1983 Yamaha Virago 500 from United States of America


Reminds me of a boat. It's fun while it's working, but usually lets you down


Dual carbs are always out of sync. Manufacturer's recommendations are not accurate. I found a lot of extras were added to this bike that were best removed. After going from a dual carb to a single carb it has become reliable. The forums are the best place to find service information. The bike corners great once you get the suspension rebuilt; the only drawback is the no support from Yamaha for factory part offerings.

General Comments:

It can be a great bike if you are willing to put the money into it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd December, 2016

1984 Yamaha Virago 500 from Canada


I liked it, but I would not buy another one


After purchase I discovered it was a rebuilt, so mileage numbers are doubtful. I put tires on it, a seat cover, and I had the carbs balanced (and that made a huge difference). As it became harder and harder to start, I began to have troubles with the starter jamming (the thing would overheat, and the brushes were about done in).

The gas tank was stupidly small. 160 km on a tank was a good day.

It finally gave up the ghost as the timing chain was so stretched that it no longer started or ran reliably.

General Comments:

I liked it, but as it was only made 1 year as a 500 - it was enlarged to a 535 cc the next year - parts and support are very thin.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2007

25th Apr 2008, 20:05

The Yamaha Virago 500 was manufactured from 1983 until 1986, when it was indeed changed to the Virago 535. At this point the monoshock assembly was abandoned in favour of traditional shocks mounted on either side.

18th Sep 2008, 19:13

The previous post was incorrect; the xv500k was only made in 1983.

23rd Sep 2008, 11:30

I purchased a 500 the other day, and it needs some work. Have to reinstall the carbs since the last owner took them out. Any advice?