Spin Cycle Industries Yamaha Virago XV750 Goes from Cruiser to Bruiser
Yamaha introduced the Virago XV750 in 1981 and, almost immediately, it convinced many-a-skeptic that the Japanese company could build a competent American-style V-twin cruiser. Furthermore, it looked the part, with a steeply raked front fork, low seat, and plenty of chrome components. Small wonder, then, that Yamaha built the XV750 for more than a decade-and-a-half.
And because the XV750 was in production so long, a whole lot of them were made. As a result, not a whole lot of people object when one gets modified. And when it comes to modified XV750s, this one from Bend, Oregon’s Spin Cycle Industriesis about as snazzy as they get.
Spin Cycle’s two principals, Eric Meglasson and Josh Edgar, started out with a 1982 Virago XV750. They replaced the stock fork with one off a 2001 Yamaha R1 (with help from John Ryland at Classified Moto), while the front wheel, brake master cylinder and switchgear were sourced from an ’09 Yamaha R6. The seat frame comes from Vulture Cycles, while the seat pan and pad come from Dime City Cycles. But the headlight bracket, taillight, turn signals, the bracket for the K&N air filter and the fork guards are Eric’s own creation. The frame is powdercoated, and the gas tank is finished in a deep gray with two blue stripes. It all adds up to a mean, lean, almost animal-like profile. We love it.
We also love the fact that the 748cc V-twin hasn’t really been messed with. Sure it inhales through the aforementioned K&N filter, exhales through a pair of one-off stainless steel pipes capped by Vance & Hines baffles, and has been spruced up to sparkle like the rest of the bike, but the basics remain the same. As a result, figure on about 55hp and 48 lb.-ft of torque being sent to the transmission and driveshaft, plenty for a day of canyon-running fun.
And if you want to be the one having that fun, there’s good news: Spin Cycle Industries is offering this yummy Yamaha for sale. The $13,000 asking price might seem a little steep to some, but considering all the time, money and love that went into it (and what the net result of all that is), we think that’s a pretty fair number. Plus, Eric says he would be willing to deliver it himself within Oregon state lines, and that he’ll throw in a free hat! Now you really are out of excuses for not jumping on thisopportunity!