1983 Yamaha Virago 500 by MotoRelic

All Photos: Nubbs Sugrue

What do you do when a bike owner provides free reign over the direction you can take their already dated but functional Yamaha? Turn it into a copper and black vintage beauty complemented with a bit of steampunk aesthetics of course. So, in the case of this ’83 Virago XV500, we’re glad to see that we’re in agreement with Hamilton, VA-based MotoRelic.

First things first, the bike’s mass had to go. So the crew over at MotoRelic decided to strip the bike down to its chassis, where they could begin the transformation process. They started by adding a GSX-R front end and proceeded to outfit the build with some Mad Max-worthy oversized tires and a custom distressed leather seat made from re-bonded foam. The tank was replaced with a CL350 that gives the bike an even more rounded and stubby shape, actually running the Velocity stack through the new CL350 tank to the air filter. They also adjusted the swingarm to make it look a bit tougher and the exhaust was modified with a custom muffler they found off Ebay of all places. Its new Biltwell grips match the seat quite nicely and the Acewell gauge cluster keeps things somewhat minimal up top. Now just to keep everything clean while enjoying the ride. [H/T: Pipeburn]

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