Although untouched since its last major overhaul in 2009—including a significant bump in displacement (1,198cc to 1,679cc) and a completely redesigned chassis—the 2020 Yamaha VMAX is proof of serious capability in an unassuming package. As for updates to the 2020 model? A blacked-out Raven Black paint scheme.
Although no engine updates were made for 2020, the 2010 test bike was put on Cycle World’s rearwheel dyno and produced 173.9 hp at 9,000 rpm and 112.8 pound-feet of torque 6,600 rpm. We’re thinking that is enough tire-smearing power for the canyon roads or the dragstrip. Don’t you?
Other brawny beasts that join the power cruiser battle include the Ducati Diavel, Harley-Davidson FXDR 114, Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114, and Triumph’s Rocket 3.
For comparison give the Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 vs. Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 vs. Ducati Diavel 1260 S and 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R And GT Review First Ride a read.
No major updates were made to the Yamaha VMAX for 2020, aside from the blacked-out “Raven Black” treatment.