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AARON L WILLOUGHBY(Guest)
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04.06.01 at 04:22:00
 
I have just bought a 81 xv920rh , it has 5600 miles on it . Im wanting to know if anyone in the united states has one . Ive only see two, Mine and one in a junk yard. I would love to talk to someone In the states who has one.By the way I only payed $600 for it.I would also like to get some customizing ideas, If anybody has any ideas, I would love to hear them.
                                    thank you
                                        AARON L WILLOUGHBY

 
 
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chuck bell(Guest)
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Reply #1 - 14.06.01 at 03:40:00
 
there are a few of us. i know of a fella in lodi that has one.
would you mind going back to that one in the junk yard??? i need a headlight and a rt. side cover

 
 
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Iain MacPherson(Guest)
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Reply #2 - 21.06.01 at 19:07:00
 
Hi I don't live in the US but in Canada and have'nt seen another
XV920R anywhere and have tried to get another headlight and have only found one listing at Power Sports Pro for the standard light as I need one too.  I am looking for a rear exhaust pipe too.  It also seems that the only way to replace the fuel filters in the taps is to buy the whole tap at Can$72.75 and I am so far up north that we don't have any local wreckers to go search through. I would also like to  correspond with any one else that has any information about customizing or improving what I consider to be a tremendous bike that now looks like it was 20 years ahead of its time looking at the new crop of what they call standards. I even think that Yamaha should build a new version V-twin power light narrow single rear shock decent forks and brakes enclosed rear chain (I come from England where this makes a lot more sense) I think that chain drive on a
v-twin is the proper way to go rather than turn the power through 90 degrees for a shaft and enclosed makes a lot of sense to me.





 
 
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David Bethune(Guest)
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Reply #3 - 30.06.01 at 05:44:00
 
There are lots of these bikes around here(eastern Ontario Canada)and I am quite sure there is one at Woody's Cycles in Perth Ont. that was parted out.Also I think that there is a cycle salvage lot in Ashton Ont. that has at least one.  These bikes were very popular around here at one time, I still see the odd one for sale in the Bike Trader usually around $2000-$2500 dollars in what appears to be good shape.
My own 920 is pretty stock except for 2 into 1 pipe, Lockhart oil cooler,lower bars,etc.  the pipes are still available around here as I replaced the rusted out original pipes with stockers, then replaced them with the 2 into 1,which sounds WAY better.If I can give you any more help please let me know.  By the way,I bought mine new in 82 for $2500. and would not sell it for twice that amount. A very affordable exotic bike.

 
 
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paul delacruz(Guest)
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Reply #4 - 10.07.01 at 07:47:00
 
I have a  81 xv920, 15k orig miles, total stock. want 950.00

 
 
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Randy Orvis(Guest)
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Reply #5 - 20.07.01 at 23:44:00
 
almost, I have a xv920rJ (mine's an '82 with J designation instead of H)  I bought it 4 years ago for $500, I put 8k on it the first year, then it started to run crappy, found out the cams were chowed. I still have it and I am working on restoring it, motor runs great now, but bike is apart for paint. I managed to get a brand new headlamp at our local dealer, they happenerd to have one sitting on a shelf collecting dust for several years.
RandyO

 
 
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Stephen Grisanti(Guest)
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Reply #6 - 27.07.01 at 03:11:00
 
    I've owned a silver '82 RJ for many years.  The '82 XJ650 Seca used a headlight shell 8" in diameter, same size as the 920.  I purchased one as a spare.  I know of a few 920s in junkyards, some of them more picked over than others.
    My bike has been enjoyable.  The previous owner fitted a Plexifairing and Krauser bags, and I've had to find a replacement exhaust.  It always starts, but sounds horrible doing it.  Needs a better seat.
Stephen

 
 
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Dan Lamarche(Guest)
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Reply #7 - 03.09.01 at 04:13:00
 

        I own a 1981 xv920rh and know of one up the street that is
for sale.....I think he'd let it go for $ 500 Canadian. It's a really
weathered bike and I'm looking at it for parts.I've had many bikes and
this one seems to be the best all around bike I've had. Today's sport
bikes are too pricy for me and I wish you all the luck in completing
yours.

                                 Sailbad.

