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Yamaha V-Max 1200 VMX1200 (1985-2007) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2005-2007 Yamaha V-Max

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Yamaha V-Max 1200, also known as the VMX1200.

This is the first-generation V-Max. It had an 1198cc V-four engine based on the earlier Yamaha Star Venture tourer, but tuned for a lot more power. It’s an impractical, loud, not very good-handling (“wobbly”) but torque-laden beast that did insane things like use two carbs per cylinder (“V-boost”) and an early form of mass centralisation that centralised mass, but didn’t really improve handling.

The V-Max was revamped in 2008 (and slightly renamed to become the Yamaha VMAX) with a bigger engine, fuel injection, and handling that actually worked (somewhat) —

Yamaha V-Max Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Yamaha V-Max.

The maintenance for the Yamaha V-Max is broken into two sections: periodic maintenance for emission control systems, and general maintenance and lubrication.

Items marked with an asterisk (*): “Since these items require special tools, data and technical skills, Yamaha suggests you a Yamaha dealer perform service.”

In Europe, Asia, and Australia, and the US, the contents of the service schedule below is the same. However, in Europe, Asia, and Australia, maintenance intervals are longer — 10000 km (6000 miles) and 12 months.

Maintenance notes

  1. The break-in schedule is omitted, as the break-in period has long passed.
  2. After the end of the maintenance schedule, repeat it in the pattern shown.

Periodic Maintenance for Emission Control System

mi x 100048121620
km x 1000713192531
Fuel line*• Check fuel hose and vacuum pipe for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Fuel filter*• Replace.R
Spark plugs• Check condition.
• Adjust gap and clean.
• Replace (R) periodically.
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.26.6K mi (42K km)
Crankcase breather system*• Check breather hose for cracks or damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Carburetor synchronization*• Adjust synchronization of carburetors.
Idle speed*• Check and adjust engine idle speed.
Exhaust system*• Check for leakage.
• Tighten if necessary.
• Replace gasket(s) if necessary.
Evaporative emission control system* (For California only)• Check control system for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Emissions maintenance for the Yamaha V-Max

Yamaha V-Max General Maintenance and Lubrication Schedule

mi x 100048121620
km x 1000713192531
Air filter element* (1)• Clean with compressed air.
• Replace if necessary.
Battery*•Check specific gravity and breather pipe for proper operation
Clutch* (2)• Check operation and fluid leakage.
• Correct if necessary.
Front brake* (2)• Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace break pads if necessary.
Rear brake* (2)•Check operation, fluid level, and for fluid leakage.
• Replace brake pads if necessary.
Brake fluidReplace brake fluid and rubber parts of calipers and master cylinder.2 years
Brake hoses*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Replace.4 years
Wheels*• Check runout and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
Tires*• Check tread depth and for damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Check air pressure.
• Correct if necessary.
Wheel bearings*•Check bearing for smooth rotation.
• Replace if necessary.
Swingarm pivot bearings*• Check bearing assemblies for looseness.
• Moderately repack (R) with lithium-soap-based grease.
Steering bearings*•Check bearing assembly for looseness
•Moderately repack (R) with lithium-soap-based grease
Chassis fasteners*• Check all chassis fitting and fasteners.
• Correct if necessary.
Brake/clutch lever pivot shafts• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Brake and shift pedal pivot shafts• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Center/sidestand pivot*•Check operation.
• Apply lithium-soap-based grease lightly.
Sidestand switch*•Check operation and replace if necessary
Front fork*•Check operation and for oil leakage
• Replace if necessary.
Shock absorber assemblies*• Check operation and for oil leakage.
• Replace if necessary.
Engine oil • Change (warm engine before draining).
Engine oil filter cartridge*• Replace.
Cooling system*• Check hoses for cracks and damage.
• Replace if necessary.
• Change (C) with ethylene glycol-based coolant.C
Final gear oil• Check oil level and for oil leakage.
• Change (C) periodically
Control and meter cables*• Apply cable lubricant thoroughly.
Throttle grip housing and cable*• Check operation and free play.
• Adjust the throttle cable free play if necessary.
• Lubricate the throttle grip housing and cable.
General lubrication and maintenance for the Yamaha V-Max

About the Yamaha VMAX

The first true muscle bike, the V-Max’s asphalt shredding performance has made it a legend. Striking black paint with eye-catching flames on the tank will have people gawking. But hot looks aren’t the only thing the V-Max has going for it. Unleash its 1198cc V-4 and you’ll see why so many accolades have been bestowed upon it.

1198cc liquid-cooled, DOHC 16-valve 70-degree V-4 engine has no equal in its class, pumping out tremendous, hard-hitting power to make it the ultimate quick-accelerating, high-performance king.

Patented Yamaha “V-BOOST” induction, a power-boosting variable intake system, force-feeds massive quantities of fuel into the cylinders via a servo-controlled butterfly valve at 6000 RPM and above.

Four 35mm Mikuni downdraft carburetors ensure seamless, lightning-quick throttle response.

Manual for the Yamaha VMAX

2005-2007 Yamaha VMAX Maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the 2005-2007 Yamaha V-Max, incorporating notes from earlier maintenance schedules from other manuals.

You can download it from Yamaha’s website here.

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