The first-generation Yamaha V-Max, made from 1985 through 2007, put muscle bikes on the map with its 1,197cc, 145-hp V-4 with V-Boost, which kicked in at 5,750 rpm and gave the 631-pound shaft-drive cruiser a punch in the powerband like a 125cc motocrosser coming on the pipe. Discussions about handling, however, often led V-Max owners to change the subject. (Hey, how about those Dodgers, huh?) Along with a different styling of its name, the Gen 2 VMAX (technically a “Star” by then) debuted in 2008 with a displacement bump to 1,679cc, an aluminum frame, adjustable suspension, ABS, and the same appetite for the pink slips of pretenders. If you haven’t experienced it, the feeling of a 1.7-liter VMAX at full song is truly a unique and incredible sensation. Gen 1 V-Max prices range from $3,250 to $6,225, while later ones will set you back anywhere from $11,675 on up. Pay attention to the clutch on all years and gearbox function—especially second gear—in early ones. Lastly, it might be time to consider the VMAX a collector, as rumor has it Yamaha might finally cancel the big V-4 yet again.