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Hello - My name is Noel, and I recently joined this forum. I did search through the forum to see if my specific questions had been answered - no luck

Recently got my licens, and bought an Yamaha XV535. Been riding it for a while, and I think it's time to change it up a bit. Always been fond of bikes, and the cafe racer look. At the beginning I will be investing in a new tank (Benelli) and a solo seat. Planning on removing the rear end, and replacing lights. My question here is, is there anyway to replace the pedals? They are sitting at the tank, and that would make a very uncomfortable position.

Here is a few pictures of my bike as it currently is, to help you get a better idea

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Anything is possible. Relocating the pedals / rearsets is going to require some fabrication skills, most likely some welding.
I suggest you do a thorough Google search of images of your bike and similar models, to see how others have done it. Once it's clear to you how it's been done, have a good look at your bike up close, and go through the steps in your head, to get an idea of all the components and their new positions, and get a grasp of what exactly needs to be accomplished. It's not rocket science, but does take careful consideration and foresight. After these steps, you'll have a better idea if it's a job you want to tackle.

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You have a decent looking bike there Noel. For me, that's as good as it gets for a 500 Virago (or whatever it is). You can chop shit off and throw money at parts and it will still be a basic, cheap bike. Ride and maintain the bike, but leave it alone. The reality is you don't want a Virago or else you wouldn't be changing shit, especially trying to make it something it can't be. If you want to assemble a quick, agile, fun to be on, motorcycle...a true "Cafe Racer", then you need a proper starting point. You shouldn't need to tear it all apart or cut things off. It doesn't need to big displacement but it needs to be more mustang less mule.
 

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Hi Noel, be careful not to fall into the same trap that so many others do; you want a cafe racer, you bought a cruiser, that's a lot like buying a cow and trying to turn it into a good riding horse, at some point you will come to the realization you should have sold the cow and bought a horse.
 

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I should add, as you are new to this, you are not going to be "investing" in a new tank, you are buying a depreciating part. Buy rear sets to put on, they are worth at least 30% less before they are installed.
 

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Yea you've heard all the right stuff here. It was designed and engineered to be a cruiser. Anything you do is swimmin up stream for no reason. Enjoy what you have or sell it and buy something closer to what you want and go from there.
 

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Strongly agree with the above responses, which is probably what I should have said from the beginning.
Plus, if you're asking how to relocate foot controls, you're probably not ready to tackle a tank and seat swap, unless someone makes direct bolt-on replacements.
Everyone has to start somewhere, but you will save yourself time, money, aggravation, and disappointment if you sell that, and buy something closer to your final vision.

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Thanks All. Was told Virago was a perfect mc for building cafe racers, and I have done some research, and seen nice café racers build from Viragos. I hear what you are saying, and I appreciate the fast responses.
 

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Every guy that ever hacked up a virago thinks they "built" something special, I've yet to see one worth riding. I'm gathering that your research was into bikes that generally the members of this forum would consider fools gold. You have to search a vast number of pages on Google to find one quality, functional, "cafe racer" and a virago, well that would be like seeing a Unicorn.
 

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It's a good idea to do some research on a bike before buying it for a Cafe project. And then when you do find something you like, make sure you dont get overly excited and buy something like a KZ440 when you were looking for a KZ400 LOL. Like others have stated before me, you can do anything you want to the bike, but some things will be more work than they are worth and never function like you want them too.
 

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Thanks All. Was told Virago was a perfect mc for building cafe racers, and I have done some research, and seen nice café racers build from Viragos. I hear what you are saying, and I appreciate the fast responses.

not all viragos are created equal. The old viragos of the 1980s with the floating monoshock rear or the xv920 witht he chain drive are as different from your bike as a donkey is from a horse. Just because someone said "viragos" make good cafe racers doesn't mean "Your specific virago" makes a good cafe racer. Yamaha made something like 20 different models under the virago name in a hundred different markets and only two of them have been good starting places for a custom performance bike. Your virago ain't one of those two.

that being said, it ain't gonna ever be a cafe racer, but that doesn't mean it can't be a cool custom. branch out a little. start looking at what others have done to your specific bike and see if there are projects you can tackle there. Otherwise sell it on down the road.

FWIW I really like this little bar hopper:

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I also like this one:

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both of these seem approachable customs that don't require you to cut hack or weld anything, but it does look like some fab may be in order as that seat doesn't exactly look like an off the shelf part.
 

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I'm finding a lot of bobbers in that particular Virago flavor, seems to be a popular build for those. I am sure there are a ton of bolt on parts out there for an easy bobber conversion
 

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Bobber - yes, Cafe - No

Realistically, the only way to make a decent cafe out of an Virago 535 is with a new frame.I don't remember any real engine problems although there was a recall for carbs on first year models in Europe. Yamaha kept that motor in production for a long time though, bored out a bit (I think 600cc?) with extra bolt on covers so it looks 'bigger' it became part of the 'Star' range. Suzuki pretty much did the same thing with the M50, basically the old Intruder with two front heads and a reclassification to cubic inch instead of cc.
 
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