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My first cruiser
August 14, 2010 at 7:48 am #4171skippersusieParticipant
Here it is… my 1984 Yamaha Virago 700. She runs, but I plan on doing some restoration & upgrades:
http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/susaningram/1984%20Virago%20700/August 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm #28072MunchParticipant
Very nice looking scoot. Reminds me a lot of my Vulcan 500 that I started on. That seat would definitely go at the top of the list for replacing. Check mustang seats, Corbin, and even saddleman, if none of those have something I would then look e-bay. Then last resort find a good upholstery shop that can redo it it. Hard to tell on the phone but I imagine when she’s cleaned and waxed the chrome accents just pop. Might even would look good with some classic white wall tires. Though I would play with a graphics program first to see if you like it before you take that leap.
Take care of her and she’ll take care of you. Glad to see your enjoying her!August 15, 2010 at 1:49 am #28081owlieParticipant
Very cool. Have fun riding her!August 15, 2010 at 5:14 am #28086skippersusieParticipant
Thanks!! Agreed Munch.. the seat is on the priority list. The chrome is really rusted on the engine guard and the pipes so I picked up a rust removing wheel for the drill and have been working on a few areas. Like the results so far, but I think it will take a while. Is it ok to use an engine degreaser on the underside? Not sure if there is anything under there that could be damaged.
I really like the Vulcans as well. If I hadn’t picked this one up, the Vulcan would have been next on the list.
And you were right.. amazing how my commute has started a little earlier and lasts a little longer now!August 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm #28092MunchParticipant
Degreaser will be fine. Just make sure to avoid the chrome as best you can. Most anything electrical is mounted in a way that it’s protected so that when you ride in the ride your bike doesn’t quit mid ride.
For the worst rusted areas..look into local motorcycle communities to see if you can catch wind of swap meets. Or find places such as scootworks.com to see if they have a swap – a – part program where if they have a re chromed piece you can trade your damaged one + a small amount of money for one they have already refurbished.
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