2009 Dodge Challenger will start at $21,995



Back in April we reported a top Chrysler executive had leaked to The Detroit Free Press that the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE would start at $23,995. Apparently this executive is not very much in the loop, as Dodge officially announced today that the base model Challenger SE would start at just $21,995, which includes $675 for destination charges. Just to refresh your noodle, the Challenger SE is the base model and comes with a 3.5L V6 producing 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. And for comparison's sake, a 2008 Ford Mustang V6 starts at $19,650, though that's excluding destination charges. The next best Challenger is the R/T model, which Dodge says can be had with a 370-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 starting at $29,995. Finally, the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that's already been on sale for a year will get a hefty $2,000 bump in its starting price from $37,995 to $39,995. The only new items on the SRT8 for 2009 are a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue paint colors with black hood stripes, and a "pistol-grip" shifter with the Track Pak. Otherwise, the 425-hp muscle car remains largely the same. Does the $2,000 jump in price matter much, though, if you'll never be able to buy the car without a big dealer markup? Regardless, all three models will be available this fall and dealers are already taking orders.

2009 Dodge Challenger will start at $21,995



Back in April we reported a top Chrysler executive had leaked to The Detroit Free Press that the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE would start at $23,995. Apparently this executive is not very much in the loop, as Dodge officially announced today that the base model Challenger SE would start at just $21,995, which includes $675 for destination charges. Just to refresh your noodle, the Challenger SE is the base model and comes with a 3.5L V6 producing 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. And for comparison's sake, a 2008 Ford Mustang V6 starts at $19,650, though that's excluding destination charges. The next best Challenger is the R/T model, which Dodge says can be had with a 370-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 starting at $29,995. Finally, the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that's already been on sale for a year will get a hefty $2,000 bump in its starting price from $37,995 to $39,995. The only new items on the SRT8 for 2009 are a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue paint colors with black hood stripes, and a "pistol-grip" shifter with the Track Pak. Otherwise, the 425-hp muscle car remains largely the same. Does the $2,000 jump in price matter much, though, if you'll never be able to buy the car without a big dealer markup? Regardless, all three models will be available this fall and dealers are already taking orders.

2009 Dodge Challenger will start at $21,995



Back in April we reported a top Chrysler executive had leaked to The Detroit Free Press that the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE would start at $23,995. Apparently this executive is not very much in the loop, as Dodge officially announced today that the base model Challenger SE would start at just $21,995, which includes $675 for destination charges. Just to refresh your noodle, the Challenger SE is the base model and comes with a 3.5L V6 producing 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. And for comparison's sake, a 2008 Ford Mustang V6 starts at $19,650, though that's excluding destination charges. The next best Challenger is the R/T model, which Dodge says can be had with a 370-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 starting at $29,995. Finally, the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that's already been on sale for a year will get a hefty $2,000 bump in its starting price from $37,995 to $39,995. The only new items on the SRT8 for 2009 are a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue paint colors with black hood stripes, and a "pistol-grip" shifter with the Track Pak. Otherwise, the 425-hp muscle car remains largely the same. Does the $2,000 jump in price matter much, though, if you'll never be able to buy the car without a big dealer markup? Regardless, all three models will be available this fall and dealers are already taking orders.

2009 Dodge Challenger will start at $21,995



Back in April we reported a top Chrysler executive had leaked to The Detroit Free Press that the 2009 Dodge Challenger SE would start at $23,995. Apparently this executive is not very much in the loop, as Dodge officially announced today that the base model Challenger SE would start at just $21,995, which includes $675 for destination charges. Just to refresh your noodle, the Challenger SE is the base model and comes with a 3.5L V6 producing 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. And for comparison's sake, a 2008 Ford Mustang V6 starts at $19,650, though that's excluding destination charges. The next best Challenger is the R/T model, which Dodge says can be had with a 370-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 starting at $29,995. Finally, the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 that's already been on sale for a year will get a hefty $2,000 bump in its starting price from $37,995 to $39,995. The only new items on the SRT8 for 2009 are a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue paint colors with black hood stripes, and a "pistol-grip" shifter with the Track Pak. Otherwise, the 425-hp muscle car remains largely the same. Does the $2,000 jump in price matter much, though, if you'll never be able to buy the car without a big dealer markup? Regardless, all three models will be available this fall and dealers are already taking orders.

In the Autoblog Garage: 2008 Saab Turbo X



Turbocharging has been as much a part of Saab's DNA for the last three decades as jets. Saab didn't invent turbocharging, but the Swedish brand has probably embraced it more completely than other carmaker. With 2008 marking the 30th birthday of the first production Saab 99 Turbo, the gang in Trollhattan decided to celebrate with their meanest and fastest iteration yet. As we close out the 2008 model year, our Swedish friends are now starting to deliver the direct descendant of that first turbo, the 9-3 Turbo X.

Saab Turbos have come a long way over those three decades. The original 99 Turbo extracted 143 horsepower from its 2.0L four-cylinder engine to twist the front wheels. Most Saabs today are still powered by turbo four-cylinder engines driving those same front wheels. The Turbo X, however, adds two more cylinders and two more drive wheels. It also has nearly double the power and torque of that first effort. Fellow Autoblogger Dan Roth spent the day thrashing the Turbo X at a media preview a couple of weeks ago. We've now had the chance to spend a full week with Saab's newest baby in everyday use.

In the Autoblog Garage: 2008 Saab Turbo X



Turbocharging has been as much a part of Saab's DNA for the last three decades as jets. Saab didn't invent turbocharging, but the Swedish brand has probably embraced it more completely than other carmaker. With 2008 marking the 30th birthday of the first production Saab 99 Turbo, the gang in Trollhattan decided to celebrate with their meanest and fastest iteration yet. As we close out the 2008 model year, our Swedish friends are now starting to deliver the direct descendant of that first turbo, the 9-3 Turbo X.

Saab Turbos have come a long way over those three decades. The original 99 Turbo extracted 143 horsepower from its 2.0L four-cylinder engine to twist the front wheels. Most Saabs today are still powered by turbo four-cylinder engines driving those same front wheels. The Turbo X, however, adds two more cylinders and two more drive wheels. It also has nearly double the power and torque of that first effort. Fellow Autoblogger Dan Roth spent the day thrashing the Turbo X at a media preview a couple of weeks ago. We've now had the chance to spend a full week with Saab's newest baby in everyday use.

2009 Cadillac CTS-V will officially make 556 horsepower



We thought Bentley's announcement earlier today that it's adding a Speed model to the Continental Flying Spur lineup was exciting news for sedan fans. After all, a 600bhp saloon that can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach 200 MPH is pretty exciting, no? Not really when compared to Cadillac's news that the 2009 CTS-V will officially be rated at 556 horsepower, hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in 12 seconds flat. No offense to Bentley, but a sub-3-second sedan is about as exciting as it can get on a Monday. For the record, the Edmunds' Straightline Blog reports that the sport sedan's 6.2L supercharged V8 will produce 556 hp at 6,100 rpm and 551 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. That engine is the LSA, derived from the new Corvette ZR1's LS9 motor and detuned for duty in the CTS-V. Fortunately, the LSA wasn't detuned too much and the '09 CTS-V should destroy its German competition, specifically the BMW M5 with its - can't believe we're saying this - relatively meager 500-hp 5.0L V10.

2009 Cadillac CTS-V will officially make 556 horsepower



We thought Bentley's announcement earlier today that it's adding a Speed model to the Continental Flying Spur lineup was exciting news for sedan fans. After all, a 600bhp saloon that can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach 200 MPH is pretty exciting, no? Not really when compared to Cadillac's news that the 2009 CTS-V will officially be rated at 556 horsepower, hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in 12 seconds flat. No offense to Bentley, but a sub-3-second sedan is about as exciting as it can get on a Monday. For the record, the Edmunds' Straightline Blog reports that the sport sedan's 6.2L supercharged V8 will produce 556 hp at 6,100 rpm and 551 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. That engine is the LSA, derived from the new Corvette ZR1's LS9 motor and detuned for duty in the CTS-V. Fortunately, the LSA wasn't detuned too much and the '09 CTS-V should destroy its German competition, specifically the BMW M5 with its - can't believe we're saying this - relatively meager 500-hp 5.0L V10.

2009 Chevy Aveo5 and Aveo sedan to start at $12,120



While the outward appearance of the Chevy Aveo5 could charitably be described as "polarizing", its recently announced pricing will likely polarize a few people, as well. Currently, the Aveo sedan and Aveo5 hatchback boast the lowest average transaction price in the United States of $12,258 according to J.D. Power and Associates, but the 2009 model might end that trend with a big price bump for the redesigned 2009 Aveo5. The new five-door Aveo5 hatchback comes in with a starting price of $12,120, which is $1,125 more than the 2008 Aveo5 that starts at just $10,895. This increase is partly due to the fact that the Special Value edition has been dropped. We should also note that the Aveo5 is redesigned for 2009 and features a number of upgrades, but the price bump will still be felt hard by those looking for the cheapest Point A-to-Point B transportation. The sedan version, meanwhile, now has the same $12,120 starting price as the Aveo5, which means its MSRP has actually been lowered compared to the 2008 model that starts at $12,830. Stepping up a notch to the LT model, meanwhile, will get you standard air conditioning and a $14,255 starting point.

Desirable safety features such as dual frontal and side-impact air bags, front safety belt pretensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system, oil life monitoring system and OnStar come standard on all Aveo models. Available on the up-market LT models are XM Radio, leatherette seating trim, steering wheel audio controls, a power-operated sunroof and power-adjustable and heated outside mirrors. Regardless of what you think of the Aveo's styling (we're not fans), its still relatively low price and decent fuel mileage of 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway should yield a good chunk of buyers for GM's entry-level model.

