Had a 2005 V-Max. Put several mods (shocks, seat, steering column) to make it drivable. The bike had tons of torque, but it handled like a beast in the twisties. Bias-ply tires + long wheel base were the problems, I guess. always had to struggle thru the turns. Everyone said it was designed to be a stoplight dragster, I guess they were right.
Just traded it in for a black '08 B-King. Wow, what a difference. Thru the twisties with no problem at all. And while the torque is not a good at 1500-2000 as the V-Max, it comes on smoothly around 2500. Nice, very nice.
I'm right under 6 foot and it fits me like a glove. This bike is truly two-thumbs up.
Yea I paid just over 9K. It had 2 miles on it. Beautiful bike and priced just right.
Only Issue I've found so far is the mirrors are just inadequate. All I see is my shoulder and a small piece of the road and huge vibration in the mirrors. Couldn't see anything directly behind me. Swapped them out for a 60.00 set of handlebar mirrors from Cycle Gear. Works great and absolutely NO vibration in the mirror.
I kept the stock handlebar vibration dampeners. Put the clamp between the dampner and the handle bar. Left side worked without issue. The stock bolt was long enough. Throttle side required me to remove a ~ 5/8 inch metal spacer between the blind nut and the other compression spacer.
I really wanted the new V-Max BUT just too costly and too heavy. Yamaha really priced themselves out of the roudy bike class and into the elitist highly finished class. It's a sweet bike, just NOT for me.
That back tire would almost always drift IF they cracked the throttle at the wrong point in the power band (V-Boost @ 4.5K thanks to a slight mod). Did it to me a couple of times before I just learned to slow down.