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1996 Yamaha Virago Special

Few motorcycles can boast the of Yamaha’s Virago: The first of this machine was introduced in four years before Evolution engine hit the scene. The even had a Softail-style suspension then, though it was actually Yamaha’s clunky mono-cross tail, which later out for a more fashionable twin-shock Could all this have the seminal influence for the Harley of the Reagan era?

Well, not. But it tells how long the has been around. Perhaps the has survived so long in Yamaha’s because of its low profile.

Certainly, the doesn’t scream Harley or Nostalgia Cycle, but rather the rider to make his or her own mind up. In a and a half the twin’s engine has from 750 to 1100cc, and the few minor it originally had have been The result is the well-sorted unit in the 1996 Virago 1100

The motor dominates the Special in way. Cosmetically, the engine’s chromed pieces draw to the V-twin. Without a downtube out the forward cylinder seems to be free from the chassis.

The nicely swept front only emphasizes the point.

you actually ride the bike, the continues to dominate the experience, and a good thing. Quite the bike has more than power — all the time. the throttle, any time, any gear, and the pulls forward eagerly. It even rev to 7000 rpm with minimal complaint, though at elevated engine speed it you can half-hear the engine muse the psyche of anyone who would run it 4000 rpm.

The bike even pull wheelies off the rev it up, dump the clutch, and the front will loft every In other words, the motor is you would expect from wonderful folks who gave you the

And when it comes time to or turn, you can almost hear same wonderful folk see, we can even make it too. The front discs are a of purposeful-looking (if small) drilled that haul the Virago from speed only at the of a somewhat wooden feel and lever effort.

With a firm four-finger there is good retardation but it is almost immediately sabotaged by the Bridgestone Exedras, which squeal and lock up well maximum braking effort is At least when the front lock up, it does so undramatically; off the brake and you’re ready to some more. Out back the tire locks even easily than the front, the rear drum’s excellent power.

Overall, we found the big to have good brakes useful feel; it’s the OEM that disappoint.

The Virago’s is as good as you’d expect a long wheelbase cruiser. you build a bike with a low height and raked-out forks as features, it’s unfortunately that ground clearance and cannot always be part of the This is somewhat true of the

Once the rebound damping is up to position 3 or 4 (something that can be from the seat at a stop the rear shocks handle the of keeping the rear end on the road The engine is still able to its way with the rear wheel to the rear drive shaft and tires, but the shaft effect is not disconcerting. The front end pogos pressed, sacrificing handling for a ride. The low speed handling and however, are superb.

It is easy to roll the machine a U-turn so tight the inside peg

Ergonomically, the Virago is sound. The and thickly padded stock looked and felt pretty It was a pleasant place to put one’s end as the miles rolled by, though as all cruisers, a bedroll behind back is the hot ticket for comfort on a ride.

Fortunately for your stomach muscles, the smallish gas requires a stop every miles or sooner.

Handling and are secondary though, to the cruiser First and foremost, is the look. If you like changing the look of Virago, there are numerous available from Yamaha’s catalog.

The company didn’t have to us twice. We ordered up a bevy of to sample on our 1100 Special.

The was excellent, raising the freeway level to a license busting 85 at which point handlebar and not the wind ended the fun. The tool pouch also up the front end, and even up a small amount of space in the tool box under the sissy About enough to stow a sandwich as emergency rations.

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We more, so on the back of the sissy bar we Yamaha’s sturdy parcel which was cosmetically inobtrusive and as if it belonged. The leather lever were less successful: only a few days, the clutch-side rotated and slipped loose, looking more street than street cruiser. The ties were not leather, but some sort of nylon encased in rubber.

They frayed.

The saddle bags The shock-tower-following lines made it impossible to get a substantial load The bags won’t hold an envelope without bending it, the closure system is fussy, and the won’t win any style contests.

Oh well, back to the bungees.

We decided to order up one of Corbin’s Touring Saddles. The first we noticed about this was how narrow it was. Breaking out the measure, we found it to be about two narrower than the original.

The DTS has a nice, deeply scooped while the stock seat is with a nearly convex surface that caused staffers to howl in pain a couple lengthy stints in the

Installation of the Corbin DTS was simple, as the is a bolt-on replacement for the stocker. We had minor fiddling to do with the seat to the bike, but didn’t to bend or cut anything to make the slide on. The DTS has a distinctive diamond stitched into the seat; it is better than the clean of the stock unit is a matter of

Corbin recommends a 2000-mile period for its saddles, so we’ll let you how it feels once sufficiently by the rapidly spreading editorial

Cruisers are in a class by themselves, it comes to comparison. There are no rules, no performance guidelines bike must pass, and as far as we can no reason why the eighties-style Virago is any or less up to date than the styled cruisers now coming out of What can we say? So far, the is a very enjoyable ride. you wonder about the the looks of the and maybe even wish for tires or a better-damped front

But twist the throttle, and you remember why big twin is so much fun.

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Yamaha XV 750 Special
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