How to identify models of Yamaha Virago

Yamaha introduced the “XV” Virago in 1981 as its first motorcycle V-twin engine. Previously, the engines produced by Yamaha were double or four-cylinder upright models. In its quest to achieve smooth operation associated with motorcycles like Harley-Davidson, Yamaha created a motorcycle V-twin with shaft defy the Harley and caused other Japanese manufacturers follow suit.

First produced in 1981 and modified in 2003, the Virago had different engine sizes; 200-1100 cc. Virago identifying a decoding is performed whether the frame serial number or vehicle identification number (VIN) and engine serial number.


Searches the serial number of the frame. The serial number of the frame is in two locations: engraved on the right side of the frame, while sitting on the motorcycle, and on a label on it. The label is usually on the neck of the address, below the handlebars, visible when the front tire is located to the right. From 1981-1999, the serial number is a nine-digit alphanumeric code, “1TW-080 657”, for example.

The prefix is ​​the main element model identification Virago and is unique to that year and engine size, the following six digits are sequential production number or the order in which the Virago left the assembly line. The example “1TW-080 657” is a XV1100 Virago 1998.

Identifies the number of engine Yamaha. It is stamped on the right side of the crankcase when sitting on the motorcycle, the number of engine crankcase is alphanumeric with a prefix followed by the general number. The three-digit prefix identifies the Virago model; the following digits are the general reference number. The prefix must match the prefix number of the frame.