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“Late starter and hight chllenged. This bike is perfect.”

Written on: 09/05/2014

I have a 1997 xv1100 that had 7400 Ks on it when I bought it. Has a few rust spots from sitting with previous owner but I now have 22000 ks on it. Combination of city and highway ddriving but no long trips yet.My only complaint is that it could do with another gear when on the highway. It has lots of power but does get a little buzzy over 120 kpm. Also even for me it is a little bit cramped when sitting over long distances. Also difficult to find aftermarket parts. Other than those minor… Read Full Review

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“By far the Best bike I ever owned !!”

Written on: 24/03/2014 by Marcel101 (1 review written)

Simply put The Very Best. I have a 1100 Virago. 1996 will never get rid of it , very comfortable, reliable, and a great looker. Bull is his name and Riding is his aim… Read Full Review

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“XV1100 - Very Underated”

Written on: 30/12/2013 by teriakiman (2 reviews written)

Best Points:- VERY Comfy on long trips, great looks - a head turner, best engine ever produced - torquey, ecmonomical when not fanged out to the max, simple and easy to maintain. A tinkerers delight - no fancy fuel injection to go wrong. Bad points:- Needs an aftermarket cruise control on long trips. OEM fork seals do not last long. Ground clearance on corners can be a bit restricted (if you don't set up the shocks and forks properly) I have owned 4 of these over the last 20 years, the… Read Full Review

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Propaul's Response to teriakiman's Review

Written on: 25/05/2014

I bought this bike 1100 xvs 4 years ago. We have been to just about every state park in GA. Drove her to Honduras through Mexico and Guatemala last year and to the deep Southwestern coast of Mexico (Puerto Escondido) the year before. I had to replace gas tank (rust) (and it was worth the 800 bucks) which cured all problems. It is the greatest bike ever. Yamaha is a pain though. They won't repair anything over 8 years old. Buy your parts here and take them to MX mechanics there are cheap and can usually fix anything.

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“XV1100 - Very Underated”

Written on: 30/12/2013 by teriakiman (2 reviews written)

Best Points:- VERY Comfy on long trips, great looks - a head turner, best engine ever produced - torquey, ecmonomical when not fanged out to the max, simple and easy to maintain. A tinkerers delight - no fancy fuel injection to go wrong. Bad points:- Needs an aftermarket cruise control on long trips. OEM fork seals do not last long. Ground clearance on corners can be a bit restricted (if you don't set up the shocks and forks properly) I have owned 4 of these over the last 20 years, the… Read Full Review

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“Just What Everyone Told Me”

Written on: 07/12/2013 by citation01 (1 review written)

After not riding for twenty five years, being sixty two years old, and not ever owning a bike that was over 650 cc I questioned my new desire to purchase a Virago 1100, or any bike, as far as that went. I talked to several people, some of who had owned and rode a Virago 1100. The only negative thing I ever heard was that the bike was too short and may cramp your arms and legs. They all told me of the ease of riding and the power that this bike is famous for. Well, I puchased a 1987 Virago 1100… Read Full Review

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“Yes the Virago is surprising”

Written on: 12/05/2013 by FlamingA (1 review written)

I decided to buy a 1987 Virago after checking all the reviews and finally accepting the cool yet quirky look of the bike. I bought it with 70k on the clock and told the motor was out of a 96. I like shaft drives as there is no maintenance and no delays in takeoff.The bike was advertised at 3400 $NZ but I got it for $3000. I had to drive 500 km to collect the bike. She started first pop and I went for a drive but she was farting around. The owner had saud the bike had little use recently.It was… Read Full Review

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Waynebray1's Response to FlamingA's Review

Written on: 19/01/2014

This is my review. I have done another 2000km on this bike- 1000km trip and 2 450 km trips. Its growing on me big-time. Its great in the corners-power and more power when you need it and is pretty good on fuel too. Its an odd bike-Not overly good looking but very very refreshing to ride on long and short trips. I'm amazed she's so good.

