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The Yamaha Virago is a becoming more and more popular as a base bike for café racers. Despite the odd lines of the original machine, it can be turned into something beautiful. And one of the best parts of the Virago is the powerful V-twin engine. Good for us is that Yamaha produced tens of thousands of Virago’s in the 80’s and 90’s and that you can buy them at reasonable prices.

Kurt von Blanckensee, the owner of Moto-Von based in Morgantown (WV, US) decided to turn an old Virago into a XV920 Café Racer. This is the result:

Virago XV920 Café Racer

Virago XV920 Café Racer 2

Virago XV920 Café Racer 3

Virago XV920 Café Racer 4

Virago XV920 Café Racer 5

Virago XV920 Café Racer 1


  • New starter (a known problem of the Virago’s)
  • New clutch
  • Custom sub frame
  • Motogadget m-unit
  • Anti gravity battery
  • NOS Mojave gas tank
  • Custom seat
  • Hagon rear shock
  • Progressive front springs
  • Custom 2 in 1 exhaust
  • Tarrozi clip ons
  • Magura levers
  • JM rearsets
  • Dunlop 404 tires
  • Moto Guzzi headlight
  • Ducati front fender
  • Dime City speedometer
  • A lot of painting and powder coating

Detail images:

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By Published On: January 11, 2016Categories: Cafe Racer0 Comments on Yamaha XV920 Café Racer by Moto-VonTags: , , 1.2 min readViews: 463

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About the Author: Ron Betist

Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.

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