2012 Yamaha Vmax Review


The 2012 Yamaha V Max has wonderful combinations of acceleration and muscular beauty with sporty handling and Yamaha’s electric engine management systems, offering an exhilarating ride. Yamaha engineers took styling from the original 1985 ""Mad Max"" V Max and added a bunch of the latest sport bike technologies to create the next generation of Yamaha bikes.

Some of the technologies include: chip controlled variable intake stacks, a high-tech fuel injection system, and a fly by wire throttle. The result is a muscular bike that belongs on the open road. The V Max is a beast, putting 198 horsepower at the end of your fingertips. This motorcycle looks, sounds, and, most importantly, performs like a dream. Hit the pavement and let the wind hit your face. Just try not to wrinkle the road while you’re at it.

New For 2012

  • Nothing new for 2012

2012 Yamaha Vmax Specs

  • Model: V MAX
  • Engine Type: 102-cubic-inch (1679cc) liquid-cooled 65° V-4
  • Bore and Stroke: 90.0mm x 66.0mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.3:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
  • Induction: Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
  • Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
  • Transmission: five-speed, multiplate slipper clutch
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.0 Gallons Estimated Fuel Economy: 27 MPG
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 320mm wave-type discs; radial mount 6-piston calipers, Brembo® radial pump master cylinder
  • Brakes (Rear): 298mm wave-type disc, single-piston caliper and Brembo® master cylinder
  • Suspension (Front): 52mm telescopic cartridge fork w/oxidized titanium coating. Fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound; 4.7 in travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Single shock w/remote reservoir and remote adjustable for preload, compression and rebound
  • Wheelbase: 66.9 inches
  • Rake: 31 inches
  • Trail: 5.8 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.5 inches Curb Weight: 683 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Bridgestone Radial 120/70-R18 59V
  • Tires (Rear): Bridgestone Radial 200/50-R18 76V


  • VMAX Wide Wheel: High-quality, die cast wheel is the same design as the stock wheel with one exception; it allows for the fit-up of a 240 tire. Wheel requires Wide Wheel Bearing Kit (2S3-F53S2-V0-00), sold separately. Bearing Kit includes bearings, seals, O-Ring, collar, screws, and valve stem for a complete installation. (240/40-18 Metzeler ME880 Marathon tire recommended).
  • Hard Saddlebags: These hard saddlebags have a soft covering that matches the rider seat and bolt on directly to the bike for a fully integrated look. Offers over 1050 cubic inches of storage capacity. Formed aluminum accents coordinate with other VMAX components. Requires mount kit (2S3-F84G0-V0-00), sold separately, unless Low Profile Passenger Backrest (2S3-F84U0-V0-00) is installed. Weight limit is 7 bl. per bag.
  • Touring Windshield: Made of tough 4.5mm clear polycarbonate and treated with the new generation Quantum Coating to provide a long lasting, durable, protective finish. The 15-1/2"" high windshield helps provide wind protection for the upper torso and head area. Mounting hardware included.
  • RoadLoK Anti-Theft Systems: This system is specifically engineered for your specific make and model motorcycle. It completely immobilizes the front wheel, unlike disc locks, padlocks, or cables. The RoadLok is permanently mounted to the caliper, which eliminates the need for in-transit storage, and the pin removes completely so it cannot accidentally engage while riding.
  • VMAX Motorcycle Cover: This unique and versatile cover accommodates a fully accessorized VMAX while maintaining a custom-fit look. The top half uses premium Evolution 4 fabric that is breathable, water-repellent, and UV-resistant. The bottom half is constructed of duck canvas for heat protection against exhaust pipes. Both materials provide excellent outdoor protection. (Not recommended for trailering.)

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