1981 YAMAHA XV920R – HAGEMAN MOTORCYCLES – PIPEBURN
Well, I’m embarrassed… Mainly because the better part of April has passed, and I am just now getting March’s BOTM posted. But, I am also a little embarrassed because I am working on finishing up a Virago right now, and well, it doesn’t look like this. What you are looking at is a another one of Greg Hageman’s (aka Doc Chops) stellar Yamahas of the v-twin variety. Hageman’s work played no small roll in my purchasing of a XV Yamaha; a bike that I pretty much ignored before I discovered what the machines could become in the hands of a master. I don’t believe I can recall a bike coming out of Mr. Hageman’s shop that I didn’t like, but this one is my favorite. The bike’s look is timeless. It has the air of a classic British machine, but sleeker. A lot of what makes the build look so clean is the removal of that big hunk of frame under the seat, exposing the mono-shock (something that I will definitely have to try on the spare Virago frame tucked in the corner of my garage). Also, this Virago is chain drive? Since when is that a thing? Anyway, I love Greg Hageman’s work, if you are into this build, I’m sure you’ll love the rest of what he does. Be sure the check out his website and Facebook page. It’ll fill your life with Yamaha goodness; I promise.