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Yamaha Vmax Review: Features, Mileage, Colours, Specs and Price in India

The Yamaha Vmax is a really cool bike. It looks different from other big bikes. With its angry look and strong body, the Vmax turns heads wherever it goes. A huge 1679cc liquid engine powers this beast. It makes 197 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 166 pounds of twist at 6,500 rpm. The Vmax name has been there since the 1980s but this model came to India in 2015. Let’s see what this eye-catching bike offers.

Yamaha Vmax Design and Style

The Yamaha Vmax does not look like any other big bike on Indian roads. Up front, its light is shaped funnily and sits at an angle. Sharp cuts on the front make it look tough. On the sides, the fuel tank has cool shapes that join smoothly with the seat. At the back, the tail is small and short with a tiny light. Overall, the Vmax has a really angry naked streetfighter style that stands out.

Engine and Speed

The big star is the enormous 1679cc liquid engine. This huge four-cylinder engine loves high revs. It makes maximum power of 197 horses at 9,000 rpm and top twists of 166 pounds at 6,500 rpm. The engine is very strong and quiet because of its V shape. It gives great speed from low revs with easy power right till its 11,500 rpm redline. 

Power goes to the back wheel using a 6-gear manual gearbox with a slip clutch for smooth gear changes. The Yamaha Vmax truly lives up to its name and can zoom from 0-62 in just 3 seconds!

Handling and Suspension

Given its size and output, the Yamaha Vmax handles very well. Up front, it gets comfy forks with shocks adjust. At the back, a shock works with the swingarm. It rides plush on long trips but also turns fast when riding hard. Fat 17-inch wheels wrapped in thick tyres inspire lots of trust while braking from high speeds.

Brakes and Safety

The Yamaha Vmax gets disc brakes on both wheels. Four pistons grip the front disc and two pistons grip the rear. The braking is awesome with a great feel. Standard ABS protects during emergencies. Other features make riding safe like an engine kill switch and adjustable levers. The clear dashboard shows useful things like gears, miles and fuel.

Miles and Fuel Use

As expected, the miles are not great due to the huge size and sports character. As per the test, it returns 8kmpl in the city. We got 7-7.5kmpl in the city and 5.5kmpl on the highway. The big 25-litre fuel tank lets you ride over 200km before refilling.

Features and Comforts

For a cruiser, the features are good. All LED lights look modern. Three riding modes – A, B, C – plus traction control suit all conditions. Store small things in the tiny under-seat space. Sync with the Y-Connect app for navigation via Bluetooth.

Color Choices

Only two colours – Glossy Black and Racing Blue. Both show curves well. Black looks stealthy while Blue has sporty graphics.

Price and Availability

At its launch, the Yamaha Vmax carried an ex-showroom price tag of Rs. 27.75 lakhs. However, with the BS6 regulations, the bike was discontinued in India as Yamaha did not introduce a compliant model. 

Therefore, it can no longer be purchased via official dealerships. Some unsold BS4 stocks may still be available at premium prices from private sellers depending on the region.

Competition

While the Yamaha Vmax doesn’t have any direct rivals, some alternative options in the premium cruiser segment include the Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic priced at around Rs. 26.59 lakhs and the Ducati Diavel V4 tagged at Rs. 25.91 lakhs. 

Other competitors are the Triumph Rocket 3 at Rs. 20.20 lakhs and the Indian Chief Dark Horse costing Rs. 20.20 lakhs as well. However, none can quite match the Vmax’s mighty powerful liquid-cooled V4 engine and aggressive road presence.

Conclusion

The Yamaha Vmax was truly a superbike in cruiser’s clothing. Its fabulous looks, scintillating performance and features made it an exceptionally desirable proposition. Unfortunately, with the lack of a BS6 model, this iconic machine is no longer available in India.

However, its formidable legacy and exclusive character will ensure it remains a coveted machine among Maxcruiser enthusiasts for years to come. Only time will tell if Yamaha decides to bring back this legendary nameplate with a future emission norm-compliant powertrain.

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