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Yamaha VMax by Hermès – Click above for high-res image gallery

Anyone who's anyone knows that motorcycles and leather go together like gin and tonic. But usually the leather's on the rider. Yamaha evidently figured it was time to turn that particular convention on its head, and teamed up with no less prestigious a clothier than Hermès to pull it off.

Now as you may recall from the Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermes – or for that matter from their Citroën 2CV or Smart ForTwo – the French fashion house knows a thing or two about trimming a motor vehicle. So they started with the Yamaha VMax, the very epitome of the muscle bike. With its four-cylinder engine and brushed metalwork, the VMax is about as mean as they come, until Hermes came along and decked it out in fine buffalo skin, covering everything from the head lamp to the exhaust pipe.

The special VMax was just recently unveiled at a motorbike show in Cologne, Germany. Unfortunately it's a one-off creation at the moment, but it's not the first time the two powerhouses have collaborated: go back fifteen years and you'll find evidence of Hermes having similarly worked its magic on the Virago, the first Japanese V-Twin cruiser to give the likes of Harley-Davidson a run for its money.

[Source: Yamaha]

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      I was hoping for a supercharged or turbo charged version, not a handbag version. This does not at all blend well with the Vmax reputation, but someone will buy it and they better get a ton of leather conditioner too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And that exhaust would smell like you're branding the buffalo when it gets hot.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like someone pooped on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      V-Max owners and Hermes Handbag owners. A match made in heaven!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a waste of a perfectly awesome V-Max.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks like chocolate with that leather, i like it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm, a little Beck in the title? Mixed Bizness?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was about to ask the same thing. At least they didnt pick the second verse after that and call the article
        "freaks flock together and make all the lesbians scream"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yamaha and Hermes for a VMax..Hmmmm....

      It's like a gay truck driver. Macho and sensitive at the same time! :D

      Hermes keep the leather on your bags and off the Vmax. The VMax is one sweet bike without this fluff on it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your gay trucker assimilation made me laugh ... you're so right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      a leathered machine. looks nice mean and organic
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