The granddaddy of the power cruiser movement, the Star VMax is a strongman boasting 102 cubic inch V-4 powerplant with double overhead cams and four-valves per cylinder.It’s not weak off the bottom, but rev it up and the bike snaps into hyperdrive. If you aren’t holding on, you aren’t staying on; burnouts are a piece of cake. Not a one trick pony, the VMax’s aluminum-framed chassis exhibits nice handling characteristics in the canyons, despite its shaft drive and claimed 683-pound wet weight.
Dual discs with radially mounted Brembo calipers helps slow down the big boy from warp speed, when necessary. Don’t think about touring, as the VMax is a gas-guzzler with a fuel tank that’s not particularly large.Read or Star VMax Review.
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This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena gives us his impression of the outrageously cool-looking new Indian Scout Rogue. The Rogue features a larger front wheel among several other changes, and the bobbed-looks and excellent 100 horsepower motor make the Scout Rogue an interesting—and very real—competitor to the offerings from Milwaukee.
In the second segment Neale Bayly brings us the third and final segment from Brian Slark—the man who helped bring Norton motorcycles to America. Having spent 27 years and counting at the Barber Museum in Birmingham Alabama, Brian talks us through the final part of his career, that of course includes how the museum got started and where it’s going.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!