1997 Yamaha V Max 121" track vs RX-1/M-20 airwave





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Published on Jan 22, 2011

1997 Yamaha V Max with 121" track and OEM suspension versus 2005 RX-1 with M-20 airwave suspension traveling at 20 mph in slow motion over three bumps on TeamFast bump test track. Independent design rear suspension can not handle these bumps. 1997 Yamaha V Max with OEM suspension and 121" track flips driver up and forward over 5.75 " bump and 11.5" bump. Look closely at the video. When the slide rail is centered at the peak on both larger bumps the front spring shows no sign of releasing compression. The center of compression release is delegated to the rear arm spring located under the driver. As a result the drive is flipped up and forward as he rides over bumps. The 1997 Yamaha V Max suspension has 7" of travel at rear bumper. It is no match for modern suspensions and provides a rough ride over test bumps. Test driver did not want to test this older Yamaha at 30 mph over test bumps with modern snowmobiles in later tests. The M-20 airwave suspension on 2005 RX-1 with 121" track handles 5.57" bump and 11.5" bump very nicely. M-20 air wave has a coupled suspension. The front air spring attached to front arm and rear air spring attached to rear arm work together to release compression rebound. Look closely at the video. When the M-20 is centered on the 5.75" bump and the 11.5" bump. The interdependent suspension snaps parallel to the ground as both air springs are working equally to release rebound compression. The center of rebound force is centered between front and rear arms attachments to slide rail. The driver's body is positioned behind the center of rebound force which keeps the driver from being bucked forward when riding over these bumps. Driver lands softly with 14" of air spring suspension at back bumper and a well designed rear shock absorber.

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