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Custom Yamaha XV750 Virago "GoGo"

Posted by Mark on October 9No Comments
1981 Yamaha Virago 750 "GoGo"

There is quite a story behind this gorgeous Yamaha Virago XV750 "GoGo" that, in fact, proves once again that everything that comes out of passion and inspiration usually garners loads of attention and deserves the best comments.

Erick Runyon, a well known photographer in the motorcycle sphere, had worked with tons of projects and with lots of bike builders before one day he came up with an idea of his own bike - the one that he could fully embody his artistry and creativity in. So, after some thinking with "Yamaha Guru" (as Erick calls him) Greg Hageman (read about his cool custom Yamaha Star Bolt) they had the plan for the next build.

Yamaha "GoGo"

Erick was inspired by Greg's previous builds and his style. Also, "GoGo" has taken some features from Russell Mitchell's bikes (Exile Cycles) and from Classified Moto's work. After all, the inspiration comes from all three builders' styles. As Erick says, "The running joke was that 'the Team would do this, or do that', when 'The Team' really was Greg".

1981 XV750 Yamaha the seat

Being an artist, Erick worked mostly with styling, while Greg managed all engineering and technical issues.

the rear wheel Yamaha 'GoGo'

GoGo's rear set comes from Jason and Herm of Dime City Cycles. The bike got the raw Benelli Tank as the complements from Daytona Winner Scott Turner. The swingarm was clear coated by Joe over at ProFab Powder Coating. Craig Skiver gladly helped with red accents, tank stripe and backbone. Both wheels are 16" - 140 rear and 130 front. With a Sportster carb "she has a great throaty growl of a late 60' muscle car", says Erick.

Yamaha XV750 front end

To get a little more "punch" Erick, with the help of Alain Bernard of Santiago Chopper, installed the front end of a 2002 GSXR 1000.

Yamaha XV750 custom overall look

There is one more interesting thing about this Yamaha XV750. Erick has courteously shared with me that the nickname of "one of his sexiest girls" GoGo comes from a little assassin GoGo Yubari - a character from the Kill Bill movie. Well, that's a cool nickname and the striking build. So if you're looking for inspiration, head over to and find much more images of amazing bikes.

Take a look at other pictures of this bike in our Google+ album.

Images by Erick Runyon

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