The base bike was a 1981 XV750 Virago Midnight Special. I chose this bike because I liked the look of the air-cooled V-twin engine sat in the frame which looks clean and simple.
This is my second Virago Café Racer (Named PP2) which I started building 6 months after my first custom Virago. I decided to build a second bike after finding a person who had an original unused Benelli Mojave Tank in his loft. The bike took five months to complete after learning from my first build.
All the custom made parts were designed and drawn by myself using various techniques I’ve learnt previously as a Workshop Technician. All of the work completed was done in my garage apart from the painting and machining.
I wanted to make my second build look sportier than the first bike so slightly tweaked the position of the tank and seat to make it look more aggressive. The most challenging aspect of the build was ensuring the stance and the lines of the bike looked right when viewed from all angles.
It’s not a fast bike but I didn’t build it for speed, just something that looked unique which was reliable and practical to ride. Dressed in a pair of jeans, t-shirt and a leather jacket I use the bike for short rides and to nip around my mum’s house for a quick brew and a chat!
List of parts/modifications to name a few…….
• Honda CBR600 FV Complete Front end
• Custom-made hubs to fit a modified 1982 rear XV 750 16” wheel on the front.
• Hell stainless steel braided brake hoses
• CBR 600 F3 switchgear
• Hagon Rear shock absorber
• Original Benelli Mojave steel tank
• Custom made sub frame
• Custom made seat pan and cowl
• Custom Upholstery with yellow stitching
• Custom made exhausts.
• K&N Air Filter
• Carbs jetted to suit exhaust and air filter
• Tarozzi rear sets
• Tarozzi race clipons
• Koso black T&T multi-function display
• Lucas 7” chrome café racer headlight
• Koso Front LED indicators
• Radianz rear strip LED rear brake/indicator unit
• Frame components (EPD primer / 90% gloss powder coating)
• Lithium under seat battery.