98 Virago 535

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mikesova, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Snapping Twig

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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.
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  2. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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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. :clap
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  3. mikesova

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    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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  4. JerryH

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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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  5. mikesova

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    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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  6. mikesova

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    On the way to go look at it. Any last advice?
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  7. kraven

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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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  8. mikesova

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    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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  9. kraven

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    Hey, congrats on the purchase.
    Hard to hang onto one in early spring, eh? :lol3
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  10. mikesova

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    [​IMG]

    Victory is mine...or should I say..Virago is mine!
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  11. kraven

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    let the wrenching begin! :clap

    At least it's not missing a bunch of pieces. Looks to be all there. That's better than I usually do. Yet another person smarter than me. :lol3
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  12. Snapping Twig

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    Thanks!

    Labor of love.

    Apparently I was not the first to learn to ride on it, or the second, etc. It taught a lot of people to ride, gave my FIL joy and after a refreshment and upgrade, it took good care of me.

    It deserved the treatment.

    The new owner was shocked at the handling and his friend that joined him when he bought it was too.

    I ride the San Mateo hills. My friends with modern sprotbiles looked good in the mirrors when we rode together. :)
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  13. mikesova

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    I just got back from 4 days away (out of state conference). I just spent a few minutes pulling the battery out and taking the tank off and familiarizing myself with the setup. It's kind of strange deal. However the top tank is pretty clean and I hooked up a new battery. All of the lights work, the fuel pump kicks on "on" and "reserve". The starter rolls over.

    My next moves are to drain the bottom tank, pull off the carbs, and lube the throttle cables (they are frozen).
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  14. ZZ-R Rider

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    SWEET FIND!!! Congrats man! Hope ya get 'er runnin' ... that'd make a nice Bobber!
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  15. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    Good looking bike.
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  16. mikesova

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    Has anyone here done the air compressor trick to pop dents out? I'm not expecting miracles, the tank has a long dent along the side with a crease in the middle. I was just hoping to pop it out. I don't expect the crease to go away.
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  17. DRconvertible

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    I've done it before and it worked fine. My advice--keep the tank bolted to the bike, gas cap on, introduce air through the vent fitting and plug any other fittings. Use a spray nozzle to s-l-o-w-l-y let a little air in at a time. When it has more than a pound or two of pressure, wait. If it's not a really sharp crease, it may pop right out.

    If you take the tank off the bike you take the chance of expanding the tank in the wrong directions and then make it impossible to install back on the bike. If a few pounds pressure doesn't do it, stop. The additional air pressure will just ruin the tank.
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  18. JerryH

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    It the dent actually has a crease in it, air pressure will not work. The metal has been stretched. I have seen pictures of many tanks destroyed both by air pressure, and by someone filling them with water and freezing them. I saw a picture of one V-Star 650 tank crumpled up like a beer can, because the vent became plugged. The gas expanded in the heat, then contracted when it cooled off, imploding the tank. I would use Bondo to fill in the dent and repaint.
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  19. mikesova

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    I drained the tank tonight. The gas was the color of somebody's urine who is pretty dehydrated. :rofl I unhooked the throttle cables, about to begin to remove the carbs, but then decided to wait until I took a bunch of pictures on how it's all hooked up. I don't want any questions when it comes time to put them back.

    I think I'm going to disassemble the exhaust and clean it up, next.

    In the meantime, I'm going to surf and pick out all the cool parts I want to use.

    [​IMG] or [​IMG]

    [​IMG]and white wall tires.
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  20. ZZ-R Rider

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    Those black z-bars are awesome! White bicycle-style grips would look cool on 'em! If you're taking the exhaust off, why not wrap 'em for that Old Skool look?!
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