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  1. moozecsar
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    Buying a 1994 Virago 1100 and would like more info on experiences with this fairly old bike. Got one nice msg from a rider saying she had one for quite awhile and had no problems whatsoever--- would like other comments about this bike, in particular about any common problems you had. My only concern is it has > 80K on it. Thanks .

  2. micg10
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    i know there's no comparison but i had a virago 250 for a while and never had a problem, the 1100 is a pretty popular bike around the district where i live and havn't heard of any common problems with them, i have spoken to a bike mechanic and he has said they are a good reliable bike.
    cheers mick.

  3. RetRaiter37
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    Buying a 1994 Virago 1100 and would like more info on experiences with this fairly old bike. Got one nice msg from a rider saying she had one for quite awhile and had no problems whatsoever--- would like other comments about this bike, in particular about any common problems you had. My only concern is it has > 80K on it. Thanks .
    I had a 96 1100. Had it for 6 years and didn't have one problem with it. Strong for a 1100. Quick and fast in corners. The only reason I got rid of it was I fell in love with the Yamaha Raider. My only regret is that I should of just kept it and got the Raider also. Here is a pick of it.

  4. Heatlikhd
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    Virago starters have a history of problems, and I think the 1100 has them. Typically lots of noise and frequent repairs. There are retrofit kits to address some of the issues. With 80,000 on it (miles or km) I suspect that there has already been some modification done by now.

  5. cptallaz
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    Very nice, Redraider. I have the exact same color scheme on my 750. Really wanted a 1100, but prices are steep in this part of the country for a bike that rare.

    My only problems have been a slightly dirty carb (causing lean running and stumbling at light throttle between 1500 - 3000 rpms) which I think I have cleared up with heavy use of Seafoam and Berryman's and enriching the idle circuit by 1/2 turn on the screws. The only other real issue I've had was a dirty petcock which wasn't shutting off the fuel flow at shutdown - a 10 minute fix with a screwdriver and a couple of Q-Tips. When you have a minute, take the time to disconnect the line from the petcock to the carbs and make sure the petcock doesn't drip when in the ON and RES positions.

    Other issues have been minor....body and trim, and a dirty fuel level sensor. Soaked it in Berrymans and it started working again.

    Make sure to take a look at the brake pads / shoes. My fronts were worn down to near-minimum at 10,000 miles. Put some 'new meat' on them last weekend. Yamaha was very nice for making that operation so simple.

    Enjoy the bike! That's a wholelotta engine. I'd love to transplant a 1100 into mine someday.

  6. moozecsar
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    That is one gorgeous bike! Good luck with it; now I want one!
    Moose

  7. moozecsar
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    What is "Berryman's"--- never heard of it. Thanks.
    Moose

  8. Rawlort
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    Ive Got over 80,000 on my 1100 virago and the only prob has been the Starter,
    There is a mod available to fit a solanoid starter that fixes all the starter probs.
    I have looked at several new rides but can't find one that comes close to my ol Dragon.

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