2018 Yamaha VMAX


2018 Yamaha VMAX


Sport Heritage doesn't get any more powerful than this. The iconic VMAX® features a 1679cc V4 for huge performance & style.

Additional Features

  • CALCULATING POWER: The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses three microprocessors to control fuel injection, ignition, YCC-T, YCC-I, meters and other electrical components.
  • DRAG-STYLE INSTRUMENTS: The instrument panel includes an analog, step-motor driven tachometer, and digital speedometer with LED indicator lights. Prominent LED shift timing indicator adds to the performance character of the VMAX.
  • OLED DISPLAY: Organic electroluminescence multifunction display provides a more precise display vs. LCD and includes clock, fuel meter, trip meter with fuel reserve trip meter, transmission gear position, coolant temperature, stop watch, and more.
  • BRIGHT LIGHTING: H4 60/55W headlight provides excellent visibility and distinctive style, while the trick-looking LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient.

Chassis / Suspension

  • HIGH-TECH ALUMINUM CHASSIS: The chassis is light and compact, with a cast aluminum main frame, Controlled-Fill die-cast and extruded aluminum rear frame and cast aluminum swingarm.
  • HUGH, HIGH-TECH FORK: Cartridge-damper-type front forks have substantial 52 mm inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating. Forks have both compression and rebound damping adjustability plus spring preload.
  • FULLY ADJUSTABLE REMOTE RESERVOIR SHOCK: Link-type Monocross® rear suspension has a remote reservoir and features compression and rebound clickers plus remote preload adjustment.
  • CLASS LEADING BRAKES: VMAX uses Brembo® master cylinders, the front with radial pump master cylinder. Large 320 mm wave-style dual front discs are matched to radial-mount monoblock 6-piston calipers. On the rear wheel, there’s a 298 mm wave design disc and single-piston caliper. These high-tech brakes also incorporate advanced ABS.
  • BEEFY HANDLEBAR: Tapered handlebar provides a muscular 1-1/8 in. diameter look at the triple clamp while using conventionally sized controls.
  • GRIPPY RADIAL TIRES: 18 inch radial tires, 120/70R18 front and 200/50R18 rear, are mounted on cast aluminum five-spoke wheels.
  • UNDERSEAT FUEL TANK: For mass centralization that contributes to the bike’s lean looks, the 4-gallon fuel tank is mounted under the seat, with the filler under the rider’s backrest.


  • POWER UNRELENTING: The thunderous 1679 cc, 65-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four valves-per-cylinder, DOHC engine pumps out astonishing power to reinvent the VMAX legend. You’ve never experienced anything like it.
  • VARIABLE LENGTH INTAKES: The superbike-proven Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) switches nearly instantaneously between 150 mm and 54 mm height intake funnels as needed for a broad powerband that delivers optimum performance at any rpm.
  • RIDE-BY-WIRE THROTTLE: Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), the fly-by-wire system, delivers optimum acceleration under all conditions.
  • RACE-DERIVED COMBUSTION: Engine combines four-valve technology with a high 11.3:1 compression ratio, forged aluminum pistons and NGK® Iridium spark plugs with R1-type direct ignition coils to extract maximum horsepower from the fuel charge.
  • COMPACT CAM DRIVE: Cams are driven by a combined chain and gear system to precisely control valves while keeping cylinder heads remarkably compact for such a large displacement engine.
  • SLIPPER CLUTCH: Hydraulically activated clutch includes racetrack-proven ramp-type slipper clutch system that makes braking from speed while downshifting smoother.
  • ROBUST FIVE SPEED TRANSMISSION: Five-speed transmission has superbly spaced gear ratios to take full advantage of the engine’s awesome power in straight-line acceleration or through the canyons.
  • UNIQUE SHAFT DRIVE: Delivering this power cruiser’s muscle to the street means a beefy shaft drive. Special shaft design includes two cross joints to accommodate the fat 200/50R18 rear tire.
  • HIGH VOLUME COOLING: The high-performance engine is cooled by two radiators for efficiency and clean looks. Lubrication is via a simple, reliable wet sump system.
  • V-FOUR VOICE: Four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust system with EXUP® delivers a broad, seamless powerband with the right VMAX look… and a sound unlike anything on two wheels.
  • CUSTOM STYLING: The iconic VMAX aluminum intake covers are hand buffed by craftsmen for superb quality and individuality.

Top Features

  • POWER UNRELENTING: The ultimate power cruiser delivers unmatched performance from its 65-degree, four-valves-per-cylinder, 1679 cc V-four—producing eye opening amounts of perfectly controllable acceleration, flowing from a compact engine that looks as powerful as it is.
  • ADVANCED RIDE-BY-WIRE THROTTLE: Downdraft four-bore fuel injection with YCC-I® intake technology and YCC-T® fly-by-wire throttle provide awesome acceleration throughout the broad powerband.
  • HIGH-TECH ALUMINUM CHASSIS: Lightweight aluminum chassis puts the engine low and forward for mass centralization, resulting in a machine designed to handle curves as well as straightaways.
  • PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY: Borrowing liberally from advanced sportbike technology, VMAX® features a slipper clutch, wave-style brake discs, ABS, and complete suspension adjustability front and rear.
  • UNMATCHED FIT AND FINISH: Functionality and forward-thinking style uniquely combine with features like oxidized-titanium-coated 52 mm front fork tubes, magnesium engine side covers, fluorinated polyethylene fuel tank and the organic electroluminescence multifunction display.

General Information

Manufacturer Yamaha
Model Year 2018
Model VMAX
Model Code VMX17JGY
Stock Number C3696
Color Matte Raven Black



Front - Dual 320 mm wave-type discs; radial mount 6-piston calipers, Brembo® radial pump master cylinder

Rear - 298 mm wave-type disc, single-piston caliper and Brembo master cylinder


Front - 120/70R18

Rear - 200/50R18


Length 94.3 in.
Height 46.9 in.
Width 32.3 in.
Weight Wet - 683 lb.
Wheelbase 66.9 in.
Seat Height 30.5 in.


Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Shaft


Engine 65° V-Four, DOHC; 16 valves
Displacement 1,679 cc (102 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 90 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Fuel System Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Fuel Capacity 4 gal.
MPG Rating 27 mpg
Ignition TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Clutch Multi-plate slipper
Cooling Liquid



Front - 52 mm telescopic cartridge fork with oxidized titanium coating; fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound; 4.7 in. travel

Rear - Single shock with remote reservoir and remote adjustable for preload, compression and rebound; 4.3 in. travel


Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)