Yamaha XV920

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by nedodjija, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. thumpism

    thumpism Been here awhile

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    Check out post #936 in this thread for a look at another one:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272954&page=63

    Maybe the fellow who posted can get us more/larger pix and details.
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  2. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    Pretty sure that you can swap a XS650 rear onto yours (The Chain Drive version of the XV, as the shaft drive ones need a rear from a later Virago 700) Then, you can swap a later Virago front wheel on. (Not sure of the exact model or year, however; I need to get the exact same setup for my Seca 650)
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  3. JohnG.

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    Friend has a 1000 similiar to this...cant get the starter to engage :huh
    Thoughts? :ear
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  4. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    The most common problem with these bike is the starter .
    The bike I bought had already been uprated before I got it. My friend Mike who was a dealership mechanic back then said my whole starter had been replaced.
    It still sounds like it's grinding rocks , but it has always started the bike in the 11,000 miles I've put on it.
    Red Rocket replaced his starter with one from a later model Virago with good results.
    The other fix involves shims . I'm sure the info is out there.
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  5. JohnG.

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  6. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    I posted back 'last year' about an XV920 I bought on ebay and my plans to fly out to Texas and ride it back to Florida.

    Well, I did it, and arrived back at home Saturday, 1/1/11. I'll post a link to the ride report once I get it written, but let me just say it was an adventure. The bike ran really good for most of the trip, and was in much better shape than a $1000 ebay bike deserved to be in.

    Here's a few pics to wet your whistle.

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    Loaded up and ready to leave Jasper, Tx.

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    On the ferry at Cameron, La.

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    This little guy wanted a ride to Florida.

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    The obligatory pic at Grand Isle, La.

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    On the beach along US98 in Pass Christian, Ms.

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    Right after arriving home, in the garage back in Christmas, Fl.

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    An a few pics of the bike after I cleaned it up a bit after the trip.

    I love this bike. The riding position suited my healing wrist perfectly. I think it may have dethroned my trusty FJ1200 as the ride for our BRP trip this spring.
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  7. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    I'll wet yours with $1500? :D
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  8. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Don't see that happening now that motorcyclefanatic is "in the know".
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  9. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    Everything has its price, but that ain't it. :D

    I think I'll keep it for a while. There are a couple of things I want to take care of though. Anybody done the starter upgrade from an '86 or later Virago? I'm wondering what all I need, I want to start looking around at salvage yards for the parts.
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  10. IronSpadeCycles

    IronSpadeCycles Button Pusher

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    I took these pictures at Texas World Speedway in College Station TX many years ago and I posted them on Florida Steve's Motorcycle Picture of the Day blog some time last year. I remember the bike and the rider made a hell of an impression on me. He also raced a very rare Armstrong/CCM Rotax 250 twin. The guy was incredibly fast on this bike beating out several factory prepared Ducati 750's that day while running the longer 3 mile course of TWS. I wish I had more information on this bike, I think a road going version would be a riot!

    Anyway I just thought I'd add my .10 cents. Later Travis

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  11. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    Found a deal on one semi locally, so I have been noodling around for inspiration.

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  12. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    And one found right here on ADV-

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  13. Highside>Lowside

    Highside>Lowside Hairier Than Thou

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    ...and now for something completely different-

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  14. Highside>Lowside

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  15. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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  16. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Check out the latest issue of Classic Bike. A TR-1 ton similar to this one is in the running for Classic Bike of the Year award.
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  17. MIOB

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    It's been a while, but we last week we finally made a (succesfull) testride with the car carburetor. SO it now has a home made exhaust, a home made inlet manifold, a Solex (Opel) carburetor and a home made intake. We did have some troubles with the carb, but that was mainly due to the carb being very old.

    Horrible vid, but it was the first testride:

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    We have some more work to do, the clutch is very touchy for example, but now we got it running reasonably well I'm sure we'll make it.
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  18. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    very,very nice. used to own a stock one
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  19. thumpism

    thumpism Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I really like the way they remove the frame section behind the rear cylinder and relocate the battery. Really cleans up the look of the bike. Mine's still stockish.
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  20. MIOB

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    I like it too, but how save is removing that frame?