The VMAX is one of the most iconic motorcycle designs Yamaha has ever created and it’s back in 2020 for more arm-stretching antics for those brave enough to ride it. Yet Yamaha has chosen to shoehorn it into the category of Sport Heritage, insinuating the mighty VMAX is getting old.
It’s been 12 years since the VMAX went through a major reboot that included a bump in displacement from 1,198cc to 1,679cc, a completely redesigned chassis that complemented the new power production, and a new look that managed to stay true to the original design with a modern twist. For 2020, it will roll down the road with no major updates to speak of, other than a completely blacked-out treatment that Yamaha calls Raven Black. Pricing continues to be the same $17,999 as it was when it was updated a decade ago, so that’s good news if you are still on the fence about buying one for yourself some day.