Yamaha 1991 Virago XV1100 with custom Sidecar
by Ray V.
(Orange, NSW, Australia)
91 Virago XV1100 with custom Sidecar
Hi from Orange, Central West NSW, Australia,
At the risk of being out of place among the beautiful rigs I see here I would like to offer my humble combination. Firstly the bike is a Yamaha 1991 Virago XV1100 with a few custom touches including 1980s Paughco Fishtail mufflers (which sound awesome)that a HD 98 Springer friend let me use. Secondly the custom Sidecar comes from a colorful background. It was a rally Sidecar used for off-road racing in the Australian outback Alice Springs FINKE DESERT RACE. I got it from Adelaide, it has been built using a Mini Minor 10" wheel, hub and axle and I guess you could say the chair shape is a Ural copy (of sorts).
After months of restoration, compliance and elbow grease I finally managed to get the whole rig registered and I'm about to embark on a new journey of enlightenment.
Thanks for posting your tips on Sidecar cornering, ballast etc. I will remember as i learn to ride a motorcycle all over again with a sidecar. I regard myself a seasoned solo rider having done interstate trips over many years under my belt but that was also 10 years and I'm 60 now (with a bad leg-hence the sidecar), haha. My last bike was a Vulcan 1500 cruiser back in 2003. Before that a 1998 Sportster 883.
Anyway here it is and I guess I am an example of someone with very little money but heaps of passion to get a 'rough' rig over the line!
To compliment the project I have formed a social club as a vehicle to attract like minded riders with similar passions for bikes and the open road called Suntrippers Motorcycle Club "We ride with the Sun".
Hey Mate, thanks for your contribution. Nice to see people over the pond are bike enthusiasts too. Australia looks like it may be an incredibly beautiful place to ride. So keep the wind at your back mate and enjoy and thanks again for your nice article.
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