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Best year V-Max?
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:37 AM
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Default Best year V-Max?

So I know the v-max has never really changed (excluding the new version obviously) but I have heard a few people say the 85's were a little bit more powerful then the rest? Yay or nay?

If so was there really anything that different or is it just more of a tuning/uncorking kinda deal? How much faster were the 85's?
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:45 AM
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They are all basically the same bike. Although, I've heard the 85's exhaust didn't meet the imission standards, so it changed shortly there after.

As far as some of the other changes they include; beefier forks, colors, and Yammaha's version of the o-ring fix and 2nd gear fix.

Here is a list of changes:

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from 1985 to 2001







1985:
  • First V-Max appears on American market with 145 HP announced and 1/4 mile covered in 10 seconds. V-boost equipped.
1986







Introduction for Europe in France:
  • 104 HP at 7 500 rpm and a torque of 11,48 mkg at 6 000 rpm
  • No V-Boost for Europe
  • Rear aliminium dished wheel
  • 2 front ventilated discs ? 282 mm with opposed pistons.
  • 3D V-max emblem
1987
  • Front aluminium dished wheel
  • Black air scoops, side covers and tail lamp mount
1990
  • Digital electronic ignition.
  • Back to aluminium colour for air scoops
  • Introduction for Japanese domestic market

For Europe:
  • Modifications to suit noise regulation from 83 to 81 dB. Exhaust system changed and max. power decreases from 100,2 HP/ 7500 rpm to 95,2 HP/ 8000 rpm.
  • New camshafts with lengthen valve opening to improve character: Max torque of 10,3 mkg is at 3000 rpm only ( formerly 10,9 mkg / 6000 rpm). To keep superb acceleration rear transmission, ration is changed from 33/9 to 33/10.
1993







Fundamental chassis changes:
  • Fork tubes increase from 40 to 43 mm. Ventilated- drilled discs of 298 mm with 4pot callipers.
  • Metzeler tyres instead of Dunlop.
  • More powerful generator.
1996
  • Black wheels ,air scoops, exhaust system and fork outer tubes.
  • Cartridge type oil filter element
1998
  • Back to chrome exhaust system
1999
  • Back to polished wheels and fork outer tubes
  • Carbon look for fenders
2001
  • Front fork seal guards
  • Carbon looks for tank cover
Bur to answer your title question, 2007 is the best year
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:03 AM
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Remember...The only thing that really makes a difference in performance is the color
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:11 AM
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Remember...The only thing that really makes a difference in performance is the color
True, black bikes make about 5-10 more horsepower.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:57 AM
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06 by far
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:16 AM
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to be honest i think either the '06/07 is the best or the late 90's....

i like the blacked out '06/07 look, along with when they did it in what like '97/98 with the black headers, rims, mufflers, scoops, etc....

not sure when the 2nd gear and o ring fixes went in tho. so combine those too answers..
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Default Re: Best year V-Max?

I believe (by memory) that from 2003 on no more changes were made to the gen. 1 bikes. So anything after 2003 would have all the changes and be the most up to date.

As far as better... The big BETTER is anything '93 and newer as they came with bigger brakes and forks which make a pretty big difference.

Always buy as new as you can afford in the case of the Vmax. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 02-07-2009, 09:59 AM
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Default Re: Best year V-Max?

nah - all you guys got it wrong. No matter how much you'll try to deny it, everyone in the world knows that '86 is the BEST year bar none.

Of course this has nothing to do with my signature and I am 100% impartial.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:37 PM
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Ok, Ok, this IS a question that has been mulled over by motorcycle aficionados all over the world.........seemingly, without resolution.

Therefore, dannymax will settle the matter, once and for all....and, I trust, to everyone's satisfaction.

It is.....of course.....THE '99 YAMAHA V MAX!!
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:02 PM
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1990 all the way just cause that is what I ride!! lol Really I have found evidence like my seat has 2 different years marked under it and neither is 1990 but hey it runs super and looks awesome. What more could you want
Oh ya My bike is Blacked as well so ya its better and faster lol
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