Yamaha’s Star brand of cruiser motorcycles has announced that the new, monstrously powerful 2010 V-Max is on sale as of today. Sporting a 1679cc liquid-cooled 65° V-4 engine putting out 200 Horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque , the V-Max is the 800-pound gorilla of cruisers.
There’s a downside to this power, though. 27MPG fuel efficiency off of a 4-gallon tank means a refueling stop after less than 100 miles, unless you want to push it. And the handling, while reportedly improved over the pre-2009 models, is still less than optimal. So, no touring or twisties for this beast, just simple hot-rodding.
There’ve been no changes to the V-Max from 2009, except the new Cherry red paint.