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Forum: Ride reports 01-24-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 16,521
Posted By Elbow
Full charge needed

Hi again,

These XV's always want a fully charged battery. If they are even a bit low they will turn over but not spark. Among the repairs I have done to mine was a complete rewire. I have...
Forum: Ride reports 01-22-2011, 02:38 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 16,521
Posted By Elbow
Starter fix

No, I never have tried switching to the newer mechanism. What I have done is install shims and extra clips. That helped some on my old 82 virago. The 81 r already had the shims and was still...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2011, 03:31 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 16,521
Posted By Elbow
Great Ride!

Hi, Thanks for the report. I have a 1981 XV920R and I love it/hate it/love it/hate it/love it... I could go on. I have been through a lot of pain bringing her back from the dead. My local used...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-24-2010, 07:17 AM
Replies: 251
Views: 77,427
Posted By Elbow
Why?

Why not? It's purely a asthetics thing. I have no other reason other than I like the way they look. I probably will never do it as it is way easier to tinker with my other rides. Parts are easier...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-23-2010, 06:51 AM
Replies: 251
Views: 77,427
Posted By Elbow
Wire wheels?

Is anyone out there still watching this thread? I saw that some of the XVs pictured in this thread have wire wheels. I have my old sack of crap running reliably now, and am starting to work on...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 09-27-2010, 04:34 PM
Replies: 523
Views: 29,857
Posted By Elbow
Too easy...

Ok guys,

My wife and I shall be tagging this one this Saturday. It's way too easy...
Forum: Road warriors 04-06-2010, 05:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,763
Posted By Elbow
Well, maybe...

Well maybe... but at least it's not another stupid chopper or c-clamp riding position usless cruiser.
Forum: Old's Cool 06-24-2009, 03:34 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 77,427
Posted By Elbow
Yes, there are differences. I investigated doing...

Yes, there are differences. I investigated doing such a conversion last year on my virago. I ended up getting an XV920 instead. Some of the parts are just not interchangeable even though they look...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-10-2009, 05:37 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 77,427
Posted By Elbow
Xv...

I am currently working on an 81 XV920. I traded a Virago 920 that I got out of a dumpster for it. I am not so interested in selling it, as I have been working on it a while and expect to have it on...
Forum: Road warriors 06-08-2009, 06:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
I ended up with a Maxxis promax. So far I have...

I ended up with a Maxxis promax. So far I have no complaints about it. It was $53.

Harlan... what days again? Is that this month? Already?
Forum: Road warriors 06-08-2009, 05:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
Ride report

I fixed my rear brakes and went out for a test drive. As soon as I hit the hard road and got up to about 40 I had a collision with a 50lb pit bull. :eek1 The dog lost. :cry She had to get 40+...
Forum: Road warriors 06-08-2009, 06:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
Maybe this would work...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FRONT-BRAKE-MASTER-CYLINDER-XV920-XV750-VIRAGO-VS800_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1205Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trks...
Forum: Road warriors 06-08-2009, 06:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
Master cyl - n - stuff

Hi Chip,

The master cylinder is easy, but you will have to buy a set of snap ring pliars. You will also want to take the body of the master cyl. to a friendly mechanic and have them put it in...
Forum: Road warriors 06-05-2009, 05:40 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
XV saga continues

My XV is the same as the silver on only red. I have clubman bars on it too. My fresh rubber arrived today and I may get my first ride in on it tomorrow. :evil
Forum: Road warriors 06-03-2009, 03:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
Bluhduh Hmmmm...

[ I took it back to my buddies and while looking at it i noticed the tubes that connect to the carb to lift the slide were bent! I unhooked them and ureaka! My bike revved up and spitted and...
Forum: Road warriors 06-02-2009, 07:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
Patience Grasshopper...

Hi Chip,

You walk a road I have traveled many times. I ran into almost identical problems. So far I think your problems are ALL carb centric. Here is what happened to me...

When I first...
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
Carbs...

Does she backfire when you try to rev her or does she just quit? If she backfires, my bet would be that you are sucking air in somewhere, probably the carb joints, If she stalls when you get to 4k...
Forum: Road warriors 06-01-2009, 05:07 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,400
Posted By Elbow
XV saga continues

Hi Chip,

I spent today finishing up minor crap on my 81 XV920. Oil change, valve cover gasket, brake lights, and removal of the rear wheel in anticipation of the new tire I just ordered. I was...
Forum: Face plant 06-01-2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 14,423
Posted By Elbow
Saved!

Ok,

I am not buying that open face helmet no matter how hot it gets. Thanks for the post. Those pictures are amazing!

One other thing. The guys that claim a helmet causes accidents are just...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 05-22-2009, 07:34 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 4,594
Posted By Elbow
Yup...

Hi Slip,

Finally got on the XV. She's quick and much lighter feeling than the virago. Oh, she's loud too...and i like it! Can't wait to ride up north.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-18-2009, 10:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,056
Posted By Elbow
Bluhduh Deliverance? From cruiser hell for sure...

I think Deliverance was based in the New River gorge in WVa. We are good day's ride from there. I never have heard of anyone being told to "squeal like a pig" in these parts, but I'm sure it could...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-31-2008, 01:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,056
Posted By Elbow
Pissed Finally back on line...

Hi everyone, thanks for all of the replies. I live out here where connectivity is fragile at best. The last place I lived down here I had a pull-start modem.

As for the lake I live on, it's...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 12-20-2008, 05:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,056
Posted By Elbow
Riding in KY, the personal lube state...

Hi, any KY riders out there? I am stranded in west central KY where the riding is always an adventure. Curvy 1 lane roads, lots of dirt, and bubba in an F350, drinking a beer, beating his wife,...
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