Yamaha Virago 535

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Yamaha Virago 535 (XV535) - after 1989

The Yamaha Virago 535 was first introduced in 1987 and is targeted at the North American and European (mainly UK) markets. The full model name is'Yamaha XV535 Virago. On the basis of this model, an internal Japanese version was also produced Yamaha Virago 400, which differed only in engine size.

The Yamaha XV535 Virago is a mid-size cruiser with a classic configuration - spoke wheels, an air-cooled 2-cylinder V-engine and a cardan drive. At that time, Japanese motorcycle manufacturers did not have much experience in building cruisers, and therefore the models of those years were quite forced and showed solid dynamic characteristics. For example, the Yamaha XV 535 Virago produced up to 46 hp. power, while the replacement model Yamaha Drag Star 650, which had a larger engine, produced only 40 hp. It is this main feature, coupled with a relatively low curb weight, inherent in all Japanese short-base cruisers of that time.

Other features of the Yamaha Virago 535 include a steel frame with an engine as a supporting element, a 5-speed gearbox, 19 'and 15' wheels, simple suspensions in the form of a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a double shock absorber at the rear, a 13.5 liter fuel tank (up to 1989 - 8.6 liters) and 195 kg of curb weight.

The Yamaha XV 535 Virago was sold on the market until 2003, even though the successor to the Yamaha XVS 650 Drag Star ( V-Star 650 appeared in the American market in 1997 ), which was supposed to replace the old "Viraga". Currently, the Yamaha Virago 535 model is not very popular in the Russian Federation due to the fact that official sales did not apply to Japan and the nearest countries. Instead, on the Russian market there is a domestic Japanese model Virago 400, which is popular at Japanese auctions and is one of the most affordable cruiser models in the Russian Federation.

The main competitors of the Yamaha Virago 535 in the class:


Yamaha XV535 Virago
Yamaha XV535 Virago
Yamaha XV535 Virago


Specifications Yamaha Virago 535:

ModelYamaha XV535 Virago
Motorcycle typecruiser
Release year1987-2003
Framesteel backbone (engine - carrying part)
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume535 cc cm.
Bore / stroke76.0 x 59.0 mm
Compression ratio9.0: 1
Number of valves per cylinderSOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 2x Mikuni BDS34
Ignition typetransistor TCI
Maximum power46.0 h.p. (34 kW) at 7500 rpm
Maximum torque47.0 Nm (4.8 kgf * m) @ 6000 rpm
Drive typecardan
Front tire size3.00-19 49S
Rear tire size140 / 90-15M / C (70S)
Front brakes1 disc, 298mm, 1-piston caliper - Virago 535 (1987-1994)

Single disc, 298 mm, 2-piston caliper - Virago 535 (1995-2003)

Rear brakesdrum
Front suspensiontelescopic fork, travel 150 mm
Rear suspensionpendulum with two shock absorbers, stroke - 85 mm
Motorcycle length2225 mm
Motorcycle width780 mm
Motorcycle height1120 mm
Wheelbase1520 mm
Saddle height720 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h7.1 sec
Maximum speed146 km / h
Fuel tank capacity8.6 L - Virago 535 (1987-1988)

13.5 L (including 2.5 L reserve) - Virago 535 (1989-2003)

Motorcycle weight (curb)195 kg