1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands) (Work In Progress)

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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands)

Post by jsyzdek » Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:25 pm

Every vehicle I owned, rented, or borrowed (in this case I had the explicit permission of the owner) got tested for its top speed. Yes, I pulled 112mph (based on GPS, not the speedo) on the XV1100. No windscreen, no tucking down. It is loud, I felt like my neck is going to snap backwards, but I did it. At around 80mph (~130kph) the pressure on the chest becomes significant, but it's just a mild discomfort. At 100mph (160kph) it starts getting really uncomfortable. Once I put the windscreen on, it got a bit louder, but a lot more comfortable otherwise. Some minor adjustments on the positioning of the screen helped with the noise a bunch.

regarding top speed: right up to that moment the bike had plenty of pull. It just levelled off at 112 because the engine hit the redline and wouldn't spin any faster. If it was possible to change the gearing (impossible is nothing, but it's tough with shaft drive) it would probably go faster. Would I do it? just for trying: yes. For actually cruising at high speed I have a sports bike 8-)

With 65 or 70mph speed limit here, I usually don't exceed 90. Tickets get really expensive when you go more than 15mph over the limit. But I had to try what the bike can do, just in case I ever need to pull some maneuver off.

I do miss it a little: the years I lived in Europe. Crossing Germany was always so much fun, but it was a harsh change driving into Belgium or France (or Netherlands) with the 120-130kph speed limit. It's a little better in Poland, where it's 140, but they cannot fine you for catching up at 150, unless it's a sustained speed (average between gates) and usually they don't bother pulling you over until you hit 160 (100mph). Ah well. It's a lot slower than that over here.
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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands)

Post by Dirkzelf » Fri May 07, 2021 4:08 am

In Holland they restricted us to 100 kph now during daytimes, even on 6 lane highways (!), and after 19:00 the 130 comes back on.... 😠 Having a speed demon makes NO longer any sense over here. But hey, we can have a trackday once in a while...
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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands)

Post by jsyzdek » Fri May 07, 2021 3:07 pm

Yeah... the time goes by, the technology gets better, and speed limits only get lower.

Track days are fun, but sometimes I just need to get places quickly!
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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands)

Post by Dirkzelf » Sun May 16, 2021 12:30 pm

ViragoJoe wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:52 pm
Dirk,

The topic about the risers was going from 7/8" bars Virago's have, to 1" bars that would require new risers.

You may be able to find risers online that will fit a Virago and that will tilt back enough to meet your requirements.

With these, you'll just need to pull those puppies down a bit:

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Well guys, thb I'm thinking of changing the handlebar for a wider, more chopper like one, rather than experimenting with the risers after all, getting the grips a little higher up and wider apart, and further back, for some more relaxed style, something more of an apehanger, not as big as the one Joe posted naturally, but you get the idea.

However I'm not sure how far to go. It's just that I don't really like how narrow the stock handlebar is, and how the grip ends are sort of, you know, hanging down.

Does every other handlebar needs longer cables, or is there still some room for me to change bar w/o changing brake and clutch cables?

Anyone here did that "operation"? If you did I'd like to see what yours looks like now!
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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands) (Work In Progress)

Post by ViragoJoe » Thu May 20, 2021 6:36 am

Dirk,

One of the reasons most Virago riders like Buckhorn Handlebars. However, there are riders like yourself who do not like them.


Buckhorn Handlebars Explained

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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands) (Work In Progress)

Post by Dirkzelf » Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:46 am

Thanks Joe, I've been off some time, but I'm back now, and I can inform you that I listened to no one and bought me a new handle bar, and I love it.

New grips and throttle assist with weights coming in soon as well. Although the weights are not really needed, there's virtually no vibes in the handlebar.

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Tbh, I would have liked one size bigger (higher), but then I would have to change all cables and wiring, this one could use all standard cables/wires, just....

I also decided to keep the sissy bar bag on for all rides to have a more relaxed trip. We filled it with unused towels..... not with all the 100 euro bills that were laying around here, we just brought those to the bank. Wife's not happy about the towels though ... :lol:

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I may need another helmet as well, to meet the looks ....

Check me here on the Virago at 30+ Celcius....

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PS: I think I will put the windscreen back on, boy I ate some insects that day.....
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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands) (Work In Progress)

Post by ViragoJoe » Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:55 am

Dirk,

Glad to hear you found the right handlebars for you.
PS: I think I will put the windscreen back on, boy I ate some insects that day.....
Maybe, you should have pulled down your helmets face shield! :lol:
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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands) (Work In Progress)

Post by Dirkzelf » Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:00 am

ViragoJoe wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:55 am
Dirk,

Glad to hear you found the right handlebars for you.
PS: I think I will put the windscreen back on, boy I ate some insects that day.....
Maybe, you should have pulled down your helmets face shield! :lol:
Yeah, I know, not 8-) but I wanted you to see how happy I am, buttah... it's done, and what's done is done.... So deal with it.... :lol:
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Re: 1991 XV1100 Handle bar too far forward (Netherlands) (Work In Progress)

Post by ViragoJoe » Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:14 am

Dirkzelf wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:00 am
ViragoJoe wrote:
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:55 am
Dirk,

Glad to hear you found the right handlebars for you.
PS: I think I will put the windscreen back on, boy I ate some insects that day.....
Maybe, you should have pulled down your helmets face shield! :lol:
Yeah, I know, not 8-) but I wanted you to see how happy I am, buttah... it's done, and what's done is done.... So deal with it.... :lol:

AMEN to that!!
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