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Yamahaulin' - Major VT Craigslist Score!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by xonix_digital, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. xonix_digital

    xonix_digital XS650 Addict

    Hey guys,

    Just got back from VT and hauled back a trailer full of Yami's!


    Crammed three bikes in the uhaul 5x9 utility trailer!
    Two 1981 XS650s and a 1982 Virago 920!
    Had to remove the tanks of the 650s so they wouldn't get jammed up.


    Cant believe the condition of the 920.
    Got a hell of a price due to the ubiquitous starter issues and no kick start on these.


    Trailer hauled like a boss, but my little V6 Xterra struggled home through the hills of VT.

    Now I'm officially a Yamahoarder!

  2. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    A Virago, boy, you are a glutton for punishment, lol.
  3. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    The starter issue is usually pretty simple and cheap. Isn't that the "euro" Virago?
  4. xonix_digital

    xonix_digital XS650 Addict

    I have no idea!
    There were no pics in the Craigslist ad so I haven't done any research yet.
    I just know that these monoshock bikes look badass when they are stripped down a bit (in my opinion).

    I sure am!
    honestly I've liked the look of these for a while now, and this was also the cheapest and cleanest V-Twin I could get my hands on.
    This will likely become a cafe style or street fighter style bike.
  5. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    That's the normal Virago. The Euro model (XV920R) has a chain drive. Neat bike actually, sorta like a Jap Ducati. Too bad they had to base it on the Virago. Besides the starter issues, the carbs are pretty oddball, made by Hitachi. They're not odd in the way they work (same layout and function as a 650 CV), they're just a bit difficult to get parts for, jets in particular.
  6. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Like this?

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  7. Peke

    Peke XS650 Member

    That Virago was indeed sold here in Europe, I had one. Digidash and shaftdrive. Had no issues with the starter.
    I also owned the XV920RH, but that one isnt called a Virago and has closed chaindrive.
    Both lovely bikes and I had less problems with them than with my XS's.

    Anyway, nice find there buddy.
  8. xonix_digital

    xonix_digital XS650 Addict

    Thank you sir!
    Very excited to get going on it.
  9. xonix_digital

    xonix_digital XS650 Addict

    Put about 10 minutes into the Virago today and got it running... Sounds an awful lot like a V-Twin Weedwhacker!

    Can't hate! Everything works but the starter is not engaging. Will be researching/ordering the required parts tomorrow.

    I love this oddball stuff...
  10. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Is it me, or does that sound like running on only one cylinder?
  11. Peke

    Peke XS650 Member

    :agree:, its running on one cil.
    Pretty good tho. lol

    Aaaw that digidash brings back memories and I remember the whining sound of the engine.

    Oh btw, the back cilinder tend to run hot on these bikes because of the lack of cooling.
  12. weaselbeak

    weaselbeak XS650 Junkie

  13. xonix_digital

    xonix_digital XS650 Addict

    Ill check it out tonight.
    thanks all!

    If its running on one cyl, one of the pipes should be blowing next to zero exhaust correct?
  14. weekendrider

    weekendrider Iron Horse cowboy Top Contributor

    S.W. MO
    While it may not be firing the cylinder it should still be sucking and blowing.
    More like an air compressor than an internal combustion engine.
  15. xonix_digital

    xonix_digital XS650 Addict

    The front cylinder isn't running properly.
    Verified spark, and timing (as best I could) and it looks like the cylinder is wet when I go in with the scope.
    I am thinking that the carburetor is not operating properly since the PO told me that it had been sitting for some time.
    Ill whip the carb off and check it out this week.

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