View Full Version : Virago xv1100 Bobber build

05-24-2017, 6:04 AM
Long time lurker, first time poster. I figured it was time to start a thread on a winter build I had going since mostly all the ideas came from this forum.

So, long story short. I had this virago 700 half a dozen years ago, but I didn't really end up liking the struts, dual carbs, or the excessive wiring. So I sold it after a few months.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/27524bd0224abc97d.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/27524bd0224abc97d.jpg.html)

Then, cruising ebay I scored a very cheap, mislabeled Mikuni TM42 flatslide carb (same as HSR42). So, all I needed was a bike to hang off the back of it. I found this one owner 1100 for $500 and snatched it up. It was an unfinished bobber project that looked like this the day I brought it home.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00917.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00917.jpg.html)

...more to come

05-24-2017, 6:16 AM
I pulled everything off the bike and within 2 weeks had most of it sold. I welded in a cross brace and then a plate underneath where the seat will go to hide the cdi box and the rest of the various wiring. Also added some frame gussets for the key switch and to hide the wiring/fuse box.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00986.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00986.jpg.html)

Next up was a floating rear fender from the front of a 70's Japanese standard. Bent up my first sissy bar and welded a lower mount on the swingarm to finish the mounting. Honda rebel shocks dropped the rear end about 2".

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00987.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00987.jpg.html)

Various other things in no particular order... lowered forks 2", Harley 8" risers with flopped bars I had lying around, GSXR master cylinder, painted wheels metal flake gold, MX pegs, cheap skyjacker shock boots, new tires.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00989.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00989.jpg.html)

05-24-2017, 6:29 AM
Shaved and polished the upper triple trees and mounted a speedo. Here you can see i had to cut the harley top clamp to equal the spread of the riser mounting holes of the virago.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00993.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00993.jpg.html)

Also finished up the sissy bar by adding a brake light/plate mount. Speed holes for the win.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00990.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00990.jpg.html)

Shaved everything I could off the frame, welded new front mounts for the cm400 tank, and painted the swingarm and sissy bar.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00998.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00998.jpg.html)

05-24-2017, 6:33 AM
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00997.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00997.jpg.html)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00995.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00995.jpg.html)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC00996.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC00996.jpg.html)

Don't know if you can see it but I put some run/turn led marker lights in the rear frame holes under the seat. This bike is going to be pretty much street legal.

05-24-2017, 10:53 AM
Its nice to see another Virago being customized. Seems like most people dismiss them as learner bikes/girls bikes.

Ive got a 535 that Ive been messing with. Single carb conversion, crappy custom exhaust, 12 inch apes, the same rebel springs you got, and Im currently fabbing some mounts for Sportster forward controls. Next up is trying to find a new gas tank so I can throw the lower main tank in the trash.

05-25-2017, 6:12 AM
looking good

05-28-2017, 6:24 AM
Looking good so far. Whatever you do please don't use a seat with springs. I'd make a low profile seat that would follow the line of the frame. It's got a nice flow as is.

05-28-2017, 6:25 AM
Also what kind of paint did you use on the wheels?

05-28-2017, 11:48 AM
Looking good so far. Whatever you do please don't use a seat with springs. I'd make a low profile seat that would follow the line of the frame. It's got a nice flow as is.

The seat is going to be sitting on top of the frame rails covering the fuse box and cdi. I glassed in an elevator bolt which will have a wingnut on it to hold it down. Easy access.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01087.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01087.jpg.html)

My own diamond stitching...

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/SEAT4.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/SEAT4.jpg.html)

The wheel paint is duplicolor metal etch primer, metallic gold base, gold glitter blast, then clear. $20 for both wheels.

