Yamaha V-Max

(updated September 99)

Rim Stock Size
Front 2.15 x 18 110/90V18
Rear 3.50 x 15 150/90V15

Manufacturers' Recommendations

Manufacturer Front size Rear size
(no data)
Bridgestone G525 110/90V18 G526 150/90V15
Dunlop F20 (OE) 110/90V18 K525 (OE) 150/90V15
K591 Elite SP 110/90V18 K591 Elite SP 150/90V15
Metzeler ME 33 Laser 110/90V18 Marathon ML2 150/90VB15
Michelin Macadam 50 110/90V18 Macadam 50 150/90V15
No Fitment

Martyn's Opinion

General Comments

The V-Max is capable of putting serious demands on the tyres.  Be careful what you pick, and consider seriously whether what you put on there is up to the style of riding that you do.

The Safe Bet, General Purpose

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Michelin Macadam 50 110/90V-18 $107
Rear Michelin Macadam 50 150/90V-15 $96

This one's really hard to call.  The V-Max puts such demands on the tyres that it's hard to pick out one pair that works for everything.  Still, this is one case where the Michelin Macadam 50 is known to work, and as a compromise tyre that's a pretty good choice.

Is it a Safe Bet, though?  I'd say so.  It's hard to use the words "conservative choice" in the same thought as "V-Max," but the Michelins are a good compromise, and a good compromise is usually a conservative choice.


Brand Model Size MAW
Front Avon Roadrunner AM20 110/90H-18 $101
Rear Avon Elan II HL30 150/90HB15 $145

Basically there are two combinations to choose from here -- the Metzeler ME-33/ML2 Plus, and the Avon Roadrunner/Elan II.  Each has advantages and disadvantages, and it's hard to pick one over the other.  Despite the availability of Metzeler's new ME-880 for the rear, there's no corresponding front, and as yet I don't have enough information to be certain it will work with a more traditional tyre on the front.

Still, for serious distance work, I'd pick the Avon Roadrunner AM20 front and Avon Elan II HL30 rear.  If all you do is distance work, those might be better for you.  The Elan rear has the highest load rating of any tyre, and turns in good touring performance and high mileage even on the most demanding machines.  The Roadrunner is a good match, with superb highway stability -- even better on grooved-pavement than the revered ME-33.

The disadvantage of the Avons is that at higher lean angles under heavy load, the outermost row of tread blocks on the Roadrunner front tend to deform, causing heat buildup and a more squirrelly feel.  Whether you'll experience this with your cornering technique and the lean angles you use is something you'll have to find out for yourself.  If you do run into this, though, consider running a Super Venom AM20 with the Elan rear -- you'll see more front wear, but you'll get the stability of the AM20 combined with excellent grip.

The Metzeler advantage is basically their reputation.  It's hard to go wrong with Metzelers.  In this case, though, the ML2 is their high-load tyre, and while it'll certainly work on this bike, it's so easy to break loose under power that it requires a careful hand on the throttle.  The ME-33 on the front is a classic, too, but while it handles lean angle well, it does tend to slide easily until it's warmed up, and traction falls off out of proportion to the tread wear.

There's no doubt that if you're doing heavy touring, either the Metzelers or Avons will last well and handle any load you care to carry.  My advice here is to try them both and see which you prefer.

A Tight Budget

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Dunlop K591 Sport Touring 110/90V-18 $69
Rear Dunlop K591 Sport Touring 150/90V-15 $64

With a drop in price of the Dunlops, the venerable Bridgestone SE11 is ousted from this category.  Although the K591 is not a terrifically long-lasting tyre, it is nevertheless perfectly capable of handling the abilities of the V-Max, and the price makes it excellent value.


Brand Model Size MAW
Front Avon Super Venom AM20 110/90V-18 $99
Rear Dunlop K591 Sport Touring 150/90V-15 $64

Sport-Touring is a difficult choice for the V-Max.  Sport-riding requires a sticky tyre, but the demands of the V-Max wear those out very rapidly.  So while it's easy enough to select a front -- the excellent Avon Super Venom -- the rear is a tougher choice.  The Super Venom AM18 rear just does not last long enough for touring.  The current price of the Dunlop K591 is so low, though, that you can go through two of them for the price of a Super Venom.  While indeed you could match a pair of 591's, I'm sufficiently convinced of the benefits of the Avon (and its ability to work with almost any rear) to select a mixed combination here.


Brand Model Size MAW
Front Avon Super Venom AM20 110/90V-18 $99
Rear Avon Super Venom AM18 150/90V-15 $136

The Avon Super Venom is a classic bias-ply sport tyre, and provides excellent traction combined with superb highway stability.  Although the Dunlop K591 is more well-known, I definitely prefer the Avons.  You won't get high mileage out of them, but they will stick very well indeed, and for sport-riding on the V-Max you won't find a better tyre.

