So VMAX’s 30th year is really a big deal to motorcycle maker, Yamaha. Continuing its celebration is another special edition VMAX, this time it is a yard built “Infrared” by cult German builder JvB-moto. And it couldn’t be more fitting because the man behind the Cologne-based outfit, Jens vom Brauck, has been a huge fan of VMAX since he was 15 years old when VMAX was first introduced and his love for VMAX results in this: a hybrid of a dragster and a cafe racer. As you might have guessed, with a super-fan behind it, there’s a lot of love and devotion put into it, which includes a host of custom aluminum and carbon parts handmade by JvB-moto. The bike is built around an an aluminum subframe crafted from bits of the stock unit and fittingly, features special air intake scoops made from stock aluminum units pulled from the original 80s VMAX.
We can go on the entire day saying what a beauty the VMAX “Infrared” is, but we shall spare you the agony of reading our irrational admiration for this custom two-wheeler and lets you in on the highlights instead, which includes custom-made aluminum mudguard, a custom aluminum fuel tank nested under the seat, Motorgadget indicators, authentic American dragster rev counter by Autometer, modified airbox and electrics, modified aftermarket clip-on bars, modified exhaust system with a custom 4-1 collector paired to Termignoni silencer and a host of custom carbon parts like the headlamp unit, wheel covers, tank cover, and a custom carbon tail unit handmade by the man himself. Finally, the bike is finished in a retro colorway, a homage to the Yamaha’s 1985 GP team. Seriously, if you grew up in the 70s or 80s and have a penchant for bikes, I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss this – that’s if it is even available for sale at all.