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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:28 AM
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Hey Derek. Good to hear ya got a Vmax. Enjoy!
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:15 PM
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both the v65's had high seat heights the sabre was like a dual purpose it sat so high. the center of grav was also high. the magna had long skinny forks. the max out handled, out ran and looked better [imo] the madura looked good ,dual pipes on both sides spoke wheels[flat spokes i think] they also made a 700 version. i think they only made them 2 yrs? the max was a better all around bike, not that i didnt have flaws[seat forks..] the eliminator was close though it just didnt fit with the inline 4.
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:11 PM
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OK since I didn't know what a Madura looked like I found the site and came up with this...

Yeah... I have NEVER liked the look of the V65 Magna and NOW I can say I don't like the Madura either. Either could have been the fastest bikes of the time and I still wouldn't have bought one...


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Old 07-07-2008, 06:14 PM
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OK since I didn't know what a Madura looked like I found the site and came up with this...

Yeah... I have NEVER liked the look of the V65 Magna and NOW I can say I don't like the Madura either. Either could have been the fastest bikes of the time and I still wouldn't have bought one...



Agreed, looks too much like an 80-90's Honda Shadow - no like

Seen a 83 Madura 700 this weekend and it is even uglier.

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Old 07-08-2008, 10:33 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

My first bike was a 85 V45 Magna, followed up by 3 different V65's over about a 10 year period, I just kept coming back to them for some reason. I loved the Hell out of those bikes and they handled well enoughexcept for the weavewobble etc.... and yes they wheelied really easy.

I never had any of them through the 1/4 but I don't have any doubt the Max is faster, but not by much.

Every V65 I had had MUCH worse high speed weave/wobble/headhsake---tank slapper issues than any Vmax that I know of...One of mine spit me out at 140 with a full blown, lock-to-lock tank slapper and I lived to tell about it...That's why I believe in helmets, I'd a been dead w/o one that day....I wasn't knowledgable enough back then to know how to solve it so just stayed out of the danger zone.......

Setting the valves on them was really easy but had to happen much to frequently, and only one of mine had the oiling problem which destroyed the cams, their's a fix for that now that can be done....

I was looking for yet another V65 when my eye finally strayed and I fell in love with the Vmax....
Plus getting spare parts for a V65 are a whole adventure in itself. I don't think we all realize how lucky we are to be able to go down and buy parts at the dealer for a 23 year old bike........

When I look at the V65 now they don't look nearly as cool as I thought they did years ago, the tank is too high like "almost" every thing else back in the 80's, and the stepped king/queen seat really turns me off now too......... they look dorky to me now but still put a big smile on my face when I see one...Kinda like thinking about that first peice of tail or first kiss......

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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:42 AM
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My first vmax was an '89 and less than a year old when I got it. Then I had my first daughter, then a second. Sold the 'max in '97. A third kid later, and now that they are all a little older, I just got back into bikes the other year. Looked for another vmax or v65, and found a deal on an '85 v65 sabre. I just went from the v65 to my new 2000 vmax this year. I will say although the v65 is an 1100cc, it has a 6 speed to help compare to a vmax's 1200 w/a 5 speed. The sabre's rear was a little more plush, the digital fuel gauge, gear indicator, clock,etc were nice, and so was having a normal size tach up where you could see it. I liked the v65 sabre w/it's larger capacity tank also. BUT...when you sit on a vmax w/it's lower center of gravity and the feel of the bars as they pull and pull.... wow. The vmax is the real deal. After dynoing the v65, (just like the factory's graph) it showed a dip around 5,000-5,500 rpms, and wouldn't you know it, that's right when my little brother's R6 would catch up to me and then keep inching away. The vmax doesn't have that "dead" spot, so I can hold him back a lot longer. Stock to stock, my two vmaxes pulled within .1 sec of each other at the strip, and were both about .3 sec quicker than my v65. Launching the vmax is so much more comfortable than the tall sabre. I liked a lot of things about that sabre, but put a set of supertrapps on both (I did) and the vmax sounds so much better at every rpm. Bad a$$! I love the looks of the vmax over any other bike. Its a keeper.
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:57 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

An old Madura just turned up on eBay. I'd take it for like $300 just to experiment with it.

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Old 12-17-2008, 02:13 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

THAT looks like a scary bike. I bet it wobbles worse than a Max lol
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:51 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

That is one Fugly machine. I had seen them in person before but I forgot just how ugly they really were.

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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:06 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

I'm not a "spoked wheels" guy. It is an ugly bike, to me. Would be fun to experiment with. Hydraulic lifters and 6 speeds.
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