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    Quote Originally Posted by zuluwiz View Post
    I note that Hondas and Kawasakis of the 70s and 80s seem to be more desirable than Suzukis (go figure)(not to us, obviously). But what happened to the Yamahas? They werent bad bikes, and I always thought the black ones were really good looking. Why does there seem to be no demand for these bikes today? I don't get it.

    i believe the handling was not up to par when they started competing with 4 cylinder bikes, and they were still making 2 strokes by the time 4 cylinders were all about so they were a bit late to the party. i know the xs650 and some of the xv line up are desirable bikes to get, billy joel sure liked the virago.
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    Virago ... shudder ... Some of the most aesthetically challenged Yamahas bore that name.
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    The Yamaha Virago, my friend had a Virago. He would make it backfire by killing the ignition then turn it back on then BANG. He did it one time, then the bike didn't run good after that. Here, he blew the carburetor out of the rubber manifold! Pushed the carburetor back in and he was good to go. 😃
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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    Virago ... shudder ... Some of the most aesthetically challenged Yamahas bore that name.
    not a fan of the looks of anything after say about 83, the 750 i have looks pretty nice for the most part but once you hit the the mid 80s, oh boy... the vulcan and intruder arent too far behind as for their looks, but the virago really takes the funky cake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by storm 64 View Post
    The Yamaha Virago, my friend had a Virago. He would make it backfire by killing the ignition then turn it back on then BANG. He did it one time, then the bike didn't run good after that. Here, he blew the carburetor out of the rubber manifold! Pushed the carburetor back in and he was good to go. 

    ive known a few people who rode viragos, they dont seem to differ too much, they ride the crap out of them, and then some more. didnt know you could do the killswitch thing with them.
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    Viragos were lovely. Beauty all the way.
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    TV is broke, so I'm spending even more time than usual staring at Suzi. The SUZUKI decal on the tank looks...cheap. The KAWASAKI badge on my Z1 had 3 dimensions and color.

    Remember the 327 badge on your '68 Camaro? Or how about the Z/28 badge? It was metallic, had color, and chrome, and depth.

    My 11E's tank just looks cheap. That's why CBs and KZs are the popular ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    TV is broke, so I'm spending even more time than usual staring at Suzi. The SUZUKI decal on the tank looks...cheap. The KAWASAKI badge on my Z1 had 3 dimensions and color.

    Remember the 327 badge on your '68 Camaro? Or how about the Z/28 badge? It was metallic, had color, and chrome, and depth.

    My 11E's tank just looks cheap. That's why CBs and KZs are the popular ones.
    Just got back from flu shot and in the lot saw a nice 2000 Monte Carlo ambled over cos it looked super clean.
    Then I saw the guy painted over badges and all

    Yes the decals were cheaper easier to make the tank etc.
    The badges always seemed to break. What was that pot metal expanding contracting at a different rate than what it was affixed to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cipher View Post
    Then I saw the guy painted over badges and all
    South of the border that's a federal offense.
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    Your own fault Rob, you shouldn't have got such a new modern bike, the first 2 yrs the 1100E had the nicer looking emblems.
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