10. Yamaha R7 The Yamaha R7 made a statement when it was introduced in 1999: “I’m here to win races.” Loaded with Superbike technology like fuel injection (something not even the R1 had at the time), five valves per cylinder, titanium con rods, twin injectors, and top-shelf suspension, the R7 is still impressive even amongst […]
Top 10 Affordable Modern Classics
10. Yamaha V-Max
Talk about a game changer; when the original V-Max was introduced in 1985, everything else suddenly felt inferior in a straight line. In fact, the V-Max arguably introduced the term “muscle cruiser” into the motorcycling lexicon. The fact it was relatively unchanged for 23 years (when the all-new VMax, no dash, was introduced in 2008) meant it still held its own, even amongst much newer competition.
Sure, the V-Max couldn’t negotiate a turn very well (okay, it was awful), but the ferocious dual overhead cam, liquid-cooled, four-valve, 1198cc V-Four — with V-Boost! — was a monster, reportedly making nearly 20 horses more than the Suzuki GSX-R1100 of the day. It was relatively comfy, too, so you could actually ride the thing like a motorcycle, not like an impractical exotic.
Late-model versions in fairly good condition are well under our $10,000 cap, so if you’re in the market, now is the time to buy.