In 1993 the fork tube size
increased from 40 mm to its present size of 43 mm and the new forks
tubes were no longer equipped with the “air joint”. (The air equalizing
tube that runs from one fork tube to the other.) The front brake rotors
were increased in diameter from 282 mm to 298 mm and ventilation holes
were added to them. The front brake calipers were also upgraded to a
4-pot system over the previous 2-pot system. In 1993 the generator was
also upgraded slightly.
In 1996 the oil drain screws at
the bottom of the fork tubes were eliminated, a helmet lock was added to
the left rear frame area, the rear drive housing changed slightly,
bearing a surface area to mount a speedometer pick up in the casting,
(used on other models) The casting was also machined down an additional
¼ inch at the axle nut area to accommodate a shorter axle. A larger
diameter and thinner washer with a lock nut went with the deal, all
Royal Star parts. The Vmax also got a larger, finned voltage regulator
in ’96. Also in ’96 the Vmax got a newly designed engine block, which
incorporated a spin-on oil filter and a new style connecting rod. There
was also a small rubber plug or cover added to the bottom of the lower
triple tree to keep water and dirt out.
2001 is the year Yamaha added fork
guards to the lower fork legs and there were some slight changes to the
forks damper rod and bolts.
The 2003 Vmax has different script
style on the speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauge. The “red
line” was lowered form 9,500 RPM’s to 9,000 RPM’s. And while the paint
scheme of the bike itself is “Matte Black”, it was the first time that
Yamaha released the Vmax with the frame and engine not being the usual
gloss black. It’s also been reported that the engine block was also
slightly redesigned this year.
2005, the twentieth anniversary of
the Vmax, brought no significant changes other than what’s been
2006 and 2007 are business as
usual for Yamaha. Other than color scheme, nothing new. I imagine that
it will continue this way until we see a completely new model.