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‘86 Yamaha XV1100 – Moto Adonis

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Andrew in Brat, Scrambler. 18 comments


God, I have always thought, probably rides a motorcycle. Whatever the ‘G’ word may mean to you, you’ve got to admit that it’s not a hard thing to imagine your higher being of choice tearing across the sky with a celestial version of your dream bike. And for us mortals, it’s not that hard to imagine that what you experience while on a motorbike at speed is probably a more than fair approximation of life as a deity. Which brings us to Moto Adonis from the Netherlands and their purpose in life; summoning fresh spirits from bikes that have long since gone to their greater reward. Here’s their latest build, a resurrected Yamaha XV1100.


Here’s Daan, the Chief Divinity at Moto Adonis. “We’re one of the few shops in the Netherlands which builds customized bikes, like this scrambler. Based in an old factory in Roosendaal, we try to think of all our builds a summoning forth some kind of young god of motorcycles. It is our belief that there is a young and fresh looking design in all the oldies. This build is actually our eighth project which we’ve resurrected.


“The customer was looking for a classic-looking but rough bike, with plenty of power and a solid body. Moto Adonis chose a Yamaha Virago XV1100 as it’s a rare bike in the scrambler scene. We also felt it was a good way to express the unique style of Moto Adonis and to meet the wishes of the customer.

After completely stripping down the bike, the rear part of the frame was cut and replaced with a handmade rear-end and leather seat, which fits the aluminium rear fender perfectly. The stock front end was shortened 8cm and the rear springs were replaced by 44 cm units. With these modifications the bike got the scrambler-style stance we were after.”


“To give the bike more control and better steering, the original handlebars were replaced by dirt track bars. The stock wheels were repainted with a high gloss black, and finished with a fresh set of Metzeler Allroad-tires. The original fuel tank has been replaced with a Honda CB400 unit which has a classic fuel indicator, giving the bike the period details we were looking for. The tail light was custom-made to fit the rear fender and the electrical wiring has been replaced and simplified. And as finishing touch, the battery was placed in a bespoke leather pouch, right behind the rear cylinder.”


We finished it off with a beautifully done paint job in a distinguished, restrained grey and black. The bike was ready to hit the dirt, and the owner was more than a little happy.” Daan, somehow that doesn’t surprise us. Not at all.

  • Nico Swinkels

    pretty damn nice! Good job Daan!

  • Good job trimming the fat here. But damn that motor just looks crammed into the frame.

  • Glen Caines

    Beautiful bike! I just dont see the scrambler connection….

  • Bultaco Metralla

    I really like this, a great build.

  • Tyler Stone

    Love these bikes. Stock they look like a Sportster’s goofy little brother. But they make such gorgeous bikes when you kick them out of that cruiser-stupor.

    • E Brown

      This. I’m not to fond of the stock XVs but I’ve seen some darned nice customs made from them.

  • Jorgan

    Terrible donor bike for a project like this. Build quality looks pretty good, but I can’t get past the fork pitch. Too cruiser.

  • Fantome_NR

    I have a couple of those Asahi Denso fuel cap gauges. They are very trick. One of them is going on to my cb350 café project which is just a paint job and a couple tweaks away from being done. Can’t wait!

  • mtiberio

    when is someone going to make a vincent look-a-like from one of the chain drive versions of this bike?

  • Thanks guys, damn proud to show my work here!

    Take a look on or on fb Moto Adonis for my other work.

  • Davidabl2

    Wonderful bike..But is “scrambler” really the best description for a 1100cc V-Twin that doesn’t even have high pipes?

  • Geno

    Love the quality of this build but there are way too many conflicting angles. Have a look at the first photo… Front suspension, tank decal, cylinders, sub-frame, rear suspension…

  • SwampBadger

    At first I wasn’t sure about this one, but having covered various areas of the bike to work out what’s bugging me, it’s that rear wheel. Make it fractionally larger and suddenly this becomes a fantastic build! Everything but that rear wheel works for me!

  • Britbike

    I used to ‘scramble’ back in the late 60’s, early 70’s, and this is hardly a scrambler. That being said, with a taller, thinner tire in the rear, and a minimal front fender, it would get you a pretty damn fine back road ride. The idea of taking a factory styled cruiser that was cheesy when it was new and turning it into a stylish daily ride is in itself good work.

  • ThatOneGuy

    I can appreciate the work, but…..Everything about it strikes me the wrong way. The bulk in the wrong places, the angles, the messy controls.
    Only good thing I can call out is the color scheme. Strong effort, but on the wrong platform with the wrong selection of pieces, sorry.