Custom motorcycle designer Greg Hageman has been on a roll lately when it comes to designing awesome bikes. His Yamaha XV1100 was unbelievable. Now, he is back with a transformed Yamaha Virago, and it looks pretty darn good.
Greg Hageman has an eye for beauty and visual balance. He turned the Virago’s clumsy lines into a sleek and cohesive bike. He took a 95 VX750 that had been sitting in a garage collecting dust and fixed a 2008 Yamaha R1 front end onto the motorcycle. The entire front end of the R1 was used—including the brakes, upside-down forks and 17-inch wheel. Hageman kept the Virago’s 15-inch wheel and stock drum brake on the rear of the bike. Both front and back wheels were powder-coated black with stainless steel spokes and wrapped with Dunlop K555s.
A Tuffside café racer seat was made especially for this bike by builder Chris Chappell. He moulded the seat from ABS plastic using a vacuum moulding machine. Then the seat was upholstered in marine-grade vinyl. For the taillight, Hageman sourced a unique LED taillight from eBay. The tail light incorporates both signal and brake lights.
Since the VX1100 had a good motor, Hageman simply upgraded the twin Hitachi piston-valve carburettors with Dynojet internals. A custom exhaust system terminates with JAMA pipes and SuperTrapp mufflers. For the final touch, Hageman painted the gas tank white and red. The paint scheme gives the bike a 70s-era look. The finished bike is a masculine, yet elegant 70’s café racer.