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Old 10-28-2018, 09:17 PM
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Talking I felt like this:

https://www.facebook.com/DailyMail/v...076909769/?t=0
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1986 VMAX 5,000 miles.

I've been dreaming of this bike for years. Can't wait to ride it.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:10 AM
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Oh my

I can understand your exuberance !
Now you have a bike that they could not even get accurate speeds on at the track, all because they could not figure out how to get the rear tire to hook.
Just what was the HP ? 150 + ?

Oh and yes that monster is gorgeous !
Do they have hard bags, tour pack, fairing, floor boards w/forward controls, ape hangers. Never mind, just because it's powerful does not mean it's got to be full dress.
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:15 PM
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Congrats Mike..ya better hold on...LOL
Funny how i can see the pic with my phone but not on the desktop computer..but everytime i hit the refresh page button the pic flashes briefly..it must be that damn photobucket thing...
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:23 PM
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Congrats Mike..ya better hold on...LOL
Funny how i can see the pic with my phone but not on the desktop computer..but everytime i hit the refresh page button the pic flashes briefly..it must be that damn photobucket thing...
For once I'm not having any trouble seeing this, what a fine figure of a man and a KILLER machine
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:37 PM
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Nice find Mike, what a beast. I will be interested to hear your impressions after riding it for a while. some say the handling sucks others that it handles well.
Looks like solid rotors ? surely not.

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Old 10-29-2018, 10:19 PM
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Done: It's supposed to be 145Hp, but there seems to be some controversy related to the V Boost technology. The V Boost allows each cylinder to drink from 2 carbs above 6k RPM.

MaximPhil: Weather was OK today, so I got ready to ride it tonight, and the battery didn't have enough charge to start it after I hit the gas station a mile away. Had to give it a little charge and limp home in breathtaking fashion. I can't wait to have a chance to open it up. I'll report more when I have a chance to ride it around. My initial impression is that I like the ergonomics way better than the V65. Let's see how it does in the curves.

Rotor are solid in the side view, but they are actually hollow inside. There is a relatively thin sheet on each side with ribs holding the two sides together.

Secretary of State didn't have the title in their system yet when I tried to register the bike today. Have to stay out of trouble on that frontier for a few days.

Battery removal was not easy.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:39 AM
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well I can see the pic here on the desktop today..It is a bitchin' ride Mike...I too have heard their handling isnt that great...I 'spose y'all will mete it out..so to say...Looks like a hoot and a holler to ride...
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:30 AM
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Done:

Rotor are solid in the side view, but they are actually hollow inside. There is a relatively thin sheet on each side with ribs holding the two sides together.

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Hi Mike,
That style of rotor is commonly called "ventilated" and common on cars, I had not seen it in a motorcycle application before.

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Old 11-13-2018, 01:16 PM
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Thumbs up VMAX Handles Well

Phil:

Well, I was only able to ride the VMAX twice before it snowed here in Michigan.

My impression about the handling was good. I found it was quite stable….it doesn’t bounce, or wobble or jitter in the curves. The seat feels relatively low. I was immediately confident, but not too daring yet. It does feel heavy @ 600lbs.

I think the VMAX handles better than XS11’s. My XS11SF is my most difficult bike to ride. The seat feels high, and it seems to bounce around it the curves. Surprisingly, my dressed XS11SG “Bagger” sits lower and handles better, but not as good as the VMAX in my opinion.

I like the sitting position of the VAMX. It is similar to my XS11’s and my XS750’s….where my feet are underneath me. I am less fond of the Honda V65 position where my feet are in front of me, like riding a chopper.

So I give the VMAX a ‘thumbs up’ for handling so far.

Meanwhile, it's a little odd and unnerving that the torque is dead when you first pull out from a stop....then after a brief lull, you have all the power you can use. There is a big dead spot in the low RPM range. The V65 doesn't have this characteristic.

Overall, the VMAX is like getting to drive race car on the streets. I can't wait until the next 50 degree day!
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:44 PM
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Thanks Mike,
Sounds like loads of fun in store for the Spring. I wonder if your lack of torque is an adjustment issue or a design flaw? with such a powerful motor I would be cautious about high rev launches

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Old 11-13-2018, 09:21 PM
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I wonder if your lack of torque is an adjustment issue or a design flaw?
Makes me think about pilot jets.

Dealership said they rebuilt the carbs. The actual mechanic said he installed a carb kit and blew carb cleaner through the passages.

Or it might might be characteristic of the design.

I'll ask the guys on the VMAX forum.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:15 PM
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Makes me think about pilot jets.

Dealership said they rebuilt the carbs. The actual mechanic said he installed a carb kit and blew carb cleaner through the passages.

Or it might might be characteristic of the design.

I'll ask the guys on the VMAX forum.
Hi Mike,
Do ask the forum. But a Professional mechanic messed with the carb would be my most likely suspect. Not that I know anything about carbs you understand.
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Pretty cool! I had a buddy that had that exact bike back in the day. It was insane. I don’t know why but this pic immediately came to mind. Have fun.
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Smile Congrats!

Nice! I know you have been wanting one. After 6 or 7 months I finally figured out the secret hand shake for signing in thanks to Jeff and Mike P. Thats my favorite color scheme as well. No snow tires?
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