Yamaha Virago XV 535 Custom Cruiser, Full Road Review Complete How To…

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Arwin Aranda: Sounds nice… thanks for that Video. I´m looking for a bike to travel with, I´m just starting riding motorcycles and I´m still looking for the right one for the beginning. D Would I be able to travel with that Bike. D

Max Speed Media: Great review. I have a Virago 250 that I modded and I love the bike. These little Yamaha’s are great little motorcycles. They handle and sound fantastic!

sweetpink: what is the top speed?

spidiq8: Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I know nothing about the 500, it must have been a model which wasn’t sold in the UK as i’m completely unfamiliar with it. If it’s a V twin then they’re all very similar in design and reliability, only thing i’d say is the older it is, the more thoroughly you need to check it over for wear and tear but all the models of virago i’ve seen are typically well looked after and sturdy.

spidiq8: The UK bike market is currently in a slump, the only thing selling well are new, nearly new and rare. I haven’t checked the going rate for the virago in a good while but know a few people who’ve bought tidy ones recently for £700 – £900 which I consider a bargain, these bikes tend to have been looked after, maintained and not mercilessly thrashed and a couple of years ago you’d be looking at £1500 for a good one and more for pristine

lastonejay: I have a 96 and it hasn’t let me down in the 10 years I’ve had it. Everything you have mentioned in this video is spot on. Although I would like a bigger bike I just can’t bare to part with it.

spidiq8: Thanks, glad you enjoyed. Shift pattern on the 535 is 1 down, 2345 up, neutral between 1 and 2 just standard Japanese left foot shift pattern.

spidiq8: It’ll cruise comfortably at 80, if the headwind is strong it can be a problem with the upright seating position but fitting an aftermarket highway screen will sort that.

Doug D: Okay, thanks1

spidiq8: On long runs, maybe, the only way to know is to try it but if you feel cramped on one of these you would on most bikes apart from taller ‘adventure’ styled machines. You can get highway/cruising pegs and forward controls though

spidiq8: Thankyou, i’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope it was useful. )

mxkcrm: Im 6´1 with 32-34 inseam and this was my first bike back in 09. Its a great first bike but I found myself wanting to take it to a shop to see if moving the foot brake and the shifter forward was possible and maybe raising the handle bar. My legs felt too cramped and I honestly think I looked goofy on a small bike. Still have the bike in my garage to this day though, I just turn it on here and take it around the block to stretch its legs 🙂

spidiq8: Thanks, glad you did. A great bike and i’m sure you’d enjoy it if you get one.

joowtoow: you mentioned the switch gear on the handlebar, i am new to this so i wondered what it does when it is a manual gearbox

Hammie4366: Hi great review. I was looking at buying one of these but like you i have concerns about the fuel tank capacity situation. I have been looking at a few on ebay but really dont know what looks ok and what might be a con. Is it possible to fit a bigger petrol tank to this bike? I am going to buy one its just sometimes finding a bike that is 18 yr old had 8 owners and still only has 9800 miles seems a bit sus to me.

But thank you cos i didnt know these bikes were made till 2007.

spidiq8: Just checked on mine and and the sound is there and fine. Possibly a localised setting specific to your country? though i’ve never had anyone saying they have problems with sound.

Frost Boy: Hey this is a great review, could you tell me if these are the stock exhausts please?

oOVirileOo: Thanks for the review, very helpful. Nice work 🙂

spidiq8: Theres no way at all that the tank was 1.5 gallon, and going one a couple of people I knew who owned the previous models I recall they used to get 90-100 miles before reserve

DJ Joyride (US): This was my first bike. The 750cc model, and it was perfect.

Karl ace: This is a very good review for a good little bike. I may even buy one now. keep up the good work spidiq8

Joyce Blakely: Sorry could not get back to you sooner. Well me and the HARLEY didn’t get on, i’m short and not very strong ( I know you can balance on any size bike) I found it very heavy to manuvre around in idle eg in and out of garage and yard. I have a problem with an old injury and scar on my right hand and found it very sore on any length of run as the straight bar had me leaning my hand hard aginst the scar on the heel of my hand.

I prefer forward controls and Harley add on are just to long for me.

Joyce Blakely: Yeh, I would prefer the v twin myself I will be going for the Varigo as I will be tourig and rallying with hubby on his BMW, I really liked the video, the info was very helpful. I found the Harley not all they were cracked up to be, thats why Im going back to a mid size cruiser as I like the forward control and lighter bike. You say the pipe burns if you hit it with your leg, could you wrap the pipe to fix this. (nothing wrong with the Bullet LOL, Id love one myself I love retro style bikes)

Joel S: I have thought about buying a 535 for a long time. This review was very helpful and very well done. Easy to see a lot of time was spent putting this together.

Thank you for your efforts and compliments on a job well done.

EazyDuz18: 100, takes a while to get there though, DO NOT buy this bike or any other cruiser for speed, they are for posing and cruising at up to 70mph comfortably

Sale669: Nice review man. What’s the max. speed of 535 Virago, I mean very max. and decent engine friendly max?

spidiq8: No problem. I hope she enjoys it, the only things to watch for are the angled brass battery terminal vibrating loose which causes very sluggish starting, (if fitted), I loctited mine. and the Carb Diaphragms if it’s been sat unused for any length of time. Otherwise I couldn’t fault mine, (maybe a bigger fuel tank!)