2009 Chevy Aveo5 and Aveo sedan to start at $12,120



While the outward appearance of the Chevy Aveo5 could charitably be described as "polarizing", its recently announced pricing will likely polarize a few people, as well. Currently, the Aveo sedan and Aveo5 hatchback boast the lowest average transaction price in the United States of $12,258 according to J.D. Power and Associates, but the 2009 model might end that trend with a big price bump for the redesigned 2009 Aveo5. The new five-door Aveo5 hatchback comes in with a starting price of $12,120, which is $1,125 more than the 2008 Aveo5 that starts at just $10,895. This increase is partly due to the fact that the Special Value edition has been dropped. We should also note that the Aveo5 is redesigned for 2009 and features a number of upgrades, but the price bump will still be felt hard by those looking for the cheapest Point A-to-Point B transportation. The sedan version, meanwhile, now has the same $12,120 starting price as the Aveo5, which means its MSRP has actually been lowered compared to the 2008 model that starts at $12,830. Stepping up a notch to the LT model, meanwhile, will get you standard air conditioning and a $14,255 starting point.

Desirable safety features such as dual frontal and side-impact air bags, front safety belt pretensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system, oil life monitoring system and OnStar come standard on all Aveo models. Available on the up-market LT models are XM Radio, leatherette seating trim, steering wheel audio controls, a power-operated sunroof and power-adjustable and heated outside mirrors. Regardless of what you think of the Aveo's styling (we're not fans), its still relatively low price and decent fuel mileage of 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway should yield a good chunk of buyers for GM's entry-level model.

Hertz adding Corvette ZHZ to Fun Collection



Whenever we rent a car from Hertz, we always peruse the Fun Collection then settle on a cheap economy car that won't break the bank. Today Hertz announced that it's adding a new model to the Fun Collection that may change our renting habits this summer. Just like it did with Ford when the rental company offered the Mustang GT-H, Hertz has teamed with General Motors to offer the Corvette ZHZ, a specially customized model of the famous sports car for rental customers to abuse this summer. The car is finished in Hertz' trademark yellow color with a black stripe that starts around the Corvette emblem on the hood and travels back over the roof. It's basically a run-of-the-mill Corvette Coupe with the optional optional dual-mode exhaust system the gives the standard 430-hp 6.2L LS3 V8 a bump to 436 hp. The only other modification are a set of 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels that are chromed and feature seven spokes apiece, and some special "Hertz" and "ZHZ" badging. Only 500 examples are being added to the Hertz fleet and they will be available in 24 major cities. The first locations to get them will be Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. There's no word on what the rental price will be, but we already know that being part of the Fun Collection comes with a price.

Hertz adding Corvette ZHZ to Fun Collection



Whenever we rent a car from Hertz, we always peruse the Fun Collection then settle on a cheap economy car that won't break the bank. Today Hertz announced that it's adding a new model to the Fun Collection that may change our renting habits this summer. Just like it did with Ford when the rental company offered the Mustang GT-H, Hertz has teamed with General Motors to offer the Corvette ZHZ, a specially customized model of the famous sports car for rental customers to abuse this summer. The car is finished in Hertz' trademark yellow color with a black stripe that starts around the Corvette emblem on the hood and travels back over the roof. It's basically a run-of-the-mill Corvette Coupe with the optional optional dual-mode exhaust system the gives the standard 430-hp 6.2L LS3 V8 a bump to 436 hp. The only other modification are a set of 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels that are chromed and feature seven spokes apiece, and some special "Hertz" and "ZHZ" badging. Only 500 examples are being added to the Hertz fleet and they will be available in 24 major cities. The first locations to get them will be Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. There's no word on what the rental price will be, but we already know that being part of the Fun Collection comes with a price.

Pics Aplenty: 2009 Cadillac XLR and XLR-V




While Cadillac released information on the freshened XLR roadster last week, all we had to look at was a single photo. Well, now we can see the rest of it. XLR.net has gotten hold of several more shots of the halo Caddy in both the standard Platinum trim and in rodded-up V-Series form (above). We were most curious to see the updated interior, but one look is all it takes to see that it's fundamentally unchanged. The gauges simply trade their rounder, Bulgari-designed numerals for a look that's in keeping with what you'll find in other Caddys. The steering wheel is also switched out, and the XLR gets the same unit you'll find in the current CTS. Everything else? It's pretty much the same -- nice, but not done up to the level of the less expensive CTS. For that, we'll have to wait for the next XLR, assuming there is a next XLR.

We already covered the new grille for the base car in our earlier post, as well as the new side vents. The V-Series, however, retains the mesh look in front, as expected. Out back, the XLR Platinum gets a pair of cartoonishly-wide exhaust outlets that appear to be part of the rear bumper cover. The V soldiers on with its Vette-like quad pipes. The XLR is a nice car that turns heads, and the V-Series absolutely hauls ass and sounds great doing it. But $100K (for the V) is a lot to ask for any Cadillac, especially one that still hosts an interior that, while attractive, doesn't meet the high design standard set by the entry-level CTS.

Pics Aplenty: 2009 Cadillac XLR and XLR-V




While Cadillac released information on the freshened XLR roadster last week, all we had to look at was a single photo. Well, now we can see the rest of it. XLR.net has gotten hold of several more shots of the halo Caddy in both the standard Platinum trim and in rodded-up V-Series form (above). We were most curious to see the updated interior, but one look is all it takes to see that it's fundamentally unchanged. The gauges simply trade their rounder, Bulgari-designed numerals for a look that's in keeping with what you'll find in other Caddys. The steering wheel is also switched out, and the XLR gets the same unit you'll find in the current CTS. Everything else? It's pretty much the same -- nice, but not done up to the level of the less expensive CTS. For that, we'll have to wait for the next XLR, assuming there is a next XLR.

We already covered the new grille for the base car in our earlier post, as well as the new side vents. The V-Series, however, retains the mesh look in front, as expected. Out back, the XLR Platinum gets a pair of cartoonishly-wide exhaust outlets that appear to be part of the rear bumper cover. The V soldiers on with its Vette-like quad pipes. The XLR is a nice car that turns heads, and the V-Series absolutely hauls ass and sounds great doing it. But $100K (for the V) is a lot to ask for any Cadillac, especially one that still hosts an interior that, while attractive, doesn't meet the high design standard set by the entry-level CTS.

2009 Yamaha XT250

2009 Yamaha XT250
2009 Yamaha XT250


• 2009 Yamaha XT250

2009 Yamaha XT250

See the world, one trail or road at a time.

A reliable fuel efficient 4-stroke powerplant calls the shots on the Yamaha XT250. But reliability isn't necessarily what you'll be thinking of when the pavement ends and your adventure really begins. Whether commuting around town or exploring the back country, the XT250 is a fun loving dual sport that is easy to ride.

A strong engine, long travel and more offer versatility and all-around function.

Where does your riding take you ? Commuting in city traffic, winding down a country road or hustling your way down a trail to nowhere? For those who can't decide, we have the perfect answer.

The XT250 is designed for ultimate versatility at a great price. A reliable 4-stroke engine revs out predictable power, while a wide-ratio 5-speed transmission and class-leading low seat height gives you both performance and ease of use. Whether riding in the city or at the camp, let the XT250 spice up your adventure.

Long-travel suspension and more than 11.2 inches of ground clearance live under a seat only 31.9 inches from the ground on the XT250. You also get electric start, 245mm front disc and 203mm rear disc brakes for superior stopping power on both paved and unpaved surfaces.



Highlights:

- All new 250cc engine

- All new chasis & body

 

 

Key Features:

Engine:

249cc, air-cooled, single over head cam (SOHC), 2-valve, 4-stroke single produces easy to use power for daily commuting or exploring the back roads of our fine country.

4-stroke engine puts out strong, predictable torque across the entire RPM range for great on- and off-road fun. It is very fuel efficient too.

Convenient, no hassle push-button electric starting.

2-valve cylinder head design features the cam chain on the right side. Straight design intake and exhaust ports provide excellent cylinder filling efficiency for strong low and mid range power.

Single over head camshaft is designed to provide good low and mid rpm torque. The conventional rocker arm design means fast, easy valve clearance adjustments.

Ceramic composite cylinder wall plating on the lightweight aluminium cylinder helps dissipate heat more efficiently, reduces friction for improved performance, reduces weight, improves durability and increases cylinder service life.

74mm lightweight forged piston provides fast throttle response and excellent durability.

Lightweight ball bearing mounted crankshaft provides solid low and mid range torque.

Internal engine counterbalancer reduces engine vibration to maximize rider comfort.

Multi plate wet type clutch with special "judder spring is utilized. Clutch lever pull is light and easy to use.

Easy access paper type oil filter. Oil filter housing is located on the right hand side of the engine and is held in place with 3 Allen bolts for easy servicing.

Maintenance-free CDI ignition produces a hot spark for fast, sure starts.

TEIKEI MV 33mm constant velocity carb provides crisp throttle response and great fuel economy.

2.8 litre airbox is located under the seat and utilizes an easy to access viscous (paper type) air filter.

Wide-ratio, 5-speed transmission and manual clutch are well suited to the engine output for easy, relaxed riding.

All new steel exhaust system with heat shields on both the header pipe and muffler protect both rider and passenger from accidental contact. Exhaust note is quiet and environmentally friendly. A US Forestry approved spark arrestor protects Mother Nature.

Air Induction System (AIS) injects fresh oxygen at the exhaust port to insure complete combustion thereby reducing harmful hydro carbon and carbon monoxide (HC & CO) exhaust emissions. The 2009 XT250 easily meets the EPA emission standards.




