Yamaha 750 Virago Specsby Chester Rockwell
The Yamaha Virago 750 is one of Yamaha's longest production-running motorcycles, offered to buyers from 1981 to 1998 as part of the Virago line of cruisers. It is also known as the XV750 model. The Virago 750 was the mid-range model whose 750 cc engine offers a balance between the other 500 cc and 920 cc Virago models available in the early 1980s. While the lower- and higher-end Virago engine sizes would change slightly through the years, the Virago 750 was a mainstay in the line of cruiser bikes.
Engine and Transmission
The Virago 750 is equipped with a 750 cc 75-degree, two-cylinder, v-twin engine. It is air-cooled and features dual 40-millimeter carburetors. Paired to a five-speed manual transmission, the Virago 750's engine generates 52 horsepower and 35.4 foot-pounds of torque. Its compression ratio is 8.7:1 and it has a bore and stroke of 83 millimeters and 69 millimeters, respectively.
Braking and Suspension
Braking power is provided at the front by a single-piston, single-disc brake with an 11.7-inch diameter. The rear brake is comprised of a drum brake with two internal brake shoes. The motorcycle's handling is taken care of by a telescopic, adjustable front fork offering up to 5.9 inches of travel. The rear suspension is a single-adjustable air shock with a maximum travel distance of 3.9 inches.
Dimensions and Weight
Without fuel, the dry weight of the Virago 750 is 496 lbs., while filled up with gas and all other fluids, the bike weighs a total 502 lbs. Seat height of the 750 measures in at 26.5 inches which makes it suitable for riders who may be shorter than average.
Chester Rockwell began his professional writing career in 2003, as a beat writer for local publications and an analyst for market research firms. His writing in business and efforts as a publicist have been recognized in outlets such as Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, "WIRED" and "BusinessWeek," among other publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.