1982 Yamaha VX750
This custom built "cafe tracker" is based on a 1982 Yamaha Virago XV750. At Roast Moto we are very familiar with this donor bike and have turned out a handful of rebuilds for clients from California to Puerto Rico to U.A.E. We had a new client from Dubai reach out to us over the web praising our work on the original Viragos, but wanting something a bit different from our traditional rebuild. The first and most noticeable distinctions are the Benelli Mohave tank, the long flat tracker-style seat, and the riser-style handle bars. This seat was custom formed by hand in-house and upholstered with the diamond stitching on a thick hide of tan leather. The subframe was constructed and mounted using a bolt on system for easy removal to access the monoshock and for further disassembly - also leaving room for further customization if the rider desires. The riser bars feature a minimalist approach, only housing a start/stop, headlight switch, and a single Acewell speedo/tach unit. Our signature wireless RFID-based ignition system has also been installed. This unit allows the rider to not have to carry a traditional key, rather a square RFID reader that starts up the bike in one swipe, enabling further security as there is no key ignition present on the bike. Rather than using the stock headlight we adapted a more modern approach with a quad-bulb HID headlight. This unit is extremely bright and features low beam, high beam, and turn signals all in one housing. This light was not built to be "plug and play" with the vintage bikes so this required that the original headlight housing be modified to fit the new headlight unit and it has been mounted on the front end of the '06 GSXR forks. These forks enable the bike to utilize dual disc braking power and offer a more aggressive look to a bike that feels more relaxed while riding compared to our previous builds. The Benelli Mohave tank was also custom painted in house, as were the engine jugs, and fitted with original Yamaha emblems to match the rest of the bike. The Loaded Gun Customs universal rear sets that are used in the project also required a custom fabricated shift linkage that allows the rider to sit in a more comfortable position and gives some modern flair to the bike itself. The final addition was the fabrication of a custom exhaust system. This system is a single-sided exhaust system constructed with 2 separate pipes that are then polished and wrapped in a black pipe wrap. This was an extremely fun project to work on and we are very pleased with the results!