For the novice the Yamaha V-Max is a turning point in the street rod performance era. Inroduced in 1985 theV-Mx is one of the best-selling Japanese motorcycles of all time. Good news is that Yamaha's V-Max is coming back and anything below 200 horsepower will not cut it with buyers. France was one of the great markets for the original Vmax and it was a commercial success. The new Vmax is most likely to become a 2009 model now. IMHO Harley V-Rod success is attributed to the V-Max. In terms of looks although the protype looks mean, it will be tamed by the time of its launch.
As you can see the proto is on right and the release photos are on the left.