Yamaha XV 750 Virago

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Yamaha Virago 750 (1981-1983)

The Yamaha XV 750 Virago appeared in 1981 and became the first motorcycle in the then new Virago line. The first versions of the Virago 750 outwardly resembled a classic road bike, and only in 1984, after undergoing restyling, the model received the well-known features of a short-base cruiser.

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In 1986, the Virago 750 received a new generation engine that produced less power. In addition, the new version of the starter system solved the problem of quick failure of this unit, inherent in the previous generation of the motorcycle. In the same year, on the basis of the Yamaha XV750 Virago, the Yamaha XV1100 Virago model was presented, which was built on the new generation of the engine and also had no problems with the starter.

The Virago 750 is a classic short-wheelbase cruiser in the style of the 80s and early 90s. In parallel, many modifications of the motorcycle were released, but the most popular models are still 400, 750 and 1100 cc. see In 1998, the Yamaha XV 750 Virago is discontinued, and by 2000 the entire Virago series is finally leaving the market, giving way to more modern models of the Star series: Drag Star for Europe and V-Star for America.

The Yamaha XV750 Virago is equipped with a 2-cylinder V-shaped (75 °) air-cooled 748 cc engine with 2 valves per cylinder, producing up to 60 hp. power in older versions and up to 65 Nm of torque. Unlike modern cruisers, the engine was quite revolving and gave out maximum performance at 6000-7000 rpm.

Other features of the Virago 750 include a steel frame (the engine is the main supporting element), classic suspensions in the form of a telescopic fork and double shock absorber, front disc and rear drum brakes, a 5-speed gearbox, a cardan drive, a 14.5 liter fuel tank and 235 kg of curb weight.

The main modifications of the Virago 750:

  • Yamaha XV750 Virago (frame 55R-33XXXX) - version with spoke wheels.
  • Yamaha XV750 Virago (frame 55R-02 / 03XXXX) - version with alloy wheels.

This classification applies to Japanese versions of the motorcycle produced from 1984 to 1988. European versions also had spoke and cast wheels - spoke versions were available through 1996.

1998 was the last year of production of the Yamaha XV750 Virago, after which it left the market and did not receive further development.


Yamaha Virago 750
Yamaha Virago 750
Yamaha Virago 750


Specifications Yamaha XV750 Virago:

Model Yamaha XV750 Virago
Motorcycle type cruiser
Release year 1981-1998
Frame steel backbone (engine - carrying part)
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume 748 cm³
Bore / stroke 83.0 x 69.2mm
Compression ratio 8.7: 1
Cooling air
Number of valves per cylinder SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system carburetor, 2x Mikuni BST40
Ignition type transistor TCI
Maximum power 60.0 h.p. (44.0 kW) at 7000 rpm - XV750 (1981-1985)

55.0 h.p. (41.0 kW) at 7000 rpm - XV750 (1986-1998)

Maximum torque 64.7 Nm (6.6 kg-m) at 6000 rpm - XV750 (1981-1985)

59.0 Nm (6.0 kg-m) at 6000 rpm - XV750 (1986-1998)

Gearbox 5-speed
Drive type cardan
Front tire size 100 / 90-19 (57H)
Rear tire size 140 / 90-15M / C (70H)
Front brakes 2 discs, 282mm, 2-piston calipers - XV750 (1981-1993)

2 discs, 298mm, 2-piston calipers - XV750 (1994-1998)

Rear brakes drum
Front suspension telescopic fork (non-adjustable), stroke - 150 mm
Rear suspension linkage with monoshock, stroke - 100 mm - XV750 (1981-1983)

linkage with two shock absorbers, stroke - 97 mm - XV750 (1984-1998)

Motorcycle length 2230 mm - XV750 (1981-1983)

2285 mm - XV750 (1984-1998)

Motorcycle width 850 mm - XV750 (1981-1983)

840 mm - XV750 (1984-1998)

Motorcycle height 1160 mm - XV750 (1981-1983)

1190 mm - XV750 (1984-1998)

Wheelbase 1525 mm
Saddle height 715 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 5.4 sec
Maximum speed 168 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 14.5 l (including reserve - 2.5 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb) 235 kg