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    My Yamaha Virago Cafe Racer Inspired Build

    I got the bike for free. It's not the best platform to build a Cafe but it's been done and done well.

    Being my first bike and first time working on a bike for my first part I'm doing a more mild build.

    Bike looked like this to start.


    Got it all stripped down.


    Put the rear subframe and stock seat back on when my original plans changed. I kinda liked the look of this but wasn't happy with how chunky and swoopey the seat was. It's very un-Cafe. Lowered the front 3"


    Rook vinyl off the seat and started carving the seat down. I just painted it brown so it was easier to see in pics.


    It still wasn't quit the shape I wanted so I used a better tool and kept carving away and got the final shape.

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    That's where I'm at right now. More to come soon.
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    FUCKING NICE!!!

    I've seen some cafe'd Viragos. Pure sex. Your bike will be cooler that 98% of the bikes on the road. Awesome choice for a starting point. Can't wait to see it finished.

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    That thing looks completely rad! Can't wait to see it done as well!
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    That is a nice looking bike!
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    It has a really cool profile with the sub frame removed, if you don't plan on taking passengers ditch the sub frame and fab a solo seat, then install a fender hugging the rear tire and attach to swing arm so its RIGHT on the tire. Would look tits.
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    that's fucking awesome!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pOrk View Post
    It has a really cool profile with the sub frame removed, if you don't plan on taking passengers ditch the sub frame and fab a solo seat, then install a fender hugging the rear tire and attach to swing arm so its RIGHT on the tire. Would look tits.
    I was going to go full custom rear subframe (new one welded up) and a single seat but my wife laid a guilt trip on me about not being able to ride on it with me. So I decided to go the two seater route.

    Glad you guys like how it's coming along. I'm working on it as often as I can.

    Once the clip ons are installed the bike is going to transform.

    I'm gonna do some real low key front and rear LED turn signals too.

    Oh and color scheme is gonna be sick...satin black and gloss black combo.

    Exhaust is getting heat tape wrapped too.

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    Bike looks sick! you really chopped the gay out. Nice work

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    sick

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    Some more work done over the last few days.

    First thing is I had to fill in the area on the tank where the Yamaha emblem was. There was a clipy thing that the emblem screwed on to.

    First I mixed up some Mar-Glass which I've never used before. Some pretty interesting stuff. It's like hard candy before it gets hard.




    A couple layers of it. I'm new ot bodu work so I was just kinda winging it.






    Random cool pic.


    Got the tank sanded down nice and smooth. Needs some more work but it's about 80% there.


    Then those lights dangling were bothering me as well as the two big ol horns and front turn signals. Removed those.



    That's where I'm at now. Gonna finish the tank over the weekend hopefully.

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    Moar progress.

    I'm getting close to being finished filling in the area on the tank. Needs a little more work but it's getting there. It's primered gray in the pic. I hung it from a tree to make it easier to paint.



    Worked at the seat moar. I think the main problem was how the bottom of it swepted downward. It really threw it off. So I chopped that up and made it straight. There's some more finishing work to make it perfect though. And once the vinyl is over it you won't see anything. I'm not worried about the space between the frame. I'll either leave it or fill it with something minimal.



    Here's the tank and seat together as a whole.

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    I was planning something like this because I could do it in my dinning room.
    Now I have another bike on the list that will work.

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    Nice work. That is going to be an awesome bike for very cheap! Cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006wrxtr View Post
    I was planning something like this because I could do it in my dinning room.
    Now I have another bike on the list that will work.
    The Virago is not the best frame to start with. That's what everyone told me at least. If you go searching around forum after forum will discourage people from using this kinda bike for a Cafe project. While it may not be the most ideal bike obviously with some work and imagination it's not a bad choice.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoosTT View Post
    Nice work. That is going to be an awesome bike for very cheap! Cool.
    Indeed cheap. So far I've only spent money on registering it and a few bucks on sand paper and primer. In another week I'll be spending the money on the expensive stuff, but even after that I'm looking at far less then $1000 on the whole bike.
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    What year is it?

    It's going to look nice.

    Burning up the miles, there's a full moon out tonight, I've got a high-heel Venus, doing twice the speed of light
    Crank it up through the gears, see what she can do, Women and cars, everything they say is true
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsireme View Post
    What year is it?

    It's going to look nice.
    It's an 81.

    I hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exitspeed View Post
    It's an 81.

    I hope so.
    So it's a 750 then?

    Burning up the miles, there's a full moon out tonight, I've got a high-heel Venus, doing twice the speed of light
    Crank it up through the gears, see what she can do, Women and cars, everything they say is true
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsireme View Post
    So it's a 750 then?
    Yep. Big enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exitspeed View Post
    Yep. Big enough for me.
    I think my year was the only year they came out with a 500.

    Burning up the miles, there's a full moon out tonight, I've got a high-heel Venus, doing twice the speed of light
    Crank it up through the gears, see what she can do, Women and cars, everything they say is true
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    hah, i just rode one of those (250) today for my MSF class
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