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★★★★☆

“Virago xv1100”

Written on: 31/12/2011 by Alexander57 (1 review written)

I would agree with the other reviews, all positive, however I disagree on hte comfort aspect. I have owned 3 virago 1100's, that's says alot, I try to get rid of it but end up buying another. It only matches my affllication for the XV900f, the older one not the new brick. The FJ1200 nearly killed me but what tourer - note the Yamaha theme. Back to the Virago, the seat and my bum. The seat on all 3 was toooo soft and holy uncomfortable after 50 miles - the XJ and BMW easily outlast it. I'm… Read Full Review

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“Missing My 'Baby'...”

Written on: 24/06/2011

After moving to Ireland I decided to purchase a motorcycle and found myself owning a 1987 gold edition (i.e. wheels, speedo, tach, etc...)700cc Yamaha Virago (American Import). In the few years that I owned the bike I covered the entire Republic of Ireland on several occasions. It never missed a beat and was perfectly reliable throughout its time with me. It always produced enough power and I can agree with many other of the reviewers on this site that her speed is equal to and possibly… Read Full Review

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“firstly , i love my virago , and having owned many...”

Written on: 20/01/2011

firstly , i love my virago , and having owned many bikes , the only thing that comes close to the virago is kawasaki's vn series , but in my humble opinion , the virago has a better engine , the riding position and build quality is much the same .

whether touring around my back yard ( scotland) or road tripping throught europe , the virago never misses a beat , its so comfy that the only time you need to stop is for fuel , it never fails to turn heads too .

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Buster711's Comment

Written on: 15/04/2012

wow...i have a 98 virago 1100 and a kaw vn 750...love them both...was moving bgger to the 1100 and planned to sell the 750 but just could not part with it...they are both awesome bikes...however the virago is missing a bit ...new plugs ...and the 750 is killing batteries in one short ride...ruled out the stator and just had the reg/rec andwiring harness replaced...at a loss...but i know ithey are both fixable and will keep them till they die...

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Written on: 15/04/2012

thanks....heres to keeping the rubber on the road !!!

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★★★★☆

“I bought my XV100SE a few years back from a guy who...”

Written on: 24/12/2010

I bought my XV100SE a few years back from a guy who had her covered in blankets in his barn. When he pulled the blankets off it was love at first sight. The bike had less than five thousand kilometers and looked like it had just been wheeled out of the factory. Everything was shiny and in mint condition. There have been a couple of issues with the starter motor jamming (known problem) but still always starts and is very reliable. The bike is only used in the summer and lives in my garage the… Read Full Review

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“The Virago 1100 is great for grins and is a reminder...”

Written on: 23/08/2010

The Virago 1100 is great for grins and is a reminder of what cruisers used to be - and should be today. Lightweight, relatively nimble and fast. Even nearly three decades after the model was launched, it is still a viable ride and preferable to a Harley Sportster, both 883 and 1200. Much quicker than both - and a much better value.
Positive attributes: Weighs about 450 pounds wet. Great on corners and curves (for a cruiser). Comfortable seat. Not a Harley styling clone. Killer engine that runs… Read Full Review

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Silver99's Comment

Written on: 19/10/2010

Good review except a little misleading regarding the reference to the sportster. Having owned both the Sportster 1200 and the 1100 Virago, I can assure you the Sportster is significantly faster from 0-60 and 60-80. Plus I found the Sportster to have more leg room on the custom.

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 16/07/2011

These bikes are cruisers not race bikes but the Virago would beat the Sportster every day.

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★★★★★

“it is really a shame that yamaha have stopped making...”

Written on: 19/07/2010

it is really a shame that yamaha have stopped making the XV1100 .
mine has performed flawlesly from new.
in the twelve years and 48000 miles it has never let us down.
She has been accross to europe through france into spain on three occasions and never missed a beat.
she really has been a joy to ride and own.
the low seat hight and light weight also meant that my wife could ride her when i got tired on long trips and i could ride pillion for a change..
she is now semi retired with only short… Read Full Review

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“My bike is a Sydney (Australia) purchase and found the...”

