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Yamaha releases select 2009 models

Three new models — two scooters and a radically revamped VMAX — headlined Yamaha’s 2009 early product release.

After a year’s absence, the 2009 VMAX retains the styling of its predecessor, but incorporates 21st century performance, handling and braking. The new VMAX uses a 65-degree, 1,679cc V4 engine fed by downdraft four-bore fuel injection. The bike also uses sport bike-derived technology, like a slipper clutch, wave-style dual front brakes with ABS, a fully adjustable 52mm cartridge fork front suspension and an adjustable remote reservoir rear monoshock. The limited-production 2009 VMAX will be available beginning in November.

The TMAX is Yamaha’s new supersport scooter. The TMAX uses a 499cc, fuel-injected twin-cylinder engine, a CF die-cast aluminum frame and four-piston mono-block caliper dual front disc brakes. The scooter gets an estimated 47 miles per gallon. Yamaha’s other new scooter is the 2009 Zuma 125. The company says the 125cc four-valve four-stroke fuel-injected scooter returns an estimated 88 miles per gallon.

Returning to the Star line from last year are the V Star 1100 Silverado, Classic and Custom, the V Star Silverado, Classic and Custom and the V Star 250, all with slight aesthetic modifications.

In scooters, the 400cc Majesty, Vino 125, Vino Classic, C3 and Zuma 50 all return with new colors for 2009. Also returning for 2009 are the YZF-R6S in two colors, as well as the recently re-designed XT 250 and TW 200 dual-purpose machines.

Yamaha plans to announce additional 2009 models at the end of the summer.

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