Yamaha could have done then what Greg Hageman does now, but then it wouldn’t be special, would it? They produced the Virago, a nice looking engine hidden in a Japanese cruiser, somewhat popular at the time, but leaving things like this to the imagination of builders yet to come.
Most of you have seen Doc’s Chops customs before and this is just one more, built around what started as a 1982 Virago. Out went the 750cc engine and in its place they shoehorned in an 1100, the Suzuki GSX-R front end seemed like a good idea, then along came a Benelli tank and all of the other usual Hageman touches. It’s no one thing, but everything brought together by a builder who has an eye for aesthetics and you get this. You see a lot of other builders swap a few pieces trying to replicate what he does, but all too often, it turns out badly, while Greg’s builds just work.
If you’re in the market for a nice custom resto mod like this, it’s for sale for less than what it would cost to build one yourself.
This auction has ended, but check out the Yamaha Virago Motorcycles on eBay for more interesting examples.