G'day All. I've just posted the below photos in another thread with a specific question, but here I will begin a thread documenting the slow work on my 1992 Virago XV535. I've always thought the 535 could make a great v-twin version of my SR500, a bike that is half the fun through having twice as may cylinders, but which is much more pleasant on the highways. I took the bike out today for 450km and two bad things emerged: I took a hammering from the riding position, and there's something wrong at 1/4 throttle - bogging. I think. (Or is it just the oddities of the drive shaft?) Anyway, below is the bike as it is, and further below with one of the mods represented: a raised seat. I will raise it and flatten it so that it looks like one long seat. This will be much more confortable and give the bike the look I'm going for. I want something which, when I'm riding on a back road, can allow me to imagine I'm Lawrence on his Brough Superior. The engine is good for it - torquey yet revvy - it's sweet and satisfying. My current plans: Get a larger tank fitted. The bike has two tanks - one under the seat - and a fuel pump for getting pertol to the carbs. This is strictly against mattb philosophy - "keep it as simple as possible" - and both must be replaced with a larger normal tank with gravity fed fuel. The carb boots have closed off nipples - I assume I can fit a vaccuum tap utilising these. The larger tank will look less 'chopper' and more 'old bike'. There's a carb problem, as per above. Also, the bike sounds like an industrial sewing machine. So: keep the gorgeous exhaust headers, which feed into some odd beige-maniacal under-the-swing-arm box and into the mufflers. Have Craig at Mishief makers cut the headers before the box, ditch the box and stock mufflers, and make and fit simple long pipes into the headers with mild baffles experimentally inserted: more body, but not too much volume - enough to sound good and to sound like a motor bike. We'll experiment and our concept will be a brass musical instrument, or a be bop drum solo, not an undefinable spew/rumble. Deal with the carb problem at the same time: rebuild and rejet them. Replaced the stuffed rear shocks. Replace the new tyres when I can: they're Duro, which I'd never heard of (PO fitted them), and are the scariest tyres I've ever experienced! Do not, ever, buy these! I think they're plastic rather than rubber. If the seat doesn't solve the riding-position problem enough, set the pegs rear-ward 15cm. Craig could do this and it looks simple enough given the peg and lever on each side are a single unit. Winscreen; not because it looks good but because this is a highway bike. Saddle bags: metal cases, covered in old-looking leather to make hard vintage-style lockable cases such as I have on my SR500. Fit 7" headlight up front. I wonder if I could find a 9"? Lower handlebar mounts and low wide bars. What colour should this bike be? With a new tank, there will need to be painting done. Unless I just take it back to metal and buff it? I'll post up my progress as it happens. This will be a real budget project, but I should have a very pleasant middle-weight road bike when I've finished. Perhaps the SRV500 that Yamaha should have but never made? People get into SR500s and such for projects. For a long while I've reckoned the XV535 was a canvas awaiting some great work by the cafe racer / tracker / Brit retro crowd - unsung potential.