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A Passion for making changes where it mattered on the bike, and different from others, started in 1984.

XV 920 - Virago 1981

 

Shamya-Twain, aka. The Copper Chopper, 1981 XV920 Roadster, built by Doctor Virago

 

     

 

     

 

 

 

From This

To This

In one winter.

 

Doctor Virago's XV920 Shamya Twain - at Needles Ferry BC

 

 

To This

The Next Winter

 

Tank, Fenders, and Seat are all Polished bare metal

 

'81 XV920 Chain Drive . . . Rigid, foot clutch, under the leg hand shift, 45 Rake.

Not For the faint ov heart . . . SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER . . .
 

Old School is in, muchacho's . . .

 

I have always said . . . " I've never built an easy rider "

Tank, Fenders, and Seat are all Polished bare metal

 

 

Fork Tubes are 10" (ten inch) over, with the length from the axle to the triple tree stock and the 10" over  going through the top triple tree to become the rise of the handle bar utilizing clip on's to complete the handle bars. Unique, and original design and style by the original Doctor Virago.

 Implemented October 2013

Fork Tubes are 10" (ten inch) over, with the length from the axle to the triple tree stock and the 10" over  going through the top triple tree to become the rise of the handle bar utilizing clip on's to complete the handle bars. Unique, and original design and style by the original Doctor Virago.
					Implemented October 2013

 

Clip on handlebars above the triple tree

 

Fork Tubes are 10" (ten inch) over, with the length from the axle to the triple tree stock and the 10" over  going through the top triple tree to become the rise of the handle bar utilizing clip on's to complete the handle bars. Unique, and original design and style by the original Doctor Virago.
					Implemented October 2013

 

Fork Tubes are 10" (ten inch) over, with the length from the axle to the triple tree stock and the 10" over  going through the top triple tree to become the rise of the handle bar utilizing clip on's to complete the handle bars. Unique, and original design and style by the original Doctor Virago.
					Implemented October 2013

 

Fork Tubes are 10" (ten inch) over, with the length from the axle to the triple tree stock and the 10" over  going through the top triple tree to become the rise of the handle bar utilizing clip on's to complete the handle bars. Unique, and original design and style by the original Doctor Virago.
					Implemented October 2013

 

 

Clip on handle bars above the triple tree

 

Fork Tubes are 10" (ten inch) over, with the length from the axle to the triple tree stock and the 10" over  going through the top triple tree to become the rise of the handle bar utilizing clip on's to complete the handle bars. Unique, and original design and style by the original Doctor Virago.
					Implemented October 2013>

 

Bare metal Ford tractor seat chopped to width

Horn, signal, hi/low beam switches under seat.

 

 

 

 

 

List ov Mods - 1981 XV920

Straight Pipes

'81 XV750

- Tank - New old stock, wet sand from 400gr to 200gr, then Buffed.

- Fenders -front stock - Rear, two butt welded

- Horns

- Fuse Box - moved form lower triple tree to rt side on frame

- Triple Tree

- Sissy/Grab rail - altered and used as fender support.

- Headlight bucket and lense.

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82 XV920 Forks, and single brake disc and caliper.

Curly Zed Bars - Totally rebuilt from a the set I had in early '80's

custom forward controls . . .

Foot Clutch . . . under the leg jockey shift

 

More to list - coming soon

 

Need to get a hold ov me ???

doc @at@ doctor-virago dot com

 

 

The Power ov Equivalence

 

As of late I have been moved emotionally. It is directly concerning the build of my XV920. It has approached me slowly, and unnoticeably head on, directly staring me in my face. This build is the most important hands on physical, task that I have ever attempted. It is more powerful than the homes I have renovated, cars that I have worked on, save the first, and EVEN comparing it to the ZR1 Corvette that I fabricated and installed a Fixed four point roll cage, with a removable fifth point, that was inspected and passed for racing by some Body that does that. Comparing it to the chassis and roll cage that I built for a 1928 Mercedes kit car, That the guy was putting in a Blown V6 and XKE Jag rear end. Comparing it to the tubular A-Frame suspension That I fabricated for a 1950 ford panel van, and installed once the dropped forged I-beam front end was removed.

It started the other night, I was lookin' at the XV920 swing arm, and how I had it mate to the backbone and drop frame, that it was parallel. I was looking at the factory construction, the design, the things that nobody sees because there is so much body parts in the way. I was looking at the history of this work of art, the work of art that it was before I touched it. And I started to become overwhelmed with the scope of all that it means to me. And tonight I got a further, glimpse, or rather view that I have of it all. And that part is the, what it means to me and how it relates to the things that I have done in my life.

I started to see the Equivalence to all of the above, from the first starter and clutch I installed in my first car (1970) and before that the tyranny that I fixed in my first bike when I was 14 years old. I compared this all, as if I was now 18 years old in 1974. Today I am working on an Off Shore Motorcycle that is 32 years old. If it was back when I was 18, in 1974, the equivalent motorcycle could have been a 1942 BSA, or Triumph. Back in those days that would have been the coolest . . . for me.

But it is today and I am working on that motorcycle . . . and it is the coolest for me. And I was down in my workshop last night and a neighbour kid came by, and he was wowed by Shamya Twain, the Copper Chopper, and after he listened to the things that I had to say about my build, he didn't even take a breath and told me about his plans to fix a car so that it is ready in two years when he is 16. And I waited til tonight, as I didn't want to burst his bubble last night, and I went to his door, and asked him If I could explain to him, the beauty, of not taking the first rust bucket that comes along for free, but looking for a dream, and working towards the purchase of it, and then building a dream of his own. A dream that he can embrace for his entire life.

I came home today, and sat with my future ride, my future bride, coffee in hand . . .
. . . and contemplated The Power of Equivalence


We don't just build and ride motorcycles . . . we build and ride our dreams.

 

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In the Motorcycle world there is what is known as "Old School" which would suggest that there is school or new school . . . The Bell hanging on a MC has been adopted by the new school and they call it a "Gremlin Bell" or some such nonsense. The Old school History ov the Bell is: "The Lost Brother Bell" Where by if you Lost a Brother to a military conflict, a MC accident, or cancer, or what have you, you would then hand a bell off your bike in memory or commemoration ov him. That my friends is OLD SCHOOL . . . we don't believe in STUPID gremlins . . . Ha . . . give me a break.

 

Lost Brother Bell on a motorcycle

 

 

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