Written on: 21/03/2010

My bike is a Sydney (Australia) purchase and found the local registration rules a lot easier than when I shipped here to Vienna in 2005. New EU regs made life extremely difficult - also the 1100 was never sold in Austria.
For total reliability, the bike cannot be beaten. It is always a comfortable and relaxed ride and despite fuel economy which is not brilliant (40mpg) I would not swap my 1100 for any other right now… Read Full Review

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“MY FIRST VIRAGO 1100 WAS GREAT FOR TWO UP TOURING...”

Written on: 05/02/2010 by RICK1100 (1 review written)

MY FIRST VIRAGO 1100 WAS GREAT FOR TWO UP TOURING AROUND FRANCE FAST LIGHT AND ECONOMICAL DID 30000 MILES ON THAT ONE REPLACED IT WITH THE 1100 DRAGSTAR CLASSIC GREAT LOOKS BUT EVEN THOUGH ITS THE SAME MOTOR AS THE VIRAGO MUCH SLOWER HEAVY LESS ECONOMY AND MUCH HARDER TO CHANGE TYRES ON SO I SOLD IT AND GOT MY LATEST VIRAGO 1100 AND I WILL BE KEEPING THIS ONE FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND WILL BE OFF TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE IN A FEW WEEKS TIME FOR SOME MORE GREAT CRUISING. I HAVE SEEN MANY VIRAGO… Read Full Review

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Jaja1960's Response to RICK1100's Review

Written on: 23/08/2013

What years were there a problem on starter issues? Im looking at a 96' 1100 virago and a 86' 700 virago.

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Whittsgolf's reply to Jaja1960's Comment

Written on: 08/04/2014

I have a 97 1100 and there are no starter issues whatsoever. I believe the issues were on much earlier models. I would highly recomend the 96 1100.

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“I love 1996 virago1100, it was one of the quickest and...”

Written on: 17/07/2009

I love 1996 virago1100, it was one of the quickest and most reliable bike I ever own. Never had a problem with the bike at all in the 13 year I have owned it. I love picking on Harley who thing it one of the clan until I blow there mirrors off. Long trip up the coast of Southern Calif, or any where are no problem. My virago1100 is my commuter bike my other bike is 1982 Honda CBX, another great bike… Read Full Review

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“Bought a 1986 Yamaha XV1100 Virago with 20,000 miles...”

Written on: 15/05/2009 by Virago owner (1 review written)

Bought a 1986 Yamaha XV1100 Virago with 20,000 miles rode it every day from July 1 to Oct 15 2008. By the end of the season I added another 7,000 miles I have owned a number of different bikes and this one is my favorite to date. All I have done to date is change the oil and add the gasoline very reliable ride. Power is awsome lots of low end grunt . I usually ride between 65 and 70 60 to 80 miles. Seating position is comfortable I have higway pegs that add to the comfort. The bike looks… Read Full Review

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“Nothing bad to say realy just a great bike but then I...”

Written on: 17/12/2008

Nothing bad to say realy just a great bike but then I havnt been on the road for 12 years so any bike would be great but the virago could end up syeying with me for a very long time at this wow factor state I am in… Read Full Review

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“I am a born again biker at 61 had my bike 3 months and...”

Written on: 28/10/2008 by BORNAGAIN (1 review written)

I am a born again biker at 61 had my bike 3 months and wouldn ' t swap it for any Harley or cruiser of any sort. Bike done 9600 dry sweet miles, with my partner behind me we cruise at 70-80 all day long, this bike looks as good as it did 18 years ago when it was built, and with t.l.c will outlast this geezer… Read Full Review

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“After riding the bike of two years now I have no...”

Written on: 07/07/2008 by rgentry44 (1 review written)

After riding the bike of two years now I have no interest in buying another one at this point. I've kept it well maintained and it's been extremely reliable… Read Full Review

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“I own several bikes ZX7r, XJ550 & XV1100. The XV1100...”

Written on: 19/06/2008

I own several bikes ZX7r, XJ550 & XV1100. The XV1100 is a classic factory custom that launched a generation of wanna bees that I just can't bring myself to ever part with. I bought it new in 1990 and it still looks as new today. The weight is low to the ground giving good handling and stability. Engines are strong with lots of torque pulling like a train. The look and build quality is far superior to later models in my opinion. Theres a lot of bolt on bolt of additions to change the whole… Read Full Review

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