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Old 18-07-2012, 03:42 PM
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Default XV1100 v XV750 Viragos

Is there much difference the two?
10bhp can be a lot, but is it worth the effort/money?
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Old 18-07-2012, 04:35 PM
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Horrid looking bikes.
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Old 18-07-2012, 05:45 PM
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Horrid looking bikes.
But comfortable and cheap.
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Old 18-07-2012, 06:02 PM
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I don't know about the virago but the Honda shadow VT700 and VT1100 are as different as chalk and cheese

The 700 is lighter and faster with more gears and the 1100 takes longer to get to top speed, is a bit sluggish is longer bigger and sounds much more like a real bike..

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I don't know about the virago but the Honda shadow VT700 and VT1100 are as different as chalk and cheese

The 700 is lighter and faster with more gears and the 1100 takes longer to get to top speed, is a bit sluggish is longer bigger and sounds much more like a real bike..

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But comfortable and cheap.
how cheap?

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how cheap?

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I know where there is a 750 for 650 (but need to see it first) and 1100s can be found on ebay with low mileage for less than 1500. Some have sold for just over a grand, yet if you punt around the classified there are 20k examples for 2500.... yet not selling. Buyers market at present.
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This is not going well, the virago 750 was a pile of shit and just been to see an FJ1200 offered for 750..... except it sounds like the camchain is eating its way through something inside, dipped the oil and its bitty..... er... no thanks.

Back to the drawing board....
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Old 25-07-2012, 08:32 PM
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There's a 1997 Honda shadow VT1100 for sale on Gumtree in London for 1,600..The photos make it look fantastic value..but it has no MOT and I can't help wondering if it's a scam..

http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-m...keys/107291941


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Friend of mine loves the 750's, but says to stick to XV & avoid Virago, dunno if he's right tho
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I have had both and can say they are both pretty bulletproof engines, the early XV750 suffers from starter drive gear problems that can turn out expensive. and revs quite a bit harder than the XV1100 to make its power.

The XV1100 is a really torquey old lump (61.7 hp (46.0 kW) @ 5,600 rpm ) that does'nt like revving a much, but not a bad bike wont rattle your teeth out like a Harley either soft comfy tourer with 110mph and 50mpg + economy.

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Friend of mine loves the 750's, but says to stick to XV & avoid Virago, dunno if he's right tho
The XVs are Virago's well both mine were

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Old 31-07-2012, 01:33 PM
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Suppose it depends on what you want an good solid dependable workhorse or the whoop whoop bling factor of bigger bike.
Mines 86 and it starts on the button no rattles whatsoever no smoke and returns 40mpg plus its comfy dependable very light and handles very well compared to most cruisers I have owned.
The motors been around along time the 1100 came along before the big evo's even and for the price you get them for you cant go wrong in my eyes.
They are however pig ugly standard but my bikes always end up how I like them anyway.
The single carb conversion made huge difference for me, carbs off in less than a minute.
I would avoid the 750 I suppose but my 1100 is capable of 80 easily which is enough for me.
Ive ridden alot of bikes over the years and the virago I had to grow into but well I like it would probably only change up to a speedmaster if I could afford to but would happily get a newer one.
There also known for stupidly high milage's if looked after due to the low compression motor which likes shitty fuel which is handy with this crap they sell nowadays.
They are very home mechanic friendly to service no shims everything is easily got to. The only weak point as mentioned is starter setup but its been revised and works well enough but misses now and again.
If you can get one for the right price give em a go you might like it.
In'fact the thing that puts allot of people off is the its a girls bike image but not everyone wants to ride around on a tank at least I dont. And its weight around town is blessing really nimble.
You don't want anything really older then 86 avoid the early xv's stay with twin shocks. My version other than few minor changes has been around for over a decade.
And its a shafty!
Yeah like em.
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Strangely I owned a 'P' reg 750 from new, I hated it, but recently had a hankering for one, but I laid down until the feeling went away.

I am picking this up on Monday, les than half the price of a Virago.

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Nah fella`s this is whats needed its a must



My Honnda goldwing gl1100. WAT A RIDE!!!
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That looks tidy no lh can so assuming you have stainless system a must on one of those due to the dreaded suzuki worm.
Massive fuel tank which I do miss I cant stand filling up every 100 miles
There a heavy old beast but comfy and reliable just grease everything up and check the oil returns on the motor for signs of pitting leaks they do not like damp those bikes.
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yea u r right they r stainless pipes and to be honest with u thats not all tank,
theres an ordinary petrol tant under there it does bout 130 miles.

n yea she is heavy old beast but the comfortablist of rides.
like driving an armchair.

thanks for ur nice words friend..................

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That looks tidy no lh can so assuming you have stainless system a must on one of those due to the dreaded suzuki worm.
Massive fuel tank which I do miss I cant stand filling up every 100 miles
There a heavy old beast but comfy and reliable just grease everything up and check the oil returns on the motor for signs of pitting leaks they do not like damp those bikes.
Two brand new Avon azaros and a remus exhaust.
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"Two brand new Avon azaros and a remus exhaust."

You lucky man
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