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Old 01-06-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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hey guys. i should be back on 2 wheels soon

at least i'll be back to wrenching on 2 wheels again, lol.
im picking up an 82 yamaha virago 750 tonight.
it looks dog ugly, and i have only 2 pictures to go off of, but it looks like everything is there but a headlight and one grip. the price is very right, and i have been bored and depressed without a bike in my life.
im going to get this one running and legal before i drop any serious money into mods. my eventual end result will hopefully look at least half as good as one of greg hageman's viragos
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for comparrison, this is a stock virago 750
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ive got a mechanic buddy ready to help when needed, and a friend who has owned one of these. as with every project i have owned, i will say that i think *this* bike will be a good one, and next commuter, etc all that. lol

i'll probably post more pics once ive got it out in the sun tomorow. i'll probably have it completely stripped before lunch
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:03 PM   #2
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OK I'll say it; I think they are not bad looking bikes to begin with. Between this and the V-Max of about the same age (along with the later Suz Intruder) I think the Virago was when the japanese started to finally get cruiser styling right.
That being said, some of the recent customs based on these bikes are amazing. Get it running first before you go crazy stripping off of it. If I remember correctly the early Virago's had starter problems, which there are easy workaraounds on the 'net so don't be put off if it doesn't crank up. Make sure you have a good solid foundation (aka the engine/tranny) before you spend too much effort. Just my $.02
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yeah, i have read about the starter issues, and just found a video of a guy who took the side covers from an xv700 and put them on his xv750. that looks a little extreme. my favorite starter fix was from "dr virago"(i love that name haha) he drilled 4 small holes and secured the inner ring with set screws through the outer body of the starter. the ring gear that is not supposed to spin, spins. thats what i'm gathering the starter problem is all about.

i have seen some good looking virago 750's, and i also love ugly bikes anyway, so i'm quite happy to keep it stock until i have what i need for the conversion.

i do plan to tear into it the first day i have it, so that i can see what kind of rust, dirt, muck i'm dealing with, and change the oil and air filter, if i can.

im also hoping to pick up a second bike this lady has. she's selling this stuff to get it out of her yard, and if i can haul off the 2nd non running bike, clean it up a bit, maybe get it running, if its not a lot of work, i'll try to flip it for a little profit.
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I really like that retro-classic look!
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also, i love the monoshock. i think the way yamaha put it in looks awesome. the model changed after 83 or 84 because of the harley embargo, and the virago had twin shocks for some reason.
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the name virago basically means "heroic woman"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virago
i think i'll name this bike after a heroic woman.


SAMUS ARAN.
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You better get this one running! lol

I hope your getting your wet by now. (sorry to thread jack)
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I was looking into buying a old virago and had posted up asking about them, the co worker i was supposed to buy it from ended up quitting and then wanted an arm and a leg for the bike since he was without a job

Anywho heres the link to my old thread on it http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=272647
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hah, yeah... no...
i really briefly tried online dating it, but hated it. i have had a few girl----friends try to set me up, but thats gone nowhere. ive met a few people, but really i just dont have time right now. my work schedule is kind of weird, and when im not at work, i have my kids. saturday is my only free night, basically.
im still going through with the divorce, and my wife's lazy is not going anywhere fast. her brother and one of his kids moved into my house with her. once she's out of my house, and i have fixed the place up a lot, i'm going to try to get back into dating. as it is, i'm living with my parents (PARTY 24/7 HAH) and mainly want this project because i'm freaking depressed and bored.
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i remember that thread, or one very similar... i thought i had posted those images... the orange tanked one was made by greg hageman, of doc's chops (now hageman mc)

he's a pretty badass dude.

billy joel had him build a vincent inspired virago, called vinago.

edit, just saw the date on the thread. i think there was a similar thread like 2 years ago. i remember both of those viragos having been posted.
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I also seen a few nice bobber viragos on the web , its all your preference
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if anyone has any decent condition r6 or r1 front ends they dont mind ridding themselves of for cheap, let me know.
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Woo! I just got the bike. Its such a , but its mine.
The throttle tube cracked when i twisted it, lol.
No plug wires in sight. I have my work laid out for me
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I forgot the keys. Im not going out there again. Im going to get a small, side mounted key anyway. I started drilling out the tank gas cap. Tank's in pretty good shape otherwise. No spark plug wires in sight. The tank isnt bolted in or anything. The seat could use a new cover, but is in good shape. I thought she might go for the nice guy trying to help her get rid of another in the yard, but nooo... Oh well. Im going to have my hands full with this one
Looking forward to ripping into it tomorrow.
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I still feel a little empty inside from your dual sport to cafe racer thread, hope you can redeem yourself with this new project. Hey did you get your new bike from craigslist? Was it a blue bike ? I think it was northeast houston, Cleveland area?
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I forgot the keys. Im not going out there again. Im going to get a small, side mounted key anyway. I started drilling out the tank gas cap. Tank's in pretty good shape otherwise. No spark plug wires in sight. The tank isnt bolted in or anything. The seat could use a new cover, but is in good shape. I thought she might go for the nice guy trying to help her get rid of another in the yard, but nooo... Oh well. Im going to have my hands full with this one
Looking forward to ripping into it tomorrow.
Looking foreword to the progress pictures.
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hah, yeah... no...
i really briefly tried online dating it, but hated it. i have had a few girl----friends try to set me up, but thats gone nowhere. ive met a few people, but really i just dont have time right now. my work schedule is kind of weird, and when im not at work, i have my kids. saturday is my only free night, basically.
im still going through with the divorce, and my wife's lazy is not going anywhere fast. her brother and one of his kids moved into my house with her. once she's out of my house, and i have fixed the place up a lot, i'm going to try to get back into dating. as it is, i'm living with my parents (PARTY 24/7 HAH) and mainly want this project because i'm freaking depressed and bored.
Wow... Sounds like fun...
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Only advice i can give on the whole dating . Is .....

if you love something " it "

If it comes back " it again"

If it doesnt " it "

That being said, what i understand about the viragos is that they are easy to work on and the engines are almost bullet proof. Although i still stand behind honda engines as i never was able to blow any of those engines on the bikes i owned
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those viragos are absolutely sick. I would have never thought....... I must have no imagination at all.
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