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VIN lookup, and 750 vs. 920

PostAuthor: joeydokey » Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:32 pm

Hey folks. I’m looking to buy a new Virago. First off, not sure if I should be looking for a 920 or 750. Would like to hear your opinions two, and pros and cons of each.
Second, a guy nearby is selling one. He claims it’s an 83 and he was told it was an 1100. I didn’t think they made that size, that year. It has a VIN of JYA4X7003BA017597. Can’t figure out what engine size it is.

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Re: VIN lookup, and 750 vs. 920

PostAuthor: Jake » Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:51 pm

My VIN checks say it’s a 1981 XV750, and no the 1100 wasn’t available until 1986. It is possible that someone installed an 1100 on an ‘81 frame.

750 or 920, not much difference except power.
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Re: VIN lookup, and 750 vs. 920

PostAuthor: beltdrive » Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:31 pm

As far as I know the 750 is the same "Gen 1" in 1981, 1982 , 1983

The 920 came out in 1982, as the first XV with a Virago name on the side cover, it was very different than the 750, it had a bigger engine for once, as well as  different fork with air assist and 4 level of damping and double disc brakes, it had a adjustable aluminum handlebar, a digital instrument cluster "cycom" , slash cut mufflers, squarelights front and rear, as well as square turn signals,

In 1983 the 920 was very different, it became a " 750 look alike", with only a different tank and a bigger engine, everything else was the same as the 750, as they were waiting for the new completely different design 1984 XV 1000 - "Gen 2" , with a different  starter system, from the EU TR1 and one piece frame with double shocks on the rear. that now had a 15" wheel, instead of Gen 1 with a 16 "on the rear. 

They all have engine size on the bottom of the cylinders, unless they were filled of, so it will say 920 or 981 I believe. 
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Re: VIN lookup, and 750 vs. 920

PostAuthor: mark75 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:08 pm


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at the base of the cylinder just above the crankcase you'll find a cast-in number.
on the 750 [IIRC] it says 748? 749? - any I ever saw were just less than 750 ... ditto 700 or 920 or 1000 or 1100.

works out to Volume = (h) x (pi=3.14) x (radius - times itself) per cylinder or V= stroke x bore (+/- they usually round it 'up' a bit) :con:

JMO: which-ever Gen-II ['86-'99] would be my 1st choice.
Only because it is getting harder to find good cheap, NOS parts for Gen-I and '84-'85 transition to Gen-II (US-xv1000), NTM the "after-market" parts supply for early XV was never huge.
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