Yamaha Virago 400

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Yamaha Virago 400 (2NU, 3JB2, 3JB4, 3JB6, 3JB8)

The Yamaha Virago 400 was introduced in March 1987 for the Japanese domestic market. The model is based on the export version Yamaha Virago 535 and has a lot in common with it. The main differences are in the engine and some other technical characteristics.

The basis for the Yamaha XV400 Virago was a 2-cylinder V-twin air-cooled engine, 399 cc, producing 40 hp. power and 34 Nm of torque. The motor is quick enough for a model of this class, but typical for a motorcycle of this size. The maximum performance is at 7000-8500 rpm.

In general, the motorcycle has a simple layout with a steel backbone frame (engine-carrying part), conventional suspensions, cardan drive, front disc and rear drum brakes, and a 5-speed gearbox.

The main modifications of the Yamaha XV400 Virago:

  • Yamaha Virago 400 (factory codes - 2NU, 3JB2, 3JB4, 3JB6, 3JB8) - classic version with curved steering wheel.
  • Yamaha Virago 400 (factory codes - 2NT, 3JB1, 3JB3, 3JB5, 3JB7) - version with a straight steering wheel.

In 1989, the model receives a small change regarding the increase in the fuel tank (the false tank receives the functions of a real fuel tank, which increases the total capacity to 13.5 liters).

In 1994, the motorcycle received a perforated front brake disc and a 2-piston caliper (instead of a 1-piston). The same year was the last year of the model's production. Currently, the Yamaha XV400 Virago is widely represented at Japanese auctions and is one of the most affordable cruisers in its cubic capacity.

In 1996, a completely updated model was proposed as the successor to the Yamaha Virago 400 - Yamaha XVS400 Drag Star.

The "little brother" of the Yamaha Virago 400 model is Yamaha XV250 Virago (V-Star 250).

The main competitors of the Yamaha Virago 400 in the class:


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Specifications Yamaha Virago 400:

Model Yamaha XV400 Virago
Motorcycle type cruiser
Release year 1987-1994
Frame steel backbone (engine - carrying part)
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume 399 cm³
Bore / stroke 68.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio 9.7: 1
Cooling air
Number of valves per cylinder SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system carburetor, 2x Mikuni BDS34
Ignition type transistor TCI
Maximum power 40.0 h.p. (29.4 kW) at 8500 rpm
Maximum torque 34.3 Nm (3.5 kgf * m) @ 7000 rpm
Gearbox 5-speed
Drive type cardan
Front tire size 3.00-19 49S
Rear tire size 140 / 90-15M / C (70S)
Front brakes 1 disc, 298mm, 1-piston caliper - Virago 400 (1987-1993)

Single disc, 298 mm, 2-piston caliper - Virago 400 (1994)

Rear brakes drum
Front suspension telescopic fork, travel 150 mm
Rear suspension linkage with two shock absorbers, stroke - 85 mm
Motorcycle length 2225 mm
Motorcycle width 725 mm - Virago 400 (2NT, 3JB1, 3JB3, 3JB5, 3JB7)

800 mm - Virago 400 (2NU, 3JB2, 3JB4, 3JB6, 3JB8)

Motorcycle height 1055 mm - Virago 400 (2NT, 3JB1, 3JB3, 3JB5, 3JB7)

1115 mm - Virago 400 (2NU, 3JB2, 3JB4, 3JB6, 3JB8)

Wheelbase 1520 mm
Saddle height 700 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 7.5 sec
Maximum speed 135 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 8.6 L - Virago 400 (1987-1988)

13.5 L (including 2.5 L reserve) - Virago 400 (1989-1994)

Motorcycle weight (dry) 178 kg