Yamaha XV920 Virago 920: review, history, specs

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Yamaha XV920
Also called XV920RH, XV 920 RH, XV920MK, XV 920 MK, Midnight Special, Virago
Production 1981 - 1983
Class Cruiser
Successor Yamaha XV1000
v2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 92.0mm x 69.2mm
Compression ratio 8.3:1
Top Speed 105 mph (169 km/h)
Horsepower 47.47 HP (35.4 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 56.06 ft/lbs (76.0 Nm) @ 5000RPM
Ignition electronic
Spark Plug NGK BP7ES '82 , '83 , '83
Battery YUASA SY50-N18L-A '82
YUASA Y50-N18L-A '83 , '83
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed
Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: 37mm Showa Leading Axle
Rear: monoshock
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Front Tire 100/90-19
Rear Tire 130/90-16
Wheelbase 59.84 inches (1520 mm)
Length 86.61 inches (2200 mm)
Width 33.07 inches (840 mm)
Height 47.44 inches (1205 mm)
Seat Height 29.53 inches (750 mm)
Weight 496.04 pounds (225.0 Kg) (dry), 237.2 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-145[1]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 3.8 Gallon (14.38 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 5.22 liters/100 km (19.2 km/l or 45.06 mpg)
Related Yamaha XV250
Yamaha XV535
Yamaha XV700
Yamaha XV750
Yamaha XV920R
Yamaha XV1000
Yamaha XV1100
Competition Honda VT1100C, Suzuki VS800, Kawasaki VN750A
Manuals Service Manual

The Yamaha XV920 Virago was a V-twin, four-stroke cruiser motorcycle produced by Yamaha between 1981 and 1983. It could reach a top speed of 105 mph (169 km/h). Max torque was 56.06 ft/lbs (76.0 Nm) @ 5000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 47.47 HP (35.4 KW) @ 6500 RPM.


The 920 Virago was first introduced in 1982 as a bigger version of the XV750 Virago. It really had no competition in the US that wasn't significantly larger or smaller. It could be had with an electronic dash that showed speed and R.P.M.'s digitally. A well known problem was the starter, which due to poor design often started slipping at low mileage. When tuned well they were very quick off the line and capable of being ridden long distances, the only real limitation being the small fuel capacity.


The engine was a air cooled v2, four-stroke. A 92.0mm bore x 69.2mm stroke result in a displacement of just 920.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a overhead valves (ohv).


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


It came with a 100/90-19 front tire and a 130/90-16 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a 37mm Showa Leading Axle while the rear was equipped with a monoshock. The XV920MK was fitted with a 3.8 Gallon (14.38 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 496.04 pounds (225.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 59.84 inches (1520 mm) long.




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