1982 Yamaha Virago

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I wanted to build a bobber. It seems that most people make the early Viragos into Café Racers, but I wanted to do something a little different.

What motivated you to start your project?

It started as a basic build project, but later turned into a memorial to my in-laws who passed away after I started working on the bike. My Father-in-Law was very proud of his Irish heritage, so I wanted to do something that honored that heritage.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

I had a shamrock machined into the left engine side cover and painted the items the colors of the Irish flag.

What are you most proud of?

That I was able to figure things out along the way. I really struggled getting started, so I tried to break things down into simple steps and focus on solving those things one item at a time. For example, I bought the solo bobber seat about 12 months before I really got started with the build. I probably spent hours staring at the seat and trying to figure out how I was going to mount it to the bike. Once I had to seat on the bike, I moved onto the rear fender, and then swapping over the wheels and engine from a different bike, and then the forward controls, etc. By then end I felt that I could overcome any obstacle and nothing was going to keep from from finishing the bike.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

They like the colors and the way it looks. I stopped at a gas station yesterday and an older gentleman walked over to say he liked my bike. He stated that he used to ride a 50’s Triumph and my bike reminded him of his bobber.


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