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1981-1987 Yamaha XV750/XV700 Virago

A period cutaway drawing from an early Virago advertisement.Years produced: 1981-1987Claimed power: 60hp @ 7,000rpmTop speed: 105mph (period test)Engine/transmission: 749cc (83mm x 69.2mm) 2-valve air-cooled SOHC V-twin/5-speed, shaft final driveWeight: 498lb (curb, 1/2 tank gas)Fuel ...

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All in the Family: 1972 Yamaha XS650

In the 1960s, you could get old American motorcycles for next to nothing. The few eccentrics who were interested in these two-wheelers amassed huge parts stashes for less than the rent on a warehouse to store them. By the late 1970’s, enough people were collecting American bikes to start ...

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Peter Tremulis’ 1975 Yamaha DT250

EBay find I saw this bike (a 1975 Yamaha DT250) on Barn Finds and then won the bid on eBay. I have been having fun replacing worn parts while keeping the original paint and low miles intact. YouTube, eBay and others have been a great source of parts. I rebuilt the carb, put in new lights, ...

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Pat Halstead’s 1983 Yamaha XJ900 Seca

Gone, but not lost Of the more than 40 bikes I’ve owned, there were several you could not give me today, even for display. But, yeah, one fondly remembers certain past bikes and would welcome them back if the reality weren’t that those have now most probably been recycled into patio ...

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Teddy Horn’s 1970 Yamaha XS650

More speaking bikes After decades of riding, racing and loving bikes, I rode my friend’s 1975 Yamaha XS650 one day. I pulled out of the driveway, up the hill grabbing gears and twisting the throttle, when it struck me. I’ve got to get one! I looked and looked for an early ’70s model, ...

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Paul Dorton’s 1975 Yamaha XS500s

Reader Paul Dorton's new Yamaha XS500 back in 1975. I enjoyed the column on the bike you wish you never sold. I had one of those too. In 1975 I bought a new Yamaha XS500. It was my first brand-new bike. I rode the bike everywhere for about 5 years before I sold it, and regretted it almost ...

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Summer Road Trip on a Yamaha

Here is a picture of me (on the Yammy) and my good buddy Bob Kass (Captain America) taken in May 1971. In a few weeks we took off on a summer adventure of a lifetime. Leaving our homes in Michigan, we traveled west across Canada, south on the Pacific Coast Highway and finally east on Route 66 ...

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Randy Mamola: Four Seconds to Greatness

About the time Randy Mamola turned 17 he was racing a Yamaha TZ250 in New Zealand. As a visiting rider he was assigned “A” for his race number. He’s been a Class-A act ever since. One of the all-time great Grand Prix road racers never won a world championship. Randy Mamola, winner of ...

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Gordon King’s 1977 Yamaha RD400

Thanks for the great article on the RD400 (November/December 2018). All true! Here’s mine, a 1977 original, with only 1,600 miles on it. It is nearly perfect, and I even have the original battery (dry), which has never been charged. I spent more time with the RZ variants, and my son raced to ...

Intermittent Charging on a Yamaha XS750

Editor’s note: If you’re having trouble with that old Suzuki, BSA or BMW, Keith Fellenstein is your guy. From motorcycle tuning tips to detailed motorcycle engine repair, he can draw from a wealth of experience to help guide you to success. Send questions to: Keith’s Garage, Motorcycle ...

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