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Old 11-26-2003, 06:56 AM   #51
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Default V-Max Replacement?

Have you looked at the Yamaha MT-01 and MT-03 show bikes?
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Old 11-26-2003, 06:59 AM   #52
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Default Re: 2004 Yamaha V-Max

I heard he drank too much beer and traded his Trophy1200 for a Mean Streak. That would explain it....
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Old 11-26-2003, 07:04 AM   #53
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Kinda like the same feeling I get when riding my Duc with the wucka-wucka desmo valve train and the jingle-jingle clutch.



Oh, and the boom-boom Ferraci pipes.
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Old 11-26-2003, 08:25 AM   #54
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Default Why?

Lets see:



A) It is NOT ALWAYS compared to cruisers



B) It used to have too much "cojones" to be compared with the other standards (back when it came out) and it had a slightly raked out front fork



C) The engine has a "V" configuration and not a straight alignment of the cylinders like most other standards. Since most cruisers are V-twins some clueless people decided this V-four could be grouped with the cruisers



D) It is too weird (cool?) to not stand out with the rest of the standards



This bike is more similar to a ZRX1200 or a Bandit 1200 than it is to a Road Star, for instance, based on the way you sit on it, the way it moves, the way it rides and the way it feels. The V-Max is a musclebike, a steroid packed standard, not a cruiser.

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Old 11-26-2003, 08:28 AM   #55
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Default Re: 2004 Yamaha V-Max

A CBX would be really cool, but there are so few nice examples around. I figure the VMax could be lots of fun. I already have one old Shovelhead around to keep me busy. Dirt bikes are fun, but nowhere to ride around here otherwise I would have a CR 250 for killin myself.
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Old 11-26-2003, 08:31 AM   #56
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If you had dared to say "If I have to explain it you wouldn't understand" I would have............Why I outta..........
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Old 11-26-2003, 08:32 AM   #57
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Agreed, but it would be more inadequate to call that 6 speed paddle an "automatic"
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Old 11-26-2003, 08:33 AM   #58
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Default A Japanese bike with dare I say character. (original thought)

One theme that is in most of the posts is that the V-MAX has a unique charm. It is amusing to see the hard core HD fans like longride and Buzlightyear praise this Japanese bike for its out of the box thinking, even character.[*]The next time that these folks say that Japan Inc. is incapable of original thought I will remind them of Mr. MAX.
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Old 11-26-2003, 08:34 AM   #59
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Default Re: 2004 Yamaha V-Max

As I recall it was generally called a power cruiser at the time. Honda had the V65 Magna, Suzuki the 1200 Madura and Ksaki the 900/1000 Eliminator. Not really standards they were early boulevard cruisers. The V65 was a wheelie monster, shaft drive and all. Only Max has survived.



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Old 11-26-2003, 08:35 AM   #60
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Sounds like a Harley slogan, interesting you are talking about a Japanese bike. So much for your cultral bias against Japan i.e. They only copy things. Glad to see you are embracing diversity now.
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