First I would like to say that everyone should feel free to talk about their viragos in this thread, please don't worry about hijacking what will ultimately be a somewhat slow build thread. For a bike as common as viragos are it is somewhat surprising the lack of a community for them on the internet. Yes there is viragotech, but for whatever reason that place doesnt tickle my fancy (people can't post big pictures? wtf mate. and the info in that forum is sometimes somewhat hard to retrieve). So as I said, feel free to post whatever virago related stuff you want in this thread.
I have only just recently got into motorcycles, my only other bikes were a yamaha gt80 i messed around with and reviving a 81 xl185s, the thread on which is somewhere buried in old school. I have always had a fondness for cafe bikes, my friends that have RD's haven't helped much. When I saw pictures of the "zerocafe" virago that are around the net I started to like viragos for all the same reasons I like impreza's that are turned into rally cars. Ok, it is not so reasonable to turn a virago into a race bike like a impreza can be turned into proper rally car, but I do believe the virago can be made "decently" sporty and unique while remaining a cheap and dependable motorcycle.
As it turned out, after a few months of researching them a close friend from highschool offered me a 81 xv750 he had acquired from a coworker. He has a few projects going on and eventually realized he just wasn't going to get around to it and passed it on to me.
After making sweet love to the hitachi carbs (and I thought hitachi primarily specialized in ruining audi's...), unclogging a few jets and emulsion tubes and replacing a torn diaphragm, it finally runs. It still needs to be synced and the floats adjusted, but I think I am on the up side of that battle.