1993 Yamaha Vmax.
Shaft drive is bulletproof
Liquid cooled with electric fan
About 120 rear wheel hp (RHP)
It's a CULT CLASSIC bike.
Everyone knows a V-max when they see it go down the road. The air scoops give it away. The air scoops are made of aluminum - they can be stripped of paint, then highly polished, or even chromed! You can't do that on today's plastic crouch rockets.
Very customizable. Many make specialized parts for this bike. Many parts can be found on eBay.
The ONLY bike out there that sounds like a sixties muscle car with Flowmasters (that is if you change away from the stock exhaust).
The sound is what really bought me. When I bought mine from my friend, he had a Harley Davidson slipon pipes on it. Sounded extremely tough. I since then put on a Hindle exhaust system. Sounds just as good, but a little bassy-ier. Harley riders always glance at me trying to figure out what it is that passed them, or when they hear it.
They've been making this bike for over 25 years and are still making it!!! That says something... Believe me, you have to HEAR this bike - it will pull you in.
The acceleration is flat out amazing. Point it straight and twist, and it's like a Ferrai, but faster.
An R1 (Yamaha) is a faster bike at 1000cc, BUT I will always beat an R1 rider who is inexperienced. That means he can't keep his front tire down and I just crank it. The V-max is much heavier than the R1, and is very comfortable to ride.
It's not a beginners bike, but it is easy to ride. You don't always have to gun it. But you know you will anyways.
Some people put a supercharger on theirs as well (crazy). My Yamaha mechanic did that to his.
All in all - a great bike. A CULT classic. Passengers love it as well.