1988 Yamaha V Max
Change into 4th gear at 210km/h..
Spark plug leads broke down; it turned out they were rubbish car ones and totally unsuitable. Replaced them with proper resistance m/cycle ones, no problems since with them.
2 of the braided brake hydraulic hoses fell apart, again aftermarket, fortunately both during maintenance whilst standing still. Won't mention the brand, but they are well known American company; replaced with custom built braided lines, and all good now.
A strange one recently, got my bag caught between the bars and ignition key whilst doing a U turn. This pushed the key hard down into the ignition lock and shorted out the main fuse. As the main fuse is hidden and separate from the marked fuse box, I didn't find it until I got it home the next day (these things always happen at night)
Truly ridiculous motorcycle, dangerously quick and handles like you'd expect (very very badly). Mine has a/market progressive suspension and it helps, but...
The braking can be helped, mine has R1 "buzzsaw" discs and GSXR750 calipers (4 pot) with braided lines all round. However, you have to remember that all loaded with me on it, you're trying to haul up close on 400kgs. The original set-up was dangerously close to suicidal.
The acceleration cannot be described, just try one day to get a ride on one (not mine though) and you'll want... When I first got mine, I'd had a 1972 Honda CB750 for years, and I'd got used to lining up cars one at a time to pass on the freeway; it took a while to get used to passing 4 or 5 in a lot less time.
It's true to say it's not the most comfortable thing to ride, but that's why they made the tank so small, so you could get off and stretch the muscles in your legs, de-pump your arm muscles, wait for your hands to stop shaking and the feeling to return to your backside. When your vision returns to normal, then it's time to fill the tank and do it all again.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2010