tires from Bridgestone that are large enough to hold the heavy bike firm and cruise it everywhere. The front tire comes in 120/70 R18 M/C (59V) along with the rear one in 200/50 R18M/C (76V). The smart looking wheels are Black Alloy Wheels with 5 spokes. VMAX 1700 possesses an amazing wheelbase of 1699mm, which is quite appreciable as compared to its ancestor that had a wheelbase of 1590mm.
The new VMAX 1700 is provided with excellent shock absorbers and with adjustable forks, which is a unique ‘Yamaha’ feature, you can think of one of your best rides of your lifetime. The front suspension is a telescopic fork with a 52mm inner tube, while the rear suspension is a swing arm (link-type suspension) gas-filled monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound damping.
Handling and Control
Physically, it’s a huge bike, but the handling is quite well as compared to other 700 pound bikes, thanks to the low ground clearance. Unlike the ancestor, which had a little dicey handling, the new Max is huge improvement. With 5-speed constant mesh gear-box and wet, multiple-disc clutch type, it has become an easier bike to handle than the earlier one. The Anti-Braking System (ABS) along with Engine Control Unit (ECU) ensures comfortable handling in different terrains. Braking in the new version has immensely improved. The front brakes are 6-piston calipers with 320mm discs while the rear brakes are single piston caliper with 298mm discs. These massive brakes are surely quite effective.
· Stunning looks
· Excellent suspension
· Improved handling
· Driving seat is a little uncomfortable
· Tank-mounted LCD console is hard to see when driving
· High Price