And in those days when the MOites traversed the digital divide after Ashley parted the waters, many fantastic road tests made it into the modern age, but some without their accompanying stunning photography. This review for instance, written by His Dukeness on the occasion of the amazing new Star VMax a decade ago. But fear ye not, as by that time we’d also begun making stunning videos, which may last on Youtube long after we’ve all departed this mortal coil. Actually the vid shows what the mighty Max was capable of beyond what words can convey anyway, not to mention Kev in all his youthful glory.

 

Is capable of in fact, as Yamaha will still sell you one for $17,999. In 2009, that seemed like a lot. Today it’s only $9 more than the original, and really just about the going rate for a nice new high-performance motorcycle. If the VMax was ahead of its time, the rest of the world is only just catching up. Or is it? Amen.