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Author Topic: First build- 82 Virago 750  (Read 20056 times)

Offline beachcomber

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2011, 13:35:33 »
Vees are the way to go !!!!!!!!!!!!
 
My own TR1 is also coming along nicely now, just got my PC back, so hoping to get some pix up soon.
 
I'm going down the sixties style route - wire spoked wheels [ chain drive ] clip ons, rear sets, 7" chrome headlamp, etc.
 
We're just mocking up an exhaust [ yours is looking spot on ] to clear the rear tyre as I've shortened the wheelbase via the axle slot in the swingarm [ 2" ].
 
I've temporarily raised the fork tubes by 2" to give us an idea of stance - now we'll be looking to shorten internally - did you use a 2" tube?
 
I might also try a set of progressive fork springs - anyone tried that?
 
The RAM alloy shocker is looking the canine's cajones.
 
I'm off to Holland soon [ hopefully ] to collect 3 - 4 more bikes ! Real cheap in Holland. As soon as I get my hands on a spare engine, I'll start work on the mild tune up I have in mind.
 
I hope to have the AJS 7R styled petrol tank overlay completed by the end of the week.
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Offline dacls1

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2011, 19:20:00 »
Putting it back together.  Really looking forward to getting it on the road.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2011, 19:22:32 by dacls1 »

Offline Juggernaut

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2011, 20:26:11 »
Well done! That beast looks perfect! I saw a couple in a junkyard yesterday and was tempted to just take it and rebuild the monster. It's amazing what these bikes can turn into from stock form. Looks like you had a little fun with the rear tire.
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Offline dacls1

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2011, 11:35:47 »
Thanks!  Definitely does not look anything like the bike comes from the factory.  Attached is a pic of the bike the day I picked it up.

Offline Cafe-XV750

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2011, 11:18:32 »
I like the black forks!
 
Anxious to see what you do for clocks.  OE isn't horrible, but pretty easy to ditch the tach and use a vintage speedo - I found a nice Yamaha one cheap on eBay awhile back ... even has hi/lo beam and turn indicators in it!
 
Shortening or procuring shorter cables?
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Offline dacls1

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2011, 15:38:49 »
Thanks!  I was on the fence with fork color, but glad I decided to paint them.  I'll be shortening the cables.  Was hoping some creative routing would take care of it, but didn't work.  I'll be running a small after market speedo.

Offline wardlarson

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2011, 15:41:43 »
damn those maxims and viragos look ugly in stock form. i had an 83 xj750 seca which didn't look much better hahah. your build is looking nice though man keep it up. definitely digging the painted forks too, I'm contemplating doing that as well.
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Offline dacls1

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #22 on: Jun 17, 2011, 16:37:34 »
Just a few final pics.

Offline dacls1

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #23 on: Jun 17, 2011, 16:37:53 »
One more.

Offline Slice

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #24 on: Jun 17, 2011, 16:44:53 »
Wow, I am converted... Virago makes a nice whip with the right man behind the wrench.
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Offline RockVegas

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #25 on: Jun 17, 2011, 16:51:42 »
Damn, now I'm wishing I kept my Virago 750! I always loved the Zero cafes but there was so much work to be done I knew it was out of reach. Congrats!!!
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Offline bryanjnkns

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #26 on: Jun 17, 2011, 17:01:19 »

Offline SrgtBear

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #27 on: Jun 17, 2011, 17:17:53 »
that bike is awesome!
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Offline platkeyboy

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #28 on: Jun 17, 2011, 22:08:01 »
Has anyone seen one of these cafe conversions done on one of the dual shock swingarm models?  I would imagine it would not be quite as slick...but I know where there is one, cheap.  My buddy has an '89 750 that I'm selling for him on eBay right now.
« Last Edit: Jun 17, 2011, 23:20:42 by platkeyboy »
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Offline kneedragger74

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Re: First build- 82 Virago 750
« Reply #29 on: Jun 18, 2011, 00:05:29 »
Wow! What a transformation. You did a great job! Love it.
 
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