05-28-2017, 12:05 PM
A little out of order here, but, the intake manifold is a common Virago DIY design. The idea being to give each cylinder equal length runners. I matched the inner diameter pipe size with the intake port size. It got cleaned up a little before final install.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01007.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01007.jpg.html)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01003.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01003.jpg.html)

Next was the exhaust. The front head pipe was good, the rear was junk, and so was the rest. To make it easy on myself I cut the head flange off the rear and built off that. Simple 2-1 with a baffle. First pic shows the difference in pipe diameter... That with the big carb should let it breath a little easier.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01006.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01006.jpg.html)

Homemade baffle has a plug welded in the middle and is wrapped with some stainless pot scrubbers. Might be too restrictive as is, but will be easy to take out and open up a little.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01011.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01011.jpg.html)

Probably 15-20 lbs. lighter.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01015.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01015.jpg.html)

I tried to tuck it in as close as I could...

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01013.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01013.jpg.html)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01012.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01012.jpg.html)

05-30-2017, 8:36 AM
Looking very good. I like your exhaust very much. And bravo for no seat springs. Springs on top of springs just doesn't look right to me.

06-01-2017, 10:37 AM
And bravo for no seat springs. Springs on top of springs just doesn't look right to me.

Couldn't agree more...

$40 tank paint job. If I decide I'm going to keep it I'll add some spraymax clear on top. The reason I say "if" is because the wheels are bright, and this tank is bright. I almost think if I had painted either/or black it might of looked a lot better. We'll see.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01064.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01064.jpg.html)

It was me, the only guy in the place, standing in line at the fabric store while holding my pink lace. I got some looks.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01065.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01065.jpg.html)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01089.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01089.jpg.html)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/TANK6.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/TANK6.jpg.html)

06-01-2017, 7:11 PM
Awesome transformation

06-05-2017, 4:02 AM
Very nice build, especially on a Virago.

06-11-2017, 8:42 AM
After having gas in the tank for about 18 hours I discovered that it was weeping a little gas. Not much, just enough to feel moisture on my fingertips. So, it was drain, clean, and one more coat of redcoat. Pain in my ass. On the plus side, I fired it up. Choke worked as it should, set idle air screw, then idle, even revved it up a little bit, ran good.

While waiting for the redcoat, I shortened the kickstand so it doesn't look like it will fall over anymore. Also soldered my throttle cables. Diy vs custom. $15 vs $80 Needless to say, I'm happy.

Anyway, the tank's not exactly on, but you guys get the idea.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01097.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01097.jpg.html)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01101.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01101.jpg.html)

06-11-2017, 2:45 PM
sweet. what carb is that?

06-12-2017, 8:49 PM
That pipe is HOTT man. Well done

06-14-2017, 5:57 PM
sweet. what carb is that?

mikuni tm42, basically the exact same as an hsr42

03-05-2019, 1:38 PM
Sweeeeeeet just the sought of look I am looking for. Bring on summer. ����

03-05-2019, 4:43 PM
Sweeeeeeet just the sought of look I am looking for. Bring on summer. ����

Now is the time to work on your bike summer is for riding........... Glad to have you here.....

03-07-2019, 10:06 AM
Very cool!

04-28-2019, 1:18 PM
Thanks for this, I’ve just been given an early XVS1100 this is a real inspiration

05-16-2019, 8:04 AM
Haven't been on this site in a while. Update. These pics are about a year old but here's the story. The tank never held gas, finally found a replacement tank and just ran it. The bars have been changed a couple of times from the pics, I'll update eventually. I've added a bunch more stainless pot scrubbers to the pipe, still VERY loud, but good. Carb was really easy to get to about 95%, haven't bothered to try and tune it better as the bike pulls hard everywhere and the plugs are nice and tan. Lots of torque with instant throttle response. Changed a bunch of little things here and there, but no real problems to speak of.

I've got an idea to seal the backbone that Yamaha used as an airbox, and have the Honda tank gravity feed into it, then a bung/petcock to feed the carb. I think it would add over a gallon capacity. Never got around to it this year, maybe next winter.

https://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01158%202.jpg (https://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01158%202.jpg.html)

https://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01155%202.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01155%202.jpg.html)

05-17-2019, 8:15 AM
https://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk218/requiemer/virago/DSC01155%202.jpg (http://s281.photobucket.com/user/requiemer/media/virago/DSC01155%202.jpg.html)

Is that an Ohio plate I see peeking out?

Bike is looking good Sir!

05-17-2019, 11:50 AM
Nice looking bike