Doctor Virago Custom Cycle Shop

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

XV 920 - Virago 1981

 

From This

To This

Doctor Virago's XV920 Shamya Twain at the Cut hwy3a

In one winter.

 

And I have plans for the winter coming.

 

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

 

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doc @at@ doctor-virago dot com

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

 

Doctor Virago's XV920 Shamya Twain Arrow Lake

 

 

Below is a pictorial ov the progress

 

As I saw it on Kijiji Fall 2012

Doctor Virago's XV920 Shamya Twain - as I saw it on Kijiji

 

At Home

 

 

Doctor Virago's XV920 Shamya Twain

 

 

 

 Taping wheel for paint.

 

 

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - front wheel with disc

 

 

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - swing arm

 

These are all the same colour - I guess the lighting was just dif for the photos

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Back bone

 

 

This is the tank I got off ov ebay, cheep and pristine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Gas Tank with Cap

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - forks

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - forks

 

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Drive Sprocket, polished and painted

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - parts polishe and painted

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - View of sproket line up

 

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Skelital view

 

 

 

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Side stand on

 

 

 Below is a photo shop mock up of what I need to rake the neck to. from 29 angle to 49

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Steering neck rake mock up

 

 

 Got exhaust pipe straights and 90 and 55 angles and place fit and weld.

 

 

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - New exhaust pipes, fitted

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Seat view of exhaust pipe

 

 Coming together slowly

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Bars, and headlight bucket

 

 

 I cut the Curly Zed Bars apart completely to rebuild them, Grip bars reworked and re-welded, and the cross bar cut off as it was beyond repair, and used the shaft from a 100yr old Human shoe repair anvil.

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Curly Zed Bar Rebuilt

 

 

 The Cross bar is from a 100yr old human shoe repair anvil, rough but efective.

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - handle Cross-bar

 

 B&W photo for fun

 

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Black and white

 

 

I have just laid the 2 front fenders over the rear wheel to see for planing

Doctor Viragos 2013 XV920 Chopper Build - Rear fender lay up

 

Cut the two fenders so I could Butt them together, used a piece of the cut off to use as a backing plate, Drilled some holes in the first fender and spot weld it to the backing plate and then spot weld the other fender in place.

 

 

 

Kinda rough welded together

 

 

Just laying there.

 

 

Using the '81 XV750 Grab-bar for a sissy, it is just C-clamped on for to look.

 

Click on photo for larger image in new window

 

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.

 

 

 

Just some final Photos . . . before I tear her down . . .

. . . for a final weld paint and remove to outside for final assembly.

 

 

 

Final

Rode her tonight

 

Shamya Twain, The Copper Chopper, 1981 XV920 Chain Drive Virago

 

Shamya Twain, The Copper Chopper, 1981 XV920 Chain Drive Virago

 

Shamya Twain, The Copper Chopper, 1981 XV920 Chain Drive Virago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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