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Harry6String's review of Yamaha XV1100 Virago

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“Small, but satisfying ride. ”

Written on: 03/02/2020 by Harry6String (1 review written)

1995 Virago 1100. 22k and rides like a dream. Not too big, not too small. Installed front fork springs, as the front end famously wallowed at speed, or over rough tarmac. Progressive fork springs sorted it all out. The front breaks are okay, but you can never too much break. Replaced the break lines with braided stainless steel lines to help with hard stops. After I put on aftermarket exhaust, the carburetors were jetted on the lean side, and the engine ran hot. I rejected them, now it starts better, runs cooler, and has better power. The bike needs a windscreen if it’s used at highway speeds much. A cruse control, or throttle lock is helpful. The saddle looks good, but has few options for movement after you have sat awhile. The horns were replaced for louder units. The engine makes good power, is reliable and designed for ease of maintenance. I adjust the valves myself, saving a lot of money. She rides like a rolling comfy chair. Shaft drive requires no maintenance beyond oil change. Rear shocks have plenty of spring rate for two up ridding. The left pod injects air into the exhaust, causing it to backfire. That stuff was all removed, the lines capped, problem solved. It’s no race bike, not designed for off road use, could use a sixth gear. For an 1100, top speed is 115 mph, any 600cc will top that. Realistically, 85 mph is the outer limits, as the bars get buzzy beyond that speed. The looks get comments at the filling station. It gets 50 mpg. Rear tire lasts 5k, front tire last 8 to 10k. Front fork seals last 10k, the left side always leaks first. Wha? The cables, clutch, speedo and throttle, need replace from time to time, as there failure happen unannounced. I’m very happy with this product. They make nice guitars too!

  • 1995, built in March 1994.

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  • 25 years

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