Yamaha XV920 Virago Gallery
| XV750 | XV1000
|1981 Yamaha XV920R
|1982 Yamaha XV920J Virago
- Air cooled, four stroke, 75° V-twin
cylinder, SOHC. 2 valve per cylinder.
- 65bhp @ 6500rpm
- 5 speed
|1982 Yamaha XV920R
The Yamaha XV920R was introduced in 1981,
along with the XV750 Virago. In addition to
larger engine displacement, it featured some
distinctly "un-Virago-like" styling and technical
features. This model was geared toward European-style
The XV920R had a unique enclosed chain final
drive, a large 8 inch diameter headlamp, a high-capacity
sculpted fuel tank, and rear-set controls and
footpegs. Like the Virago, it had a stamped-steel
backbone frame, also serving as part of the
air-induction system. It had a mono-shock rear
suspension, with (air) preload and damper adjustments.
The front suspension had air preload adjustment
US sales were discontinued after 1982, with
many units still unsold. The rear end styling,
with its swingarm-mounted fender (now commonplace),
drew much criticism. The bike was also sold
in Europe with 980 cc displacement, and called
"TR1". European sales were more successful,
and continued, with slight styling and color
modifications (including a switch to more 'mainstream'
rear-end styling), through 1986.
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