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Old 04-05-2013, 10:29 AM   #16
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Here's where you want to go:

http://viragotechforum.com/ucp.php?mode=login&sid=f40b9337fd28127c3ddcf599c510cc04

I had an 85 700 in better shape than the 535 you're looking at, and even with discount shopping and my own labor I spent 3k+ getting it right.



Check out your local CL or other sources for a bigger (700cc & up) and better condition example.

Lots of parts on EBay.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:44 AM   #17
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Here's where you want to go:

http://viragotechforum.com/ucp.php?mode=login&sid=f40b9337fd28127c3ddcf599c510cc04

I had an 85 700 in better shape than the 535 you're looking at, and even with discount shopping and my own labor I spent 3k+ getting it right.



Check out your local CL or other sources for a bigger (700cc & up) and better condition example.

Lots of parts on EBay.
I prefer the looks of the 535 and I don't want anything much bigger. No offense, but why would you spend that much on an 85 Virago?
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #18
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Yeah, totally. You can soak the pump. If it works, you can circulate some kerosene through it and break up a lot of the crud.

Some of the trouble afterward comes from the sludge left after fuel dries. It actually helps to chemically speed the process of gas going bad, so any parts that aren't thoroughly cleaned are in the system contaminating the fuel.
It's not so bad if you stay on top of it.
You'll probably want to replace all the hose with stuff rated for injection too.
I hate disapearing posts. So, what he said.

I pulled my tank, carbs and everything else because they were all a goey rusty mess. Soaked them clean and rust free with carb cleaner and vinegar. I did end up replacing my fuel pump because after I tested it and reinstalled it, it promptly died for no good reason.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:40 PM   #19
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Does the fuel pump instantly make a noise when the the key turns on?
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:41 PM   #20
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Does the fuel pump instantly make a noise when the the key turns on?
Key on, kill switch on, and it should clatter. As I recall. Been a few years. Softish brrrr sound.

Flip the reserve tank switch too. That provides power through two different circuits. Many times the reserve position works where the regular position does not (due to a gunky sensor inside the tank).
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:41 PM   #21
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I prefer the looks of the 535 and I don't want anything much bigger. No offense, but why would you spend that much on an 85 Virago?
Too bad you're not interested in the 700+ Viragos.

To answer your question,

The bike was bought new by my FIL, passed to his son, then to me.
When I got it, it was my first ever bike and it was rode hard and put away wet.

Look at the picture, notice anything? The suspension is modernized, the seat is different, and all the shiny bits are new. Costs money to transform a beat, broke thing into something nice.

Get back to us once you get your Virago where you want it. I'd imagine you'll be shocked at what it costs.

For the money I had a sleeper Virago that handled like a slot car. No mere cruiser, it hauled the mail through the twisties.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:59 PM   #22
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Holy crap. I didn't notice at first, but you really did put some tlc in that bike.

Nicely done, man.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:41 PM   #23
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Too bad you're not interested in the 700+ Viragos.

To answer your question,

The bike was bought new by my FIL, passed to his son, then to me.
When I got it, it was my first ever bike and it was rode hard and put away wet.

Look at the picture, notice anything? The suspension is modernized, the seat is different, and all the shiny bits are new. Costs money to transform a beat, broke thing into something nice.

Get back to us once you get your Virago where you want it. I'd imagine you'll be shocked at what it costs.

For the money I had a sleeper Virago that handled like a slot car. No mere cruiser, it hauled the mail through the twisties.

I don't plan on riding this bike a lot, I just want a project bike mainly. I have an FZ6 for riding long distance.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:22 PM   #24
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When I bought my '93 Vulcan 750, I had to make a choice between it and the Virago 750. I chose the Vulcan because of the hydraulic valves. I'm sure I would have been just as happy with the Virago. I might have gone with a Virago when I bought my '02 Vulcan 750, but by then Yamaha had stupidly quit making them and replaced them with the crappy V-Star.

I just love the chrome fenders on that 700.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:00 AM   #25
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Holy crap. I didn't notice at first, but you really did put some tlc in that bike.

Nicely done, man.
Agreed, it looks great. It has sentimental value to him, which is great, but that's about the only reason I would put that kind of money into an 80s metric cruiser (spending more than blue book value on refreshening). I'm kind of a cheap bastard though. ;)
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On the way to go look at it. Any last advice?
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:32 AM   #27
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Buy it if you like it.
You can get it running for cheap and bomb around on it, if you watch expenses.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:16 PM   #28
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Buy it if you like it.
You can get it running for cheap and bomb around on it, if you watch expenses.
I showed up and the guy was an older gentleman. I gave it a once over and offered him 600. He was cool with it. Turns out its been sittting for 6 years. I think I might be able to have it going pretty easily. I have already been offered 800 for it today ;)
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:43 PM   #29
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Hey, congrats on the purchase.
Hard to hang onto one in early spring, eh?
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #30
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Victory is mine...or should I say..Virago is mine!
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