Forums Forums - Off Topic Forum FUN




Go Back   Forums Forums - Off Topic Forum FUN > Vehicles > Motorcycles & Accessories Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-08-2012, 06:25 PM
Dargo's Avatar
Dargo Dargo is offline
Like a bad penny...

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 7,638
Thanks: 125
Thanked 155 Times in 70 Posts
Dargo will become famous soon enough
Default Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I sold my last motorcycle in 1988 when my wife was pregnant with our first child and promised not to get another until after our kids were pretty well raised. We're getting pretty close now and my youngest son has no desire to ride one, so I'm really there for all intents and purposes.

My last bike was a V65 Magna Honda. A reasonably quick bike but it had terrible balance. You could literally flip it over backwards if you just twisted on the throttle in 4th gear running 60 mph. Worse yet, they had a terrible track record for speed related head shake; otherwise known as a 'death wobble'. The front end was so light that it would begin what was literally tank slapping with each handlebar and there was nothing you could do as a rider except try to get it shut down ASAP. I left squiggly black marks on a highway for a full 1/8th mile after mine started a speed wobble at 130 mph and, by the grace of God, I rode it out until it quit at 45-50 mph. So, no V65 Magna.

However, I just looked at a Yamaha VMAX and it had that look that I really like; not at all like a crotch rocket, but will run with them if pushed. A friend let me ride his which has had the fuel electronics re-mapped, a larger air intake and exhaust that flows more freely (but NOT loud). It runs the 1/4 mile in the low 9's. It looked WAY cool to me and rode great. Nice manners until you twisted the throttle. It's not supercharged or turbo charged, but it sure seemed to really come on strong around 6000 RPM and pull hard. It's probably the only thing I've ever driven that pulls harder than the 300hp Jet Ski I have. I drove a new 600+ hp Mustang and really liked it, but I already have a 600+ hp car. It's really loud, even with 3 chamber Flowmasters on each side and drinks gas like crazy. This VMAX has all that performance but costs waaaay less and still gets around 40 mpg. Thoughts?
Attached Images
 
__________________
Still kickin'
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-08-2012, 06:30 PM
Melensdad's Avatar
Melensdad Melensdad is offline
Jerk in a Hawaiian Shirt

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 35,847
Thanks: 2,230
Thanked 8,806 Times in 3,580 Posts
Melensdad has a spectacular aura aboutMelensdad has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I have a 49cc scooter, but one of my cigar smoking/shooting buddies has a VMax and while the Harley guys give him shit about it, its a heck of a bike. He recently moved to Indy so I've been out of touch with him for a few months . . . probably won't see him again until his wedding this coming summer.

Last summer he took the bike on a road trip of roughly 1000 miles and had zero problems.
__________________

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion:
the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases,
while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage
of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
- Ayn Rand
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-08-2012, 06:42 PM
Dargo's Avatar
Dargo Dargo is offline
Like a bad penny...

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 7,638
Thanks: 125
Thanked 155 Times in 70 Posts
Dargo will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Melensdad View Post
I have a 49cc scooter, but one of my cigar smoking/shooting buddies has a VMax and while the Harley guys give him shit about it, its a heck of a bike. He recently moved to Indy so I've been out of touch with him for a few months . . . probably won't see him again until his wedding this coming summer.

Last summer he took the bike on a road trip of roughly 1000 miles and had zero problems.
Not to offend any Harley guys, but I've had 4 of them and they really leave me unimpressed. I have absolutely no desire to ride something that sounds like a 1970's era Briggs lawn mower sans muffler that needs a tune up. People seem to 'love' the sound of a muffler-less Harley. I think they sound like shit and are as slow as a freaking slug. Yes, I actually do have a Harley, but not really. It's a 2004 Heritage with maybe 800 miles on it and I gave it to my dad. I just flat out am not a Harley guy. Sorry in advance for hurt feelings of Harley owners. Besides, Harley seems to make more by selling their 'licensed' Harley apparel shit that every Harley owner seems to have to have. WTF?!! You buy the bike and then you have to change your entire lifestyle and wear something that says Harley on it every time you leave the house? No thanks. And, FWIW, my DAD's Heritage has the stock mufflers on it!!
__________________
Still kickin'
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-08-2012, 06:46 PM
Melensdad's Avatar
Melensdad Melensdad is offline
Jerk in a Hawaiian Shirt

