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‘82 Yahama XV750 – Hageman Motorcycles

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Andrew in Brat, Café Racer. 25 comments

As a card-carrying member of the XV750 owner’s club, I’m always on the lookout for sweet examples of the species to share with you, our beloved readers. And if there’s one place on this planet that I’m almost certainly going to find the best examples of these fine creatures, it’s the sunny wetlands of Tampa, Florida. Specifically, they seem to congregate in large numbers around the workshop of one Greg Hageman, a.k.a ‘Doc’s Chops’. This breeder of beautiful bikes has just landed 1st place in the Yamaha Bolt build-off, but never one to stay in a place for long, he’s now back in his Florida nest. And just look at what he’s hatched up now…

“This ‘82 750 Virago is one I’d refer to as a more budget friendly bike,” says Greg. “I made this to fit into the $8k range. Granted that’s not cheap, but you can’t skimp on the important things that still make the bike reliable, dependable and safe. Bringing a 30 year old bike back into the 21st century isn’t just a matter of a little paint and polish.”

“In the pictures you’ll note I originally set it up with a single carb, but I wasn’t satisfied with the past 1/2 throttle performance, so I took it off and have now installed a set of new Mikuni VM34s. I’ve also been running them on my 920s for a while now. And man oh man, those things turned this anemic 750 into an animal; now she wicks quickly up to the 8500rpm redline with a smile. The 2-into-1 exhaust and muffler do their part, too.”

“The front forks are from a 920 and are lowered 2″ internally and 1″ up in the trees. There’s also progressive springs installed. The front wheel is actually a rear Seca 18″ rim converted with a kit made by Matt Dunlavey. It’s running a pair of Kenda tires; 120/90/18 at the front and 130/90/16 at the rear. There’s Tarozzi clip-ons, Dime City Rearsets and a Dime City seat. I also build the bolt on subframe unit for these and sell them on ebay. It uses the stock XV750 tank and raises the rear about 3 inches to straighten up the lines.”

“I blacked everthing out and had Craig Skivers from Craig Paints Bikes apply the tank black and the ‘Variant’ logos. All the other black bits were powder coated by Profab in Clearwater. I know a lot of people prefer the Viragos with the laced wheels. Well, the ones I use to convert them are apparently made of ‘unobtainium’,  so they aren’t cheap. And the rear rim must be drilled specifically to the correct offset, so I have to charge an additional fee to convert them. The Benelli tanks I’ve used on other builds also seem to be going that way. The whole idea with this bike is to have a quality starting point so it could be added on to later, or just ridden as is.”

And the coolest thing about this build? If you like what you see here, you might be interested to hear that the bike is on eBay right now. I kid you not when I say that if I weren’t sitting here, on the other side of the world, I’d be begging my better half to give me the keys to the vault. Pleading even. So what are you state-siders waiting for?

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  • spyra78

    it is nice indeed but nothing new really… there is quite few Viragos going this style way..

  • Sbaugz

    I would tend to agree with you on this although doc invented this look.

    • spyra78

      tru dat… but still.

    • BoxerFanatic

      Greg Hageman is the XV-guy at Doc’s Chops. One in the same guy. I am not sure if this bike was done outside of Doc’s Chops purview, or why it is labeled as Hageman Motorcycles, instead of Doc’s Chops.

      Although, I must say, that Classified Moto’s first XV920 build preceded the Doc’s Chops bikes, at least in terms of public exposure. However, Doc’s/Hageman has built more of them. (I believe this is the fifth that has been publicized, where Classified has built 2 examples that have gotten attention, and a privateer built one quite similar to Classified’s version…

      And they all look fantastic. This 750 looks like a great middle-ground between the Docs brightly colored Benelli-tank wearing 750 and 920 cafe racers, and their more classic-looking XV1100 Vincent homage bike.

      They brought my attention to an air-cooled 90-degree V-twin spine frame bike… itself a nod to Vincent Motorcycles, and I have liked that format ever since, with the affordability and hopefully reliability of a Yamaha donor.

      • JBB2

        >why it is labeled as Hageman Motorcycles, instead of Doc’s Chops.

        From the site:
        “New Name! Docs Chops is now Hageman Motorcycles”

        • BoxerFanatic

          Excellent, good to know that the trade name has changed.

      • Bob Ratcaf

        I believe it is a 75 degree V-twin rather than 90…

  • revdub

    I think Greg has perfected this art. I don’t think it’s possible for a cafe XV to get any cleaner.

  • It’s amazing what it it does to the look of a Virago by raising the rear of the tank and cleaning up the tank/seat line. Black and chrome is always appropriate and adds class to what looks (at first) to be a beautiful Yamaha factory concept bike.

  • Michael Martens

    Cannot be a cooler bike for the money than this. Greg invented and perfected the xv cafe bike. This one has it all for a great price.

  • bartsky

    if Yamaha had the least clue about selling bikes that people actually want to buy they’d hire doc’s chops as design consultants.

    • Yamaha had a Q&A session with him last week. I was with him when they picked his brain a little. One thing that stood out for me was that he was told by a top Yamaha Exec. that their R&D department keeps saying that if they had no restrictions or regulations to work around, they would build bikes that look similar to Greg’s Virago and Bolt builds. I know he was humbled knowing they were in tune with his work.

      • The ‘ties’ are always the problem in every moto corporation.
        I have the feeling that most of them have never spread a leg over a bike, and that explains everything about their cold-hearted attitude.


    Not bad!

  • Apologies for the typo in the title. Unfortunately, once it’s gone live we can’t change it without breaking the links, FB likes etc.

    We’re currently in negotiations with Yamaha to change their name. We’ll keep you updated on how things go… 😉

  • frozen55

    Great style!
    Can you please let me know the size of the wheels?

  • coldsunshine

    I like. I wonder why if one was going to make such a clean build, they wouldn’t turn the forks? Maybe to leave the option of putting the front fender back on?

  • rye
    • Sure looks it…

      • rye

        Guess thats the difference between 3k and 8k. Eitherway neither are groundbreaking.

      • rye

        Yeah looks 5k different.

      • rye

        Guess it depends on your definition of ‘budget’

  • cale

    @andrew: i thought the typo was refer to Yahama (Yamaha Hageman), LOL. Nice bike anyway, good job!

  • emeglasson

    this bike is worth well over 8 grand in my book. I spent more than that on my own Virago build, NOT including my time!

  • meh another Virago Scmrago … they guy has found his niche tho