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Old 01-07-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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1982 yamaha virago 750 build. fingers crossed.

those of you who have been following my builds are probably used to this formula.
loosenoose gets an old bike
loosenoose doesnt know a whole heck of a lot about fixing old bikes
loosenoose doesnt have a lot of money
loosenoose has a vision of what he wants, but is having a hard tome getting there. overly optimistic.

well, i'm at it again.
1982 yamaha virago 750.
purchased last night for $250. it's freaking cold outside. i'm having quite a few wires crack and snap as i'm moving them around. the plastic clips disintegrate.
i just found the retaining hardware for the gas tank. it had fallen into the depths of wiring and rusted into place.
some little plant has grown in the bike at some point. it has a full kerker system, which i havent been able to find any info on.
i drilled out the gas cap and am ordering a new one off ebay.
im going to do an ignition mounted on the side
im thinking i'd like to put clipons on this bike, but i want some that are kind of tall.
i need to bend my kickstand outward a little to help the bike lean over because i dropped the front end about 1 inch.
i'm considering getting a headlight with a speedo built into it.
i think i'm going to have my buddy rewire the bike as simply as possible. get rid of the kickstand switch, clutch switch, and whatever else can go. there's probably 20 pounds of wires in this and they are all stiff and cracking. my friend likes wiring. he's weird like that, i guess.
i need to order a pair of spark plug wires, too. i have a rear wire, but not a front wire.
the tank is really in decent shape. ive never gotten a bike this old with a tank this clean. its esp surprising since it's been sitting outside so long.
pics in next post.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:24 PM   #5
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thanks. i had to take a break and warm up. i figured i'd go ahead and start the build thread. i'm sitting at the computer with a heater under the desk. SO COLD SO VERY COLD.

i'm kidless until 2, so i want to try and get something else done with the bike.
i took the air filter out. it's nasty. i think i'm going to get a K&N style filter to replace it. like what's on the orange tanked virago built by hageman. its kind of strange, at least to me, but the airbox is the frame. the front carb sucks air through a channel in the frame. it looks like i could also remove the elbow joint from the frame and rotate it right and put a filter in there, but i'm in no mood for carb jetting yet.
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Have you heard it run? It has potential, chop and drop that .
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no, it hasnt run yet. there are several things i need to get it first. it looks like the rust is has is only surface. i havent found anything eaten away. i do need to get the carbs clean, i'm sure, but that can wait.
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im wondering if the rear shock could be swapped for something modern and maybe a little taller.
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im wondering if the rear shock could be swapped for something modern and maybe a little taller.
That looks exactly like what a lot of the builders of cafe's have done.
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If you decide to ditch the project at anytime, let me know i'll take that Virago off your hands! I love them!
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I really dont want to ditch it, but i might need hel from someone who knows the bike.

My rear drum locks up. I pulled the axle out and removed the brake arm and torsion bar. I cant separate the drum cover from the wheel.

But yeah... If i do abandon the project, ill let you know, lol
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imagine there is no subframe... and yes, that is a bicycle seat off of a huffy. this is just brainstorming out loud...

i plan to take off the rest of the subframe today. right now my back hurts, so im in no big rush.
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my wire harness is pretty much trash, i think. i get a lot of snapping and cracking sounds as i move the wires around. i'm wondering if the bike was left out in a desert or something.
i'm planning to get rid of the stock handlebar controls. the bike didnt come with a speedo/tach. im replacing the keyed ignition with a smaller automotive style and i plan on using a small speedo that will connect to the speedo drive and require just power. a lot of these wires should be needed, right?
the current harness is pretty brittle. i should probably order another one, right? or do you think this could be saved?

really, i'd like a motogadget m-unit. those things are awesome... expensive, too.
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If you want, I can work on making a custom wiring diagram for you, based off this one:
82 us shaft XV920

I think I could get you down to about 12-15 wires total. The main thing is the ignitor unit, which is about 9 wires. Beyond that, you'll have your charging system (about 5 wires), a keyed +12V (common to just about every light on there), headlight wiring, tail/break light wiring, and a horn. Beyond that you shouldn't need anything else to pass inspection. I've done a few simplified harnesses, but I've always started with a good one and pared it down. Going from scratch would be more difficult, but not impossible.

A lot of things can also be simplified if you're removing the switches, such as putting your hi/lo beam switch directly on the headlight housing (same with horn switch), removing kill switch altogether if you want to just go with key, using an automotive type switch to get rid of starter button, etc.
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Additionally, as far as gauges are concerned, I'd suggest converting to a mechanical speedometer unit and using gauges like these.

http://www.dimecitycycles.com/vintag...-25-7032b.html

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i like the 2nd speedo you posted. im planning on doing only a speedo. i'm also considering just using my phone as a speedo. i dont have a cable for the speedometer, and since i'm planning on going custom, why not... a gps speedo wouldnt be as accurate as a cable driven one, but i dont much care. i'm also going to limit myself to riding only when it's nice weather, so rain wont be an issue... if i do get caught in the rain, who cares, no speedo.

i would really appreciate it if you could do that diagram.
i dont plan on using any lights except for headlight, tail light, turn signals. no dash lights like neutral and oil and such. that would be really awesome. i plan on going all LED and getting a small ballistic battery, like a 6 cell.
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Awesome. I wonder if this would be able to crank the mighty virago 750
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im thinking i might leave the tank low, like the bottom picture, and just ad the solo seat. i plan on getting some clip ons with a little rise in them, so the bars will still be pretty low. i think my back would pretty much lead to me hating the bike if i had a high seat like i would on the raised tank pic above. hi seat and low bars = me hating life.
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I think you need a highly detailed build plan for the bike, in writing, that you commit to sticking to. Otherwise, this project will turn out like the others, as you usually wind up all over the map with "brainstorming" that goes haywire. Just my $.02.

Good luck, I really hope this one gets completed!
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