Yamaha XV500 Virago: review, history, specs

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Yamaha XV500
Manufacturer
Also called Virago 500, XV500SE,
Production 1983 - 1986
Class Cruiser
Successor Yamaha XV535
Engine
Bore / Stroke 73.0mm x 59.0mm
Compression ratio 9.3:1
Top Speed 94 mph (152 km/h)
Horsepower 48.01 HP (35.8 KW) @ 8000RPM
Torque 30.98 ft/lbs (42.0 Nm) @ 7000RPM
Spark Plug NGK BP7ES '83
NGK BPR7ES '84
Battery YUASA 12N121A-4A-1 '83
YUASA 12N12A-4A-1 '84
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: Telescopic Fork
Rear: Twin Shock Variable Preload
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 3.00-19
Rear Tire 130/90-16
Weight 190.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-145[1]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Fuel Capacity 2.91 Gallon (11.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual

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The Yamaha XV500SE was a v2, four-stroke Cruiser motorcycle produced by Yamaha between 1983 and 1988. It could reach a top speed of 94 mph (152 km/h). Max torque was 30.98 ft/lbs (42.0 Nm) @ 7000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 48.01 HP (35.8 KW) @ 8000 RPM.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a air cooled v2, four-stroke. A 73.0mm bore x 59.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 494.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead cams (ohc).

Drive[edit]

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

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 3.00-19 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 Telescopic Fork while the rear was equipped with a Twin Shock Variable Preload. The XV500SE was fitted with a 2.91 Gallon (11.00 Liters) fuel tank.

1983[edit]

1983 - 1986 Yamaha XV 500[edit]

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The Yamaha Virago 500 was manufactured from 1983 until 1986, when it was indeed changed to the Virago 535. At this point the monoshock assembly was abandoned in favor of traditional shocks mounted on either side.

Specifications[edit]

Make Model Yamaha XV 500 Virago
Year 1983 - 86
Engine Type Four stroke, 70°V-Twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
Displacement 494 cc / 30.1 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 73 x 59 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression 9.3:1
Induction 2x BDS34 Mikuni carburetors
Ignition Transistorized
Starting Electric
Max Power 44 hp / 32.1 kW @ 7500 rpm
Max Torque 41.6 Nm / 30.7 ft-lb @ 7000 rpm
Transmission 5 Speed
Final Drive Shaft
Front Suspension Telescopic forks
Front Wheel Travel 150 mm / 5.9 in
Rear Suspension Dual shock variable preload
Rear Wheel Travel 100 mm / 3.9 in
Front Brakes Single 298mm discs 2 piston caliper
Rear Brakes Drum
Front Tire 3.00 S19
Rear Tire 130/90-16
Dry Weight 182 kg / 401 lbs
Wet Weight 190 kg / 418 lbs
Fuel Capacity 13.5 Liters / 3.5 US gal
Consumption Average 51 mpg
Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0 14.1 m / 40.0 m
Standing ¼ Mile 13.7sec / 98 mph
Top Speed 175 km/h / 109 mph


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References[edit]

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