Yamaha Virago 1100

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Yamaha Virago XV1100
1994 yamaha virago 1100.jpg
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Production: 1986 – 1999
Class: Cruiser
Rolling Chassis
Frame Type: Pressed steel backbone
Front Suspension: Telescopic fork
Front Wheel Travel: 150 mm (6 in)
Front Wheel Type: Cast 5-spoke Aluminium Alloy
Rear Suspension: Swingarm
Rear Wheel Travel: 97 mm (4 in)
Rear Wheel Type: Cast 5-spoke Aluminium Alloy
Front Tire Size: 100/90-19 57H
Rear Tire Size: 140/90-15M/C 70H
Front Brake: Dual 282 mm (11 in) discs
Rear Brake: Drum
Trail Length: 129 mm (5 in)
Castor Angle: 32°
Bore and Stroke: 95 x 75 mm (3.7 x 3.0 in)
Bore/stroke ratio: 1.266667 (oversquare)
Displacement: 1063 cm³ (65 ci³)
Compression Ratio: 8.3:1
Valve Train: 2 x SOHC
Lubrication System: Wet sump
Cooling System: Air Cooled
Carburation: 2 x Mikuni BST40
Ignition: Digital
Sparkplugs: NGK BPR7ES
Max Power: 61.7 hp (45.4 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque: 85.3 N·m (8.7 kgf·m, 62.9 ft·lbf) @ 3000 rpm
Starter: Electric
Clutch System: Wet multi-plate
Clutch Operation System: Manual
Gearbox: 5-speed Constant mesh
Gear Ratio 1st: 2.294:1
Gear Ratio 2nd: 1.666:1
Gear Ratio 3rd: 1.285:1
Gear Ratio 4th: 1.032:1
Gear Ratio 5th: 0.852:1
Final Drive: Shaft
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.8 L (4.4 gal)
Fuel Tank Reserve Capacity: 3.0 L (0.8 gal)
Overall Length: 2285 mm (90 in)
Overall Width: 840 mm (33 in)
Overall Height: 1190 mm (47 in)
Wheelbase: 1525 mm (60 in)
Seat Height: 715 mm (28 in)
Ground Clearance: 145 mm (6 in)
Dry Weight: 221 kg (487 lbs)
Battery: 12v 20Ah
Main Fuse: 30A
Similar models: Yamaha DragStar 1100

The Yamaha Virago XV1100 was a motorcycle manufactured by Yamaha Motor Corporation. It is one of several in the Virago line and is positioned as large-size metric cruiser with an engine displacement of 1063 cc.

It is unique in being one of the few cruiser-style motorcycles available with a shaft drive instead of a chain or belt final drive system, as well as a V-twin engine of that size. Its heavily chromed body styling is also distinctive.


The Virago line was born in 1981 with the XV750. In 1982 the larger 920 was introduced alongside the 750, with several more deluxe features. The 920 was redesigned in 1984 and engine size increased to 1000 cc. In 1986 engine size was again increased to 1063 cc, resulting in the renamed XV1100.

This model was discontinued in 2000 as the "Star" range of motorcycles took over as the cruiser line from Yamaha. The DragStar 1100 is often seen as the successor to the XV1100.

Starter problems

According to Motorcyclist magazine [1], the early Virago has a design flaw in the starter system. This magazine states that the starter's defect exists in early Viragos models (1982 and 1983). However, the same flawed starter system was installed in the XV700, which was produced until 1988. The XV1000 had an improved system since it began production in 1984, which doesn't present the flaws. Also the XV1100 and the XV750 (1989 and up) do not present the starter system flaws found in the earlier Viragos. Motorcyclist Magazine[2] suggested to weld the ring gear to its backing plate to solve the problem. Other solutions commonly used are the use of shims, which was Yamaha's proposed solution, then also the use of a new designed idler gear. None of this solutions are considered or proved to be permanent, and applying only one of them will not address other existing flaws in the system; however, great improvements have been reported by Virago owners that have applied them.

Download a one hour video of the procedure which permanently resolves the starter issue. The bike in the repair video not experienced a single starter problem for over 15,000 miles. The MPEG1 format video is designed to be watched on a computer and is 650 megabytes. You can save a copy of the video on your computer by right clicking the video link and choosing save as.

See also

External links


  1. Joe Minton, Motorcyclist/ January 1988, p. 68.
  2. Joe Minton, Motorcyclist/ January 1988, p. 68.