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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 VMAX) with a bigger engine, fuel injection, and handling that actually worked.

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.”

The maintenance table goes up to 20,000 mi (37,000 km). From 24,000 mi (37,000 km) or 36 months, repeat the maintenance intervals starting from 8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months.

In Europe, Asia, and Australia, and the US, the service schedule below is the same. The non-US version has slightly different distance intervals in miles (e.g. for the 7,000 km they say “4,400 mi”) but that won’t affect anyone (unless there’s an American living in Europe/Australia/Asia who insists on continuing to use miles for some reason).

Maintenance notes

  1. (1) The air filter needs more frequent service if you are riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
  2. (2) Hydraulic brake and clutch systems
    • After disassembling the brake and clutch master cylinder, caliper cylinder or clutch release cylinder, always change the fluid. Regularly check the brake and clutch fluid levels and fill the reservoirs as required.
    • Replace the oil seals on the inner parts of the brake or clutch master cylinders, caliper cylinders and clutch release cylinder every two years.
    • Replace the brake and clutch hoses every four years, or if cracked or damaged.

Periodic Maintenance for Emission Control System

ItemRoutine (US) 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (7,000 km) or 6 months8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months12,000 mi (19,000 km) or 18 months16000 mi (25,000 km) or 24 months20000 mi (31,000 km) or 30 months
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 at 8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months.
Valve clearance*• Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold.Every 26,600 mi (42,000 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

ItemRoutine 600 mi (1,000 km) or 1 month4,000 mi (7,000 km) or 6 months8,000 mi (13,000 km) or 12 months12,000 mi (19,000 km) or 18 months16000 mi (25,000 km) or 24 months20000 mi (31,000 km) or 30 months
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 hoses*• Check for cracks or damage.
• Replace.Every 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 with lithium-soap-based grease.
Steering bearings*•Check bearing assembly for looseness
•Moderately repack 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 with ethylene glycol-based coolant every 24 months.Change
Final gear oil• Check oil level and for oil leakage.
• Change 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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