Yamaha VMX1200 V-max (1991-2004)
Few bikes have a bigger cult following than Yamaha’s original, 140bhp V4 hotrod. Created especially for and launched in the US in 1985, no bike had as much straightline presence (even if its behaviour through the turns was somewhat marginal) so much so that it became a UK grey import fave. Officially imported from 1991, albeit initially in emasculated 95bhp trim, finally deleted in 2004 and superceded by the all-new (and far pricier) 1700 in 2008, good ones are highly prized to this day. What you’ll pay today £4000-£6000. But should you? Cult bikes don’t get any bolder or bad-ass.
Be sure to go for the full-power version of the mad Max
Classy Falco didn’t rock many people at the time