How many miles on your Virago?

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jsyzdek
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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

How many miles on your Virago?

Post by jsyzdek » Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:26 pm

I was wondering how many miles y'all have on your Viragos (whether driven by you or previous owners) and what issues (and at what age/mileage) you had to deal with along the way. Whether it's scheduled or belated maintenance (valve lashes, brake lines, brake pads/shoes), or things just failing prematurely.

A lot of issues discussed here are with people trying revive bikes that were sitting in a barn for who-knows-how-long. People who ride regularly generally have fewer, and different kinds of issues. Also: most don't even report them here because they know how to fix them, and so no questions are asked.

To start off: my bike (XV1100, 1995) was sold to the previous owner in 2018 with 17k miles on it. A year later I bought it with 26k miles on. So far I put 4k on it.

Other than regular maintenance (engine oil, driveshaft oil, lubed the axles and the moving parts in the front/rear brake, replaced the tires, flushed the brake fluid and replaced the fork oil), I didn't have any major issues with it, except the broken trip odometer reset knob, and issues with the stuff I did to the bike ;) My fuel reserve doesn't seem to work, either. I know that Ken posted a comprehensive video about how to fix it, but I just didn't have time to address that.

Please share your experiences. It'd be interesting to know how well these machines hold up.
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Re: How many miles on your Virago?

Post by supercub » Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:33 pm

43k on mine, 81 XV750. It is still in good shape.
81 XV750

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Re: How many miles on your Virago?

Post by ViragoJoe » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:12 am

supercub wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:33 pm
43k on mine, 81 XV750. It is still in good shape.
WOW!

For a 40 year old Virago with only 43K, it isn't even broken in yet.

The bike basically averaged 1,000 MPY (Miles Per Year).

These bikes are phenomenal. They will take you to the corner store or across the Nation!


If you took a ride from your house to jsyzdek house in Oakland, California and back and with fuel prices where they are today. You might get there and back just under $800.00.

Kind of dating myself here:
Back in the day when I started riding. I could have gotten there and back for $45.00 on my Virago. Yup, $0.30 cents a gallon back then. You'll never see that again! 150 gallons of fuel I estimate to make the trip and back. Give or take a few gallons.
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Re: How many miles on your Virago?

Post by pieru » Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:47 pm

28k on my XV535, 1987. I am not sure if the number can be trusted though.

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Re: How many miles on your Virago?

Post by ViragoJoe » Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:54 am

pieru wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:47 pm
28k on my XV535, 1987. I am not sure if the number can be trusted though.
28,000 Kilometers would be ~17,400 miles

However, since your XV535 is a U.S.A transplant to Malta. 28k Miles would be correct with a MPH Speedometer.
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Re: How many miles on your Virago?

Post by pieru » Sat Nov 27, 2021 12:37 pm

ViragoJoe wrote:
Sat Nov 27, 2021 5:54 am
pieru wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:47 pm
28k on my XV535, 1987. I am not sure if the number can be trusted though.
28,000 Kilometers would be ~17,400 miles

However, since your XV535 is a U.S.A transplant to Malta. 28k Miles would be correct with a MPH Speedometer.
It's 28k miles, everything is in miles

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