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Re: Thinking of getting a VMax
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:46 PM
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I have had 0 handling issues with my max. I dont know how this rumor got started or if it only concerns older models.

No issues with my 2002.
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Re: Thinking of getting a VMax
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:28 PM
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I've only had my 94 for about 8 month and am a fair weather rider but I've always wanted one and have no plans to ever get rid of it. I brings a smile to my face every time I take him (Thor) out.
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:57 PM
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I have had 0 handling issues with my max. I dont know how this rumor got started or if it only concerns older models.

No issues with my 2002.
Charlie,
It really depends on how hard you ride. At around 135 mph going through a highway sweep I could feel the chassis flex and move around. How many times do you do that? Maybe never, maybe alot. So I think it really depends on how people ride. Take alot of bikes to that speed and try and make them handle and you will get the same response most likely.
Now last time in the mountains with Vmax Mike, Beekeeper, Leecifer and Twistedmax, we romped hard and as long as you ride within the bikes means, it handles just fine. Pushing it too far at high speeds is where you feel the torsional twisting. Low speeds, its fine.
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Re: Thinking of getting a VMax
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:12 AM
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I have always been critical of my 07's handling ability, it sure doesn't flick into low speed corners and higher speed bends are downright spooky. I have however recieved some fine advice from the members here as regards setting the stock bike correctly and then as to the better aftermarket add ons to get it to it's optimum. I find (in current form) that slow in and fast out seems to suit my Max best. It's relatively tall engine and high center of gravity promote this idea although it royally pisses off members of my club who have a tendency to almost rear end me under engine braking (Harley's) and are blown away when I gas out of the apex. Other than that it's a blast to ride point to point. As previously mentioned, stock to stock almost any modern litre bike will give a Max more than a run for its money but that's not the point is it ? A V-Max is iconic. A classic and still a great powerhouse to be respected after all these years. I truly believe that the Gen 1 will be one of the great collector bikes of the future. Remember the stupendous Kawasaki KH750 triples of the 70's ? The frame welds were bubble gum, the handling was horrific, brakes ? What brakes but they were lighting quick in a straight line and an eminient bike to have in a collection today commanding some pretty hefty premiums.


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Old 04-01-2015, 09:34 AM
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We all should be grateful that the collectors haven't driven-up the prices. This has to be one of the most iconic bikes to arrive from Japan. The look outlasted all of its competition, and there really wasn't any competition in it's genre, none that was able to withstand the test of time. I'd say the Kawi 1000 Eliminator for power and the Honda 1100 Magna for all-round use were the strongest competition, but they all faded-away. And how-iconic is it? Well, look at a V-Rod and tell me where they got that look!

I started riding bikes before there was a UJM, Honda's biggest bike was a 450 cc paint-shaker, and Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawi (except for the W-1) didn't produce four-strokes. The Honda SOHC 750 and the Kawi Z-1, H-1 and H-2 were the 'big news' of the day when each was released. When the VMax came-out it was like those days, "how are they gonna top this?" With a production run longer than Ford's Model T, the VMax has its own place in the list of iconic bikes of it's time.

Yes, they seem to be a bit fussy, but how-many of its contemporary competition do you see still standing? And, for all the hand-wringing over its handling, some well-thought-out changes, admittedly w/a significant price tag, will make it much-better. Radial tires (requiring at-least a new rear wheel), front springs, rear shocks, upgraded brakes, that will substantially-improve the VMax's road manners.

Think of how-unhappy we would all be if the collectors drove-up the prices! You can still find a runner for $2K, and basket cases for ~$500. At those prices, you can afford to have a parts bike, or two done in different styles. Storage space and insurance are probably the two determining factors there, those, and the family's needs. Still, for a total investment of say, $6K in rolling stock, you could have two VMaxes and that's about the price of a new scooter these days. One's down, needs maintenance? Ride the other! Think of it as, motorcycle polygamy.

We're here because we enjoy the ride, and we try to do a lot of the maintenance, repairs, and mods to keep our bikes useable and safe. Is the hassle worth it? Tell me that after you come-back from the first long ride of spring, where you stretched the throttle cables and felt that VBoost again and again. It just makes you want to go out and have another VMax/VBoost experience.

Sure, modern 600 cc sportbikes are capable of similar performance, but whacking open that throttle and feeling the VBoost is one of the great experiences in motorcycling. And when you're at a bike night, or daytime bike event, how many times do you find yourself answering questions about your 25 year-old bike? Everybody knows, "50% of the 1985 riders are dead now, because of the bike" and other apocryphal tales of VMax-dom.

Collectors probably are only interested in unmolested 1985's anyway so you 20th anniversary guys can relax, unless you thought your purchase would result in a five-figure payday on resale in a couple years after purchase. My advice to you is, get a better financial planner, and go for a ride. Let the VBoost give you the reason you probably should be interested in owning it anyway.

Unless you go wild w/the mods, you can probably return a significant amount of your investment should you choose to sell. That USD fork and $$$ engine mods are probably lost $$$, so enjoy it while you have it, and when you choose to go to something else, you can always say, "I had the VMax, King of the Road!"

Maybe a used Gen II will be that next bike?

http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/cl...aha-v-max.aspx

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Re: Thinking of getting a VMax
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:30 AM
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Am amazed with the response and the obvious kindred spirit you all have with the Max. Thank you all for sharing this. Am actually looking at a brand new 2014 Max. If ever, it will be my first Japanese bike.
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Re: Thinking of getting a VMax
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:54 AM
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Wow! I'm amazed at myself and also that nobody else even went there or thought of asking. That makes the response very easy. Absolutely yes! get one. I've only test ridden a couple but I can tell you that they are incredible and I would have one in a heartbeat if they weren't $30,000 + here in Australia. A 4 year old one will cost you $20,000+.

P.S. The new ones (version 2) do handle very well, not a sport bike but not far off except for the more extreme.


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Old 04-05-2015, 08:21 PM
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Guess youve been talking to Emerson.
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Re: Thinking of getting a VMax
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:49 AM
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Guess youve been talking to Emerson.
Yes. Eventually decided on a more sedate bike appropriate for my age.
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