Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Yamaha's original Virago from the early Eighties was an unusual cruiser in that it didn't just completely ape Harley Davidson design language. There were no fake rocker boxes on the engine, which instead seemed to emphasize its overhead-camness. Further, since the bike used a backbone frame with the engine as a stressed member, it was just kinda hanging our there for all to see, with no downtubes on the frame to obscure your view of the mechanicals.

As you can see, it makes a great base for turning into a very British-looking cafe racer. It's got kind of a cool retro vibe, enhanced by what looks to be a Bren gun mag pouch for storing tools and incidentals.