Cyrus Stothard: Is there any cheap and reliable 400 cruisers available in the uk or northern Ireland thanks

883superlow1: Many thanks for your excellent review. As a result my wife one

spidiq8: Not that straightforward, it means relocating the control gear etc. The easy option is a pair of aftermarket ‘highway’ pegs which are just footrests.

spidiq8: The honda shadow was released several years after the 535, additionally the Virago range had been running a long time before the 535 / 700 / 1100 model with more focused cruiser styling had been released.

Frost Boy: Hi this is a really good video. Could you tell me if the xv535 comfortable at motorway speed? Thanks

TheArmyAintCod: getting my xv 500 83 tomorrow for my first bike after passing my test on the 6th! Cant wait such a nice bike!

spidiq8: Thanks for the kind words. This exhaust is an aftermarket one styled on teh stock system and is baffled but not as restrictive as the stock one, the sound is about the same, just slightly quieter on the stock system. Nothing a few simple mods with a carefully weilded power drill won’t cure, 😉

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Capsicumchinense: It’s rare to see such a well organized, nicely shot, articulate review on YouTube. Well done, sir. -A Colonial Cousin

Dulaya Saennok: Is it me or is this video muted?

spidiq8: Technically no, it’s more a case of will you be too tall to be comfortable on the bike for journeys of the length you will be doing, I know 6ft upwards people who ride these at varying distances with no problem, some find it too cramped over distance though, best thing to do is try to find one you can sit on and try it out see what you think

spidiq8: Thankyou, glad you enjoyed it, the Virago is a lovely bike, you’d only be disappointed if you expect extreme performance

spidiq8: They are a great bike, a perfect first ‘big bike’ but low, you might find it a bit cramped on the legs on a long run. Best thing to do is go and look at a few and if possible have a test ride of a decent distance or if not sit on one and see what you think, height is a subjective thing to base bike comfort on, it’s more relative to body length vs leg length, if you’re tall but have short legs for your height it should be pretty comfy, if you have long legs, maybe not. Enjoy if you get one

CleverDjembe: why not just move the pegs?

Jeremiah G: Hi I’m new to motor bikes if I had one of this bikes how would I start it

spidiq8: I don’t know if there was a difference stateside but I can tell you with absolute certainty that the tank was ridiculously tiny, you’d have been lucky to fit 2L of fuel in there, though I never measured i’d honestly say closer to a litre, it was more like an emergency reserve feature, the only benefit was not having to pop the seat to refuel. I think I managed 115 miles at best before flipping to reserve and with the failure rate of the electric switch I just wouldn’t risk it.

Jesse De Reu: Thank you again for this review, covers almost everything I need to know. I’m seriously thinking of buying one. Just not entirely sure of the cc’s, a friend suggested to go for a bigger one like the 1100 right away. But being new to bikes I think I’d like this one better.

Just one more question: does the sound of the bike in the vid come from having its baffles removed, or does it always make this wonderful sound? Cheers!

jason parks: do all virago 535,s have the same exhaust sound. or did you customise the virago in your review. ie maybe taking the mufflers out.

spidiq8: I have no experience with the 250, I would guess size wise it’s very similar but it will certainly be more sluggish, the 535 is not a quickest and if you want a bit more grunt I think the 250 will lose it’s appeal very quickly for you, depends on what you’re used to riding I guess or where you ride, for highway work definitely, the bigger the better.

Ali Hallal: im lookin to get the 1985 yamaha virago 500cc how is that compared to the 95? i see similarties but differences as well. isthe 85 more sporty? also is it good for a beginer? thanks! great video btw

iamthefatstig: Speaking as an ex test/development rider, your reviews are by far the most honest and informative on you tube and in many a magazine. Far, far better info and honesty than a certain weekly bog roll that comes out of Peterborough. Keep up the good words.

Nice to see a warts n all review of a bike without it being sponsored by company xyz. I currently ride a customised Vmax 1200 purely because one of my early bikes was an XV535. I can’t stress how much that great little machine did for my life.

spidiq8: Restrictions on carbed bikes are usually very simple. Baffles in the exhaust, Washers restricting flow in the downpipe to exhaust joint or washers restricting airflow in the carburettor inlet rubbers. All easy to remove, check the exhaust first as the carbs are a pig to get back in.

spidiq8: If it’s definitely not the plugs and you’re firing on the rear cylinder then the logical progression would be check the integrity of the HT circuit, check for splits, shorts etc (darkened shed/garage/at night is easiest to spot tracking), then try replacing the cap, leads etc, (you can also swap the caps round to see if that makes a difference), I can’t remember now if they run off one coil or seperate ones, if seperate, again swap over the HT leads and see if it reverses, check the LT side too.

Kuroperrock: Really nice Video. I´m thinking in getting one as soon as I can. It´s an old fashioned buy reliable motorcycle. I´ll put my hands on her!


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