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Yamaha XV920R

The Yamaha XV920R was introduced in 1981, along with the XV750 Virago. In addition to larger engine displacement, it featured some distinctly "un-Virago-like" styling and technical features. This model was geared toward European-style sport touring.

Yamaha XV920R
Also called Seca
Production 81-82
Class Cruiser
Top Speed 105 mph
Spark Plug NGK BP7ES '81-82
Battery YUASA Y50-N18L-A '81-82
Final Drive Chain: 630x90
Front Sprocket 16T
Rear Sprocket 35T
Front Tire '81-82
Rear Tire 120/90-18 '81-82
Oil Filter K&N KN-145[1]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
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Manuals Service Manual

The XV920R had a unique enclosed chain final drive, a large 8 inch diameter headlamp, a high-capacity sculpted fuel tank, and rear-set controls and footpegs. Like the Virago, it had a stamped-steel backbone frame, also serving as part of the air-induction system. It had a mono-shock rear suspension, with (air) preload and damper adjustments. The front suspension had air preload adjustment only.

In 1981 (XV920RH) it was offered only in candy metalflake maroon. In 1982 (XV920RJ), the only color offered in the US was silver with black trim. US sales were discontinued after 1982, with many units still unsold. The rear end styling, with its swingarm-mounted fender (now commonplace), drew much criticism. The bike was also sold in Europe with 980 cc displacement, and called "TR1". European sales were more successful, and continued, with slight styling and color modifications (including a switch to more 'mainstream' rear-end styling), through 1986.


XV920 with Greer S1 Fairing.jpg

1981 Yamaha XV 920 RHEdit

In 1980 Yamaha was bound and determined to outdo Honda in sales—sort of a mano a mano engagement at both the corporate and dealership levels. And one way to do it, Yamaha figured, was to come out with a lot more models. Like a V-twin.

1982 Yamaha XV920RJEdit

In 82 they came in Silver and Black only.


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