The Yamaha Virago didn’t manage to impress many riders with its dull look, but this doesn’t mean that the bike doesn’t have a lot of potential if it meets the right tuner.
Therefore, after receiving a touch of magic from Classified Moto, the stock Yamaha Virago gained a totally fresh appearance and a more aggressive character.
The guys from Classified Moto don’t play when it comes to modifying bikes, so they went on and completely modified the motorcycle from the ground up.
The most important modifications include the aggressive rear end conversion and the Classified’s signature front-end swap.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that Virago’s DNA has received influences from some of its sportiest siblings. Therefore, the fork was borrowed from a 2009 Yamaha YZF R6-R (with a modified triple tree and upgraded bearings) while the rear suspension came from a 2008 YZF R6-S. Moreover, the front wheel was “stolen” from an R6-R while the rear one came from an R6-S.
There is also a Triumph Daytona adjustable shock, so in terms of on road performances the custom Yamaha XV920R has all it needs to deal great with anything you throw at it.
Other modifications include the chopped rear section of the subframe, a custom solo seat, a conical high-flow air filter and custom exhaust lines and silencers. The bike’s vital stats are now displayed on a single-piece multi-function digital gauge.
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|Owner||Bob Ranew, North Carolina, USA|
|Basis||1982 Yamaha Virago XV920R|
|Front suspension||2009 Yamaha YZF R6-R with modified triple tree and upgraded bearings|
|Rear suspension||2008 Yamaha YZF R6-S shortened and modified to mate to the XV frame with a Triumph Daytona adjustable shock|
|Tires||Dunlop D616 180/55-17 (rear), Metzeler ME880 130/80-17 (front)|
|Tank||Ubiquitous but awesome Benelli Mojave 360 tank, nickel plated with paint by our buddy Barry Griffin of Richmond, VA|
|Exhaust||Custom with modified Moto Guzzi California pipe and NOS scrambler style heat shield|
|Controls||Custom foot controls left and right with left side perforated metal sprocket guard, nickel plated. Top mounted dirt bike bars with Oury grips|
|Lights & gauges||Minimum required in Virginia. Headlight is 5 3/4-inch unit with custom nickel-plated cage made from used spokes. No turn indicators. Taillight and Acewell gauge from Dime City Cycles|
|Fuel & Air||Carbs tuned for 2-into-1 exhaust and pod filter|
|Electrics||Simplified harness with battery mounted underneath the swing arm|
|Seat||custom seat rails, pan and foam with cover sewn by our buddy Devin’s delightful and patient mom|