Yamaha Virago XV700

by Robert
(Oklahoma)

The nightmare begins.

The nightmare begins.

The nightmare begins.
New side cover.
Nice new color!
Yamaha Virago XV700

New life to my old bike: I have a 1985 Yamaha Virago XV700, She was ridden daily for years racking up just over 135,000 miles on her. But then I suffered a stroke and she was garaged. I was not able to drain the gas and all the usual storage things. So now that I have started to get her back on the road, it has definitely been a learning project.

Tore down the engine (yes, I was scare I would never get her back together again) and now she runs good, but she looked bad. and was missing a side cover.

Using Duplicolor rattle cans, silver base, blue spakle, then several cans of clear and a lot of elbow grease she got a new look.

The problem was the missing side cover. I used the left side one as a template, drew it out on some wood, cut it out, flipped it over, took some sheet metal and pounded on it with an old softball (I don't have proper metal fab tools). The end result, I think it looks better than the original.

In the future, somewhere, don't know when, I would like to put a chopper kit on her. But, for now, I am just glad to get back to riding. Still need to save for tires and battery.

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Mar 19, 2013
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Virago place
by: Anonymous

Goto viragotechforum (dot) com I found them to be a great bunch of Virago owners.... always helpful.

Mar 19, 2013
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Virago Custom
by: Anonymous

I have recently converted my old (95) Virago into a solo rider. Installed a Harley BatWing with stereo. Modified the fenders and built my own fender struts. Covered it all with a few skulls and some blue pearl and MANY coats of clear. It came together pretty good.I will try to find somewhere to upload pix

Aug 26, 2012
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Nice Work!
by: Craig D

I wouldn't have done it any better, that's what it's all about eh? I had a similar side panel job done on my V45 looks like you got a talent there. Cheers!

Aug 15, 2011
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Thanks to everyone.
by: Robert

Thanks everyone for the great comments. I wish I could find someone near her that could dial these carbs in for me. And someone to go riding with.

Aug 15, 2011
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side cover
by: Anonymous

That new side cover is amazing. I can't believe that came out so nice!

Jul 07, 2011
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nice color
by: Texasryder

Cant believe a color that great came from a can! way to go. Honkin' big highway barz there!

Jul 01, 2011
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Great re-do
by: Anonymous

Keep at it, your going at it the right way, you've got good results there! ery good resourcefulness!

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