Chassis/Suspension:

Semi-double cradle steel frame and an overall dry weight of only
123kg (270.6 lb), makes the XT250 one of the lightest, most compact dual purpose machines on the market.

Rugged, box section steel swingarm fitted with easy-to-use eccentric chain adjusters

35mm KYB fork with 225mm (8.9") of wheel travel soaks up the rough stuff, both on-road and off. Rubber boots protect seals and tubes from dirt and grit damage.

Lightweight aluminium lower triple clamp enhances suspension performance and reduces weight.

Link Monocross rear suspension features an adjustable shock. Adjustments include spring preload. Rear wheel travel is 180mm (7.1")

Low seat height of 810mm (31.9") creates a low centre of gravity for added manoeuvrability and inspires confidence by allowing most riders to put both feet firmly on the ground.

285mm (11.2") of ground clearance enhances off road use.

245mm front disc brake with twin piston Nissin caliper provides plenty of stopping power.

203mm rear disc brake is squeezed by a single piston Nissin caliper with rugged plastic calliper protector and an integrated (or 1 piece) rear master cylinder.

9.8 litre fuel tank means lots if miles and smiles between fill ups.

21" front and 18" rear lightweight DID alloy wheels are extremely durable and reduce unsprung weight for enhanced suspension performance.

Long, YZ-style seat creates a balanced riding position and provides roomy comfort for both rider and passenger. The seat features a "gripper style" seat cover.

Durable, plastic fenders keep mud and dirt off the rider when taking one's exploring off-road.

Frame-mounted passenger footpegs provide two-up riding capability.

Powerful, 60/55-watt, enduro-style, halogen headlight

Small fairing reduces wind buffeting at highway speeds and provides added protection against weather and mud.

Digital instrumentation includes: speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, a clock as well as various warning lights.




Additional Features:

Serrated, folding steel footpegs

Folding gear shift and rear brake lever

Steering and helmet locks

Locking fuel cap

Convenient passenger hand rails

Durable "O" ring chain

Easy-to-use, frame-mounted choke knob

Dependable, low-maintenance, sealed battery

Flexible turn signals

Easy-to-use, push-to-cancel turn signals

Rubber boots on brake and clutch levers help reduce mud and dirt damage.

On/off/reserve fuel petcock for peace of mind

Rugged, plastic rear chain guide


 

2009 Yamaha XT250 - USA Specifications
MSRP* $4,549 (White/Blue) Available from June 2008; CA model from August 2008


Engine
Type 249cc air-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke single

Bore x Stroke 74.0 x 58.0mm

Compression Ratio 9.5:1

Carburetion 33mm Vac

Ignition CDI

Transmission 5-speed w/manual clutch

Final Drive Chain


Chassis
Suspension/Front 35mm telescopic fork; 8.9-in travel

Suspension/Rear Swingarm w/rebound-adjustable single shock; 7.1-in travel

Brakes/Front 245mm disc

Brakes/Rear 203mm disc

Tires/Front 2.75-21

Tires/Rear 120/80-18


Dimensions
Length 84.6 in

Width 31.7 in

Height 45.7 in

Seat Height 31.9 in

Wheelbase 53.5 in

Ground Clearance 11.2 in

Fuel Capacity 2.6 gal (CA 2.4 gal)

Wet Weight N/A


Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

 

 

2009 Yamaha XT250 - Canada Specifications
MSRP* $5,499

Engine Air-cooled, SOHC 2-valve, single
Displacement 249cc
Bore and Stroke 74 x 58mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 2.0kg-m (14.5 ft-lb)@ 6,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery TEIKEI MV33
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition CDI
Transmission 5-speed
Drive Train Chain


Suspension (Front) 35mm fork, 225mm (8.9") travel
Suspension (Rear) Monocross, 180mm (7.1") travel
Brakes (Front) 245mm disc
Brakes (Rear) 203mm disc
Tires (Front) 2.75 x 21
Tires (Rear) 120/80-18


Length 2,150mm (84.6")
Width 805mm (31.5")
Height 1,160mm (45.7")
Wheelbase 1,360mm (53.5")
Ground Clearance 285mm (11.2")
Seat Height 810mm (31.9")
Fuel Capacity 9.8 litres (2.2 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 131kg (288.2 lb)
Colour(s) White

2009 Yamaha XT250

2009 Yamaha XT250
2009 Yamaha XT250


• 2009 Yamaha XT250

2009 Yamaha XT250

See the world, one trail or road at a time.

A reliable fuel efficient 4-stroke powerplant calls the shots on the Yamaha XT250. But reliability isn't necessarily what you'll be thinking of when the pavement ends and your adventure really begins. Whether commuting around town or exploring the back country, the XT250 is a fun loving dual sport that is easy to ride.

A strong engine, long travel and more offer versatility and all-around function.

Where does your riding take you ? Commuting in city traffic, winding down a country road or hustling your way down a trail to nowhere? For those who can't decide, we have the perfect answer.

The XT250 is designed for ultimate versatility at a great price. A reliable 4-stroke engine revs out predictable power, while a wide-ratio 5-speed transmission and class-leading low seat height gives you both performance and ease of use. Whether riding in the city or at the camp, let the XT250 spice up your adventure.

Long-travel suspension and more than 11.2 inches of ground clearance live under a seat only 31.9 inches from the ground on the XT250. You also get electric start, 245mm front disc and 203mm rear disc brakes for superior stopping power on both paved and unpaved surfaces.



Highlights:

- All new 250cc engine

- All new chasis & body

 

 

Key Features:

Engine:

249cc, air-cooled, single over head cam (SOHC), 2-valve, 4-stroke single produces easy to use power for daily commuting or exploring the back roads of our fine country.

4-stroke engine puts out strong, predictable torque across the entire RPM range for great on- and off-road fun. It is very fuel efficient too.

Convenient, no hassle push-button electric starting.

2-valve cylinder head design features the cam chain on the right side. Straight design intake and exhaust ports provide excellent cylinder filling efficiency for strong low and mid range power.

Single over head camshaft is designed to provide good low and mid rpm torque. The conventional rocker arm design means fast, easy valve clearance adjustments.

Ceramic composite cylinder wall plating on the lightweight aluminium cylinder helps dissipate heat more efficiently, reduces friction for improved performance, reduces weight, improves durability and increases cylinder service life.

74mm lightweight forged piston provides fast throttle response and excellent durability.

Lightweight ball bearing mounted crankshaft provides solid low and mid range torque.

Internal engine counterbalancer reduces engine vibration to maximize rider comfort.

Multi plate wet type clutch with special "judder spring is utilized. Clutch lever pull is light and easy to use.

Easy access paper type oil filter. Oil filter housing is located on the right hand side of the engine and is held in place with 3 Allen bolts for easy servicing.

Maintenance-free CDI ignition produces a hot spark for fast, sure starts.

TEIKEI MV 33mm constant velocity carb provides crisp throttle response and great fuel economy.

2.8 litre airbox is located under the seat and utilizes an easy to access viscous (paper type) air filter.

Wide-ratio, 5-speed transmission and manual clutch are well suited to the engine output for easy, relaxed riding.

All new steel exhaust system with heat shields on both the header pipe and muffler protect both rider and passenger from accidental contact. Exhaust note is quiet and environmentally friendly. A US Forestry approved spark arrestor protects Mother Nature.

Air Induction System (AIS) injects fresh oxygen at the exhaust port to insure complete combustion thereby reducing harmful hydro carbon and carbon monoxide (HC & CO) exhaust emissions. The 2009 XT250 easily meets the EPA emission standards.




Chassis/Suspension:

Semi-double cradle steel frame and an overall dry weight of only
123kg (270.6 lb), makes the XT250 one of the lightest, most compact dual purpose machines on the market.

Rugged, box section steel swingarm fitted with easy-to-use eccentric chain adjusters

35mm KYB fork with 225mm (8.9") of wheel travel soaks up the rough stuff, both on-road and off. Rubber boots protect seals and tubes from dirt and grit damage.

Lightweight aluminium lower triple clamp enhances suspension performance and reduces weight.

Link Monocross rear suspension features an adjustable shock. Adjustments include spring preload. Rear wheel travel is 180mm (7.1")

Low seat height of 810mm (31.9") creates a low centre of gravity for added manoeuvrability and inspires confidence by allowing most riders to put both feet firmly on the ground.

285mm (11.2") of ground clearance enhances off road use.

245mm front disc brake with twin piston Nissin caliper provides plenty of stopping power.

203mm rear disc brake is squeezed by a single piston Nissin caliper with rugged plastic calliper protector and an integrated (or 1 piece) rear master cylinder.

9.8 litre fuel tank means lots if miles and smiles between fill ups.

21" front and 18" rear lightweight DID alloy wheels are extremely durable and reduce unsprung weight for enhanced suspension performance.

Long, YZ-style seat creates a balanced riding position and provides roomy comfort for both rider and passenger. The seat features a "gripper style" seat cover.

Durable, plastic fenders keep mud and dirt off the rider when taking one's exploring off-road.

Frame-mounted passenger footpegs provide two-up riding capability.

Powerful, 60/55-watt, enduro-style, halogen headlight

Small fairing reduces wind buffeting at highway speeds and provides added protection against weather and mud.

Digital instrumentation includes: speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, a clock as well as various warning lights.




Additional Features:

Serrated, folding steel footpegs

Folding gear shift and rear brake lever

Steering and helmet locks

Locking fuel cap

Convenient passenger hand rails

Durable "O" ring chain

Easy-to-use, frame-mounted choke knob

Dependable, low-maintenance, sealed battery

Flexible turn signals

Easy-to-use, push-to-cancel turn signals

Rubber boots on brake and clutch levers help reduce mud and dirt damage.

