Originally Posted by MNellis
In the states the XV was a chain drive and the Virago was a shaft drive. There were lots of other differences as well since the Virago was more of a "Cruiser" style while the XV920 was more "standard".
In the US the drive shaft was the Virago model XV920 and the chain drive was the XV920R, nicknamed the EURO. In Europe the XV920R was called the TR1 and had a better starter system.
If you have starter problems, check to see if the starter has been shimmed, this was/is the best way to fix the crappy starter, or wack it with a small hammer