Yamaha XV750 Virago 750: review, history, specs

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Yamaha XV750
Also called XV750 Special (reduced effect), XV 750 Special (reduced effect), XV750WC Virago, XV 750 WC Virago, XV750 Virago, XV750SE, XV 750 Virago, XV 750 SE, XV 750
Production 1981 - 1983, 1988 - 1997
Class Cruiser
Predecessor Yamaha XV700
Successor Yamaha XV700 (tariffs)
v2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 83.0mm x 69.2mm
Compression ratio 8.7:1
Top Speed 109 mph (175 km/h)
Horsepower 52.84 HP (39.4 KW) @ 7000RPM
Torque 42.78 ft/lbs (58.0 Nm) @ 6000RPM
Ignition tci
Spark Plug NGK BP7ES '81-83
NGK BPR7ES '88-97
Battery YUASA YB16AL-A2 '81-83 , '88-97
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: wet plate
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: coil spring, hydraulically-damped telescopic
Rear: twin shock absorbers with concentric coil springs
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 100/90-19 '88-97
3.50-19 '81-83
Rear Tire 130/90-16 '81-83
140/90-15 '88-97
Wheelbase 59.84 inches (1520 mm)
Length 87.8 inches (2230 mm)
Width 31.69 inches (805 mm)
Height 45.67 inches (1160 mm)
Seat Height 28.15 inches (715 mm)
Weight 485.02 pounds (220.0 Kg) (dry), 227.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-145
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Fuel Capacity 3.83 Gallon (14.50 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 6.00 liters/100 km (16.7 km/l or 39.20 mpg)
Related Yamaha XV250
Yamaha XV535
Yamaha XV700
Yamaha XV750
Yamaha XV920
Yamaha XV1000
Yamaha XV1100
Competition Honda VT750C
Kawasaki ZN700A
Kawasaki KZ700A
Manuals 1981 Yamaha XV750 H Owners Manual

1995 Yamaha XV750 G Owners Manual
1996 Yamaha XV750 H Owners Manual

1997 Yamaha XV750 J Owners Manual
More Manuals

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The Yamaha XV750 Virago was a V-Twin, four-stroke Cruiser motorcycle produced by Yamaha between 1981 and 1982 and resuming in 1987 to 1997 in response to the 1980s motorcycle tariff. It could reach a top speed of 109 mph (175 km/h). Max torque was 42.78 ft/lbs (58.0 Nm) @ 6000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 52.84 HP (39.4 KW) @ 7000 RPM. The first Yamaha V-Twin model. Tear-drop tank, pull-back handlebars, 72° V-twin engine and shaft drive.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a air cooled v2, four-stroke. A 83.0mm bore x 69.2mm stroke result in a displacement of just 748.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a single overhead cams (sohc).

Drive[edit | edit source]

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

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 100/90-19 57h front tire and a 130/90-16 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The front suspension was a coil spring, hydraulically-damped telescopic while the rear was equipped with a twin shock absorbers with concentric coil springs. The XV750 Virago was fitted with a 3.83 Gallon (14.50 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 485.02 pounds (220.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 59.84 inches (1520 mm) long.

1981[edit | edit source]

Some of the cool things about this model are: “V” 750 CC backbone engine (hangs from frame by heads with nothing underneath). Shaft drive. Air adjustable rear mono shock with adjustable damper. Air adjustable front forks. Mag wheels. Front hydraulic disc brakes. Black with chrome fenders.

1982[edit | edit source]

1988[edit | edit source]

1991[edit | edit source]

1994[edit | edit source]

1996[edit | edit source]

1997[edit | edit source]

1982 - 1992 Yamaha XV 750 Virago[edit | edit source]

1982 - 1992 Yamaha XV 750 Virago 1982 - 1992 Yamaha XV 750 Virago

In use the engine isn’t at all like a V twin, rather more a successful mix of many engine types, feeling as grunty as a single and yet as smooth as an inline four. Only the narrowness of the engine gives the game away, a feature that, where it not for the wide bars, would enable you to sip unnoticed through the busiest of traffic jams.

In Media[edit | edit source]