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 35,847
Thanks: 2,230
Thanked 8,806 Times in 3,580 Posts
Melensdad has a spectacular aura aboutMelensdad has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dargo View Post
Not to offend any Harley guys. . .
Doesn't offend me. Like I said, I have a 49cc scooter. In fact mine is ORANGE and has "flame" decals on it to make it look like it goes fast
__________________

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion:
the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases,
while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage
of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
- Ayn Rand
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-08-2012, 07:07 PM
PBinWA's Avatar
PBinWA PBinWA is offline
Master of Distraction

 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: under your skin
Posts: 14,055
Thanks: 823
Thanked 914 Times in 406 Posts
PBinWA will become famous soon enoughPBinWA will become famous soon enough
Style: VB_Original_Style
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I've always loved the VMAX bike's look. Harley's have a big following but I'm not a huge fan.

I've been thinking of getting a bike lately but I'm thinking of something like a TW200 or some other dual purpose bike that I could throw in the back of my truck as a backup when I go in the deep woods and tool around town to save gas. I've never had a motorcycle license - I need to get that done some time.
__________________

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

-Gerald Ford


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-08-2012, 08:10 PM
TiredRetired's Avatar
TiredRetired TiredRetired is offline
Mr Lovable
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Green Mountain State
Posts: 11,650
Thanks: 6,950
Thanked 14,031 Times in 5,055 Posts
TiredRetired has a spectacular aura aboutTiredRetired has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I like Harleys alot but no offense taken. I'm not into brand loyalty on anything I own to that degree. I too would suggest taking a look at the VROD. Porsche engine and all. Quite a bit different than Dad's Harley.

But quite honestly, at the end of the day, it is really only your decision to make and to hell what others think.

BTW, for me that VMAX looks way too crotch rocket for my tastes. You asked.
__________________
In God We Trust, With TRUMP We Prosper!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-08-2012, 11:51 PM
Av8r3400's Avatar
Av8r3400 Av8r3400 is offline
Gone Flyin'
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 5,773
Thanks: 204
Thanked 545 Times in 272 Posts
Av8r3400 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

The VMax is a pure muscle machine. No doubt about that. Fast. Very, very fast. If that's your bag, it's near the top of that heap.

I gave up going fast on the ground years ago. Too dangerous. I have too much to live for. I haven't broke the 100mph barrier on the ground in 20 years. My heavy-ass, slow as molasses, comfortable as you living room recliner Harley-Davidson Road Glide is perfect for me. Set the cruise control, turn up the stereo, adjust the backrest and roll on down the road...
Attached Images
 
__________________
Av8r3400

I'd rather die trying to live,
than live trying not to die.

-Leonard Perry
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-09-2012, 02:25 AM
JimVT's Avatar
JimVT JimVT is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Enumclaw WA.
Posts: 3,720
Thanks: 7
Thanked 1,642 Times in 741 Posts
JimVT is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I have about 5000 miles on the TW 200 the wife bought me.
__________________
Jim KF7RiN
#185 snow trac
2004 pistenbully canyon
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-09-2012, 09:32 AM
tommu56's Avatar
tommu56 tommu56 is offline
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SE Pa and north central pa
Posts: 1,394
Thanks: 7
Thanked 17 Times in 9 Posts
tommu56 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I'm cheap I ride a klr650 for me and TW200 for the wife
I keep dreaming about a triumph
Tiger 800XC




and a off road bile like a husky

TE511



when I get rich!


tom
__________________
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is
that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato
WWJWD?
highlight below!
What Would John Wayne Do?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-10-2012, 02:07 AM
REDDOGTWO's Avatar
REDDOGTWO REDDOGTWO is offline
Unemployed Veg. Peddler
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NORTH DAKOTA-FLORIDA
Posts: 2,539
Thanks: 77
Thanked 39 Times in 23 Posts
REDDOGTWO is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I rode one once when I sold them and decided at that point that life was to precious. I do know that the first model year produced 145hp and 128hp at the rear wheel. I will stick to my HD knowing that there is a better chance of being see by the careless cagers out there.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-10-2012, 09:30 AM
Dargo's Avatar
Dargo Dargo is offline
Like a bad penny...