On/off/reserve fuel petcock for peace of mind

Rugged, plastic rear chain guide


 

2009 Yamaha XT250 - USA Specifications
MSRP* $4,549 (White/Blue) Available from June 2008; CA model from August 2008


Engine
Type 249cc air-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke single

Bore x Stroke 74.0 x 58.0mm

Compression Ratio 9.5:1

Carburetion 33mm Vac

Ignition CDI

Transmission 5-speed w/manual clutch

Final Drive Chain


Chassis
Suspension/Front 35mm telescopic fork; 8.9-in travel

Suspension/Rear Swingarm w/rebound-adjustable single shock; 7.1-in travel

Brakes/Front 245mm disc

Brakes/Rear 203mm disc

Tires/Front 2.75-21

Tires/Rear 120/80-18


Dimensions
Length 84.6 in

Width 31.7 in

Height 45.7 in

Seat Height 31.9 in

Wheelbase 53.5 in

Ground Clearance 11.2 in

Fuel Capacity 2.6 gal (CA 2.4 gal)

Wet Weight N/A


Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

 

 

2009 Yamaha XT250 - Canada Specifications
MSRP* $5,499

Engine Air-cooled, SOHC 2-valve, single
Displacement 249cc
Bore and Stroke 74 x 58mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 2.0kg-m (14.5 ft-lb)@ 6,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery TEIKEI MV33
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition CDI
Transmission 5-speed
Drive Train Chain


Suspension (Front) 35mm fork, 225mm (8.9") travel
Suspension (Rear) Monocross, 180mm (7.1") travel
Brakes (Front) 245mm disc
Brakes (Rear) 203mm disc
Tires (Front) 2.75 x 21
Tires (Rear) 120/80-18


Length 2,150mm (84.6")
Width 805mm (31.5")
Height 1,160mm (45.7")
Wheelbase 1,360mm (53.5")
Ground Clearance 285mm (11.2")
Seat Height 810mm (31.9")
Fuel Capacity 9.8 litres (2.2 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 131kg (288.2 lb)
Colour(s) White

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer


• 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

Weekends will always seem too short.

Like most of Yamaha's cruisers, the V-Star 1300 has a "casual touring" stablemate. The "Tourer" version of the V-Star 1300 has all the same great features plus a windshield, locking saddlebags and passenger backrest. These value added items are sure to have the miles rolling by in style and comfort.

The V-Star 1300 Tourer has the same class leading power and handling of the regular V-Star 1300 plus 3 of the most sought after "casual touring" extras. A windshield, locking saddlebags and passenger backrest make the Tourer a perfect weekend escape machine. From the spacious rider floorboards to the roomy saddlebags, all of the components blend together to offer unmatched function, comfort and style

 

Key Features:


Engine:

1304cc, (80 cubic inch) liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, 60° V-twin powerplant pumps out incredible amounts of class leading power and torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance. At 110 km/hr the engine is only turning 3,400 rpm, for relaxed highway cruising.

Electric starting system features a mechanical centrifugal decompression device in the exhaust camshaft for easy, no-hassle starting.

Liquid-cooling not only allows for higher state of tune because it maintains more stable operating temperatures, but also reduces mechanical noise for a quieter engine.

In an effort to maintain the classic air-cooled appearance of the engine, cooling fins have been added as a styling touch.

The short stroke engine design reduces the "tallness" of the engine, while the 60 degree "V" makes the engine more compact thereby centralizing mass and lowering the center of gravity for lighter more responsive handling.

Classic V-twin "pulse feeling" and engine character highlight this powerplant while annoying vibration has been eliminated.

One-piece cylinder heads feature 4-valves per cylinder to provide optimum breathing efficiency for maximum power output. Each head is fitted with a single long reach spark plug.

Stylish chromed cylinder head covers.

The SOHC valve train features 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with single springs for great power and torque. Valves are set at 20 degrees. Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves. The roller rocker system allows a greater amount of valve lift without producing excessive camshaft wear and friction. The slipper portion of the rocker arm features a needle bearing to further reduce wear and slide resistance. The camshafts have been specially designed to provide class leading power.

Optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and hence power.

The water pump which is integrated with the oil pump and is located inside the engine cases to keep a cleaner, more traditional air-cooled look to the powerplant. The engine is a wet sump design.

The radiator is mounted between the front frames down tubes to minimize its appearance especially when viewing the machine from the side. Even the rad hoses have been discreetely placed for a cleaner appearance. An electric fan aids in cooling in stop and go traffic. Special cooling louvers direct air to the rad.

Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioners reduces mechanical noise and extend engine life.

Ceramic composite-plated cylinders reduce weight, increase cylinder life and provide uniform heat dissipation. The cylinders have a tapered "V" appearance to highlight the V-twin design. Cylinder bore is 100mm.

Forged pistons offer great durability and reduced weight for faster engine response.

3 axis crankshaft features a single crank pin design. The crankshaft turns counter clockwise. This specially designed crank helps to enhance the pulse feeling and engine character.

Forged connecting rods ride on a single crank pin crankshaft for that true V-twin sound and feel.

Single axis, left and right dual engine counter balancers reduce vibration to a minimum while maximizing rider comfort.

Crankcase design features internal oil and coolant lines for a clean, air-cooled engine appearance. There are special piston coolers that spray oil at the under side of the piston.

Easy access, spin on type oil filter is located under the engine in the cases. There is no need to remove any parts to access the oil filter.

Classic side mounted 3.7 liter airbox houses a viscous paper-type filter and adds that special styling touch.

Mikuni dual bore, 40mm returnless-type throttle body fuel injection system with TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) and ISC (Idle Speed Control) . This is a "closed loop" system that utilizes an oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor feedback info to the ECU which in turn adjusts the fuel/air mixture for maximum power with minimum emissions. The oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of slip-ons will not effect this system. Bore size is 40mm and each injector features 12 holes and a dual spray pattern for better fuel atomization and more complete combustion chamber filling. There is one injector per cylinder. Fuel injection benefits include improved fuel economy, chokeless operation, reduced emissions, and smoother running.

High pressure fuel pump is located in separate sub tank below the seat.

2 into 1 exhaust system features a 3-way honeycomb catalyzier at the entry point to the muffler. The catalyzier reduces harmful exhaust emissions, while the muffler produces a throaty V-Twin growl. The rear portion of the muffler features a "slash cut" end

Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speeds. The engine is spinning at 3,400 rpm at 110 km/hr.

Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low maintenance and simplifies customization. The belt is unique to the XVS1300 and features a carbon core for strength.

The new 7-spoke rear pulley has been styled to match the new cast wheels.

Specially designed starter motor features a damping mechanism to prevent damage from kick back.

Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO + HC).

One piece classic heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience.




Chassis/Suspension:

Double cradle steel frame offers roomy ergonomics, and great handling. This frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system to optimize the overall rigidity balance for superior handling. The rack is 32 degrees, while the lean angle is a sporty 36 degrees.

Steel swingarm matches the new frame and provides superior performance in a wide variety of conditions, while also making a bold styling statement.

Long 1,690mm (66.5") wheelbase creates a long, low retro profile and solid stable handling. This chassis is longer than the XVS1100 by 45mm (1.8") and offers a 48% front // 52 % rear weight distribution.

The long low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes both rider and passenger comfort.

41mm KYB ront fork features stylish large-diameter brushed-finished for covers. Wheel travel is 135mm (5.3") for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Monocross style, spring preload-adjustable, single-shock, link rear suspension centralizes mass for agile handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps.

Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine and is tucked out of sight for that classic, hardtail look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3").

Dual 298mm, floating front discs are squeezed by compact twin piston front calipers.

298mm rear disc brake squeezed by single piston caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm. This design not only helps to hide the caliper but also lowers the center of gravity for better handling.

Lightweight 7-spoke cast aluminum wheels are fitted wide tubeless tires. These stylish "mag" wheels are both easy to clean and never require maintaince. The rear drive pulley matches the wheel design.

Full-size, "tapered" floating-type rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping to reduce vibration. There is a replaceable "scraper" area on the lower edge of the footboard.

1 inch, rubber mounted handlebars are easy to reach and help to reduce vibration as well.

Front and rear fenders are steel for easy customization and painting if desired.

18.5 liter teardrop shaped fuel tank with flush mounted filler cap. Fuel tank features a seamless design for that clean, custom look.

Generous rider and passenger seats offer plenty of room and support for all day riding comfort. Seat height is only 715mm or 28.1 inches off the ground

Handlebar-mounted chromed instrument features an analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, low fuel tripmeter, clock and low fuel warning light. Stylish red background illumination.

Handlebar switch gear allows the operator to change instrument meter functions via buttons on the back of the RHS handlebar switch, thereby eliminating the need to take your hands off the bars to adjust the main instrument functions.

60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight emphasizes the "wild streamline", mass forward styling design. The headlight is adjustable both up and down plus left and right via remote adjusters. There are also two 35 watt accessory light connectors inside the headlight shell for accessory passing lamps.

Tall windshield features chrome accents and a central Star logo that enhances the unit's overall styling. This windshield offers excellent wind and weather protection and can be easily removed with only 4 bolts..

Leather covered hard shell saddlebags feature a stylish tapered design and are lockable for extra security. The bags offer 42 litres of storage capacity each, ample room for casual touring.

Passenger backrest with embossed Star logo provides that extra peace of mind for your special companion.



Additional Features:

Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.

Extra wide front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.

Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.

Handy, under seat helmet holder

Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.

Self-cancelling turn signals feature stylish clear lenses.

