Yamaha recently showed their V-Max concept at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, at Long Beach, in the US. This is the first time that this concept was shown outside Japan. Yamaha are looking upon the next V-Max as a ‘muscle cruiser’ and the bike will be powered by a V4 engine. Engine capacity has not been finalised yet, but we expect it to be around 1800-2000cc.
With its stubby, almost-menacing lines and brutish engine, the new V-Max should be the last word in straight line performance and Yamaha want to do this motorcycle specifically for the American market. If the bike, which is purely a concept at this stage, does go into production at some time, it’ll be branded as a ‘Star,’ which is the Yamaha cruiser range. Regarding their other muscle cruiser, the MT-01, Yamaha spokespersons say that it was never intended to be a replacement for the V-Max and that the two bikes would anyway attract completely different types of customers.
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