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 7,638
Thanks: 125
Thanked 155 Times in 70 Posts
Dargo will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Quote:
Originally Posted by REDDOGTWO View Post
I rode one once when I sold them and decided at that point that life was to precious. I do know that the first model year produced 145hp and 128hp at the rear wheel. I will stick to my HD knowing that there is a better chance of being see by the careless cagers out there.
The first year had the least hp. I believe that was in the mid 80's. I just bought a 2004 model. One of my best clients has a 2012 VROD and insisted on running them. After 4 tries, I'll just say that Harley's custom shop liquid cooled bikes are a lot faster than the other Harley's, but they are not that quick, if you know what I mean. Wasn't much of a race.

I really like the bike. It sits upright, has a good ride, good manners when slowly cruising but will absolutely scream if you twist the throttle. The VROD I ran, and blew away, runs in the mid 10's in the 1/4 mile according to the owner who has been a drag racer for 28 years.
__________________
Still kickin'
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 04-10-2012, 09:40 AM
Big Dog's Avatar
Big Dog Big Dog is offline
Large Member

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Western PA
Posts: 14,102
Thanks: 685
Thanked 911 Times in 457 Posts
Big Dog has a spectacular aura aboutBig Dog has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Face it, it's a crotch rocket, no matter how you dress it. Engines are not necessarily a great thing to look at and frankly that's all you see.

My first road bike was a Yamaha 750 Special, had it less than a year. Damn near killed myself three times. You say you can stay out of the throttle but you never do. I bought a Harley to make myself go slower. No need to go 0 to dead in 9 seconds .................
__________________

"No law ever prevented a crime" ...........

The MLR (Men's Locker Room) is now open! PM Big Dog for access ....

Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 04-10-2012, 10:05 AM
Big Dog's Avatar
Big Dog Big Dog is offline
Large Member

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Western PA
Posts: 14,102
Thanks: 685
Thanked 911 Times in 457 Posts
Big Dog has a spectacular aura aboutBig Dog has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

How much is it anyway??
__________________

"No law ever prevented a crime" ...........

The MLR (Men's Locker Room) is now open! PM Big Dog for access ....

Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 04-11-2012, 03:03 AM
REDDOGTWO's Avatar
REDDOGTWO REDDOGTWO is offline
Unemployed Veg. Peddler
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NORTH DAKOTA-FLORIDA
Posts: 2,539
Thanks: 77
Thanked 39 Times in 23 Posts
REDDOGTWO is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

It was comfortable to ride. The first year was 1985 if I remember correctly.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-11-2012, 07:54 AM
NorthernRedneck's Avatar
NorthernRedneck NorthernRedneck is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Murillo, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 11,153
Thanks: 4,298
Thanked 8,306 Times in 3,455 Posts
NorthernRedneck will become famous soon enough
Style: T66
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

I never did care much for the vrod(wannabe crotch rocket meets cruiser) look. I much prefer the full out cruiser look. Harley??? Meh! Wouldn't pay that much for a name and not be able to feel my but or hear myself think.

My choice would be a valkyrie/interstate type cruiser if I had to choose a bike today. Reliable. LOTs of power. Good band for the buck. Not paying for a name.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 04-11-2012, 09:27 AM
Dargo's Avatar
Dargo Dargo is offline
Like a bad penny...

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 7,638
Thanks: 125
Thanked 155 Times in 70 Posts
Dargo will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Quote:
Originally Posted by groomerguyNWO View Post
I never did care much for the vrod(wannabe crotch rocket meets cruiser) look.
Actually, it is officially classified by the AMA as a "cruiser" bike. They went on to say it's a 'cruiser bike' that will embarrass 99% of the lay down crotch rockets out there. I absolutely despise loud pipes; always have. This bike is surprisingly quiet and far, far too heavy to make you think you can fly around corners like you can on a 400 pound, 14,000 rpm, crotch rocket. It is what I like. Sort of like my old '62 Biscayne. Everything inside the car is all NOS and the outside is completely correct and stock. It's just the 640 hp power plant under the hood that can give you a thrill if you so desire.