Conventional passenger footpegs

High output 460 watt generator


 

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer - Canada Specifications
MSRP* $12,999

Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC , 4-valve, 60°, V-twin
Displacement 1,304cc (80 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke 100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 11.3 kg-m (81.8 ft-lb) @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni dual bore 40mm F.I.
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission 5-speed
Drive Train Belt


Suspension (Front) 41 mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298 mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 298 mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/90-16 (bias ply tire)
Tires (Rear) 170/70-16 (bias ply tire)


Length 2,490 mm (98")
Width 980 mm (38.6")
Height 1520 mm (59.8")
Wheelbase 1,690 mm (66.5")
Seat Height 715 mm (28,1 ")
Fuel Capacity 18.5 litres (4.1 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 323kg (710.6 lb)
Colour(s) Deep Metallic Red
Dark Metallic Blue

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer


• 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

Weekends will always seem too short.

Like most of Yamaha's cruisers, the V-Star 1300 has a "casual touring" stablemate. The "Tourer" version of the V-Star 1300 has all the same great features plus a windshield, locking saddlebags and passenger backrest. These value added items are sure to have the miles rolling by in style and comfort.

The V-Star 1300 Tourer has the same class leading power and handling of the regular V-Star 1300 plus 3 of the most sought after "casual touring" extras. A windshield, locking saddlebags and passenger backrest make the Tourer a perfect weekend escape machine. From the spacious rider floorboards to the roomy saddlebags, all of the components blend together to offer unmatched function, comfort and style

 

Key Features:


Engine:

1304cc, (80 cubic inch) liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, 60° V-twin powerplant pumps out incredible amounts of class leading power and torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance. At 110 km/hr the engine is only turning 3,400 rpm, for relaxed highway cruising.

Electric starting system features a mechanical centrifugal decompression device in the exhaust camshaft for easy, no-hassle starting.

Liquid-cooling not only allows for higher state of tune because it maintains more stable operating temperatures, but also reduces mechanical noise for a quieter engine.

In an effort to maintain the classic air-cooled appearance of the engine, cooling fins have been added as a styling touch.

The short stroke engine design reduces the "tallness" of the engine, while the 60 degree "V" makes the engine more compact thereby centralizing mass and lowering the center of gravity for lighter more responsive handling.

Classic V-twin "pulse feeling" and engine character highlight this powerplant while annoying vibration has been eliminated.

One-piece cylinder heads feature 4-valves per cylinder to provide optimum breathing efficiency for maximum power output. Each head is fitted with a single long reach spark plug.

Stylish chromed cylinder head covers.

The SOHC valve train features 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with single springs for great power and torque. Valves are set at 20 degrees. Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves. The roller rocker system allows a greater amount of valve lift without producing excessive camshaft wear and friction. The slipper portion of the rocker arm features a needle bearing to further reduce wear and slide resistance. The camshafts have been specially designed to provide class leading power.

Optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and hence power.

The water pump which is integrated with the oil pump and is located inside the engine cases to keep a cleaner, more traditional air-cooled look to the powerplant. The engine is a wet sump design.

The radiator is mounted between the front frames down tubes to minimize its appearance especially when viewing the machine from the side. Even the rad hoses have been discreetely placed for a cleaner appearance. An electric fan aids in cooling in stop and go traffic. Special cooling louvers direct air to the rad.

Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioners reduces mechanical noise and extend engine life.

Ceramic composite-plated cylinders reduce weight, increase cylinder life and provide uniform heat dissipation. The cylinders have a tapered "V" appearance to highlight the V-twin design. Cylinder bore is 100mm.

Forged pistons offer great durability and reduced weight for faster engine response.

3 axis crankshaft features a single crank pin design. The crankshaft turns counter clockwise. This specially designed crank helps to enhance the pulse feeling and engine character.

Forged connecting rods ride on a single crank pin crankshaft for that true V-twin sound and feel.

Single axis, left and right dual engine counter balancers reduce vibration to a minimum while maximizing rider comfort.

Crankcase design features internal oil and coolant lines for a clean, air-cooled engine appearance. There are special piston coolers that spray oil at the under side of the piston.

Easy access, spin on type oil filter is located under the engine in the cases. There is no need to remove any parts to access the oil filter.

Classic side mounted 3.7 liter airbox houses a viscous paper-type filter and adds that special styling touch.

Mikuni dual bore, 40mm returnless-type throttle body fuel injection system with TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) and ISC (Idle Speed Control) . This is a "closed loop" system that utilizes an oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor feedback info to the ECU which in turn adjusts the fuel/air mixture for maximum power with minimum emissions. The oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of slip-ons will not effect this system. Bore size is 40mm and each injector features 12 holes and a dual spray pattern for better fuel atomization and more complete combustion chamber filling. There is one injector per cylinder. Fuel injection benefits include improved fuel economy, chokeless operation, reduced emissions, and smoother running.

High pressure fuel pump is located in separate sub tank below the seat.

2 into 1 exhaust system features a 3-way honeycomb catalyzier at the entry point to the muffler. The catalyzier reduces harmful exhaust emissions, while the muffler produces a throaty V-Twin growl. The rear portion of the muffler features a "slash cut" end

Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speeds. The engine is spinning at 3,400 rpm at 110 km/hr.

Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low maintenance and simplifies customization. The belt is unique to the XVS1300 and features a carbon core for strength.

The new 7-spoke rear pulley has been styled to match the new cast wheels.

Specially designed starter motor features a damping mechanism to prevent damage from kick back.

Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO + HC).

One piece classic heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience.




Chassis/Suspension:

Double cradle steel frame offers roomy ergonomics, and great handling. This frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system to optimize the overall rigidity balance for superior handling. The rack is 32 degrees, while the lean angle is a sporty 36 degrees.

Steel swingarm matches the new frame and provides superior performance in a wide variety of conditions, while also making a bold styling statement.

Long 1,690mm (66.5") wheelbase creates a long, low retro profile and solid stable handling. This chassis is longer than the XVS1100 by 45mm (1.8") and offers a 48% front // 52 % rear weight distribution.

The long low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes both rider and passenger comfort.

41mm KYB ront fork features stylish large-diameter brushed-finished for covers. Wheel travel is 135mm (5.3") for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Monocross style, spring preload-adjustable, single-shock, link rear suspension centralizes mass for agile handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps.

Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine and is tucked out of sight for that classic, hardtail look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3").

Dual 298mm, floating front discs are squeezed by compact twin piston front calipers.

298mm rear disc brake squeezed by single piston caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm. This design not only helps to hide the caliper but also lowers the center of gravity for better handling.

Lightweight 7-spoke cast aluminum wheels are fitted wide tubeless tires. These stylish "mag" wheels are both easy to clean and never require maintaince. The rear drive pulley matches the wheel design.

Full-size, "tapered" floating-type rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping to reduce vibration. There is a replaceable "scraper" area on the lower edge of the footboard.

1 inch, rubber mounted handlebars are easy to reach and help to reduce vibration as well.

Front and rear fenders are steel for easy customization and painting if desired.

18.5 liter teardrop shaped fuel tank with flush mounted filler cap. Fuel tank features a seamless design for that clean, custom look.

Generous rider and passenger seats offer plenty of room and support for all day riding comfort. Seat height is only 715mm or 28.1 inches off the ground

Handlebar-mounted chromed instrument features an analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, low fuel tripmeter, clock and low fuel warning light. Stylish red background illumination.

Handlebar switch gear allows the operator to change instrument meter functions via buttons on the back of the RHS handlebar switch, thereby eliminating the need to take your hands off the bars to adjust the main instrument functions.

60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight emphasizes the "wild streamline", mass forward styling design. The headlight is adjustable both up and down plus left and right via remote adjusters. There are also two 35 watt accessory light connectors inside the headlight shell for accessory passing lamps.

Tall windshield features chrome accents and a central Star logo that enhances the unit's overall styling. This windshield offers excellent wind and weather protection and can be easily removed with only 4 bolts..

Leather covered hard shell saddlebags feature a stylish tapered design and are lockable for extra security. The bags offer 42 litres of storage capacity each, ample room for casual touring.

Passenger backrest with embossed Star logo provides that extra peace of mind for your special companion.



Additional Features:

Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.

Extra wide front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.

Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.

Handy, under seat helmet holder

Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.

Self-cancelling turn signals feature stylish clear lenses.

Conventional passenger footpegs

High output 460 watt generator


 

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer - Canada Specifications
MSRP* $12,999

Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC , 4-valve, 60°, V-twin
Displacement 1,304cc (80 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke 100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 11.3 kg-m (81.8 ft-lb) @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni dual bore 40mm F.I.
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission 5-speed
Drive Train Belt


Suspension (Front) 41 mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298 mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 298 mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/90-16 (bias ply tire)
Tires (Rear) 170/70-16 (bias ply tire)


Length 2,490 mm (98")
Width 980 mm (38.6")
Height 1520 mm (59.8")
Wheelbase 1,690 mm (66.5")
Seat Height 715 mm (28,1 ")
Fuel Capacity 18.5 litres (4.1 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 323kg (710.6 lb)
Colour(s) Deep Metallic Red
Dark Metallic Blue

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300


• 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

Powered by a 1304cc, fuel injected, liquid-cooled, V-Twin powerplant; the V-Star 1300 boasts class leading performance, h andling and comfort. Next generation "wild streamline styling" is sure to turm more than a few heads.

Solid performance. Great looks

Yamaha has taken the traditional cruiser into a bold new territory with the eye catching V-Star 1300. Traditional yet modern, classic yet avant-garde. From the throaty exhaust note to the pulse feel of the fuel injected V-twin engine, the V-Star 1300 offers something we call "sensual performance". The perfect blend of soul stirring power, handling and comfort highlights the Man-Machine relationship which is so important to owner satisfaction.

