"Tramontana" Is a Modified Yamaha XV750 Virago With Cafe Racer Genes

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Photo: Sparta Garage
Of all the custom spells you’ll find here, that one-off exhaust might be our favorite.
A little while back, we checked out Spartak Makkevich’s Sparta Garage's work on a Yamaha XJ600-based custom masterpiece. The project in question does a great job at demonstrating the Eastern European crew’s incredible abilities, but the exploit we’ll be looking at today is even more spectacular if you ask me.

The donor bike for this remarkable undertaking was a 1987 model from Yamaha’s beloved XV750 Virago lineup. It is brought to life by an air-cooled V-twin mill, with four valves and a generous displacement of 748cc. At 7,000 rpm, this piece of Japanese machinery will gladly summon up to 55 ponies, while a respectable torque output of 48 pound-feet (65 Nm) will be generated at about 5,750 revs.

A five-speed transmission is tasked with handing over the engine’s force to a shaft final drive, resulting in a respectable top speed of 111 mph (179 kph). Without going into any other details, it’s quite safe to conclude that Yamaha’s creature is no damn toy!

Sparta Garage kicked things off by using a few repurposed lighting components to craft a vintage-style headlight module with integrated turn signals. As soon as this unit was installed, the bike’s front end was treated to a fresh set of forks that hail from a Suzuki GSX, as well as a bespoke top clamp hosting a digital speedometer.

Furthermore, we notice a surreal stainless-steel exhaust system that’s been meticulously fabricated in-house during two weeks. At the rear, the standard subframe was discarded to make room for a custom counterpart with cafe racer vibes, on top of which, you’ll find a gorgeous leather saddle that keeps things looking classy.

The XV750’s stock handlebars have been replaced by aftermarket clip-ons, while top-grade LED items handle rear lighting duties. Last but not least, the gas chamber was enveloped in a raw pain scheme that consists of silver and gold, neatly divided by black pinstripes. To give this thing a personality of its own, Makkevich named it "Tramontana."
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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