in progress virago trike

by nick
(newton abbot, devon, UK)

1981 Yamaha virago. Imported from Canada, i believe 920 cc. Its an ongoing project i do in my spare time ,I bought it off a friend who is no longer with us, and i promised him i would covert it and use it on the road. So im trying to keep,my promise.

Its taken 2 years so far with more than a few headaches. :) Fabricated by me and welded together by my brother. The rear end is hard tailed but i bolted it to the original swing arm /shock fixings.

I'm in the process of shortening the rear axle (robin rialto axle mk2), to bring the diff in line with the prop on the bike (I figured the less severe the angle it sits at the less wear on the prop uj's).

I've also cut off the old drum bakes mounting plates, And got some Discs for braking, With calipers with handbrake fitments on both sides.

Its a real challenge but ...If i can do it from a shed in my back garden, I guess anybody can. lol

If i can help anyone out there with a few ideas, e mail me, Problems shared and all that :)


01/29/2012 Update via Facebook: "Reference the Virago trike article I forgot to put in the text, that I'm from UK. Nick H."

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Feb 08, 2012
by: Anonymous

hi there my names dave, ive just read your page, ive just brought myself a virago trike, it needs alot of work, its a 700 virago hard tailed to a bespoke frame with ford mexico axle, hopeing to do it by my birthday in june, could send some photos if your interested
hope to see more of your build.
yours dave.

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