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Old 10-01-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Clean and Simple II Virago

Hey everybody,

Been hankering to build something recently, and my lovely wife told me that i couldn't mess with the Buell because she liked to ride it how it was, so i picked up a 1982 Yamaha Virago 920 for $300. The bike had been sitting outside under a tarp for a while and was in pretty rough condition, but as i am only planning on keeping the engine and swingarm, it fit the bill quite nicely.

My plan is to strip it down, build a custom frame, tank and tail. My goal is to have a striped down bike that is basically wheels and an engine. I haven't decided completely on the styling, however i am going to be putting spokes on it and the bodywork will be primarily carbon fiber. Oh and the other thing is i am going to do my best to not spend any money from our budget on the bike. I am planing on funding the bike with side-work. so if you have anything that you need done, hit me up.

here it is in the truck on the way home:


Here is the bike as it sits newly introduced to its stable-mate.



I also have parts left over from the last build, including these USD forks from a GSXR 750 that were in really bad shape that i cleaned up and am rebuilding.

before:


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Old 10-01-2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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That truly was a gawdawfully ugly bike with a beautiful engine. I don't know how Yamaha got it so wrong.

I'm looking forward to you making the bike worthy of the engine.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:13 AM   #3
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Re: Clean and Simple II Virago

This is gonna be good.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Re: Clean and Simple II Virago

I wish I could find deals like that around me. Everyone here thinks they have a museum piece to be featured on the latest episode of chasing classics or something.

Looking forward to what you do with it, have seen some really cool Virago restomods.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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I wish I could find deals like that around me. Everyone here thinks they have a museum piece to be featured on the latest episode of chasing classics or something.

Looking forward to what you do with it, have seen some really cool Virago restomods.
well it wasnt exactly "around me" it was 6 hours away, but it was worth it. A member from Custom Fighters sold it to me.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:41 AM   #6
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Re: Clean and Simple II Virago

This oughta be good. When you get a chance, PM me some price range examples for your knives. I might order one for a Christmas present.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:55 AM   #7
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That headlight is hideous! WTF Yamaha?! Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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That headlight is hideous! WTF Yamaha?! Can't wait to see how this turns out.
not as hideous as the sound of the starter

I have the XV920R, same engine, frame, but enclosed chain drive instead of shaft, analog gauges, 18" rear wheel and 9" dia round (seca) headlamp

seems like I have to replace the starter or starter parts every 3000 miles or so, when new it sounds like there's rocks in it
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:03 AM   #9
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not as hideous as the sound of the starter

I have the XV920R, same engine, frame, but enclosed chain drive instead of shaft, analog gauges, 18" rear wheel and 9" dia round (seca) headlamp

seems like I have to replace the starter or starter parts every 3000 miles or so, when new it sounds like there's rocks in it
i have been reading about fixes for that and hope to eliminate the bag of rocks problem. I will also be retro-fitting at least one oil cooler on the bike. as well as hopefully switching to a single carb.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:30 AM   #10
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Re: Clean and Simple II Virago

Ghetto subscribed for what will certainly be an awesome build thread. I read every page of your clean and simple cbr thread.
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