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Old 04-12-2013, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by John Hopkins View Post
I wonder why Yamaha made both...
The Virago was much earlier and was styled by none other than John Reed (though with a monoshock back end). It was later replaced by the more conventional Dragstar, which I think was styled by the same person responsible for the earlier XS650 'Custom' The styling is not to everyones taste and the 70/1100 can look quite garish today (the 535 tends to get stick for being the smallest bike in a category where size seems to matter). There was a long thread about this on the fb page a few weeks ago which stirred up all the old prejudices. They are reliable and cheap to run if you are on a budget ...and yes, I do like them........I've owned one for 14 years with no complaints.
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