1981 Yamaha Xv-920r Standard on 2040-motos
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FOR SALE: A very clean and extremely rare 1981 Yamaha VX-920R sport-standard bike that is complete and bone-stock. This bike but did not sell well in the American market at the time as people wanted Harley knock-off looking bikes. As such, Yamaha quickly realized their mistake and brought in the Virago 920 which sold very well. There are many Viragos on the road today. Yamaha only sold about 1800 of the XV-920R bikes in the US, hence the rarity. An internet search will show that fact. The XV sold quite well in Europe as the TR-1, and is still being used for vintage road racing there. This bike was WAY ahead of its' time with air forks, a single motocross-style rear shock and linkage under the seat, and the final drive chain is enclosed in an oil bath. The 920cc V-Twin is a torque monster, and the upright seating makes this bike absolutely outstanding on a twisty road.
This particular bike has not been run since 2000, has been stored in my living room as a beautiful piece of engineering, but the oil was changed before storage and all fuel was completely removed from the tank and carbs. (You think I wanted a tank of gas INSIDE my house?) As such, the tank has no rust and the carbs are clean. What does it need? Love of a classic Japanese bike, some cleaning, the front brakes bled, and a new battery. Probably a set of tires, even though they have about 2000 miles on them but they are 12 years old. Or you can park it in your living room and your guy buddies will go nuts. I had aspirations of a custom restoration to concours-level, but have moved on to other bikes. It is time to give it up to someone who appreciates it for what it is and the excellent Japanese engineering behind it. It would work as a commuter bike of course as it is reliable as a watch, but why? It would make a better back roads strafing machine with a monstrous booming exhaust.
Do an internet search, then bid on this excellent example of a great idea that was a marketing fashion failure. You will not see another unmolested example of this bike anywhere else.
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