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Very rad XV920R built for the people's champ contest

PostAuthor: benpineapple » Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:37 pm

https://peopleschampshow.com/steve-bate/

Absolutely insane Virago build, never seen anything like it. Dude built everything by hand, even that girder front end. I love how the gas tank doesn't have a cap, he has a smaller tank below the seat where you fill it up, and that pumps gas to the main tank. So many amazing little details. Chain driven shift linkage is rad, and he relocated the started solenoid system under the start motor on the front of the bike.

Dude didn't have the bike running when the press crew came by, so he unfortunately got disqualified from the competition. Still cool he got as far in the comp as he did, the build contest is typically just Panheads/Knuckleheads. Pretty rare to see someone make it in the competition using something as "new" as the Virago.
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Re: Very rad XV920R built for the people's champ contest

PostAuthor: Hellgate » Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:36 pm

Cool bike. It's not my style, however, the creativity, design, and craftsmanship is outstanding. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Very rad XV920R built for the people's champ contest

PostAuthor: nanno » Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:39 am

I agree, some really interesting aspects to the bike. Not all of them to my taste, but I guess that's a classic case with a polarizing bike like this.
http://viragotechforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=43227 - Nanno's accumulated findings (and blatant show-off) - infos on my TR1's, my performance and reliability mods and a bit of show-casing of the stainless steel exhausts I build

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Re: Very rad XV920R built for the people's champ contest

PostAuthor: Jake » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:35 am

That seat looks like it would give you a wedgie !
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Re: Very rad XV920R built for the people's champ contest

PostAuthor: faffi » Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:55 pm

Functionally, it does nothing a motorcycle needs to do in order to be of interest to me, but I can appreciate the craftmanship. Pity he didn't opt to put his skills into improving the bike's handling, stopping, turning and - well, it's overall performance instead. And make it look good instead of interesting would also not be out of place :bg:
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