 

Highlights:


- 1304cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin

- Throttle body fuel injection

 

Features:

Engine:

1304cc (80 cubic inch), liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, 60° V-twin powerplant pumps out incredible amounts of class leading power and torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance.

Electric starting system features a mechanical centrifugal decompression device in the exhaust camshafts for easy, no-hassle starting.

Liquid-cooling not only allows for higher state of tune because it maintains more stable operating temperatures, but also reduces mechanical noise for a quieter engine.

In an effort to maintain the classic air-cooled appearance of the engine, cooling fins have been added as a styling touch.

The short stroke engine design reduces the "height" of the engine, while the 60 degree "V" makes the engine more compact thereby centralizing mass and lowering the center of gravity for lighter more responsive handling.

Classic V-twin "pulse feeling" and engine character highlight this new powerplant while annoying vibration has been eliminated.

One-piece cylinder heads feature 4-valves per cylinder to provide optimum breathing efficiency for maximum power output. Each head is fitted with a single long reach spark plug.

Stylish chromed cylinder head covers.

The SOHC valve train features 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with single springs for great power and torque. Valves angles are set at 20 degrees from centre. Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves. The rocker system allows a greater amount of valve lift without producing excessive camshaft wear and friction. The slipper portion of the rocker arm features a needle bearing to further reduce wear and slide resistance. The camshafts have been specially designed for use with roller rockers.

Optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and hence improved power and cleaner emissions.

The water pump is integrated with the oil pump and is located inside the engine cases to keep a cleaner, more traditional air-cooled look to the powerplant. The engine is a wet sump design.

The radiator is mounted between the front frame down tubes to minimize its appearance especially when viewing the machine from the side. Even the rad hoses have been discreetely placed for a cleaner appearance. An electric fan aids in cooling in stop and go traffic. Special cooling louvers direct air to the rad.

Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioners reduces mechanical noise and extend engine life.

Ceramic composite-plated cylinders reduce weight, increase cylinder life and provide uniform heat dissipation. The cylinders have a tapered "V" appearance to highlight the V-twin design. Cylinder bore is 100mm.

Forged pistons offer great durability and reduced weight for faster engine response.

Crankshaft features a single crank pin design. The crankshaft turns counter clockwise. This specially designed crank helps to enhance the pulse feeling and engine character.

Forged connecting rods ride on a single crank pin for that true V-twin sound and feel.

Single axis, left and right dual engine counter balancers reduce vibration to a minimum while maximizing rider comfort.

Crankcase design features internal oil and coolant lines for a clean, air-cooled engine appearance. There are special piston coolers that spray oil at the under side of the pistons.

Easy access, spin on type oil filter is located under the engine. There is no need to remove any parts to access the oil filter.

Classic side mounted 3.7 liter airbox houses a high-flow viscous paper-type filter and adds that special styling touch too.

Mikuni Dual bore, 40mm returnless-type throttle body fuel injection system with TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) and ISC (Idle Speed Control) . This is a "closed loop" system that utilizes an oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor feeds back info to the ECU which in turn adjusts the fuel/air mixture for maximum power with minimum emissions. The oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of slip-ons will not affect this system. Each injector features 12 holes and a dual spray pattern for better fuel atomization and more complete combustion chamber filling. There is one injector per cylinder. Fuel injection benefits include improved fuel economy, chokeless operation, reduced emissions, and smoother running.

High pressure fuel pump is located in a separate sub tank below the seat.

2 into 1 exhaust system features a 3-way honeycomb catalyzier at the entry point to the muffler. The catalyzier reduces harmful exhaust emissions, while the muffler produces a throaty V-Twin growl. The rear portion of the muffler features a "slash cut" end

Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speeds. The engine is spinning at 3,400 rpm at 110 km/hr.

Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low maintenance and simplifies customization. The belt is unique to the XVS1300 and features a carbon core for strength.

The 7-spoke rear pulley has been styled to match the cast wheels.

Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO + HC).

One piece classic heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience.

 

Chassis/Suspension

Double cradle steel frame offers roomy ergonomics, and great handling. This frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system to optimize the overall rigidity balance for superior handling. The rake is 32 degrees, while the lean angle is a sporty 36 degrees.

Steel swingarm matches the frame and provides superior performance in a wide variety of conditions, while also making a bold styling statement.

Long 1,690mm (66.5") wheelbase creates a long, low retro profile and solid stable handling. This chassis is longer than the XVS1100 by 45mm and offers a 48% / 52 % front to rear weight distribution.

The long low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes both rider and passenger comfort.

41mm KYB front fork features stylish large-diameter brushed-finished fork covers. Wheel travel is 130mm (5.1") for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Monocross style, spring preload-adjustable, single-shock, link rear suspension centralizes mass for agile handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps.

Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine and is tucked out of sight for that classic, hardtail look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3").

Dual 298 mm, floating front discs are squeezed by compact twin piston front calipers.

298 mm rear disc brake is squeezed by single piston caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm. This design not only helps to hide the caliper but also lowers the center of gravity for better handling.

Lightweight 7-spoke cast aluminum wheels are fitted wide tubeless tires. The "mag" stylish wheels are both easy to clean and never require maintaince. The rear drive pulley matches the wheels.

Full-size, "tapered" floating-type rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping reduce vibration. There is a replaceable "scraper" area on the lower edge of the footboard.

1 inch, rubber mounted handlebars are easy to reach and help to reduce vibration as well.

Front and rear fenders are steel for easy customization and painting if desired.

18.5 liter teardrop shaped fuel tank with flush mounted filler cap. Fuel tank seam is hidden for that clean, custom look. Reserve portion is 4.5 litres.

Generous rider and passenger seats offer plenty of room and support for all day riding comfort. Seat height is only 715mm or 28.1 inches off the ground

Handlebar-mounted chromed instrument features a stylish design. Readouts include: analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, low fuel tripmeter, clock and low fuel warning light. Stylish red background illumination.

Handlebar switch gear allows the operator to change instrument meter functions via buttons on the back of the RHS handlebar switch, thereby eliminating the need to take your hands off the bars to adjust the main instrument functions.

60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight emphasizes the "wild streamline", mass forward styling design. The headlight is adjustable both up and down plus left and right via remote adjusters. There are also two 35 watt accessory light connectors inside the headlight shell for accessory passing lamps.

 

Details

Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.

Extra wide front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.

Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.

Handy, under seat helmet holder

Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.

Self-cancelling turn signals feature stylish clear lenses.

Conventional passenger footpegs

High output 460 watt generator

 


2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 - Candian Specifications
MSRP: C$11,499

Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC , 4-valve, 60°, V-twin
Displacement 1,304 cc (80 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke 100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 11.3 kg-m (81.8 ft-lb) @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni Dual bore 40 mm F.I.
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission 5-speed
Drive Train Belt


Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298 mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 298 mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/90-16 (bias ply tire)
Tires (Rear) 170/70-16 (bias ply tire)


Length 2,490 mm (98")
Width 980 mm (38.6")
Height 1115 mm (43.9")
Wheelbase 1,690 mm (66.5")
Seat Height 715 mm (28.1")
Fuel Capacity 18.5 litres (3.7 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 303 kg (666.6 lb)
Colour(s) Black Metallic
Bluish White

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300
2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300


• 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300

Powered by a 1304cc, fuel injected, liquid-cooled, V-Twin powerplant; the V-Star 1300 boasts class leading performance, h andling and comfort. Next generation "wild streamline styling" is sure to turm more than a few heads.

Solid performance. Great looks

Yamaha has taken the traditional cruiser into a bold new territory with the eye catching V-Star 1300. Traditional yet modern, classic yet avant-garde. From the throaty exhaust note to the pulse feel of the fuel injected V-twin engine, the V-Star 1300 offers something we call "sensual performance". The perfect blend of soul stirring power, handling and comfort highlights the Man-Machine relationship which is so important to owner satisfaction.

 

Highlights:


- 1304cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin

- Throttle body fuel injection

 

Features:

Engine:

1304cc (80 cubic inch), liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, 60° V-twin powerplant pumps out incredible amounts of class leading power and torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance.

Electric starting system features a mechanical centrifugal decompression device in the exhaust camshafts for easy, no-hassle starting.

Liquid-cooling not only allows for higher state of tune because it maintains more stable operating temperatures, but also reduces mechanical noise for a quieter engine.

In an effort to maintain the classic air-cooled appearance of the engine, cooling fins have been added as a styling touch.

The short stroke engine design reduces the "height" of the engine, while the 60 degree "V" makes the engine more compact thereby centralizing mass and lowering the center of gravity for lighter more responsive handling.

Classic V-twin "pulse feeling" and engine character highlight this new powerplant while annoying vibration has been eliminated.

One-piece cylinder heads feature 4-valves per cylinder to provide optimum breathing efficiency for maximum power output. Each head is fitted with a single long reach spark plug.

Stylish chromed cylinder head covers.

The SOHC valve train features 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with single springs for great power and torque. Valves angles are set at 20 degrees from centre. Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves. The rocker system allows a greater amount of valve lift without producing excessive camshaft wear and friction. The slipper portion of the rocker arm features a needle bearing to further reduce wear and slide resistance. The camshafts have been specially designed for use with roller rockers.

Optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and hence improved power and cleaner emissions.

The water pump is integrated with the oil pump and is located inside the engine cases to keep a cleaner, more traditional air-cooled look to the powerplant. The engine is a wet sump design.

The radiator is mounted between the front frame down tubes to minimize its appearance especially when viewing the machine from the side. Even the rad hoses have been discreetely placed for a cleaner appearance. An electric fan aids in cooling in stop and go traffic. Special cooling louvers direct air to the rad.

Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioners reduces mechanical noise and extend engine life.

Ceramic composite-plated cylinders reduce weight, increase cylinder life and provide uniform heat dissipation. The cylinders have a tapered "V" appearance to highlight the V-twin design. Cylinder bore is 100mm.

Forged pistons offer great durability and reduced weight for faster engine response.

Crankshaft features a single crank pin design. The crankshaft turns counter clockwise. This specially designed crank helps to enhance the pulse feeling and engine character.

Forged connecting rods ride on a single crank pin for that true V-twin sound and feel.

Single axis, left and right dual engine counter balancers reduce vibration to a minimum while maximizing rider comfort.

Crankcase design features internal oil and coolant lines for a clean, air-cooled engine appearance. There are special piston coolers that spray oil at the under side of the pistons.

Easy access, spin on type oil filter is located under the engine. There is no need to remove any parts to access the oil filter.

Classic side mounted 3.7 liter airbox houses a high-flow viscous paper-type filter and adds that special styling touch too.

Mikuni Dual bore, 40mm returnless-type throttle body fuel injection system with TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) and ISC (Idle Speed Control) . This is a "closed loop" system that utilizes an oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor feeds back info to the ECU which in turn adjusts the fuel/air mixture for maximum power with minimum emissions. The oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of slip-ons will not affect this system. Each injector features 12 holes and a dual spray pattern for better fuel atomization and more complete combustion chamber filling. There is one injector per cylinder. Fuel injection benefits include improved fuel economy, chokeless operation, reduced emissions, and smoother running.

High pressure fuel pump is located in a separate sub tank below the seat.

2 into 1 exhaust system features a 3-way honeycomb catalyzier at the entry point to the muffler. The catalyzier reduces harmful exhaust emissions, while the muffler produces a throaty V-Twin growl. The rear portion of the muffler features a "slash cut" end

Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speeds. The engine is spinning at 3,400 rpm at 110 km/hr.

Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low maintenance and simplifies customization. The belt is unique to the XVS1300 and features a carbon core for strength.

The 7-spoke rear pulley has been styled to match the cast wheels.

Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO + HC).

One piece classic heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience.

 

Chassis/Suspension

Double cradle steel frame offers roomy ergonomics, and great handling. This frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system to optimize the overall rigidity balance for superior handling. The rake is 32 degrees, while the lean angle is a sporty 36 degrees.

Steel swingarm matches the frame and provides superior performance in a wide variety of conditions, while also making a bold styling statement.

Long 1,690mm (66.5") wheelbase creates a long, low retro profile and solid stable handling. This chassis is longer than the XVS1100 by 45mm and offers a 48% / 52 % front to rear weight distribution.

The long low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes both rider and passenger comfort.

41mm KYB front fork features stylish large-diameter brushed-finished fork covers. Wheel travel is 130mm (5.1") for a smooth, comfortable ride.

Monocross style, spring preload-adjustable, single-shock, link rear suspension centralizes mass for agile handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps.

Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine and is tucked out of sight for that classic, hardtail look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3").

Dual 298 mm, floating front discs are squeezed by compact twin piston front calipers.

298 mm rear disc brake is squeezed by single piston caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm. This design not only helps to hide the caliper but also lowers the center of gravity for better handling.

Lightweight 7-spoke cast aluminum wheels are fitted wide tubeless tires. The "mag" stylish wheels are both easy to clean and never require maintaince. The rear drive pulley matches the wheels.

Full-size, "tapered" floating-type rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping reduce vibration. There is a replaceable "scraper" area on the lower edge of the footboard.

1 inch, rubber mounted handlebars are easy to reach and help to reduce vibration as well.

Front and rear fenders are steel for easy customization and painting if desired.

18.5 liter teardrop shaped fuel tank with flush mounted filler cap. Fuel tank seam is hidden for that clean, custom look. Reserve portion is 4.5 litres.

Generous rider and passenger seats offer plenty of room and support for all day riding comfort. Seat height is only 715mm or 28.1 inches off the ground

Handlebar-mounted chromed instrument features a stylish design. Readouts include: analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, low fuel tripmeter, clock and low fuel warning light. Stylish red background illumination.

Handlebar switch gear allows the operator to change instrument meter functions via buttons on the back of the RHS handlebar switch, thereby eliminating the need to take your hands off the bars to adjust the main instrument functions.

60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight emphasizes the "wild streamline", mass forward styling design. The headlight is adjustable both up and down plus left and right via remote adjusters. There are also two 35 watt accessory light connectors inside the headlight shell for accessory passing lamps.

 

Details

Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.

Extra wide front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.

Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.

Handy, under seat helmet holder

Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.

Self-cancelling turn signals feature stylish clear lenses.

Conventional passenger footpegs

High output 460 watt generator

 


2009 Yamaha V-Star 1300 - Candian Specifications
MSRP: C$11,499

Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC , 4-valve, 60°, V-twin
Displacement 1,304 cc (80 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke 100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 11.3 kg-m (81.8 ft-lb) @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni Dual bore 40 mm F.I.
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission 5-speed
Drive Train Belt


Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298 mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 298 mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/90-16 (bias ply tire)
Tires (Rear) 170/70-16 (bias ply tire)


Length 2,490 mm (98")
Width 980 mm (38.6")
Height 1115 mm (43.9")
Wheelbase 1,690 mm (66.5")
Seat Height 715 mm (28.1")
Fuel Capacity 18.5 litres (3.7 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 303 kg (666.6 lb)
Colour(s) Black Metallic
Bluish White

2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition

2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition
2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition

2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition
2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition

2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition
2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition

2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition
2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition


• 2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition

2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition

 

Word on the street: V-Max is back! The legend continues...


There’s been talk on the street for some while, bikers chatting in hushed tones about the rumoured return of The Legend. Now it’s official, Yamaha has proudly announced that one of the most talked about bikes of the last quarter of a century is back, except this time it’s bigger and better than ever before.

The all-new V-max was launched outside Madrid on the evening of June 4, where the world’s media were entertained by drag-car races and jetfighter flybys before they got to see the real thing – enormous horsepower (200 PS) of metal muscle, a tower of power that unleashes mind-boggling acceleration, created for riders who know that might is right.


The new V-Max stays true to the original V-Max concept, it’s a drag bike for the street, powered by the philosophy of genuine hot-rod performance and design, built for the adrenaline rush, pure and simple.

So what’s different about the new V-Max? We’ve already told you that it’s got heaps more horsepower than the original. But that’s only half the story. The new V-Max is way beyond anything you’ve seen out on the street.


That 1,679 cc V4 engine is the centrepiece of a radical automotive sculpture that will bring whole neighbourhoods to a halt. And it’s not just got horsepower, it’s got radical high-tech horsepower, aided by cutting-edge Yamaha electronics technology from our race programme: Yamaha Chipped Controlled Intake (Y.C.C.I) and Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (Y.C.C.T).

The rest of the new V-Max is just as pumped-up and tricked-out: cast aluminium frame, underseat fuel tank, six-piston brakes with ABS, magnesium engine cases, electroluminescent dash panel, LED tail light and mega-wide 200/50-R18 rear tyre.


1985: The birth of a legend
Back in the ’80s the big V8 muscle car was the undisputed boss on the strip in the USA, and in both the car and the bike drag race scene, the large-capacity engine was king. A quarter of a century ago, cubic capacity ruled – and Yamaha captured the true spirit of the time with the introduction of the awesome VMAX in 1985. With its massive 1,198cc V4, 4-stroke, 4-valve DOHC engine kicking out 140PS, this radically-styled muscle bike became an instant legend which established itself as the definitive cult-bike. With around 100,000 units sold during its production run that spanned three decades, the original VMAX made history by being included in the Guggenheim Museum’s ‘Art of the Motorcycle’ exhibition while still in production. There has never been anything to beat it…until now…

2008: The rebirth of a legend
During the late 90’s Yamaha’s VMAX project team started to work on the rebirth of a legend. The team understand just how special the original VMAX is to its owners – as well as those fans who admired the bike without ever riding one. The project team identified a set of four goals that would enable them to create a worthy successor to the legendary original model.

- Awesome acceleration feeling together with strong performance
- Distinctive, precise and sharp handling
- A sophisticated chassis with unique bodywork
- Compliant to EU3 regulations


With these main aims in mind, the development team have created an all-new powerful state-of-the-art 1,679cc V4 engine providing 200 PS and 166.8 Nm of torque combined with Yamaha’s finest and latest electronic engine control technology such as YCC-I and YCC-T. We’ve also created an all-new low-profile diamond-type frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member in order to deliver the right balance of rigidity, which makes for excellent straight line stability – together with precise and sharp levels of cornering. All packed in a head-turning and forceful appearance.

Owners of the original model – as well as newcomers to the VMAX world – can be sure that the new VMAX delivers an unforgettable combination of innovation and acceleration.

The new VMAX stays true to the philosophy of the genuine hot-rod. Imagine yourself gripping the drag bars and feeling the mega-wide 200/50 R18 rear tyre transfer all the V4’s incredible 200 PS and 166.8 Nm of throbbing torque to the ground – it’s got to the ultimate adrenaline ride. We are proud to say the VMAX is back!

 

Special Features:

Engine Features

All-new high-powered liquid-cooled 4-stroke V4 engine
Powering the new VMAX is all-new 1,679cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 65 degree V4 engine* whose imposing in-your-face design offers you an unforgettable acceleration experience created by awesome levels of power.

Running with bore x stroke dimensions of 90 x 66mm and featuring a compression ratio of 11.3:1, this visually intimidating new power plant develops 200 PS at 9,000 rpm, together with a huge torque output of 166.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm.

