1985 Yamaha Virago XV1000

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

Build a budget Street Tracker tribute to help keep me out of trouble in my retirement free time.  My other bike is a Valkyrie and I was looking for a lighter kick around option.

What motivated you to start your project?

A couple of years ago I was offered a garage find Virago at a price I could afford.  I’m not into 80’s cruisers but I am interested in Street Trackers since I raced Flat Track in the 70’s.  I saw the potential in the Yamaha and agreed with myself on a $1000 all in budget.  I have a few other toys so I had no deadlines but as she took shape I was hooked.

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

Changing the stance and appearance of an ’80s lean-back feet-forward cruiser into a more upright feet centered tracker tribute to reflect my style and weird personality.

What are you most proud of?

I’m not a mechanic- but I took a bike that was dormant for over 10 years and got it running.
Also- it’s not at all like me but I kept it within my budget (so far).

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

I’m not sure what my neighbors think about a 70 year old man with a big smile on his face riding around the neighborhood on a bike with number plates.  My brothers who raced with me see the attraction to Trackers and like the ride and torque.
Others ask what the heck is it?


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