I've read several reviews by both private riders and publications about the Vmax. After buying one however, I find it necessary to set the record straight on a few things that I believe are inaccurate in many of the reviews that harp on and on about the same things. So, from top to bottom, let's review some o...
I've read several reviews by both private riders and publications about the Vmax. After buying one however, I find it necessary to set the record straight on a few things that I believe are inaccurate in many of the reviews that harp on and on about the same things. So, from top to bottom, let's review some of the myths: Myth 1: This bike is not for the novice. Inaccurate. The bike is a pure joy to ride when ridden reasonably. Keeping the bike below 5000 RPM results in a ride very much like a V-twin cruiser bike of any make. It's not overpowered, throttle response is smooth and easy and it's a very comfortable ride. To hear some tell it, if you barely touch the throttle you wind up flat on your back with 600 lbs. of Max sitting on your chest. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it may just be the perfect bike for a novice in that the novice will never outgrow Max. It's very well behaved below 5000. Day to day riding to work is a pleasure. That leaves plenty of miles and years for the novice to grow into the bike and discover a new level of performance for years to come, rather than getting a smaller bike in the 750cc range and two years later winding up totally disappointed with the performance. Myth 2: The Vmax doesn't handle. Inaccurate. This was one of the big concerns for me going into buying this bike after reading a great many reviews. Sport Bikes not being an option for me (neck and back problems), I was more than a bit wary of this. As it turns out, it's a total NON-issue. I think that people who went out and wrote the handling issue reviews were comparing Max to an R1/RR/Gixxer. In writing a review, one has to compare to bikes in class...not bikes that handle better by being 200 lbs. lighter with race slicks on them. For a bike tipping the scales at 600 lbs., Max gets into and out of corners amazingly well. But let's be reasonable: This is NOT a sport bike. If you're idea of a good time is 50 degree-plus lean angles, get on an R bike. At speed, handling is actually very smooth. Just a slight slip of the hip and Max goes right where you want him to. Again, don't get the idea that you're going to keep on your buddy's tail end while he and his RR tear up the mountain. It's NOT going to happen. Be reasonable. BUT...there aren't any other cruisers out there that are going to hang with you and Max. That much I can promise you. Myth 3: The Vmax brakes aren't up to snuff. Somewhat true. PLENTY of rear brake, but the front brake could be upgraded. I'm of the opinion that another 10+ mm of front brake would go a long way towards giving Max the whoa it really needs. It is a heavy bike. Under heavy braking (which I've only had to do once so far thanks to a make-up-putting-on-soccer-mom-in-an-suv) it does get a bit dicey. This is an area that I will definitely look into upgrading in the years to come. I've already read about a few aftermarket upgrades, and I'll check them out eventually. Myth 4: The Vmax has more power than you can imagine. True. Take what you read and add some. I've only opened Max up a couple of times as I'm taking it easy on the wear-in period, but already it is impressive. Enough power to rip down small buildings, make you bow down before graven images, grow hair on your hands and keep the country from winning the war. I've not had that much power at my wrist since I rode a buddy of mines customized 954RR...and personally, I'll take that RR to the bloody cleaners in a straight line and not break a sweat. Although VERY well behaved under 5000 rpm, if you grab a fist full of Max you'd better eat your Wheaties, put your game face on, squeeze those legs against the tank, say a few hail Mary's (stations of the cross and a quick trip to Lourdes wouldn't be a bad idea either), and hang on tight...because Max flat gets with the program after 6000 rpm. It's like waking my wife in the early morning: Something only the very brave need do. OVERALL EVALUATION: Great bike in every way. Meets or exceeds expectations on every level save one: Brakes. Max could definitely use more front brake.