Yamaha V-max 1200

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Yamaha V-Max 1200 (1993-2007)

The Yamaha V-max 1200 was introduced in 1985, making its first appearance in the North American market. The motorcycle concept featured cruiser traits, a powerful 4-cylinder V-engine, and drag bike styling and ergonomics. The V-MAX 1200 was one of the first production-produced dragters with a classic appearance, delivering outstanding dynamic performance in 402 meter races.

The model was based on the engine from the Yamaha Venture Royale - a 4-cylinder V-shaped liquid-cooled block with a volume of 1198 cm3, producing up to 145 hp. power and up to 123 Nm of torque. The main feature of this motor is the presence of V-Boost technology, which was controlled by a servo drive, and by about 6,000 rpm, it opened additional throttle valves between the intake ports, thereby creating the effect of using large carburetors at higher rpm. The result of using this system is an increase in the amount of the incoming fuel-air mixture at high speeds, which ultimately leads to an additional increase in power by 10%. The V-Boost system was not installed on all Yamaha V-max 1200 motorcycles, but was mainly used in North American modifications.

Other features of the motorcycle include a simple layout with a steel duplex frame, classic suspension in the form of a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a double shock absorber at the rear, disc brakes, a 15 liter fuel tank, a 5-speed gearbox, a hydraulic clutch, a cardan drive and about 283 kg of curb masses.

In 1987, the model undergoes a slight restyling, receiving new rims and a modified saddle.

In 1993, the front suspension (more powerful fork), the braking system (increase in the diameter of the brake discs 282 → 298 mm, 4-piston calipers) and carburetors (Mikuni BDS34 → BDS35) are subject to changes.

In 2003, the Yamaha V-max 1200 receives changes to new environmental standards, reducing the maximum power to 135 hp. for USA model and up to 140 hp. for Canadian versions.

2007 was the last year of production of the model. This year's models are unified for 135 hp. power.

By 2009, a new model was introduced as a successor - Yamaha V-MAX 1700.

The main competitors of the Yamaha V-max 1200 in the class:


Yamaha V-Max 1200 (VMX12)
Yamaha V-Max 1200 (VMX12)
Yamaha V-Max 1200 (VMX12)


Specifications Yamaha V-max 1200:

ModelYamaha V-max 1200
Motorcycle typedragster (power cruiser)
Release year1985-2007
Framesteel duplex
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume1198 cm³
Bore / stroke76.0 x 66.0 mm
Compression ratio10.5: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 4x Mikuni BDS34 - V-MAX 1200 (1985-1992)

Carburetor, 4x Mikuni BDS35 - V-MAX 1200 (1993+)

Ignition typeTCI
Maximum power145.0 h.p. (106.6 kW) @ 9000 rpm - Full Power V-Boost Versions (For North America)

100 h.p. / 116 Nm - V-MAX 1200 (1986, Europe)

95.2 h.p. / 102 Nm - V-MAX 1200 (1991, Europe)

135 h.p. - V-MAX 1200 (2003, USA; all versions since 2007)

140 h.p. - V-MAX 1200 (2003, Canada)

97 h.p. / 111 Nm - V-MAX 1200 (Japan)

Maximum torque123.0 Nm (12.4 kg-m) @ 7500 rpm - Maximum torque for full-range versions with V-Boost (for North America)
Drive typecardan
Front tire size110/90 V18 61V
Rear tire size150/90 VB15M / C 74V
Front brakes2 discs, 282mm, 2-piston calipers - V-MAX 1200 (1985-1992)

2 discs, 298mm, 4-piston calipers - V-MAX 1200 (1993+)

Rear brakes1 disc, 282 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspensionTelescopic fork, stroke - 140 mm
Rear suspensionpendulum with two shock absorbers, stroke - 100 mm
Motorcycle length2300 mm
Motorcycle width795 mm
Motorcycle height1160 mm
Wheelbase1590 mm
Saddle height765 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h3.33 sec.
Maximum speed233 km / h
Gas tank15.0 l (including reserve - 3.0 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb)~ 283 kg