15th Oct 2010, 10:29
I have a 1985 XV 500. Where can I get ignition coils? I switched the coils around, and it proved I have a bad one.
17th Apr 2011, 07:53
Hi. Don't know if you got sorted with your Virago 500? I am in Ireland and I also have a Virago 500 1983. It has served me well, but now needs a do over. Wondering if you still have yours?
2nd Aug 2011, 15:23
After 10 years my VIRAGO 500 comes unharmed out of the garage. Tried to start it, but it gives RED LIGHT of the OIL. But there is ENOUGH OIL!!! I read about this problem on this website. What is the solution? Any ideas??
3rd Aug 2011, 10:58
I see you have the same problem with starting your VIRAGO with the oil-lamp burning and NOT starting. Did you solve the problem? What was the solution??
Anton - from Holland.
3rd Aug 2011, 19:19
Hi Shane: I am in Carlow too. I still have the bike. Call me on 087 7637567 if you are still interested. Micheal.
25th Oct 2011, 16:05
In the U.S. you could only get the 1983. In Canada we also have the 1984; maybe other countries also.
27th Dec 2011, 18:37
1983 & 1984 aren't the only years the XV500 was made. Down here in New Zealand, I have a 1987 model, which is the same as the early ones. Also, there is a XV400, which is identical to the 500 except for the engine, so there are more parts than you think out there...
9th Feb 2012, 17:42
It is your solenoid; get a new one and you will be set. Also, try trickle charging your battery, never jump them.
27th Mar 2012, 21:47
Just bought an 83 XV500 and cleaned it up. Thought everything was okay until I got above 5000 RPMs. Ideas appreciated, solutions appreciated more.
21st Apr 2012, 16:58
It sounds like it could use a carb rebuild.. if you look on the web for the Virago owners club, they have a TON of useful info on the problems you may be encountering...
Once you get it fixed up, you should be quite happy with it.
21st Apr 2012, 17:00
Sounds like the wrong spark plugs. Find the owners manual, and read carefully the section for the plugs.. it should specify an EXACT plug number to use from NGK. Don't assume a close number will be good.. it won't.
21st Apr 2012, 17:02
As mentioned above search for the Virago Owners Club.. Great info there on everything.
26th Dec 2014, 06:43
I have an XV500, which was abused as a farm bike.
Make sure that the carb slides are clean and there are no holes in the carb diaphragms. They can be patched with some rubber cement with a little care.
They are really an underrated bike, and will beat the XZ550 of the same era on roll on acceleration. Very little vibration and they look pretty cool too.
I fixed my (silly) petcock for good by converting to a simple manual on/off by blocking off one of the internal passages with epoxy putty. Take off and lank the vac hose, and use the prime position as your on. Yes it has a small tank, but hey there's gas stations all over, or take an emergency litre with you.
Best of all, it won't get nicked because you can't get parts... mmm.
I love mine, 43,000 miles and purrs like a kitten.