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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:10 PM
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I spotted one last year at the Toys for Tots ride. Dude was pretty surprised that I knew what it was.

My buddy and business partner owns an 86 V65 Magna.
The forks stretch like crazy when you get in it pretty hard, and it's TALL. Good running bike but the parts are expensive and getting hard to find.
He does get a lot more stop light warriors than I do though. I guess they think it's an old Shadow or something.

And don't blow the Eliminator off. With the right rider, those things can suprise you. Hell, even the 250's were pretty quick for what they were.
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:47 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

Always wanted a V65. I had the little brother, a V45 for a few years. I suppose after I win the lottery I will start my stable . . . .
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:25 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

Back in the day my two best friends were also my riding buddies. One of 'em had a V65 sabre and the other had a Eliminator 900 and I had my FJ1100. Needless to say there was alot of head to head testing going on and I can say that the Eliminator ,for all its hype and its badass name, got embarassed on a pretty regular basis. I mean it was not even close between the FJ and the Kawi, from a dig, any gear roll on, it was shocking how much slower it was. The V65 however was a differant story, it gave me a run for my money every time, nice bike. He beat up on the Eliminator pretty bad too.

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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:22 PM
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Hello ,new to this site but figured i give it a try.Got some chain drive maxs that are alot of fun. Hoping to figure all the stuff out on this site JOHN
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:58 PM
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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

Dont mean to get too far off track here but I always liked the looks of the '87-'88 SuperMagnas. I've never owned one but a friend did and it ran ok. Nothing like a V65 or VMax but it had its own "look".
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:10 PM
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Now, I will admit I liked the 4 upswept mufflers.

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Default Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....

when I was a little kid (I'm a big kid now lol), I used to believe that the more exhausts, the faster/more powerful the bike!!

So those old 70's bikes with four, or even six (!) exhaust cans were the bestest to me!
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:59 PM
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Back in the day when my 85 Max was prowling around, there were also 2 other super cruisers that I am aware of - the Honda V-65 and the Suzuki GV1200GL "Madura". I had never heard of a Madura until 2 years ago when a work buddy of mine began bragging of how fast his old Suzuki was. I looked it up and was surprised.

Of course I knew about the Honda Magna and Sabre. I rode as a passenger on a Magna once and it was extremely powerful and fast. Coming from the XS1100 world, I have the ability to compare power.

What do you guys know about the V-65 and also about the Madura? Anyone owned either? Anyone raced any of these bikes against each other? I think I recall my old work buddy saying that he pinned his Madura at 160 or so.....

I found this page:
http://www.lk3000.com/madura/faq.cfm

On that page is listed the following:
"What are the 1/4 mile and HP specs for my Madura?
V1200 - Per CYCLE MAGAZINE from Jan. 1986: The V1200 BHP is 89.36 max @ 8500 rpm and the torque is 61.41 max. @ 6000 rpm. In a standing start 1/4 mile, it finishes in 11.75 sec @ 115.06 mph.


It was tested at the time against three other cruisers and came in 3rd place in the 1/4 mile (can you believe that garbage???!!). The test included the Yamaha Vmax (10.99@124.04), Kawasaki Eliminator 900 (11.07@123.25), Suzuki Madura (11.75@115.06), and Honda Magna (11.86@115.96)."

And I also found a dyno sheet for the Madura from the same page:


I found a great article on the Magna as well:
http://www.magnaownersoftexas.com/v65/v65article.htm

On that page, they are saying that the Magna could run a 10.84 1/4 at 124.82. Here is the dyno:


No need to post a VMax dyno unless someone has a bone stock 1985 chart.

So, I'm trying to open up a big can of worms here, because of all of these big V4's at the time, which was truly the king? Seems like they were nip and tuck in comparison, mostly rider ability?
Congrads on owning the 85 max..
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:22 PM
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Dont mean to get too far off track here but I always liked the looks of the '87-'88 SuperMagnas. I've never owned one but a friend did and it ran ok. Nothing like a V65 or VMax but it had its own "look".
Did someone say Super Magna You got taste

For a 21 year old 700 or 750 V4, they are a damn quick and IMO will always be the sexiest Honda Magna ever made Here are a few pics of my old 83 V65 that I restored and sold just last year. And one of my Super Magna has been fully restored as well. Hate to sell the Super too, but unfortunately I have no extra time to ride it these days.
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Re: Yamaha VMax vs Honda V-65 vs Suzuki Madura....
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:58 PM
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Mitchell, those are two of the finest examples of Magnas I've seen! The super is especially nice--is that a VTX headlight you have on there? My other bike is a '95 gen 3, and it's always a nice change of pace to hop on when I'm giving the VMax a rest. However, the supers are without a doubt the sweetest looking version of the Magna ever made. Now that I think of it, it's the best looking bike Honda has ever made...
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