I used to think I wanted a full dresser Honda until I stopped to help an older fella pick his up. He let it lean too far over at a stop light and over it went. He couldn't budge it. Like I've always been used to doing, I grabbed his handlebars and lifted it up. Well, it didn't actually lift up; I just bent the hell out of his handlebars. Oops. I called a wrecker for him and left when it got there.

I also have a 49cc scooter and a 250cc scooter. Unless I'm going somewhere on the highway or feel the need for speed, I will probably continue to grab my Grand Vista. It will run 88 mph. Some laugh at it, but I honestly don't care. Here is one identical to mine except I have a rear 'trunk' on the back.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Still kickin'
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 04-11-2012, 04:53 PM
NorthernRedneck's Avatar
NorthernRedneck NorthernRedneck is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Murillo, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 11,153
Thanks: 4,298
Thanked 8,306 Times in 3,455 Posts
NorthernRedneck will become famous soon enough
Style: T66
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Yah. Dads got a valkyrie interstate full dresser. Gorgeous bike and all kinds of power. Not too loud. But around town or the city, he finds it a pain especially with bad knees and ankles. That's allot of weight to hold up at a stop light.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 05-24-2012, 10:39 PM
Dargo's Avatar
Dargo Dargo is offline
Like a bad penny...

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 7,638
Thanks: 125
Thanked 155 Times in 70 Posts
Dargo will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Well, would you believe that I just didn't care for the lack of handling inherent to the VMAX and any Harley? The Harley Heritage sits at my dad's house, so I hardly ever ride it. It's a complete dog power wise anyway. So, I set out to find a lighter bike that handled a lot better and not give up any power. Drum roll please.......

Would

you

believe

New Ride. A bit faster and handles better
__________________
Still kickin'
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 05-24-2012, 11:52 PM
Av8r3400's Avatar
Av8r3400 Av8r3400 is offline
Gone Flyin'
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 5,773
Thanks: 204
Thanked 545 Times in 272 Posts
Av8r3400 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Congrats and more power to you, Brent. :)

That type of bike has no interest to me because the rider position is not compatible with my back. I have no interest in going fast on the ground. Way too dangerous. I much prefer my heavy, "underpowered", "poor handling", yet very comfortable HD.
__________________
Av8r3400

I'd rather die trying to live,
than live trying not to die.

-Leonard Perry
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 05-25-2012, 07:01 AM
Dargo's Avatar
Dargo Dargo is offline
Like a bad penny...

 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 7,638
Thanks: 125
Thanked 155 Times in 70 Posts
Dargo will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Anybody have a Yamaha VMAX motorcycle?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Av8r3400 View Post
Congrats and more power to you, Brent. :)

That type of bike has no interest to me because the rider position is not compatible with my back. I have no interest in going fast on the ground. Way too dangerous. I much prefer my heavy, "underpowered", "poor handling", yet very comfortable HD.
I suppose that's why they make more than one color. Between me and my dad, the Road Toad (Heritage) has less than 5k miles on it in 10 years. The new Kaw rides much better IMHO. One thing is different though. About 5 or 6 years ago, nobody on a 'cruiser' style bike ever waived at anyone on a sport bike. Now that the two are getting more blended, like boaters, bikers all seem to be one group now. I have a feeling I'm in no way the only person who has one of each. Let's ride!
__________________
Still kickin'
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
yamaha rs viking tuffe NOT NECESSARILY SNOWCATS Forum 1 04-15-2011 01:38 PM
Yamaha Rhino mtntopper Tracked 4X4 Vehicles Forum 15 02-04-2011 08:28 PM
Yamaha Restructuring Bamby Boats, Jet Skis and Water Toys Forum 3 11-05-2009 09:41 PM





All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002 - 2018 www.ForumsForums.com