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Launched in 1985, the original Yamaha VMAX was famous for its brutal, drag-bike inspired styling and relentless acceleration. The VMAX Carbon is an £18,749 OTR special edition for 2015, but following on from the recent ‘Yard Built‘ projects, the VMAX is next in line to see some custom treatment.

Incredibly, this special edition is a sizeable drop in price over the £21,499 the VMAX cost last year. But Yamaha has also announced that the standard bike – now called the VMAX Matt Grey – will drop down to £15,749 OTR. With fuel prices dropping too, this exclusive machine just got a little more attainable.

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With this being the bike’s 30th anniversary, and Yamaha promising some exciting designs from the likes of German custom shop JvB-moto, we’re pretty sure we’ll soon be seeing a pretty special new bike available to buy, if the recent XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer announcements – also Yard Built project – are anything to go by.

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Here’s what Yamaha told us in a press release:

To mark 30 years since the arrival of the original VMAX, Yamaha’s Sport Heritage range is strengthened with the introduction of the exclusive VMAX Carbon. Based on the current 1,679cc 197bhp V4 model, this iconic special edition combines outstanding musclebike performance with cutting edge style.

The VMAX Carbon’s tank cover, front and rear fenders and side covers are all manufactured from lightweight carbon fibre – and for an even more evocative V4 growl this special edition comes equipped with upswept Akrapovic slip-on mufflers. Available from February onwards, this high-specification VMAX Carbon offers exceptional value to those