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PostAuthor: Pika1960 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:23 am

I am looking to buy my first Virago, and have a couple of options. A 1985 XV750 that looks and runs pretty nice (36000 km), and a 1984 XV1000 with carb troubles, probably from sitting for a couple of years (56000km). The XV1000 is half the price of the 750. The 750 has been with the current owner for 2 years, the 1000 has been in place for 20 years.

I am a reasonably competent wrench, for an amateur, doing most of my own vehicle repairs on our car/truck, including an engine rebuild. The bike will likely be for local rides (a couple of hours), but I would like to have the option for some longer tours too.

My concern isn't working on the bike (overconfidence, ever?), but rather, getting parts. Between the two bikes, 750 vs 1000, is there a major difference in parts availability? Is there a different reason to pick A vs B?

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Re: What's it like to find parts? 750 vs 1000

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:26 pm

Depends where you're located....
Personally? JMO... If frame, wheels, calipers, tank, bars etc etc etc..All those important things are decent..And if it's only the carbs that are messed up...I'd definitely would go with the 1000. Maybe slightly bias, since I've got both, but for power, room, capacity, the 1000 can't be beat. I've never/ever had a problem getting parts for it. Least for 33 years/120,000+ miles, I haven't yet. :bg:
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Re: What's it like to find parts? 750 vs 1000

PostAuthor: faffi » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:00 pm

Parts availability is the same, but there are likely more used parts to be had for the 750 as it was made for longer. The 750 runs smoother, but revs higher and has less grunt. Well, should have; even the 700, if a good runner, will run away and hide from a poor running 1000 or 1100. That goes for acceleration, roll-on and top speed. And that's for new bikes; production tolerances were pretty big for the Viragos, with performance varying greatly.

I would check things like finish, condition of exhaust system (look underneath the bike for rust of the collector), brakes, tyres, leaks from the engine, does it look cared for or neglected - and use that to determine which bike to buy. It is virtually always cheaper in the long run to pay more for a bike in great condition than to fix a machine in need of a lot of TLC.
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PostAuthor: bstig60 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:10 pm

Please edit your profile to show your location. It makes it much easier for us to help you if we know where you are.. I assume since you are looking at an '85 750, that you are not in the USA. Restrictions only allowed for a 700 in that year here. As far as which bike, it depends on what you want to do with it. I have owned both and I definitely prefer the larger displacement.
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Re: What's it like to find parts? 750 vs 1000

PostAuthor: Pika1960 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:33 pm

Sorry, profile updated. Western Canada.

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Re: What's it like to find parts? 750 vs 1000

PostAuthor: mark75 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:50 pm

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JMO: 700/750 was more 'common' so parts are generally more readily available, the 1000 was a transition from Gen-I 920 to Gen-II 1100 and only made for a couple of years. [there are minor differences in some parts i.e. # of gear-teeth on idle gear IIRC]

many Gen-I parts are available on eBay mostly as used/salvaged, but some Gen-II parts are still available NOS OEM not to mention some STAR-xvs [Gen-III?] will fit.

OEM parts available from some dealers like Boats, partsnmore, etc. my fav is MRCycles ---> https://www.mrcycles.com/oemparts/c/yam ... cle/parts/

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Re: What's it like to find parts? 750 vs 1000

PostAuthor: nanno » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:29 pm

I see two things: 1) both already are the later edition with the proper (Virago-style) headgasket, as the asbestos headgasket rings of the early models are hard to come by in good quality these days. 2) An XV1000 should have the later (and proper) starter system.

Carbs? Well I always do away with the stock carbs. :;: So you could see that as a bit of an incentive to venture into a nice twin-flatslide setup...
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Re: What's it like to find parts? 750 vs 1000

PostAuthor: faffi » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:29 pm

Very good point about the starter system that is well worth checking out! Some markets saw the good (less bad?) starter system also on the 1984-86 750s, but I believe that was primarily for Japan.
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