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My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: SteveO531 » Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:10 pm

I thought I'd post a picture of my bobber project as I'm getting close to finally having the bike all put together. I picked up a 1982 xv750 virago in 2018, but the project sat until the fall of 2019 when I was able to pick up two additional parts bikes: a 1981 xv750 and a 1985 xv1000. This got me thinking about using most of the parts from the xv1000, as I like the mag wheels better than the swirl wheels, plus the xv1000 has the improved starter system.

The frame and tank are from the 1982, and the wheels, forks, and engine are from the 1985. Here is a picture from about a month ago when I was finishing up the last couple of fabrication parts.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qpQctz2FjYTjbGuR9

I just finished sandblasting the parts today and am putting the primer on everything tonight. Paint goes on tomorrow, and hopefully I can start re-assembly before next weekend.
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: faffi » Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:15 am

:GJ:
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: SteveO531 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:21 am

I finished painting most of the parts and I'll be working on putting it back together this weekend. I can't figure out how to embed the photos here, so I added a link to my shared Google Photos.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WxADam6q2uE8LYy1A

This is my first build. I went the bobber route, as I currently ride a Honda Shadow and like the cruiser style of riding. The '82 Virago was a Craigslist find and I've really grown to like the look of the mono shock rear end. I've named the bike "Irish" and am planning bits and pieces to carry thru on this theme. It has turned into a tribute to my late Father in Law, who passed away back when I began the build. I had spent countless hours deciding on paint colors, and was convinced that I wanted orange wheels and trim, with most everything else being black. When I proudly showed my wife the design, her first comment was "Are you trying to make it look like a harley?" Uh...no. Damn it! Since orange is out, and I was already planning to do something to honor my Father in Law, I decided to go "full Irish" with green wheels, and will be painting the colors of the Irish flag on the tank and rear fender.

Here is a link to the pictures I've taken along the way.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/tbNYJHE1XVXPz9TR6

The forward controls were probably the hardest part of the build so far, and I spent many hours awake at night trying to figure out how to make them. I finally put them together using steel tubing and solid steel rods from the local home improvement store. The steel tubing was pretty thin and flexed too much to my liking when finally installed on the bike. I've since found some 3/16" think steel tubing and have remade the controls. It's now pretty beefy.

The motor is from an '85 XV1000 and it was seized when I bought it. I found replacement cylinder jugs on ebay and have torn down and rebuilt the motor with new seals, rings, lapped valves, etc. I've never had it running so I'm a little nervous about trying to fire it up for the first time. What's the worst that could happen. :bg: The motor had less than 17,000 miles on it, so I'm hoping that the bearings are still in good condition.

I'll continue to post more pictures as I make progress. Really trying to get the bike running before the snow flies.
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: faffi » Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:25 pm

Having built a few bikes myself, I know the hours involved. Keep at it :cl:
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: SteveO531 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:44 am

I made a little progress on assembly and have the bike back into a roller. I changed and balanced the tires myself (first time). I finally got the rear tire bead to set on the 4th try - lots of swearing was involved. I added the headlight yesterday, and mounted the ignition coils and horns the day before.

Here are the most recent pics:
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Next steps are to somehow make this pile of pieces into an exhaust:
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: chrismalm » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:50 pm

:GJ: Following your thread. I have similar components gathering dust in the garage. I will be attempting a similar build soon. Another member said his monoshock XV1000 ran like a scalded cheetah :tf:
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: SteveO531 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:10 pm

A scalded cheetah - nice! I hope so.

I made a little more progress on assembly this week. Welded up the exhaust pieces, painted them with VHT flame proof paint, and baked them in the oven (and my wife says I don't bake :bg: ). The paint got a little dinged up, but I'm going to wrap the exhaust anyway (oh the horror) and really just wanted it painted to protect from rust.
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I finished painting the remaining bits and pieces and started adding the headlight, blinkers, and rear tail light/license plate holder.
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I've been waiting the last couple of weeks for a shipment to arrive from jolly old England, that contains some caliper seals so I could finish rebuilding the front brakes. The seals arrived this week and I have the calipers and new stainless steel brakes lines on the bike.
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I don't think I'll be able to work on the bike much this weekend, but next steps are to finish painting the gas tank and rear fender. And then start working on the new wiring harness.
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: SteveO531 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:40 pm

I was able to get some color on the gas tank yesterday and today. The color stripes are the colors of the Irish flag. I think it turned out okay for a first timer.

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I still need to clear coat and polish it, but I couldn't wait to see what it looked like on the bike.

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I'm planning to put a design on the rear fender and I'm waiting for some automotive detail tape to arrive. Should be here yet this week, and I'm hoping to have the rear fender painted, and both the tank and fender clear coated this weekend.

I haven't uploaded all of my assembly pictures, but if you want to see everything I have pictures of so far, then follow the link. I'll continue to add pictures to the album as I make progress.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ccn65iDmL8b1YUHi8

Next steps: wiring.
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: Hellgate » Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:25 pm

Nicely done!
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: SteveO531 » Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:02 pm

I finished up the painting on the rear fender and clear coated both the tank and the fender. I'll let those sit for a week or so and then buff and polish them.

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I'll be working on wiring this weekend. I have the swingarm bag mounted and will be trying to figure out where to route all the wires. Should be fun. :wacko:
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: Hellgate » Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:50 pm

Looks great!
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Re: My 1982 XV1000 Bobber

PostAuthor: SteveO531 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:52 pm

Made some progress on the wiring this week. I crimped ends on the speedometer wires (stupid 22 gauge wires...) and ran most of the wires along the backbone. I ran a new starter cable and hooked up the starter solenoid and starter motor. Now I'm connecting the wires to the fuse panel, which will go into the swingarm bag. Like everything else, it takes me about 2-3 times longer than I think it will.

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Huge thanks to TotallyRedVirago and others who have put in the time and effort for the wiring diagrams. I don't know if I would have tackled redoing the wiring without those.

Hope to have the wiring completed by the end of the weekend, and can start thinking about firing this baby up. I'm excited to be this close to finishing it.
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