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    XV920 Project

    Hello. I just recently purchased a '82 virago xv920 for my cafe build. I know its a little big but i have been shopping for a few months and this came up and the price made it tough to ignore. My question is that i want to switch the frontend out. Has anyone switched a Virago front end out for a newer R1 or GSXR front end?

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    OMG was my initial reaction. You want to cafe a Viagra!.

    And then I let the idea stew for a moment or two and decided, why not. It's a big V twin not usually found in a cafe racer and that alone is a good starting point.

    This could be an interesting build. Please post pics.


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    The idea intrigued me so I wasted a few minutes on google looking for Virago and TR1 racers and Cafe racers and was surprised by the variety already built including a really nice flat track style.

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    the only real issues on front end swaps is the steering neck length not working with the triple clamps. even if the bearing are different sizes, that can easily be fixed thru companies like king bearing, or kaman bearing. they make bearing in just about any inner and outer diameter so you can customize the bearings to fit your stem diameter and neck diameter.
    the other issue is that bike has a fairly high neck and long forks. if you put sport bike forks on it it might drop the front of the bike down low enough to lower your ground clearance which may cause you to drag in turns. the plus would be that will steepen your steering head angle causeing it turn better so that is good.
    it may cause it to be a bit more twitchy at higher speeds, but a steering stabilizer/dampner will help with that

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    diznasty, where are you at? those 2 bearing companies are both in the orange county area of so. cal.
    if you have acces to a lathe you can turn down the steering stem as well to match any bearing id issues.
    you dont want the neck length to be more than a 1/2-3/4 of an inch, 13-19mm different in length because it will clamp on the forks in a spot that might not be the flat clamping surfaces. i hope that makes sense

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    Kelly, I am in northwestern PA. I know there were some lowering springs for virago's but every one I found is for 1983 and up. I also think the steering is rather "swirly" and think a front end swap may give it a tighter feel. I don't have access to a lathe anymore so I guess it is back to the drawing board for now.

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    I've been trying to insert pics of my inspiration for this build but no luck....

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    There's a few Virago cafe builds floating around here. Do a search.

    I just had a look at some stem bearing sizes - your Virago runs these - Upper: 25 x 48 x 15.2, Lower: 30 x 48 x 15.

    A GSXR1000 runs - Upper: 30 x 55 x 17, Lower: 30 x 55 x 17, so theoretically you should be able to run 2 Virago lower bearings to mount the GSXR triples in the Virago frame. Except I have no idea about the stem lengths on either one.

    Good luck with it

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    I found this searching TR1 in Google images:



    and this:



    There's also a picture of an XV920 race bike with three spoke mags in Mick Walker's YAMAHA published in 1993 but I don't have a means of posting it here right now. Pages 80 & 81 if you have a copy.

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    The bike above is hanging in my garage. thats the inspiration for this build.

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