1993 Yamaha V Max


Amazing Acceleration


Battery died a month after I bought the bike. Carbs needed cleaning at the same time - only normal I guess for a very original bike.

My Yamaha service centre installed a new battery, new fuel filter, and then stripped the carbs, cleaned them and then rebuilt them with new jets etc. and removed the 100bhp limiter. It now has approx 125bhp (so the Yamaha mechanic says!). I think it now has a real 100bhp at the rear wheel.

General Comments:

Very fast accelerating bike with reasonable handling considering its weight, low foot pegs and exhaust.

I highly recommend this bike, its my second bike (first was a ZZR-250) and it is very easy to ride. I've gone from 34bhp to 125bhp in one step and haven't had any problems or falls, drops etc.

Only inconvenience is the small fuel tank, which limits my antics to 130km between fuel stops... yes, I do like accelerating full throttle all the time.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2004

8th Mar 2008, 17:30

It is my understanding that the VMax has 145hp at the rear wheel. The Honda Saber V65 has 121-122 hp rear wheel.

4th Sep 2008, 02:01

Hi, I'm looking at buying a V Max 1988. Just wanted to know what kind of price I should be paying and what to look out for???

Please, any help would be great.

Thank you, Sam... :-)

19th Apr 2013, 00:48

Probably around 3500.