In a world where everybody is looking at each other through a little screen, it’s becoming harder every day to be original. Same goes for building custom motorcycles, it’s hard to build something that’s not been done before in one way or another. Another difficulty is that everybody seems to know what is good or not. Luckily, our Dutch buddy Sergei Papyan, owner of Ruthless Customz based in Rotterdam (NL), was not afraid to start working on an ’83 Virago XV920.
With a pretty filled stack of skills and a budget of around 7,000 euro’s, Sergei started working on the Yamaha. He wanted to create “an aggressive modern cafe racer“. Let’s sum up some of the most striking mods: the front end comes from a 2007 Yamaha R1. “This was my biggest challenge,” says Sergei, “I’ve never done it before and I wanted the bike to be 100% safe. So swapping something pretty new to something pretty old made me put a lot of effort into this mod”. The gas tank comes from a KZ650R which is mounted at an angle that, together with the custom rear end, give the bike that aggressive stance Sergei was looking for.
Another out of the box item is the headlight. We usually see around, classic looking headlights on custom Viragos. But Sergei didn’t want that; to keep it aggressive and bold he mounted a more modern looking headlight which you may know from Diamonds Atelier machines (this one and this one). To keep the bike as clean as possible, the bike was completely rewired with even the ignition put out of sight; it’s below the seat. The whole bike got a new paint job with a tight, two-tone palette of black and grey.
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The original post was featured earlier on Pipeburn, but as you may know, we always like to give fellow Dutchies some extra attention.