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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-01-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Hey everybody,

Been hankering to build something recently, and my lovely wife told me that i couldn't mess with the Buell because she liked to ride it how it was, so i picked up a 1982 Yamaha Virago 920 from DeathmetalDan for $300. The bike had been sitting outside under a tarp for a while and was in pretty rough condition, but as i am only planning on keeping the engine and swingarm, it fit the bill quite nicely.

My plan is to strip it down, build a custom frame, tank and tail. My goal is to have a striped down bike that is basically wheels and an engine. I haven't decided completely on the styling, however i am going to be putting spokes on it and the bodywork will be primarily carbon fiber. Oh and the other thing is i am going to do my best to not spend any money from our budget on the bike. I am planing on funding the bike with side-work. so if you have anything that you need done, hit me up.

I also have parts left over from the last build, including these USD forks from a GSXR 750 that were in really bad shape that i cleaned up and am rebuilding.

Here is the bike as it sits newly introduced to its stable-mate.


and the fork rebuilding:


thanks for looking and i will have more to come soon.
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"Instigator" Virago Build-off thread:
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looking forward to see it, subbed
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Excellent, this should be a lot of fun to watch! Are you gonna build a frame jig of some sort?
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Excellent, this should be a lot of fun to watch! Are you gonna build a frame jig of some sort?
that is the plan. I dont have a welder powerful enough to get the penetration i will need, but i have both welder friends as well as car-building friends so between the two i think i should be okay. the first order of business is to strip the bike down and see what i have to work with. which is always fun, except for the critters that will have to be evicted. I was already attacked by a 4" diameter wolf spider. *heebie jeebies*

Here are a couple more pics:



and the forks before rebuild:

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awe shit, here we go!!!

i wanna see where this ends.

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sub'd.... cant wait to see what you do with this. i loved what you did with the CBR... thats the bike that first got me hooked. i have a 90 F1 and i was looking for stuff on CBR's and ran across that one.
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sub'd.... cant wait to see what you do with this. i loved what you did with the CBR... thats the bike that first got me hooked. i have a 90 F1 and i was looking for stuff on CBR's and ran across that one.
thanks! Fathead03's f3 bike build was what got me on here and i have never looked back. i am glad you like it.

i am excited to see how it turns out myself. I have some ideas in my head....

combining this:


with this:


add some CNC work, carbon fiber, a little paint, spit and grit and i think it should be tight.

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Most excellent. Ya know I got the SV on the road a while back. Maybe I could ride down there so you can peep it out and I can see this build in the flesh.
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i like the idea......(patiently waits for updates)
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