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Getting back on two wheels…

Tell us a little about you, and of course... about your bike!!

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marines0341
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Location: Georgia USA
What Virago you Own: 1984 XV700 Virago

Getting back on two wheels…

Post by marines0341 » Wed Aug 31, 2022 8:42 am

Howdy y’all! My name is Jerry, and I’m from near Ft. Stewart, GA, USA. It’s been a long while since I’ve owned a bike or even ridden; and truthfully, if not for my amazing bride Shy, I probably still wouldn’t have a bike at all. When we met in ‘08 I had a Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C, and we loved riding and did so often. However, the economy being what it was then, I couldn’t afford the bill and had to let the bike go. We’ve not had a bike since.

Jump to September last year. I asked my bride what she would like for her birthday, and she said that she wanted to learn to ride. I thought she was kidding me, but she assured me that she was serious, so the search for an appropriate bike began. I knew that she wanted a cruiser type bike, so we began at the dealerships (Harley and Indian). The problem we were having is Shy is 5’3” and we weren’t find anything that fit her properly.

Next, I turned to the inter-webs. I searched for lists of best motorcycles for smaller riders, and for lists of the best used bikes. After cross referencing old magazine articles, lists and forums the one that kept popping up is the Yamaha Virago! Armed with this new information, we were ready to find an appropriate bike and we did! We purchased a 1984 Yamaha XV700 Virago!
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The bike had been relegated to the back burner, but I’ve made the time to wrench on it more here recently and will be sharing progress soon! First, I’ve got to go through the carbs and get it running and on the road!
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—Jerry

“A long ride is the answer to your questions you will soon forget.”
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faffi
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Location: Norge
What Virago you Own: 1982 XV750 with XV1100 engine, Seca rear wheel, XT600Z shock, Seca 650 fuel tank

Re: Getting back on two wheels…

Post by faffi » Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:15 am

Welcome! Lucky man to have a woman that wants to ride 8-)
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a motorcycle.

waspanman
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Location: UK
What Virago you Own: 1995 535 1996 750

Re: Getting back on two wheels…

Post by waspanman » Wed Aug 31, 2022 1:01 pm

Wow, you have a tall wife, mine is only just over 5' 1" and also has a 750 though it's a 96 model, not her, the bike.
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Location: Oakland CA
What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100. My dad has a 1996 XV535. I also ride a 2008 SV650S and 2004 Yamaha TTR125. Currently restoring a 50cc Yamaha Champ moped

Re: Getting back on two wheels…

Post by jsyzdek » Wed Aug 31, 2022 6:05 pm

waspanman wrote:
Wed Aug 31, 2022 1:01 pm
it's a 96 model, not her, the bike
:lol:
Made my day!!!

My wife is 4'10". Yeah. I think a 50cc moped is about as big as she may be able to ride :) or a minibike :) She does want to learn though, so when I finally find some time, I'll probably think about something for her...
When I get around to restoring that 50cc Yamaha Champ (property of my old neighbor), maybe I can have her try it before I hand it over to its proper owner.
Keep Calm and Ride On!

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What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100. My dad has a 1996 XV535. I also ride a 2008 SV650S and 2004 Yamaha TTR125. Currently restoring a 50cc Yamaha Champ moped

Re: Getting back on two wheels…

Post by jsyzdek » Wed Aug 31, 2022 6:07 pm

marines0341 wrote:
Wed Aug 31, 2022 8:42 am
Howdy y’all! My name is Jerry, and I’m from near Ft. Stewart, GA, USA.
Welcome to the family :)
Keep Calm and Ride On!

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What Virago you Own: 1984 XV700 Virago

Re: Getting back on two wheels…

Post by marines0341 » Sat Sep 03, 2022 3:50 pm

I didn’t realize my bride was so tall :lol: thanks for the warm welcome!
—Jerry

“A long ride is the answer to your questions you will soon forget.”
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