oldest V-MAX

Yamaha Star V-Max VMAX Motorcycle Discussion Forum

Help Support VMAX Forum:

Fire-medic

Well-Known Member
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 25, 2011
Messages
12,236
Reaction score
2,130
Location
Miami Florida
Hi all, great Forum.

I think there are only three people to beat me.:)
Pretty-sure you have a California bike there. Reference: 1JH is for 1985 CA. bikes. I wouldn't be surprised if you get a message from Sean Morley soon.

VMax 1985 frame-engine numbers.pngVMax 1985 VMX12N service manual date.png

"Proof of the pudding," let's see the steering head badge and stamped number. That should have a few certain members' pulses accelerate.
 

flydood

Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2021
Messages
5
Reaction score
6
It is without a doubt a California bike. I bought it off a widow in Silicon Valley around '91-'92. F69A7BE0-1B0B-4264-9870-809D778EFA15_1_105_c.jpeg

Excitement is good. Especially given it is going up for sale soon.
 

ATKPILOT

Member
Joined
Oct 11, 2021
Messages
5
Reaction score
5
Hi there,

who is owning the oldest V-MAX??

is it known? maybe there's a list or anything?

it can be figured out according the frame number.

the last digits of the first frame-number was 000101
next 102 and so on.

it will be nice to know how many of our old

steel-pigs are still driving around.

with regards
across the pond
My recent barn find is number 188 one of the ringers
 

Fire-medic

Well-Known Member
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 25, 2011
Messages
12,236
Reaction score
2,130
Location
Miami Florida
3123 last four, so we are 3023!
I saw this: " my husband Donald and I are the keepers of a 1990 Max." If you have a 1990, you could have # 00101, that would be the first 1990 USA-market VMax, and depending on the prefix you might have a CA edition, rather than a 49 states version. Numbering begins anew for each year, at 00101 for the VIN.

Do you also own a 1985? That's the reason for the (104) oldest V-MAX | Yamaha Star V-Max VMAX Motorcycle Discussion Forum (vmaxforum.net) thread, it's for documenting the 1985 motorcycles. Other countries had their own number/letter prefixes (below).

Note the CA bikes have a prefix of "12" before starting at 101. That means the first CA-edition bike was 12101.

Hope this helps.

VMax 1985 frame-engine numbers.pngVMax Engine #-country of market.png

VMax VIN -country of market.png
 

DTyrrell

Active Member
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
36
Reaction score
51
Location
Santa Rosa, California
I saw this: " my husband Donald and I are the keepers of a 1990 Max." If you have a 1990, you could have # 00101, that would be the first 1990 USA-market VMax, and depending on the prefix you might have a CA edition, rather than a 49 states version. Numbering begins anew for each year, at 00101 for the VIN.

Do you also own a 1985? That's the reason for the (104) oldest V-MAX | Yamaha Star V-Max VMAX Motorcycle Discussion Forum (vmaxforum.net) thread, it's for documenting the 1985 motorcycles. Other countries had their own number/letter prefixes (below).

Note the CA bikes have a prefix of "12" before starting at 101. That means the first CA-edition bike was 12101.

Hope this helps.

View attachment 82108View attachment 82109

View attachment 82110
The rest of the sticker said that he was manufactured in September 1989. But he is at home today and I can't check out the rest of the info.....lol!
 

Fire-medic

Well-Known Member
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 25, 2011
Messages
12,236
Reaction score
2,130
Location
Miami Florida
Prior posts on here say that approx. 8,800 1985 models were manufactured. I've read that Yamaha planned upon 2,000 annual USA market builds, so selling 8,800 in the USA market was a resounding sales success, and it helped to make the VMax a bike to remember for its performance, appearance, and place in the history of the time in which it was first built. As I've said repeatedly, Ford's Model T was built for fewer years than the Generation 1 VMax. Building a bike primarily-known for its performance for a period of twenty-two years, with only minor changes is unheard-of.

If later model year riders (1986-2007) want to consider 2,000 as an annual USA allotment, then you can gauge your approximate place in the build sequence by comparing your VIN tag on the steering head, with its month and year of manufacture, to that projected 2,000 build number for any year's production. Consider that approximately September is the start of the next year's production, and probably June is the end.

Anyone who wants to post their month/year of manufacture and their VIN, we can see how-close that comes. Bear in-mind the original purpose of the thread was to log the 1985 model year owners. I have a built-in-1985 VMax in the stable, but it's listed as a 1986 model on the VIN plate. It has the 1985-style front and rear wheels, and it's the dark-amethyst color. I haven't had it apart to measure either the VBoost or the exhaust pipes, which I'm pretty-sure were sized uniquely for the '85 models. I would expect mine to be sized as 1986.
 
Last edited:

Latest posts

Top