April 2, 2010

The previous owner had drilled some small holes through the capping plates on the mufflers.  They weren’t very symmetrical so I enlarged them but they still looked crappy.

I had some end caps made at Redline Exhausts.

Muffler with no cap…10mm holes drilled.

Sorry...fuzzy photo!

Stainless screws & spacer washers.

Better focus!

End result RHS…

From behind

Side on

It’s almost too noisy for my pillions.  Fine with ear plugs of course!


April 2, 2010

Not much room on the max for anything!  Here is a quick solution!

Garden edging, zip ties & velcro!

Not pretty though!

Bloody Hell!



April 2, 2010

The Vmax first appeared in the mid eighties.  Fairly quickly it became a cult bike with a strong following in Europe, Japan & the US.


In 1985 there was nothing much like it…bold, aggressive hot rod styling with 145HP & shaft drive.  See here & here for the Vmax story and look at the 1985 USA Press Information.

In 1993 brakes & forks were up rated.  List of updates here.

Yamaha kept producing the same bike to 2007.

In 2009 a brand new 200HP model was released.  Similar styling, shaft drive and now with handling!  Look about halfway down the wiki.


Check out the current model on the Star Motorcycles website.

Start your cult journey with the Vmax Owners Association here.

Or try the Google thing here.


March 24, 2010

Well…new to me anyway!

1998 Yamaha Vmax 1200CC Australian delivered full power (145HP) Vboost model.

Lyn & I always wanted a big road bike.  We had the use of a 750 Honda in our early 20’s and it was sad to give it back.  Have had dirt bikes before then.  My dear mates all bought Harleys as they went through their respective mid life crises!  I couldn’t come at the dollars.  My brother reminded me of my interest in this iconic muscle bike in the mid 80’s.  I convinced Lyn we “needed” it now…not in our retirement when we couldn’t get a leg over it!  A lot of research later & I was headed for Sydney | NSW | AU.

Bought privately in Randwick (Sydney | NSW | AU), November 2004.  I flew over from Adelaide | SA | AU on a Saturday morning & rode it home.  First time I had a leg over a big road bike in over 20 years…way sore bum by the time I got home 2 days later!

Pick up in Randwick

On the way home.  Dog on the Tuckerbox at Gundagai, NSW | AU…

Dog on the Tuckerbox

First stop for the night, Gundagai | NSW | AU…

Sunset at Gundagai

Haha…heading for the Hay Plain | NSW | AU…


In the middle of nowhere the max ticks over 10k, Hay Plain | NSW | AU…

10,000 kilometres

Home…Adelaide | SA | AU…