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V-Max Prototype Making Too Much Power?

England’s Motorcycle News is reporting Yamaha has a new V-Max ready for production with a new 1800cc V-4 engine. According to MCN, one of the reasons Yamaha has not brought this bike to market earlier is a concern it will be too powerful.

The original V-Max was a horsepower brute for its era, but to make a similar splash today, the bike would have to make 200 horsepower or so. An 1800cc V-4 could reach that power level, but making that much power controllable by the average street rider presents significant challenges for any manufacturer.

If MCN is right, we could see a new V-Max announced later this year as a 2007 production model.