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Old 12-12-2010, 08:17 PM   #76
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Raced in B.O.T.T.F1 by Britt Turkington. I don't recall him winning but he was on the podium plenty of times.
The frame was made by a fellow that put a motor on his kitchen table and cut cardboard pieces to shape. Then he duplicated the cardboard with .25 aluminum plate and it was welded up by K&K Welding.
Not slow at all. Competition then would be Dr. John's Guzzi , Randy Renfrow on the Commonwealth Honda, Jimmy Adamo on Leoni's Ducatis and more.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:42 AM   #77
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Regarding the "not fast" statement above, yeah it's pretty true for the stocker or a mildly modified bike, but look up the
story online about Kevin Schwantz racing a modified XV920R (named Lurch) at the Laguna Seca AMA superbike race
in the early 80's. The only bikes that qualified in front of him were HRC VF750 Interceptors. This was Kevins first Pro race.
The bike broke but it raised some eyebrows!
I remember that race!! I never realized it was Schwantz!! That is cool to know. Had an XV920R I'd ridden to Laguna and was thrilled to see one out there!!
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:54 AM   #78
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In 1982 Yamaha paid good money to campaign the XV920R in Battle of the Twins production class racing, and Chris Steward won the title on it that year.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:21 AM   #79
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I bought this '82 XV920RJ on ebay a few weeks ago. The sellers been keeping it for me until I go out 12/28 to ride it home. I've done some fly & rides before; a few from ADVrider, and one from Craigs List, but this will be the first from ebay. The guy says he's just done the starter repair, it runs good and charges, and has new tires. Looks like it'll need a set of mirrors though.




I fly to Houston from Orlando, then get a bus to Lufkin, where the seller is going to pick me up and take me back to his home in Jasper where the bike is located.

Then I plan to ride south to the gulf and ride along the coast back to Florida. I'm planning to camp, but if it's cold and rainy I'll skip the tent and get a room. Gonna take the Cameron ferry in La, and the Dauphin Island ferry in Alabama. I'll do a ride report when I get back.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:21 AM   #80
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Good luck with the weather. That time of the year, who knows?

I wish I could remember the name of that steak house in Lufkin on 59. Great food!
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:14 PM   #81
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I saw that some of the XVs pictured in this thread have wire wheels. I have my old sack of crap running reliably now, and am starting to work on making her pretty. I'd love to change over to wire wheels. Is there anyone out there who has done the change and knows how to git-er-done? I have the 81 XV920R.
Check out post #936 in this thread for a look at another one:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...272954&page=63

Maybe the fellow who posted can get us more/larger pix and details.
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:11 PM   #82
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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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Old 12-24-2010, 09:36 PM   #83
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I bought one last year at a swap meet. I always liked them ,but never had the need . This one became mine because the price was right. It had been running ,but had some issues so I didn't get to hear before the buy.
Scince then I've put about 4000 miles on it and really have enjoyed it. It now has 22,000 miles on and is still on the origanal chain.
I have a cross country trip planned on this bike after a few mods. I'm going to get it ready for gravel roads that lie between Ky. and Washington state. Sort of a Y-Strom. It's much to large to ever be a dirt bike, but that's not the intention anyway.
As a street ride ,its smooth and has nice sound. But it's heavy and will never be a Ducati. A fun ride and I hope you get a good one.
Friend has a 1000 similiar to this...cant get the starter to engage
Thoughts?
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:58 AM   #84
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Friend has a 1000 similiar to this...cant get the starter to engage
Thoughts?
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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Old 12-25-2010, 12:08 PM   #85
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YUP,I modified my search and...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIE3P...eature=related
thx,we're on the case...
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:00 AM   #86
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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.


Loaded up and ready to leave Jasper, Tx.


On the ferry at Cameron, La.


This little guy wanted a ride to Florida.


The obligatory pic at Grand Isle, La.


On the beach along US98 in Pass Christian, Ms.


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




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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Old 01-03-2011, 09:37 AM   #87
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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.
I'll wet yours with $1500?
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:49 AM   #88
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I'll wet yours with $1500?

Don't see that happening now that motorcyclefanatic is "in the know".
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:23 PM   #89
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I'll wet yours with $1500?
Everything has its price, but that ain't it.

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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Old 01-09-2011, 06:26 PM   #90
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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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Raced in B.O.T.T.F1 by Britt Turkington. I don't recall him winning but he was on the podium plenty of times.
The frame was made by a fellow that put a motor on his kitchen table and cut cardboard pieces to shape. Then he duplicated the cardboard with .25 aluminum plate and it was welded up by K&K Welding.
Not slow at all. Competition then would be Dr. John's Guzzi , Randy Renfrow on the Commonwealth Honda, Jimmy Adamo on Leoni's Ducatis and more.
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