The completely new VMAX engine benefits from the application of some of the most advanced Yamaha engine management technology ever seen in the category.

(*Disclaimer: The VMAX has a governed top speed of 220km/h, by a smart system, that still allows a complete ¼ mile run under full acceleration)

Engine
Engine type:4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, V-type 4-cylinder
Engine cooling:Liquid cooled
Displacement:1,679cc
Bore x stroke:90.0 x 66.0 mm
Compression ratio:11.3:1
Maximum power:147.2 kW (200 PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque:166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication system:Wet sump


Chassis Features

Newly-designed low-profile aluminium frame
As well as featuring an all-new engine, the new VMAX is equipped with a completely new advanced-specification aluminium frame. This high-tech design has been built to deliver high levels of handling performance, allowing you to optimize the huge potential of the remarkably powerful 1,679cc V4 engine.

The VMAX’s new diamond-type frame has been developed using Yamaha’s industry-leading chassis design and manufacturing technology, and features an immensely strong yet lightweight structure that is made up from a variety of gravity-cast, CF die-cast and extruded aluminium sections. This innovative new design incorporates gravity-cast components for the main frame and pivot assembly, while the rear frame is made from a range of Yamaha’s exclusive CF die-cast parts and extruded parts which are welded together.

This combination of these different types of aluminium, each with a different rigidity level, is one of the major factors in achieving the desired balance of rigidity. To fine-tune this balance even further for excellent handling and accurate rider feedback, the wall thickness on the main frame varies from between 3mm through to 6mm.

An imaginary straight line drawn between the swingarm pivot and head pipe runs right through the centre of the V-bank, and this layout makes for neutral handling characteristics. And by incorporating the V4 engine as a stressed member – using cast-iron mounts at the front, the centre of the V bank, and at the top and bottom of the crankcase – the overall chassis rigidity balance is further enhanced.

There’s no doubt that the original VMAX established a reputation with its owners as one of the most awesome straight line performers, and this aspect of the machine’s character has been taken to an even higher level with the new chassis! With an extended wheelbase of 1,700mm the new model’s advanced aluminium chassis is built to handle the massive power and torque output that can be released when you twist the throttle. Significantly, the new bike’s 662.5mm swingarm allows you to lay down the 1,679cc V4 engine’s power more effectively then ever.


Large-diameter forks with oxidized titanium coating
We think you’ll agree with us when we say that virtually everything about the stunning new VMAX sets it apart from any other motorcycle, from its mighty V4 engine through to its radical styling and intimidating image. And it’s the same with the new front forks, whose massive tubes are perfectly in keeping with this bike’s muscular image.

These huge 52mm tubes offer excellent rigidity combined with smooth fork action – and they benefit from an oxidized titanium coating that ensures increased surface hardness and stiction-free operation – while the moody dark finish perfectly complements the black frame and engine.

The new front suspension is designed to deliver a smooth ride with neutral handling characteristics, and is fully adjustable for preload, as well as rebound and compression damping, allowing you to customise the ride to suit various situations from solo or two-up riding through to leisurely or fast riding.

And it’s not only the massive 52mm tubes that put these forks in a league of their own – they also feature special two-piece outer tubes. Consisting of an extremely rigid cast lower section incorporating the radial-mounted brake callipers, together with an extruded aluminium upper section which has been precision-machined for superior suspension action, these special front forks characterize the VMAX’s inherent style, first-class quality and advanced technology.

The combination of flex-resistant 52mm tubes, a cast aluminium upper triple clamp and forged aluminium lower triple clamp, as well as a wide pitch of 225mm, and 30mm offset, ensure that you can enjoy a neutral steering feeling for greater riding pleasure.


Link-type Monocross rear suspension
The new VMAX rear suspension is a link-type Monocross system which, like the new front forks, is fully adjustable for preload, as well as for compression and rebound damping – meaning that you can set the bike up to suit most situations.

And to make life easier, the new VMAX is equipped with a hydraulic remote adjuster for preload setting, while a remote control dial beneath the tandem footrest adjusts the compression damping. Another remote control dial beneath the left-side swingarm allows easy adjustment of the rear shock’s rebound damping.

The full adjustability of both the front and rear suspension systems is more commonly associated with supersport models, and allows the new VMAX rider to optimise the ride quality on their machine for outstanding roadholding.


Large-diameter front and rear wave-type brake discs
With all the advanced chassis technology we’ve described so far, you won’t be surprised to discover that the braking system we’ve developed for the new VMAX is one of the most sophisticated and powerful designs ever seen on a Yamaha motorcycle. At the front end, dual 320mm diameter wave-type discs are gripped by radial-mounted 6-piston callipers for excellent stopping power – and for superb feel, the master cylinder features a radial-type pump.

And for strong, confidence-inspiring braking, the new VMAX runs with a 298mm wave-type rear disc slowed by a pin-slide type single-piston calliper.

 

Linear-controlled ABS system
The VMAX is equipped with a newly-developed linear-controlled hydraulic ABS system which is designed to enhance braking control over a variety of road surfaces and in varying riding conditions. The hydraulic control system is activated by a linear solenoid valve which prevents wheel lock-up during braking, allowing the rider to experience smooth lever action and achieve effective braking on different types of road.

This innovative and compact ABS system combines the ECU and hydraulic mechanism into a single unit which is situated under the seat. By keeping the system’s dimensions to a minimum, neither the machine’s aesthetics or weight have been compromised, and the positioning of the unit ensures that overall mass centralisation is enhanced for neutral handling.

 

18 inch front and rear wheels
For natural handling qualities the VMAX is equipped with 18 inch front and rear wheels which are shod with specially-developed tyres that are designed to offer the optimum balance of grip, shock absorption and roadholding. With a 120/70-R18 front and a massive 200/50-R18 rear, this outstanding motorcycle is equipped to lay down its awesome levels of power and torque like no other machine.

 

Lightweight bodywork for effective mass centralisation
Mass centralisation has been one of the key goals for the VMAX development team, and a short test ride on the machine will reveal that its handling performance is truly impressive. During the machine’s exhaustive development and testing phase, every effort has been made to use lightweight materials wherever possible – and at the same time, to locate heavier components close to the bike’s centre of mass.

One of the most significant factors in achieving an idealised mass centralisation is the positioning of the 15-litre fuel tank under the seat. Manufactured from light fluorinated polyethylene, the tank is easily accessed by means of a convenient single-handed lever with a built-in damper which underlines the quality and attention to detail on this class-leading muscle bike.

These measures play an important role in shaping the neutral handling characteristics of this machine, whose roadholding, steering and overall chassis performance raise the bar in the muscle bike category. And just like the engine, the new aluminium chassis has to be experienced to be appreciated!

 

Tank-mounted multi-function instruments
Mounted on top of the dummy fuel tank is a multi-function Organic Electro-Luminescent “OEL” instrument panel which displays a wide range of information on its 256x64 dot display. This newly designed OEL panel gives a bright, easy-to-read display and offers an instant response, and its functions include odometer, tripmeter, clock, fuel gauge, temperature gauge, gear position, running fuel consumption, intake air temperature and throttle opening, as well as a stopwatch with a countdown function.

Just about all the information you could ever wish for is displayed right there in front of you at the touch of a button!

 

Muscular new design
The fact that the styling on the original VMAX remained largely unchanged for 24 years is a tribute to the immense strength and unique character of its original design. Creating a worthy successor to this iconic motorcycle posed many challenges for Yamaha’s team of designers, and the new VMAX utilises the latest designs and materials to create a truly modern work of art that is clearly the 21st century manifestation of the old master.

While the original VMAX embodied the spirit of the drag strip – combined with a brutal bodybuilder-style image – the new model has been designed to radiate a feeling of massive internal strength which hints at the awesome power just waiting to be unleashed at any time.

Key to this imagery are the four massive air intakes, the muscular V4 engine, and the four short upswept mufflers, which serve to underline the intimidating beauty of this single-minded high-performance motorcycle.

We hope you’ll agree that this machine captures the true spirit of the original VMAX, while at the same time projecting a high-tech, 21st century image and creating its own new look.

 

 

2009 Yamaha VMax European Edition Specifications

Technical Specs

Engine
Engine type:4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, V-type 4-cylinder
Engine cooling:Liquid cooled
Displacement:1,679cc
Bore x stroke:90.0 x 66.0 mm
Compression ratio:11.3:1
Maximum power:147.2 kW (200 PS) (+/-197 hp) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque:166.8 Nm (17.0 kg-m) (+/- 123 lb/ft torque) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication system:Wet sump
Carburettor:Fuel injection
Clutch type:Wet, multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Ignition system:TCI
Starter system:Electric
Transmission system:Constant mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission:Shaft drive
Primary ratio:1.509
Secondary ratio:3.082
Gear ratio-1st gear2.375
Gear ratio-2nd gear1.810
Gear ratio-3rd gear1.400
Gear ratio-4th gear1.115
Gear ratio-5th gear0.935
Fuel tank capacity:15 litres
Oil tank capacity:5.9 litres

Chassis
Chassis:Aluminium, Diamond-shaped
Front suspension system:Telescopic forks, Ø 52 mm
Front travel:120 mm
Rear suspension system:Swingarm (Link-type suspension)
Rear travel:110 mm
Caster angle31°
Trail148 mm
Front brake:Dual discs, Ø 320 mm
Rear brake:Single disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre:120/70 R18M/C (59V)
Rear tyre:200/50 R18M/C (76V)

Dimensions
Length (mm):2,395 mm
Width (mm):820 mm
Height (mm):1,190 mm
Seat height (mm):775 mm
Wheel base (mm):1,700 mm
Minimum ground clearance (mm):140 mm
Service weight (kg)310 kg