Yamaha XV535 Virago 535: review, history, specs

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Yamaha XV535
Also called XV535 Virago, Virago Deluxe
Production 1987 - 2003
Class Cruiser
Predecessor Yamaha XV500
Bore / Stroke 76.0mm x 59.0mm
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Top Speed 96 mph (155 km/h)
Horsepower 43.18 HP (32.2 KW) @ 7500RPM
Torque 34.0 ft/lbs (46.1 Nm) @ 6000RPM
Spark Plug NGK BP7ES '87-01
Battery YUASA YB12AL-A '87-01
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: Telescopic forks, 5.9 in. travel
Rear: Twin shocks with adjustable preload, 3.1 in. travel
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 3.00-19
Rear Tire 140/90-V15
Wheelbase 59.84 inches (1520 mm)
Length 87.6 inches (2225 mm)
Width 30.71 inches (780 mm)
Height 44.09 inches (1120 mm)
Seat Height 28.35 inches (720 mm)
Weight 401.24 pounds (182.0 Kg) (dry), 183.0 kg (wet)
Oil Capacity 0.74 Gallon (2.80 Liters)
Oil Filter K&N KN-145[1]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Fuel Capacity 3.57 Gallon (13.50 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 5.60 liters/100 km (17.9 km/l or 42.00 mpg)
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Manuals 1992 Yamaha XV535 D Owners Manual

1992 Yamaha XV535 B Owners Manual
1993 Yamaha XV535 E Owners Manual
1995 Yamaha XV250 Owners Manual
1994 Yamaha XV535 F Owners Manual
1995 Yamaha XV535 G Owners Manual
1996 Yamaha XV535 H Owners Manual

1997 Yamaha XV535 J Owners Manual
More Manuals

The Yamaha XV535DX Virago was a V-twin, four-stroke cruiser motorcycle produced by Yamaha between 1988 and 2003. It could reach a top speed of 96 mph (155 km/h). Max torque was 34.0 ft/lbs (46.1 Nm) @ 6000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 43.18 HP (32.2 KW) @ 7500 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a air cooled v2, four-stroke. A 76.0mm bore x 59.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 535.0 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 multi-disc, manual.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 3.00-19 front tire and a 140/90-V15 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic forks, 5.9 in. travel while the rear was equipped with a Twin shocks with adjustable preload, 3.1 in. travel. The XV535DX Virago was fitted with a 3.57 Gallon (13.50 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 401.24 pounds (182.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 59.84 inches (1520 mm) long.

History[edit | edit source]

Choppers (those caricatures of motorcycles with their exaggeratedly long front forks) were born in the US during the Sixties and quickly inspired the Japanese factories to produce Americanized "cruiser" models. The fashion took longer to catch on in Europe, but during the late 1990s custom bikes, represented more than 13 percent of the European market, with the Yamaha XV535 dominating the scene.

Redefining the Everyday Motorcycle[edit | edit source]

Custom styling underpinned a new trend towards sensible, practical bikes putting greater emphasis on enjoying riding in a laid back, safety-conscious manner rather than emphasizing sheer performance. Modern custom bikes have stylishly reinvented a forgotten role of the motorcycle, that of providing civilized daily transportation. Easy to ride, clean and economical, the XV535 was also extremely competitively priced, making it the best-seller in its category.

Stylish and Trouble-Free[edit | edit source]

With a low saddle height making it easy to handle, the XV535 keeps its center of gravity as near the ground as possible by employing a stylish tear-drop fuel tank that only holds a 1.3-gallon reserve supply; the main 2.25-gallon tank is mounted beneath the saddle. The generous use of chrome plating sets off the engine (which, following American tradition, simply has to be a V-twin, whose torque and flexibility suit such a bike to perfection) to maximum advantage.

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1994[edit | edit source]

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1988 - 1998 Yamaha XV 535 DX Virago[edit | edit source]

The XV 535 DX Virago it was the first of their cruiser motorcycles and it certainly lasted well. The Yamaha XV DX 535 is basic, trusted, easy to ride and with unchallenging but enjoyable performance. The XV 535 DX Virago has a clear, analogue speedo but no fuel light or rev counter. However, the reserve switch is on the bars, which is a bonus. Good mirrors but they do vibrate at high revs.

2000 Yamaha XV535 Virago[edit | edit source]

2000 Yamaha XV535 Virago

The 1999 Yamaha XV535 Virago is the perfect cruiser one could ride to hone in his or her skills prior to making a move to the big-bore machines. Light, compact and reassuring, the 535cc Virago is a bike which ladies seem to enjoy quite a lot, for its low saddle, comfy ergonomics and easy maneuverability.

This bike is perfect for swift city slicing, but adding a luggage system and a windscreen instantly turns it into a bike with serious touring potential, and if you're not looking for 100 mph highway hauls, then you're all set: a dependable, economical and fun ride for pretty much any rider.

In Media[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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