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bernie 01-Apr-2017 08:52
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Phil AZ 26-Jan-2014 22:13
I have a 1994 virago xv750, my oil viewing window is really cloudy, therefore I can't see how much oil is in the bike. Is there any way of cleaning it?
Fernando 21-Feb-2013 22:28
I have a virago xv 1100 ,I cannot find what the problem is ,no spark at all,i send the cdi for a test but it's fine,all the electrics parts inside the engine been checked also but no success .
help needed.
Mike Cotter 04-Jan-2013 01:48
thanks for all the info and pictures i just recently purchased a 1979 FC35 i was wondering if you have found a replacement alternator for the Cat 3208 thanks
DAVE CANDLISH 14-Jun-2012 16:06
How do I order a Yellow NO OPD sticker, Thanks
Guest 12-Oct-2011 02:13
Virago 1100 96 Special. In Knoxville TN- out runs my cruiser buddys on the curves on 129 to Deals Gap, Cherohala and the Devils Triangle, and Blue Ridge. My bike is tricked out nicely, Jarnine pipes, forward controls, straight handlebars. Purchased in Plano TX. Always starts. Always runs strong. Handles like a dream in these mountain switchbacks. I salute my fellow Virago fans.
James Culbert 09-Sep-2011 20:58
Still riding Speedway at Glasgow Tigers circuit at Ashfield in Glasgow.
The Glasgow Tigers are well on the way to be premier league champions 2011. Great season.
Larry Wilke 26-Apr-2011 23:11
I'm trying to locate a left and right chrome trim. One of the pix on your site 3/4 way down on right has a red Virago. The chrome is just under the Virago covers for battery etc. If you could e-mail me, I can send a pix of what I am looking for. I don't even know how to begin to locate this item. Thanks for any help you can give.
Terry 22-Apr-2011 03:01
Hello, Site 2nd to none!!! Anyone ever seen a oil filter relocation for a 1984-on, 700-1000? The one made for the V star 1100 look as they may work. Same filter just a different part No. for the filter cover. It's a pain to remove everything to change the filter. Please let me know. Thanks Terry
Steffen Meland 28-Jul-2010 04:36
Great site! You have done an admirable job documenting all your work with wonderful photography as well.
As an owner of a 1982 FC35 I would like to know how well your "atomizers" on the radiator works? We live in Southern California and either way we travel we have tall mountain passes to cross causing the old Bird to run above 200 degrees for long climbs. The radiator has been cleaned out and everything else works fine but I would like to have a little "insurance" when traveling 20 MPH up those tall mountain passes. How and when do you use the atomizers on your Bird and where would you recommend I purchase a set?
Steffen Meland
Guest 06-Jul-2010 00:25
Thanks for taking the time to document all the work you've done. It's really helped me gain knowledge I may never have gotten on my own. I was hoping I could trouble you with a quick question.

Did you have to extend any of the cabling (gauges, clutch, brake) in order to install the XV750 risers on your XV1100?

Thanks in advance.
Karen Altier 19-Apr-2010 19:07
John, what is your mailing address?
Bill Terry 19-Apr-2010 01:11
I have just run accross your very interesting site. Would like to know more; get on your mailing list; and join the group. I own a 40' 1982 Bluebird, whic i love.
Please send info to Bill Terry 10050 Noriega Drive Pensacola, L 32514 or e-mail to Thanks, Bill Terry
charlie 17-Jan-2010 16:18
where can i find a vacuum line diagram for a 83 yamaha virago 750
Guest 12-Oct-2009 11:02
John, fabulous pictures and illustrations. Thanks for taking the time to document everything so nicely. I don't have a coach but I really enjoy your handy work!
Bill 10-Oct-2009 18:18
Dear John , Fabulous sight. Just A couple of questions please. Im ready to order The forward controls. Are your floorboards also offered by jardine, they seem to be attached to the control assembly. if not, where did you get 'em? Tires: what brand? What size? Keep up the good work. Thanks bill.
Guest 20-Jun-2009 21:51
john finn just saw a program about a john finn that is a metal of honor recipitant. are you that person.

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Matt 13-Mar-2009 19:30
Hi, you have a very nice Virago. I have a '95 1100 with a Chameleon paint job. I have one question for you though. Could you take a picture of where you commected the hoses for your manometer and either post them or email them to me? I can only find the port on the left side for the rear cylinder. Thanks for any help and all the great pics and tips!
ray hook 09-Mar-2009 19:16
hi , i am trying to find out if forks from a 750 virago will fit a 1100 virago . i wonder if you could email me back if you know , kind regards ray
Snacki05-Jul-2008 08:32
Your 'Bird' upgrade pictures were great, thanks for taking the time to document everything so carefully. I enjoyed looking at them. You sure are one heck of a 'Handy Man'
Chris 01-Jul-2008 23:14
Great ideas for the Virago! Will definately try a couple.
Richard Young 18-Mar-2008 23:07

Sorry, should have been John. Reading too many emails.

Need help on my Wanderlodge.

Thanks, Richard Young
Richard Young 18-Mar-2008 23:04

I emialed you a while ago about changing the air bags on my 81FC35. The link you sent me was perfect. However, I lost the paper that I had which gave me the part number for the rear bags. I have already changed the front ones and need to replace the rear. If you could resend me the link, I would greatly appreciate it.

P.S. Great rebuild on your unit. I have only had mine for 5 months, but my wife likes some of your reno's. Looks like you are going to keep me busy for a while with mine.

Thanks again, Richard Young
Don 05-Feb-2008 00:21
thuoghly enjoyed ur pics and how 2 tips n tricks I'm renovating my brothers bike thats been in a shed 12 yrs93 virago 1100 everything gunked up I'm a little leary off rebuilding these carbs thinking off single carb install kit,wish to get rid of small gas tank,fuel pump,pollution garbage,center stand,put on extended forks,is this doable,will it still perform well?Need sum guidence and dirrection!
Don Griffin 30-Nov-2007 17:49
Great to see your recent post on center stand on the Virago forum. I finally got a decent ride, a 95 XV750. Picked it up last Jan in Jacksonville, FL. Let me know the next time your coming through the upstate, coffee is on me.
Spartanburg, SC
kevin johnson 06-Nov-2006 20:22
Can you please elaborate on removing the left pod & pollution control items on your Virago XV1100 and which lines need to be closed and which ones remain open pertaining to the T. Any close up pics of this side of the bike?
Mark Dammann 04-Nov-2006 18:03
Hi john can you please email pics of the hinge on your swing out rad I have a 1980 FC33
that i have to change out ideler pulles I might as well do the swing out rad at this time to Thanks Mark Dammann
Gary Sweetapple 14-Oct-2006 13:28
Your exhausts look like the ones my PO installed on my 1998 XV1100. What are they?
Larry Holland 03-Aug-2006 23:13
Hello John,
Just looked through your pics of the 2005 RATS Rally. Looks like everyone was having a good time. I have a question. Do you know what brand of water heater Crit Bliss put in his coach? I still have the original in my coach (82FC35SB 3208T). Looks good right now, but you never know. Thanks for any info.
By the way, you have a great site.

Larry Holland
82FC35SB 3208T (KANANDARQUE)= Iraquois Indian Name Meaning "Chosen Place"
Canandaigua, N.Y.
E.J. ROULETT 09-Jul-2006 23:21
Thanks for the forward control instructions.Can't fins them anywhere. Have 2005 suzuki Boulevard c 90 and the dealership put forward controls(jardine) but I need to adjust the right(brake side to lower the brake pedal) Thanks again really appreciated !!