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FORGET ABOUT IT. Greg Hageman’s ‘Fat Vinnie’ Yamaha Virago Bobber

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber, Brat. No Comments

Greg Hageman’s beautiful ‘Vincentification’ of his famous Yamaha Viragos is well documented. Just how he manages to turn a Harley knock-off into something with such style is clearly moto black magic. But his latest Vincent Virago as a much more ‘in-your-face’ creation that’s about as subtle as a baseball bat…

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’82 Yamaha Virago XV 920

Posted on May 14, 2012 by Andrew in Bobber. 58 comments

I figure it’s best, in the interests of being fair and open, that I disclose a shocking and personal fact. I own a Virago. Oh yes, very funny. Laugh it up, ladies. Say what you will, but you know what? I’m an XV owner and proud. Now mine’s not an 920 jobbie like you see here – she’s a MY 1980 XV 750. But let’s not spilt hairs here, a Virago’s a Virago. Every piss weak, Harley Davidson copyin’ inch of them. So just how does such a seemingly lame-ass no-hoper bike suddenly become the darling of the custom scene? Through a series of sow’s ears into silk purses by Classified Moto, Doc Chops and Zero Cafe Racer – do some Google image searching if you are drawing a blank. And it might well be time to add another name to that list. Meet the Virago that Shed-built, um, built.


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Yamaha XV 750 Virago “Reciprocity”

Posted on December 30, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Other. 54 comments

Imagine being asked to build a custom bike for a hitman. That’s what advertising creative John Ryland was commisioned to do by director Sunny Zhao. Although, the “hitman” in question was a fictional character starring in his new film called Reciprocity. It all sounded too good to be true for a ‘part-time builder’, so I asked John a few questions about the project.


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Gravel Crew Virago

Posted on September 12, 2009 by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 6 comments

Originally found this Yamaha XV250 on the marvelous Mulligans Machine. Of course it’s from Gravel Crew in Japan who have such a distinctive style. I still can’t believe it’s a Virago. I see so many of these bikes around the streets but I have never seen one customized (unless you think adding saddle bags and tassels counts). The xv250 is actually a really cheap alternative to the more popular project bikes like the SR400’s. Although I’m not sure they have the same range of custom parts readily available.


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SUPERSIZED. Yamaha XT1100 by Slowbuilt.

Posted on July 18, 2019 by Scott in Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

To say the Yamaha XT500 is a legendary bike would be an understatement. More than 40 years later, it is still one of the best thumpers in motorcycle history. After winning the Paris to Dakar rally shortly after its release in 1976, it paved the way for future enduro and off-road bikes. But what if it was released today as a larger capacity scrambler? Jesper Johansen from Slowbuilt in Copenhagen, Denmark, wanted to build a larger capacity XT with all the retro cues of the original classic – only bigger. “I always loved twin shocks dirt bikes,” he explains. “Especially the Yamaha XT500 and HL500 – had a few over the years, especially the white 1976 model XT with the iconic tank decals.”

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BALLS & CHAIN. 485 Design’s Tough Yamaha XV920 Cafe

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

We wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to Yamaha’s good ol’ Virago Vee. We bloody well love ‘em. But boy, we’ve seen a heap of them. So needless to say that it takes something a little special for us to notice them. Enter Denver’s 485 Designs and their rather unique chain-driven XV920…

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HERD MENTALITY. Two Yamaha XV Cafe Fighters from Moose Motodesign

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

It seems pretty clear to us that there’s something weird going on with the Polish water. Forget fluoride or vapour trails; this conspiracy seems to make entire countries fall in love with certain bikes. Poland’s fate is undying love of Yamaha’s XV…

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RAT RACE. AdHoc’s Twin ‘Hamster’ Yamaha XT350 Trackers

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

C’mon. Admit it. You’ve toyed with the idea of buying a beater bike, customising it and entering a race at your local flat track. But it’s an odds-on bet that you haven’t put your money where your mouth is. Unlike us lazy buggers, one Spanish custom shop had the get up and go to make things happen…

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SLOVAKIAN PIE. Marek Bača’s Immaculate ’82 Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

Losing your virginity is usually a train wreck of cheap alcohol, strange bedrooms, extreme awkwardness and instant regrets. But unlike real life, Hollywood movies – and Slovakia’s Marek Bača – encountered exactly the opposite situation when bustin’ their cherries…

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T YOU LATER. Hageman Motorcycles’ ‘TT500’ Yamaha XSR700 Enduro

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Andrew in Enduro. No Comments

Here’s two men have a passion for Yamahas and a deep respect for their history; Shun Miyazawa, the man behind the Yard Built program and master builder Greg Hageman, who has turned out some of its best work. Now they pay tribute to the legendary TT500…

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