 
 
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ed cunningham(Guest)
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Reply #8 - 14.09.01 at 13:23:00
 
Hi, like you,it's lonely for us Euro pilots. I've only seen three in my life, and owned two of them. Presently have an 81 bought at auction from Grayboy Motorsports in Peoria, Ill. Have pix. -ed

 
 
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Benoit Véronneau(Guest)
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Reply #9 - 18.09.01 at 03:32:00
 
Hi !  I'm the proud owner of a very well preserved XV920RH.  Here in Québec, I've never seen another one on the road but I know a guy who has one with 000 km on the odometer.  It's an ex-yamaha dealer who has never sell this one.  It is there, brand new, in his house, like a bibelot.  It has never been ridden !!!  He rode another one for several years.  He's a special guy and is not interested to sell it, even for 5000 $
I bought mine in may 2000 for 500 $ can. with 21 000 km. It is in mint condition.  I'm now at 37 000 km and it's a trouble free ride.  It is 100 % stock and that's the way I want to keep it if it's possible.  

 
 
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david rich(Guest)
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Reply #10 - 20.09.01 at 06:41:00
 
my brother and i both ride 1981 xv920's he has done rear shock and front fork mods and i will follow suit soon if you would like info email me and get you what i can. front brake can be greatly improved with the addition of steel braided brake lines. a fork brace is a must teleflex i think is the brand. i am in search of a source for a fairing with a large enough hole for the head lamp.happy riding friends and good-by from humboldt county,california.

 
 
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Troy Kocher(Guest)
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Reply #11 - 21.09.01 at 04:23:00
 
I just purchased my 81 XV920, I think it is an rh but I'm not sure.  Don't even know if it runs. But everything is there just a bit weathered.  Bought it at a yard sale price.  I need a good souce for info on it anyone have any input
Thanks

 
 
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john pierson(Guest)
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Reply #12 - 21.09.01 at 19:36:00
 
 I've had an '82 for several years. I built an equal length exhaust ending in a pair of supertraps. It sounds real neat and seems to have uncrked a bit more power too. The seat is bad and the starter makes all the nasty noise due to the 'rube goldberg' engagement mechanism. I'm in the twin cities where are you? I also have an '83 vision,a '72 t500,and two dead waterbuffaloes in my shed(rusted crank bearings). I'm currently looking at a 650 seca or an xs850 as my next toy. Good to know of another 920r owner. Guzzi John-Champlin,Mn

 
 
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Brett Phillips(Guest)
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Reply #13 - 25.09.01 at 02:43:00
 
I own 2 of these, one I bought new and the other I bought a few years
ago. My brother ( also in western PA) also has an 81. The first one I
bought, I added Krauser bags, a Tracy sport fairing ( it has an 8"
hole for the headlight, but of course is no longer avvail.) and had
Corbin redo the seat. It has been a super dependable and fun bike and I still take it on long trips.I also have added Russell brake lines,
Progressive springs (front & rear), A Telefix fork brace and drilled
the rotors. The next thing I will add is a set of Race-Tech fork
cartridge emulators. These make the forks act like a modern cartridge
fork, which is to say alot better. My other 920 had a Velorex sidecar
added to it for a couple of years until the kids grew up. Now I'm
looking to make a cafe racer something like Sepps ( picture in the
gallery). With the amount of replys to your comment, maybe someone
should start a 920rh/rj club or website here in the US for us yanks.
If you would like to see photos of mine or discuss more, e-mail me
at bmphil@mdvl.net     Brett

 
 
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jaime hardisty(Guest)
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Reply #14 - 27.09.01 at 06:01:00
 
I live in Albany Oregon and have a XV920 that I'm resurrecting.  Don't know if it is an RJ or RH.  Bought it about 13 years ago in the sanfrancisco bay area california, and rode it commuting on the freeways there as motorcycles are exempt from most laws there.  Later I moved to Oregon and blew the front head gasket on a trip to Mt Hood - the dealer in Oregon City didn't have the right part number for my bike, but a coat hanger and some silicon-red worked fine.  I replaced the seat cover - and replaced the exhaust pipes once - then got married and parked the bike about 5 years ago.  I'm trying to get it going again (new tires and new battery) and the carburator floats seem stuck - jerked the carbs off today, and on a whim checked the internet to see if anyone else has one of these puppies.  This is a great web-site.  My starter relay also seems to be a bit weak - I get one major turn over series and then the relay has to cool before I get another one.    

