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Your advice on this purchase?....

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I'm new to bikes, and I have become somewhat addicted quickly. I own an 02 VStar 650 Custom. I DO love it, but would like MORE!

I am looking at an 85 Virago 700 as a light winter project to have some fun with, then sell to make some more $$ for the next bike/project. This bike looks to be in generally good shape. It runs but sputters out when revved too high. I suspect that the carbs need to be cleaned. If such a bike can be had for short dollars, are any of you familiar enough with this model to say it's worth spending a few hours on, or otherwise say "stay away?" I appreciate your input!
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Hi fF,
I'm building a bobber over the winter out of a 96' XV750 Virago myself. Engines are pretty stout on the Viragos, and they are the Star motorcycle line predecessors for Yamaha. I've had no problem finding parts, and they were reasonably priced. Riding it home was a blast. Felt like it was a feather weight compared to my 950t. If you're slightly mechanical, they're easy to work on. This is a photo of mine before the tear down.

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I'm building a bobber over the winter out of a 96' XV750 Virago myself. Engines are pretty stout on the Viragos, and they are the Star motorcycle line predecessors for Yamaha. I've had no problem finding parts, and they were reasonably priced. Riding it home was a blast. Felt like it was a feather weight compared to my 950t. If you're slightly mechanical, they're easy to work on. This is a photo of mine before the tear down.

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Nice! And I do like the fact that these V Twins are supposed to be fairly decent. When it comes to being "mechanical," I'm one of the guys that always took a language rather than shop class in school, but I've also been known to do a break job or fix the power steering in my jeep or repair a snowthrower by tinkering until I understand it. Basically, if I don't have to buy "special tools," I'm happy to try it once.
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I'm similar in that way as well. I'd suggest getting a repair/shop manual, they're a huge help, and if you start a teardown, bag and tag even the small stuff. That cuts down on your rebuild time. Good luck and keep us posted. Once I'm done, I'll post pics. I'm rattle canning everything I'm repainting, and bought several parts thru ebay, Amazon, and motorcycle websites.

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I'm similar in that way as well. I'd suggest getting a repair/shop manual, they're a huge help, and if you start a teardown, bag and tag even the small stuff. That cuts down on your rebuild time. Good luck and keep us posted. Once I'm done, I'll post pics. I'm rattle canning everything I'm repainting, and bought several parts thru ebay, Amazon, and motorcycle websites.

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I can't wait to see it!

*looking up 'rattle canning'.....
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Just means I'm spraying the paint with the rattle spray cans that you shake, like Krylon, etc. This is how the swing arm assembly came out over this past weekend.

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There are a lot of the Virago's out there and in a lot of different CC'S too. But I don't think you can make much money* by bobbing them out.
You have to do it for the love and fun of it.

* only the Dealer makes money
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I agree farmlldanzil, I'm going to ride my project for business purposes and for the sheer love of motorcycling.

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There are a lot of the Virago's out there and in a lot of different CC'S too. But I don't think you can make much money* by bobbing them out.
You have to do it for the love and fun of it.

* only the Dealer makes money
I, for sure, would not be trying to make a bobber. Just get it running as well as possible, looking as good as I can, then have fun riding it around with a "for sale" sign on it. If purchased for $300, would anticipate selling as a running, inspected and registered bike for under $1k. To be sure, it would all be about fun, and the $$ that comes back would be for the next one
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I'm going to ride my project for business purposes and
And would that be for fast getaways ?
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