Sit on it, Al

The saddle is back from the upholsterer.  It turned out pretty well.  It turned out pretty much exactly how I envisioned it, but I have to say I’m still getting used to seeing it on the bike.  I have been looking at it with no seat for so long that adding the saddle changes the proportions which I have grown used to.

I went with a brown vinyl to match the brown grips.  I wanted a touch of old school, hence the color.  I’m not sure how I feel about the decision at this point, but I’ll run with it.  I like the fact that it is quite a bit more unique than if it were black.

I very much like the way the tail light & rear turn signals look.  They tuck up under the seat nicely into a tidy little cluster.  The vinyl didn’t end up super tight under the seat, I’m a little bummed on that,  But, after tinkering with it myself, I’m not sure there is any way to avoid that.

Top View; she looks svelte!

Yup, I will be running no rear fender.  No front fender either.  I live in the desert, it rains very little here in the summer months.  I have had two bikes in the past with no front fender, so this is just a step further.  Should be fine…

And…drum roll please…here is a photo of the bike all assembled!  It’s not 100% complete, there is a bit of wiring to wrap up still, and I have to mount the speedo, and of course get some Spin Cycle Industries decals printed up for the fork guards.  Oh man, I cant wait to fire her up.  I haven’t heard it run since the new pipes were built.

Once it is truly complete and running, I will: obviously, ride it!  But I will also work with Alan Brandt to get some great photos taken.  I cant wait.



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  • 17 April, 2012 at 4:01 am // Reply

    Looking very cool. Have you tried threading thin wire thru the edge seam underneath your seat and pulling it tight?

    • 17 April, 2012 at 5:49 pm // Reply

      No, we considered threading it through the seat sub frame, but then it doesn’t exit in a graceful location. We think we’ll band it to the rear shock’s remote adjuster cables so it can follow them under the tank.

      • 22 April, 2012 at 4:37 am // Reply

        ?? I was talking about the comment in the article “The vinyl didn’t end up super tight under the seat,” using wire will go a long way to removing the wrinkles and will help to remove the curling that can be seen.

        • 22 April, 2012 at 4:03 pm // Reply

          Ahhh, that makes more sense. That’s a great idea.

  • 20 April, 2012 at 6:06 am // Reply

    where did you move the battery? and would you sell me a set of those pipes? they look awesome!

    • 20 April, 2012 at 4:36 pm // Reply

      We stuck the battery under the tank after we lifted the back of the tank a couple of inches. Yeah, the exhaust turned out great. We had it fabricated by a local exhaust shop, it ended up costing about $800 total, including the custom brackets & custom baffles. It did require some minor modifications to the rear lower subframe. If you’re really interested, we could have another set made for you. We could send lots of detail photos ahead so you could more thoroughly understand what modifications it requires.

  • 3 May, 2012 at 2:37 am // Reply

    what size tires are you running front and back?

    • 3 May, 2012 at 3:41 pm // Reply

      The tires are 130-90-16 Rear and 130-80-17 Front.

  • 1 June, 2012 at 7:26 am // Reply

    Just awesome, dude! You made this motorcycle look so excellent. I especially like the last photo, where it seems as if it’s inside.

    I wish I could run with no fenders here…

  • 4 December, 2012 at 12:20 pm // Reply

    One of the best transformations I’ve ever seen.

  • 10 February, 2013 at 9:32 am // Reply

    amazing bike, i was just wondering what front end you have on it?

    • 11 February, 2013 at 12:33 am // Reply

      The front end is off of a Yamaha R1and was converted to fit on the Virago by Classified Moto.

  • 12 June, 2014 at 6:07 am // Reply

    Hi, once the R1 front end was fitted, did you have any problems with clearance between the bottom of the bike and the ground?


    • 12 June, 2014 at 2:16 pm // Reply

      Jeremy, No, there are no general clearance issues under the engine once the fork was fitted. However, under very aggressive cornering the new exhaust on the right side would rub a bit. If you were out of the exhaust up higher this would be avoided.

  • 30 July, 2014 at 1:45 pm // Reply

    Excuse me, would you mind explaining how did you lift up the tank and how you set the battery under your tank? And how did you mount the solo seat on your bike? I’ve got the xv750, ready to be build, and I love how you set your solo seat, upside down front, the tank, everything I supposed! Thank you

    • 8 September, 2014 at 9:25 pm // Reply

      That is the most complicated part of the build, other than maybe the fork swap. We welded a bracket on to the back of the frame to lift the tank. We welded a plate across the back of the tank to use as the mounting point. We then installed the hood-pin clip you can see in the photos to hold the tank in place. We then fabricated a custom batter box and welded it to the top of the frame, under the tank. We also had to make a custom bracket to mount the voltage regulator. All of the wiring on the bike is custom, and it all fits under the tank as well. The solo seat is also a completely custom steel sub frame with two new mounting points welded to the top of the frame. Sorry, it is not a simple or easy process. It took several months of trial and error and fabrication.

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