1989 Yamaha VMAX

HIGH BID: $3,500

Reserve price has not been met.

This auction has ended.


Additional photos of this 1989 Yamaha V-MAX are available here for your perusal.

The name told you all you need to know: when the V-Max debuted in 1985, it was a cruiser dedicated to speed. Reviewers and consumers responded positively – it instantly won Cycle Guide’s “Bike of the Year” award and it barely had any changes for the next 22 years. It was arguably the definitive muscle bike.

The technical highlight of the 1,198cc V4 was “V-Boost”, a system of servo-operated butterfly valves that connected the intake manifolds of each pair of cylinders. It simulated the effect of a supercharger at high RPMs as the cylinder in the intake stroke would get the air and fuel from two carbs at once. In conjunction with other modifications like larger intake/exhaust valves, bigger carbs, and revised camshafts boosted power from 90 hp in the Venture to a claimed number of over 140!

For more on what it was like to ride the V-Max, check out this “Retrospective” from Rider.

This example is VIN: JYA2WFC02KA001312. The seller acquired the bike one year ago from a collector in Palos Verdes, California.

During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 600 miles. The odometer shows 3,995 miles.

The seller reports that he has changed the oil and oil filter, the brake fluid, and the transmission fluid. Additionally, he has rebuilt and synchronized the carburetors and replaced the front fork seals and dust seals.

Tyga Performance carbon fiber front fender.

Tyga Performance carbon fiber tank cover.

Tyga Performance carbon fiber rear fender.

Three-piston Hayabusa calipers, larger rotors.

Not pictured: K&N air filter.

The seller has provided the following video to show the condition of the included stock bodywork:

The sale includes the factory fenders, side panels, tank cover, and blinker plates.

It also includes the original calipers and brake discs.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
“The side, clutch, and ignition covers have scratches and the rear brake pedal made a hole at the clutch cover plastic but it isn’t the part that oil could leak.”

“Both muffler ends have small scratches and dents”

“Maroon tank cover has three small dents.”

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Metzeler Marathon tires from 2011.

The sale includes two keys.

Currently located in Redondo Beach, California, this Yamaha is offered on a clean California title with registration current through March 2023.

Have any VMAX stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Redondo Beach, California













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Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

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Total Bids Placed: 16

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: Rossifumi

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Rossifumi February 3, 2023 9:30 am $3,500 Auto
RogerX February 3, 2023 9:30 am $3,450
Rossifumi February 1, 2023 11:23 am $3,300
talldaddy February 1, 2023 11:23 am $3,200 Auto
talldaddy February 1, 2023 11:22 am $3,100 Auto
Rossifumi February 1, 2023 11:22 am $3,000
talldaddy January 31, 2023 8:03 pm $2,300 Auto
Maxim4rob January 31, 2023 8:03 pm $2,200
talldaddy January 30, 2023 3:39 am $1,400
johnnieleehooker January 29, 2023 3:01 pm $1,300
starhead January 29, 2023 3:01 pm $1,200 Auto
starhead January 28, 2023 12:41 pm $1,100
RaceDayWonder January 28, 2023 12:41 pm $1,000 Auto
RaceDayWonder January 27, 2023 5:18 pm $650
shelbyjones January 27, 2023 5:18 pm $550 Auto
shelbyjones January 27, 2023 10:11 am $1
Auction started January 27, 2023 9:17 am
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