2020 Yamaha VMAX Details

The big, bad 2020 Yamaha VMAX.

The 2020 VMAX is a performance cruiser that combines the comfort of a cruiser with the performance of a superbike.Yamaha

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.

Some of the superbike crossover components include a slipper clutch, wave-style brake discs, ABS, and adjustable suspension front and rear.Yamaha
You are looking at the heart of the 2020 Yamaha VMAX. This is a fuel-injected, 65-degree, four-valves-per-cylinder, 1,679cc V-4 that pumps out more than 170 claimed horsepower and produces 100 pound-feet of torque.Yamaha
An aluminum chassis assembled from both controlled-fill die-cast and extruded aluminum components holds the engine low and forward for optimized mass centralization. This is a cruiser that handles well in the canyons and flies straight at the dragstrip.Yamaha

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.

The 2020 Yamaha VMAX uses Brembo master cylinders—the front being a radial pump master cylinder. Large 320mm wave-style dual front discs are matched to radial-mount monoblock six-piston calipers.Yamaha
The VMAX features a cartridge-damper-type fork with oxidized titanium coating. The fork has both compression and rebound damping adjustability plus spring preload.Yamaha
Four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust system with EXUP helps to create a seamless powerband while maintaining the bike’s burly VMAX appearance.Yamaha
The VMAX features an organic electroluminescent multifunction display. It includes clock, fuel meter, tripmeter with fuel reserve tripmeter, transmission gear position, coolant temperature, and, of course, a stopwatch.Yamaha

Just for kicks, we invite you to take a trip in the way back machine and read about one of our first rides on the original 1985 Yamaha VMAX. It was a total trip, man.

The VMAX instrument panel includes an analog tachometer and digital speedometer with LED indicator lights, as well as an LED shift timing indicator.Yamaha
You will find the VMAX hides its 4-gallon fuel tank under the seat, with the fill point located under the rider’s backrest, for mass centralization.Yamaha

2020 Yamaha VMAX Specifications

PRICE $17,999
ENGINE 1,679cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 65° V-4; 16-valve
BORE x STROKE 90.0 x 66.0mm
FUEL DELIVERY Dual-stage fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; hydraulic actuation
FRAME Aluminum twin-spar
FRONT SUSPENSION YHSJ 52mm fork adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound damping; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION YHSJ shock adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound damping; 4.3-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 6-piston calipers, 320mm disc w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 1-piston caliper, 298mm disc w/ ABS
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70-18 / 200/50-18
RAKE/TRAIL 31.0°/5.8 in.
WHEELBASE 66.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 30.5 in.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 686 lb. (California model)
WARRANTY 1 year (limited factory warranty)
CONTACT yamahamotorsports.com