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Old 11-21-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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Question 85 yamaha virago

So im debating on buying this virago a co worker has its been parked here at work for almost 2 months, says he dont have room in his garage or whatnot. Anyways i was wondering how availiable parts are for this yr bike and the model. I was thinking of redoing it cafe or bobber. Style. Any input on these bikes and anything that has to do with them would be greatly appreciated. If any members here have one I'd like to see pics or the goods and bads about the viragos.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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Most people don't know about the Virago RACE bike...

http://www.kevinschwantz.com/book-pages/roadracing8.htm
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If I remember correctly, the starter on this bike was horrible. The starter clutch I think was the culprit. Very clunky.
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if you get the bike cheap, and I mean cheap, otherwise there is so much better base for the same money. old bikes like that in non running condition go for 200-300 or less, usually less or I am walking away.
I dont care if he says it runs but its been sitting, have him start it and show you it runs (even then its not worth much).
Remember, they all ran at one time, sitting them up isn't good for the carbs and unless you know what your doing, your spending a lot of coin just to get to square one, which is a running bike.
Get it for the right price and you will love working on it and creating what you see in your head for very little coin and then it will easily flip for more when your ready to move on.
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Scooter is right. I've seen carbs so badly corroded inside that they could'nt be saved.

If you want to spend some quality time with your computer, start looking for specific 30+ year old carbs.

On the other hand, the Viragos were good bikes for their time. Solid motor with good torque. Not a lot of problems, other than the previously mentioned starter.
As I recall the starter issue was mainly a shimming problem and once set up correctly they were pretty trouble free.
I think it could make a good foundation for a sweet build, just look it over carefully and don't pay too much.

One thing you didn't mention... what model of Virago is it? If it's the chopper looking one, that may present some problems making it look cool because of the chassis geometry
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if you get the bike cheap, and I mean cheap, otherwise there is so much better base for the same money. old bikes like that in non running condition go for 200-300 or less, usually less or I am walking away.
I dont care if he says it runs but its been sitting, have him start it and show you it runs (even then its not worth much).
Remember, they all ran at one time, sitting them up isn't good for the carbs and unless you know what your doing, your spending a lot of coin just to get to square one, which is a running bike.
Get it for the right price and you will love working on it and creating what you see in your head for very little coin and then it will easily flip for more when your ready to move on.
Thanks for the wise opinion, im looking at it more closely once he gets back from out of town for thanksgiving. Im not looking to spend much on it because i told him from a quick glance it needs tires , brakes and im almost certian the carbs will need a thorough cleaning . To top it all off he doesnt have a title for it . I ran the vin and it came back clean so i know it will need a bonded title . So yes looking at it from a financial point of view it will take some $$$ to get it set straight and road worthy.
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Scooter is right. I've seen carbs so badly corroded inside that they could'nt be saved.

If you want to spend some quality time with your computer, start looking for specific 30+ year old carbs.

On the other hand, the Viragos were good bikes for their time. Solid motor with good torque. Not a lot of problems, other than the previously mentioned starter.
As I recall the starter issue was mainly a shimming problem and once set up correctly they were pretty trouble free.
I think it could make a good foundation for a sweet build, just look it over carefully and don't pay too much.

One thing you didn't mention... what model of Virago is it? If it's the chopper looking one, that may present some problems making it look cool because of the chassis geometry
Thank you as well for the input. Im unsure of the engine size or model of it , all he told me was 85 yamaha virago. Ill need to research it more before making a final decision
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the 85 is the fugly one. all of the bikes posted in this thread are the 81-83. the frame got all chopper extreme to the max after 83. i dont think it could look good if it tried. a lot of changes happened to the bike. the biggest would be the frame and rear suspension going from a futuristic, at the time, mono-shock to every day ho hum twin shocks.
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