Virago Retrofit


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Yamaha Virago was first built in 1981 as a 750 mL V twin competitor to Harley Davidson. It had a unique mono shock rear triangle design until 1983 – and those are probably the most sought after for custom rides almost 40 years later. Combined with an enclosed shaft drive these first renditions of the Virago have the cleanest stripped-down lines of any motorcycle on the road.

In 1984 the Virago took on a more standard dual-shock rear suspension but retained the enclosed the shaft drive and suspended engine layout. This combo makes these machines so perfect for a mid mount electric motorcycle conversion. With an original range of engine sizes from 500cc to 1100cc, there is a version of the Virago for every size and shape of rider – so it could be one of the most universal-fit motorcycle model lines ever developed.

Although otherwise very well designed, many first-generation Virago’s suffered from the “Box of Rocks” failure of the electric starter, which had a tendency to come loose in the housing and spin without fully cranking the engine or otherwise tear itself apart and make the motorcycle almost impossible to start.

We are excited to offer the Shandoka MN8–Virago conversion system. Whether you find your own donor chassis or choose one of our rolling stocks, you are certain to have one of the best looking electric motorcycles at the show.

The Base Cost of the Virago conversion does not necessarily reflect the cost of your design choices. The different models of the Virago line will naturally have different final build concepts and different costs. Shandoka’s MN8 adapter makes it possible to build a wide range of performance characteristics onto the same motorcycle. The bigger your budget, the more we can do.