Yamaha XV1000 Virago 1000: history, specs, pictures

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Yamaha XV1000 Virago
Also called XV1000SE Midnight Special, XV 1000 SE Midnight Special, XV 1000 Virago
Production 1983 - 1985
Class Cruiser
Predecessor Yamaha XV920
Successor Yamaha XV1100
998cc V-Twin, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 11.0mm x 69.2mm
Top Speed 112 mph (180 km/h)
Horsepower 63.56 HP (47.4 KW) @ 6500RPM
Fuel System carburetor. mikuni 40mm
Spark Plug NGK BP7ES '84-85
Battery YUASA SY50-N18L-AT '84-85
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: life on a plate
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: ok
Rear: double shock
Brakes Front: double disc. 0
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake). 0
Front Tire 100/90-19
Rear Tire 140/90-15
Weight 235.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-145[1]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Fuel Capacity 4.44 Gallon (16.80 Liters)
Related Yamaha XV250
Yamaha XV535
Yamaha XV700
Yamaha XV750
Yamaha XV920
Yamaha XV1000
Yamaha XV1100
Manuals 1982 Yamaha XV1000RJ Owners Manual
1985 Yamaha XV1000 N Owners Manual
More Manuals

The Yamaha XV1000 Virago was a V-Twin, four-stroke cruiser motorcycle produced by Yamaha between 1983 and 1985. It could reach a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 63.56 HP (47.4 KW) @ 6500 RPM.


The engine was a air cooled v2, two-stroke. A 11.0mm bore x 69.2mm stroke result in a displacement of just 998.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).


The bike has a 5-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the life on a plate.


It came with a 100/90-19 front tire and a 140/90-15 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via double disc. 0 in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake). 0 in the rear. The front suspension was a ok while the rear was equipped with a double shock. The XV1000 Virago was fitted with a 4.44 Gallon (16.80 Liters) fuel tank.



In Media


  1. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.