 
 
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Jack Adams(Guest)
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Reply #15 - 05.10.01 at 17:58:00
 
    I purchased a used RH several years ago for $600, the older gentleman I
bought it from purchased from another older guy (retread sticker), but it
had sat outside for a few years and wouldn't start.  I figured it was
worth that much because of the K&G hard bags and trunk.  After getting home
and a new battery it ran on one cylinder, two carb cleanings later would
run on both.  The exhaust was initially replaced with a MAC system, but
because of noise and backfires I replaced the rusted crossover tube and
went back to stock.  Also I replaced the aftermarket windshield with a
National cycle, and spruced up the oxidized covers and repainted the
plastic sidecovers and front fender.  Also early on I installed the starter
shim kit, but have never been impressed with the starter or charging
system.  
   Two weeks ago, after installing Dunlop trailmax dual sport tires I
took off on a trip through Ontario, Quebec, Labrador, New Foundland, Nova
Scotia and New Brunswick (36 hour ferry from Goose Bay to Lewisporte).  
The bike performed very well, with the only failure being the front two
rear fender brackets (gravel from Lab. City to Goose Bay).  I still suspect
the charging system isn't quite right, but I can't complain.  
   For microfiche you can go to bikebandit.com to look up parts and pricing.  
Also several fiche give update information.  
   Hope you enjoy yours as well.  PS, Gordon Jennings also owned an RH
and wrote favorably of it in Cycle (unfortunately passed away a few months ago).  

 
 
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Reply #16 - 28.10.01 at 06:26:00
 
I'm in Virginia.  Currently looking for a left Krauser bag, or just the lid for the left bag, having clipped a deer on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 
 
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Reply #17 - 12.01.01 at 17:08:00
 
Aaron,
I just found your posting from from a guy on the Ageless motorcycle forum on delphi...I also have a 81 Xv920r I just bought in the Nashville Tn. area..I beat your price by a few hundred, My wife found it at a yard sale in Sept..for $100.00 bucks..An older gentlemen was selling it and a dirt bike, that were his sons, his son bought both new in the summer of 81, then went into the military and has been over sea's since, the father was retiring and moving,So he was selling them...The 920 has 10K miles on it and had been sitting since 1983 in his garage..Well, I had to rebiuld the starter, clean the carbs, new battery and WOW runs like new..I have several other bikes, but none of them can compare to the way the 920 runs and handles..Now with the 920 I have one of each style bike out there..My other bikes are a 2001 Honda 750 ACE which is a cruiser, a 1975 Honda Super Sport 400F Cafe racer, and a 1983 Yamaha 750 Maxum..The 920 I think was never really given a chance to take off in the states with the european touring style it has, it sold in europe for alot longer, giving it a good following of happy riders..Yamaha needs to bring it back to states in and up to date model, but it wouldn't need much to bring it up to date with today's bikes, it was a head of it's time in 1981 and I truely enjoy riding mine...
Enjoy the Tinkering, Be chatting with U
Spiderr

 
 
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Reply #18 - 16.01.01 at 20:44:00
 
Info on 81-82 Yamaha XV920R ("Euro Virago")
1) H & J on end of model number indicates year. H=1991, J=1992
2) XV920 is model number for Virago (shaft drive)
3) R on end of XV920 indicates the Euro model (chain drive).
4) TR1 is virtually identical to XV920R, but was sold in Europe. It was over-bored to 980cc, so pistons and rings do not interchange. It had a nearly 10 year run in Europe, with many running changes. But almost all engine, body, and chassis parts from an 81-82 TR1 will fit US XV920R.  There are lots of TR1's in British salvage yards, and it is remarkably easy to get parts shipped to the US. But you pay more than if you find parts here.
5) Although the Virago and XV920R 81-83 share many components, most are unique to the Euro model. Except for the left engine casing and some transmission components (shaft vs. chain drive), all engine pieces on the 81-83 Virago are identical to the 81-92 XV920R. Carbs are jetted slightly different, but will interchange. Frames are identical except for rear swing arms. Wheels, handlebars + switches, gauges, headlight, tail light, turn signals, brakes, rotors, master cylinder, tank, seat, fenders, all pedals and pegs, and wiring harness do not interchange. Ignition black box, coils, alternator, starter, voltage regulator, and most (but not all) relays interchange.
6) The bike sold poorly in US, a little better in Canada, but was never the hit it was in Europe. Perhaps because Yamaha and dealers did not push it. It was never really advertized. Yamaha did not even give it a name, as it did the XV920 Virago. Just a lonely little model number.  It was only sold in North America for two years, 81-82.
I have an 81 (XV920RH) and 82 (XV920RJ) bike.

 
 
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