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Knifemaker87 10-01-2012 10:58 AM

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:
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...3012132114.jpg

Here is the bike as it sits newly introduced to its stable-mate.
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...3012214948.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...7/IMG_1279.jpg

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:
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...7/IMG_1255.jpg

During:
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...IMG_1276-1.jpg

jbswear 10-01-2012 11:09 AM

Re: Clean and Simple II Virago
 
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.

qazan 10-01-2012 11:13 AM

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This is gonna be good.

Batou 10-01-2012 11:24 AM

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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. :rock:

Knifemaker87 10-01-2012 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Batou (Post 2612949)
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. :rock:

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.

Datech 10-01-2012 11:41 AM

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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.

fishhead 10-01-2012 11:55 AM

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That headlight is hideous! WTF Yamaha?! Can't wait to see how this turns out.

RandyO 10-01-2012 12:00 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by fishhead (Post 2612964)
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




Knifemaker87 10-01-2012 12:03 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by RandyO (Post 2612969)
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.

svscott 10-01-2012 12:30 PM

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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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