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Author Topic: trackin xv750  (Read 88215 times)

Offline MJPriceisright

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trackin xv750
« on: Dec 17, 2012, 14:21:58 »
hey guys, been on the site for a while now, currently doing two other builds as well, one of which is a cb450 and my brother and i are doing a yamha tx500... but all the while ive been doing those builds ive always loved the xv750's and how they look stripped down.. so when i came across one in my area for dirt cheap i couldnt pass it up.. so the background of the bike, its an 83 midnight edition virago xv750, which i was excited about, cause i love black and now this will be less work cause its already done they way i like it..  it was a police abandoned bike, guy must have been drunk, crashed (HARD) and fled the scene.. who wants a dui these days ya know?  so i got the bike, non running for 150 bucks.  doesnt really have much rash at all, aside from the obvious front end needing replacement.. so im thinking all black tracker bike, sport bike front end, renthal bars, stubbing little seat.. they have a rear to front conversion so i can run equal fat tires with the most outrageous knobs i can find.. which has been a problem to find cause these are 16" rims.. so yeah  thats kind of where im at.. just picked up a front end off a guy, 2000 suzuki gsxr750, inverted 50mm forks, so that was good, just need to get some time to get them on.  please follow along and give advice or ask questions, this will be my first tracker bike, but im super excited about it.  happy holidays.

Offline MJPriceisright

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #1 on: Dec 17, 2012, 14:26:17 »
so my first update post is going to be the tear down and cutting process.. i love that open and exposed rear shock, i love mono shocks, if you take a peek at my other builds, monoshocks.. so its nice this one already has one.. so i got all the shit off and started cutting.. ive done my research and am currently following other builds that have done the same with no issues..  also had to get rid of the stock air shock.. talk about lucking out.. the yamaha yzf600R shock that im using for the cb450 just happens to slide right into place, except the external resevoir keeps it from fitting in the top stock mount.. no problem.. the yamaha yzf600 (non R model) doesnt have an external resevoir, so it mounted right up, totally lucked out, cause ive seen guys mount sport bike shocks, but need to make their own mounts cause they are significantly shorter.  also just clamped on a piece of cut wood to get an idea of what i think the rear tail is gonna look like.. thoughts anyone?

Offline MJPriceisright

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #2 on: Dec 17, 2012, 15:10:28 »
forgot to mention my brother and I did go through the wiring mess, and in about 30 minutes had the bike running which was great, now to just get all the wiring figured out, and ditch what we dont need.

Offline ProSimex

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #3 on: Dec 17, 2012, 15:35:12 »
cool, these things have so much potential its absurd.
"Love is the feelin you get when you like something as much as your motorcycle."

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #4 on: Dec 17, 2012, 17:39:58 »
MJ - what a priceless use of an engine stand !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to shamelessly steal that idea and tell all my English mates that I thought of it !!

Seriously - I've got an engine stand that hasn't seen use since I gave up Drag Racing [ 10 years ago ], threatened to sell it a few times, and so it lives again.

Oh yes - you'll love Yams big Vees, they become addictive. I have 3 now - one's a Cafe Racer build [ 60's style ] and one a Boardtracker 'ish. Still undecided about the 3rd., but I feel a sidecar outfit is in my future.
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Offline MJPriceisright

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #5 on: Dec 18, 2012, 11:18:21 »
haha your more than welcome to take the idea and call it your own.. i cant take credit for it, was my brothers idea, i actually called him an idiot at first when i was holding up the damn thing while he was taking his sweet ass time to get it in there.  ah well, bite my tongue.  should have the forks and what not this weekend or early next, so getting this thing back on two wheels is priority at the moment, but the most attention is going towards my cb450.

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #6 on: Dec 18, 2012, 17:19:46 »
haha your more than welcome to take the idea and call it your own.. i cant take credit for it, was my brothers idea, i actually called him an idiot at first when i was holding up the damn thing while he was taking his sweet ass time to get it in there.  ah well, bite my tongue.  should have the forks and what not this weekend or early next, so getting this thing back on two wheels is priority at the moment, but the most attention is going towards my cb450.

Multi-projects - that's what it's all about. And women say we men can't multi-task !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

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Offline MJPriceisright

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #7 on: Dec 18, 2012, 17:25:31 »
was doing some searching around today looking for good knobby tires for the project and was coming up empty handed in the tire department because its a 16" rim.. im planning on doing the rear/front conversion so ill have 16" all around... was hoping to find some really outlandish knobby tires.. if anyone knows a brand that makes em please shed the light on me. 

Offline MJPriceisright

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #8 on: Dec 18, 2012, 17:32:24 »
if the rear was only a 17" i could get real crazy with some of these tires i have been finding..  they make any other shaft drive yamaha's with 17" rears?  i know the xj is an 18" but a narrower rim, id like to stay as wide as possible on the front and rear.

Offline MJPriceisright

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Re: trackin xv750
« Reply #9 on: Dec 18, 2012, 17:49:07 »
anybody have a clue what kind of tires these are?  looks like the most radical tires i can find for 16" rims.. kind of dissapointing.