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2012 Yamaha VMAX / VMX17 Review

2012 Yamaha VMAX / VMX17 Review - The 2012 Yamaha VMX17 is the ultimate marriage of brawn and brains, and is the ground breaking result of its evolutionary journey. The unique features of this iconic beast are richly blended with advanced sportbike technology and forward thinking style. It all ads up to a machine with immense performance and visual power. The 2012 Yamaha VMAX truly is in a class by itself.

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2012 Yamaha VMAX / VMX17 - USA Specifications / Technical Details
MSRP* $19,890 (Matte Black) Available from November 2011/CA model December 2011

Type 102-cubic-inch (1679cc) liquid-cooled 65° V-4, DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 90.0mm x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed, multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive Shaft

Suspension / Front 52mm telescopic cartridge fork w/oxidized titanium coating. Fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound; 4.7 in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock w/remote reservoir and remote adjustable for preload, compression and rebound
Brakes / Front Dual 320mm wave-type discs; radial mount 6-piston calipers, Brembo® radial pump master cylinder
Brakes / Rear 298mm wave-type disc, single-piston caliper and Brembo® master cylinder
Tires / Front Bridgestone® Radial 120/70-R18 59V
Tires / Rear Bridgestone® Radial 200/50-R18 76V

Length 94.3 in
Width 32.3 in
Height 46.8 in
Seat Height 30.5 in
Wheelbase 66.9 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 31.0 in
Trail 5.8 in
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gal
Fuel Economy** 27 mpg
Wet Weight*** 683 lb / 685 lb (CA model)

Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2012 Yamaha VMAX / VMX17 - Canadian Specifications / Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN


Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valves, 65 degree V-4
Displacement 1679cc
Bore and Stroke 90 x 66mm
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Maximum Torque 17 kg-m (123 ft-lb) @ 6,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni 48mm fuel injection
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 11.4kpl / 32mpg (Imp.)
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric Start
Transmission 5-speed (with slipper clutch)
Final Drive Shaft


Suspension (Front) Fully adjustable 52mm cartridge fork
Suspension (Rear) Fully adjustable Link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 320mm discs with ABS
Brakes (Rear) 298mm disc with ABS
Tires (Front) 120/70R18
Tires (Rear) 200/50R18

Dimensions / Technical Details

Length 2,395mm (94.3")
Width 820mm (32.3")
Height 1,190mm (46.9")
Wheelbase 1,700 mm (66.9")
Rake / Trail 31° / 148mm (5.8")
Ground Clearance 140mm (5.5")
Seat Height 775mm (30.5")
Fuel Capacity 15 litres
Wet Weight 310 kg (684 lb)
Colour(s) Mat Black

± Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.

Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.

* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less. See your local dealer for out the door pricing.
2012 Yamaha VMAX / VMX17 Review Reviewed by Dening Nyess on Rating: 4.5

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