Yamaha Preps V-Max for Takeoff

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In 1985 Yamaha introduced what some would consider to be their most iconic and significant motorcycle of the past 23 years, the V-Max. Tuesday night, aboard an U.S. Navy aircraft carrier moored in San Diego harbor, the second generation of V-Max was introduced to the press in a smoky burnout on the ship's flight deck.

The latest generation V-Max, introduced under the Star brand name, bears a strong resemblance to the original, with same muscular styling, only on steroids; most noticeable, the huge functional air intakes straddling the faux tank, and four stubby, upswept titanium canisters finishing the exhaust system give the bike an "Incredible Hulk" sort of persona. The changes to the