1995 Yamaha XV1100 Virago
Front left fork seal failing.
Smoke on start up in colder weather with the choke on.
This is the first larger cruiser I ever rode on.
Most of my experience has been on 350-750 range.
Large cruisers handle differently (if you make the leap like I did)... and you need to use finesse, slow and easy... and LEAN into corners hard... even at low speed.
But this is a fabulous bike, comfortable, and you feel confident. However, there is a torque to the left on left hand corners, on acceleration, which I can only assume comes from the shaft drive. But I do like the shaft drive better than a chain.
I got very lucky with the purchase of this bike, as it was indeed in show room condition, and obviously very well maintained... and my buddy I brought for an unbiased opinion said "if you don't buy it, I will".
The only modifications at purchase were the exhaust and driving lights... both improvements, and I got the original exhaust in the deal.
Two last comments... I don't like the "odometer" reset... a "push" would be better than turning the knob 8 or more times.
And if you accidentally move the 4 way switch on... easy to do... because of its location, you end up with no signals.... be mindful..... always check your signals before starting out after a stop.
Overall, I am glad I bought it.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2008
23rd Jan 2009, 03:24
It's funny you say that about the left fork seal - I have just purchased my first Virago, in fact my first bike for 20 years & the first thing I noticed was a failed left fork seal.
Apart from that, I'm very happy with all aspects of the bike for what I want it for.