1982 Yamaha xv750
- April 25, 2017
- Category: Yamaha
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After a lot of hard work, “Benny” (the bike) is now complete!
It is such a fun bike and a blast to ride… it is super comfortable and handles amazingly well with the R6 front end and the Hagon rear shock. It catches all the attention on the streets with people stopping to take pictures with it.
We built Benny for someone to enjoy and ride like hell. We are NOT profiting from this build, rather we are selling it below cost (we have ALL the receipts). Our profit was the experience and time I spent with my dad building this bike.
Here are some of the key build items:
* Base Bike – 1982 Yamaha Virago Xv750 all original, never wrecked, with absolutely NO issues, and doesn’t smoke at all
* Front End – 2008-10 Yamaha R6 OEM- forks professionally serviced by the best, EDR Performance
* Front Brake Rotors – New genuine Yamaha with new EBC pads
* Wiring Harness – SparcMoto custom wiring harness
* Upgraded Voltage Rectifier/Regulator (better yet similar to original)
* Speedometer/Tachometer – Acewell 2853 Digital
* Brake Reservoir & Bracket – Rizoma
* Headlight – Chrome Halo 5.75″
* Brackets (headlight) – 50mm/51mm High Quality Machined Aluminum (black) from Australia
* Turn Signals – Black and Clear Lens LED, diamond shaped
* Clutch & Throttle Levers – CRG Roll-a-Click Billet Adjustable Lever (folding)
* Grips – VOLKL real leather tennis racquet tape
* Mirrors – CRB folding bar end (black)
* Fuel Tank – 1982 Kawasaki KZ440G OEM with custom fabrication (mostly to the tunnel)… bought rust-free. New OEM Kawasaki 440 chrome fuel cap (lockable)
** Fuel tank is custom finished brushed and clear coated
* Seat – Tuffside 23″ Cafe Seat Distressed Brown
* Rear Subframe – Custom fabricated by master fabricator (Bill) and powder coated
* Taillight – Radiantz LED flexible array with turns and brake in the same tube
* Rear Suspension – Hagon M62061 monoshock (with red spring special order from the UK)
* Rearsets – Fast from the Past custom folding aluminum and rubber
* Headers – Yamaha XV920R 2-1 Black Head Pipes… w-Titanium Fiberglass 2′ wide wrap
* Front Rim – Yamaha R6 (06-09)
* Rear Rim – 1986 Virago (with larger hub and brake) – stripped and powder coated
* Tires – New front Dunlap Q3, New rear IRC
* Battery – Shorai LFX18L1-BS12
* Air Filter – K&N Engineering
* Lots and lots of other special items…
Extra and original parts can be included in the sale… too many to list.
Brand new and unused parts include:
* Yamaha XV750 Starter Motor (absolutely no issues with current, bought it just in case)
* Yamaha Virago Stator (bought it just in case)
I can provide more photos upon request. Test rides are for serious buyers only.
After graduating high school early, I needed a project and really wanted to build a bike for/with my dad. I really liked the cafe’ style bike builds and especially admired the work of Jeffrey Andongo of JTech Moto.
My dad was a huge fan of the Yamaha Virago from as far back as 1981 when they were first released. At the time, he couldn’t afford to buy one so he ended up with a Yamaha 450.
March of last year (2016), I found the perfect Virago to use as our project base bike… a 1982 XV750 Virago with only 37k original miles and three previous owners. It was ALL original, numbers matching and in fantastic shape… almost a shame to tear it apart. It was named Benny Blue (Benjamin Tuizir) after a 1979′ Disco sensation. We renamed the bike “Benny”.
So, I had a picture of the build in mind that I shared with my dad… he loved it and committed to funding the project. We were modeling the bike as a cafe’-sport-cruiser with a WWII Japanese Zero – U.S. Mustang airplane flavor to it. It had to be fast, handle like modern-day sportbikes, turns heads, and be a blast to ride.
Dime City had some of the ‘focus styling’ items we were looking for- a Retro Styled Halo Headlight (beautiful), classically styled Acewell Speedometer/Tachometer (digital and gorgeous), and Mini LED Diamond turn signals (killer looking) that are mounted to the 2010 Yamaha R6 front end.
We also added a Rizoma brake reservoir from Moto Corsa in Portland OR to tie everything together.
It took us a little less than a year to build with lots of challenges in fabrication, wiring and getting the right look.