The all-new Yamaha V-Max has returned for 2009 amid years of speculation after a concept V-Max was unveiled in 2005 at the Tokyo Motor Show. The much-anticipated redesigned V-Max follows the original ‘Mad Max’ that had a production run for an incredible 22 years (1985-2007) and garnered a cult-like following.
The 2009 V-Max boasts a brand new liquid-cooled 1,679 cc, DOHC, 16-valve V-4, engine in a more compact package. Chip controlled variable intake stacks and new electronically controlled fuel injected will be controlled by Yamaha’s ‘fly by wire’ technology. Yamaha claims 123 ft lb of torque at 6,500 rpm from the new engine and unconfirmed reports state that the horsepower is just shy of 200.
A new lightweight aluminum chassis and fully adjustable suspension front and rear offers sportbike-like handling. Antilock braking comes in the way of dual 320 mm floating wave-style rotors and radial 6-piston calipers up front while the rear use a 298 mm wave-style rotor and a single piston caliper.
The new V-Max will go for $21,999 in Canada and only available in Metallic Black. Better get your order in quick, the 2009 V-Max will be in limited supply and I think they might go fast, figuratively and literally.