1982 Yamaha XV920J Virago from United States of America
This motorcycle is just awesome
The only problems I have had from my Virago is the starter and a very frustrating oil leak.
The starter makes a very awful sounding grinding noise and sometimes won't turn over at all.
The oil leak is on the rear cylinder and makes everything hard to clean. I have re-tightened the head bolts and that worked for a little while, but the vibration loosens them back after about 500 or 600 miles.
This motorcycle is a blast to ride. The handling is awesome and it is very quick.
The only time it is remotely uncomfortable is when I have my wife on the back. Then the seat is not big enough.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th June, 2005
The rear cylinder oil leak is actually a blown head gasket - these early model XV twins had no gasket between barrel and head, only a metal ring that sat on top of the cylinder liner. Tightening the bolts won't fix it - you need to replace the metal ring and pack up to O-ring that seals the timing chain tunnel with cardboard or similar to provide a better seal. This will give you about 15000 miles of breathing space before you have to do the job again.