Martyn's Choice

Brand Model Size MAW
Front Avon Super Venom AM20 110/90V-18 $99
Rear Dunlop K591 Sport Touring 150/90V-15 $64

 I'll go for the hybrid Sport-Touring choice.

The Full List

(from MAW and manufacturer web pages)

Exact matched pairs

Brand Front size MAW Rear size MAW
Avon Roadrunner AM20 110/90H-18 $104 Elan II HL30 150/90HB15 $145
Super Venom AM18 110/90V-18 $107 Super Venom AM18 150/90V-15 $136
Super Venom AM20 110/90V-18 $99 Super Venom AM18 150/90V-15 $136
Bridgestone SE11 110/90H-18 $76 SE11 150/90H-15 $111
Continental Blitz TKH-23 110/90H-18 $49 Blitz TKH-24 150/90H-15 $82
Dunlop F11 110/90H-18 $72 K627 150/90H-15 $104
K591 Sport Touring 110/90V-18 $69 K591 Sport Touring 150/90V-15 $64
IRC Durotour RS-310 110/90H-18 $48 Durotour RS-310 150/90H-15 $62
Metzeler ME-33 Laser 110/90V-18 $88 ML2 Plus 150/90HB15 $120
ME-33 Laser 110/90H-18 ME-88 Marathon 150/90HB15
Michelin Macadam 50 110/90V-18 $107 Macadam 50 150/90V-15 $96

Listing by Manufacturer


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
AV27 110/80HR18T $124 short
AV27 110/80ZR18 $137 short
Azaro AV35 110/80ZR18 $134 short
Elan II HL30 150/90HB15 $145 exact
Roadrunner AM20 110/90H-18 $104 exact
Super Venom AM18 110/90V-18 $107 exact
Super Venom AM20 110/90V-18 $99 exact Super Venom AM18 150/90V-15 $136 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
BT17 Sports Mileage 110/90V-18 $94 exact
BT45 Sports Mileage 110/90V-18 $68 exact
BT54 Sports Touring  110/80ZR18 $91 short
SE11 110/90H-18 $76 exact SE11 150/90H-15 $111 exact
SE27 MV85H-15 short


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Blitz TKH-23 110/90H-18 $49 exact Blitz TKH-24 150/90H-15 $82 exact
Milestone CM2 150/90H-15 $102 exact
Tour TK-17 150/90H-15 $94 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Cruisemax 150/90--15 $121 exact
D205 Sport/Touring 110/80ZR18 $90 short
F11 110/90H-18 $72 exact K627 150/90H-15 $104 exact
K491 Elite II Touring MV85HB15 $102 short
K505 110/80H-18 $81 short
K591 Sport Touring 110/90V-18 $69 exact K591 Sport Touring 150/90V-15 $64 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Durotour RS-310 110/90H-18 $48 exact Durotour RS-310 150/90H-15 $62 exact
Durotour RS-410 150/90H-15 $86 exact
Road Winner RW-010 150/90HX15 $74 exact
Wildflare WF-920 150/90H-15 $88 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
ME-33 Laser 110/90H-18 exact ME-88 Marathon 150/90HB15 exact
ME-33 Laser 110/90V-18 $88 exact
ME-880 Marathon 150/90HB15 $140 exact
ME-Z1 110/80ZR18 $98 short
ME-Z2 110/80ZR18 $92 short
ME-Z4 110/80ZR18 $112 short
ML2 Plus 150/90HB15 $120 exact
ML2 Plus 150/90VB15 exact


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Hi-Tour 79 150/90H-15 $152 exact
Macadam 50 110/90V-18 $107 exact Macadam 50 150/90V-15 $96 exact
Macadam 90X 110/80ZR18 $96 short


Front size MAW match Rear size MAW match
Dragon GT MTR03 110/80ZR18 $100 short
Dragon GTS MTR23 110/80ZR18 $105 short
Match MT09 110/90V-18 $96 exact
MT75 110/80H-18 short
Route 66 MT66 150/90H-15 $104 exact


Exact Precisely matches original spec
Excellent Precisely matches a recommended alternate
Good An exact or alternate in a different sizing system
Short Exact or excellent width, lower profile.  Consider these both ends to lower the bike
Soft Similar diameter by using a taller profile and narrower width; used on the rear only
Tall Taller profile, stock width; similar in effect to "soft", but for the front only
Wide Same profile, wider tyre.  This MAY NOT FIT your rim.  BE CAREFUL!!!