Laying down an 11.62-second, 116.9-mph quickest run, the V-Max easily bested all challengers. And for those hoping for a rematch, it may come as a shock that we regard this V-Max as something of a dog. Previous samples, which are mechanically the same, have turned quarter-miles under 11 seconds and well over 120 mph with top-gear acceleration numbers over 90 mph. The 81.6-mph terminal speed of this bike in our top-gear acceleration test was something of surprise and let the V-Rod win that category.The V-Max is all about the joy of acceleration. Though Yamaha doesn't list horsepower figures anymore, specs published when it was rolled out in the mid 1980s claimed over 130 horsepower. And the 1198cc V4 adds to the rush with its V-Boost system, which, as the revs rise, opens a crossover valve in the intake manifold, allowing each cylinder to inhale through two carbs. This gives an added kick of acceleration, adding to the kinetic fun at Mr. Max's party. Power is adequate down low, though nothing like the Valkyrie, but when you get the revs up, there simply isn't any cruiser like the V-Max, and its V4 growl confirms that it's no pretender.