1991 Yamaha XV750 Virago
One of the best motorcycles I ever owned
The stator quit and had to be replaced. I did that myself.
The voltage regulator quit. I fixed that myself.
The ignition module started failing and I fixed that myself.
OK, let's get it straight, from seeing the things I had to fix and the marks I gave this motorcycle, you would think it was a bad motorcycle. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I loved the XV750, and it was one of the best motorcycles I have ever owned, period. It's really a toss up between the XV750 and the Suzuki 1400 Intruder as to my favorite motorcycle, so far.
During this time I was riding a whole bunch. That may have something to do with why I loved the Virago so much. I rode it everywhere I went. I even took a week off and hit the road alone on the Virago. It was an awesome time.
I had Cobra drag pipes, a Yamaha line small windshield, engine guards, highway pegs, saddle bags and saddle bag guards.
The Virago delivered good power for a 750 V-twin and sounded really good. The stock seat was comfortable for a while. Near the end of a long day, it became quite painful. I once pulled a 13 hour day in the saddle on that bike. It was pretty brutal.
The suspension was soft. You wouldn't want to try and run down a sport bike on the XV750 unless you have a death wish. But, for normal riding and touring it was great.
I really enjoyed the 750 Virago. I traded it for a 1200 Harley Sportster, and looking back can't say it was a good idea. Many times I wondered what I was thinking when I got rid of the Virago.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2012