First introduced in 1985, the mighty Yamaha VMAX is 30 years old in 2015. To celebrate, Yamaha have collaborated with JvB-moto to create a tribute to the iconic machine. Cologne-based JvB-moto’s Jens vom Brauck's vision for the VMAX Yard Built special was to transform the stock VMAX into a radical dragster-meets-café racer, exaggerating its brutal power and including styling cues from the 1985 original.
New bits on the JvB-moto VMAX include a custom-made aluminium mudguard at the front, which sits below a custom carbonfibre headlight unit that has been integrated into the front forks, and Motogadget indicators above custom carbon wheel covers. Aftermarket clip-on bars and an authentic American dragster rev counter by Autometer add the café racer element.
A custom carbon tank cover sits over a heavily modified airbox, and is complemented by special air intake scoops crafted from stock aluminium units taken from the original 80s VMAX. The craftsmanship continues with a handmade aluminium subframe and a custom fuel tank placed under the seat. The rear is beautifully finished with a custom carbon tail unit, and a custom 4-1 exhaust, with Termignoni silencer.
JvB-moto chose a retro colour scheme for the tribute VMAX, which is based on the livery of Yamaha’s 1985 GP team. “The Yamaha VMAX has been an icon without rival since it burst onto the streets in 1985 as the ultimate drag racer inspired street bike,” says Shun Miyazawa, Product Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe. “It was immediately a favourite with fans across the world, not only in its standard form, but also as a base for personalization and customization. To respect the culture that has grown around this icon we’ve chosen to celebrate 30 years of the VMAX by working with three highly respected custom builders to create three VMAX specials that will inspire not just Yamaha, but also owners of the VMAX and those who maybe want to own one."
"We’re starting this exciting anniversary build year with cult German builder JvB-moto. We are huge fans of his work, and feel his minimalistic, industrial style fits well with the VMAX. The results are clear; the Yard Built ‘INFRARED’ pays homage to the origins of the VMAX but also hints at the performance of tomorrow," says Miyazawa.