YamaDuci Is a Custom Yamaha XV920 Virago Kitted Out With Ducati Running Gear

When looking at the sort of machines Nick Acosta is able to put together, it’s easy to forget that he’s still a relatively new face on the custom bike scene. He runs Augment Motorworks up in Toronto, Canada, and this won’t be the first time we talk about this workshop here on autoevolution. Their builds have graced these pages on multiple occasions, never failing to impress or leave us craving more like them.
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Photo: Mark Luciani
Honestly, we doubt these guys could come up with a bad bike even if their lives depended on it, because they've been delivering some incredible stuff ever since day one. The project shown above (aka YamaDuci) was quite a challenge even for a shop like Augment, though, because the donor had seen more than its fair share of trouble before crossing their doorstep. In its first iteration, it used to be a stock Yamaha XV920 Virago from the model-year 1982.

The owner entrusted a different workshop with the customization process at first, but this only resulted in delays and sheer disappointment. After some time, he decided to pull the plug on that endeavor and hand things over to Augment for better luck. His poor XV920 was nothing more than a box of separate bits at that point, and many parts were missing just to make matters worse.

On a more positive note, Nick’s client didn’t just provide the dissembled and incomplete Virago. He’d managed to score the premium front- and rear-end equipment of a Ducati 1098 before getting in touch, including its suspension, Brembo brakes, and Marchesini wheels. Sure enough, this hardware was a ray of sunshine for an otherwise gloomy starting point, so Augment definitely saw potential.

Furthermore, the customer also provided an aftermarket Benelli fuel tank to establish a visual foundation for what would become the YamaDuci. To get the ball rolling, Augment’s specialists revised its underside to make it work with the XV920 frame, then they made the necessary adjustments to fit the 1098’s running gear. At the front, custom billet aluminum triple clamps were used to install the upside-down Showa forks.

Photo: Mark Luciani
On the other hand, the rear section of the chassis was heavily modified to accommodate the Duc’s single-sided aluminum swingarm and monoshock. You’ll see an all-new subframe higher up, manufactured in-house by Augment and topped with a stylish brown leather saddle. Right behind the seat, there is an aftermarket taillight sitting right above a bespoke license plate holder.

The refurbished electronics are neatly stashed beneath the front portion of the seat, all hooked up to a fresh wiring harness. Nick fitted a modern starter motor, as well, doing away with the notoriously unreliable Virago setup for good. YamaDuci’s cockpit is also home to an abundance of aftermarket bits, with a multi-function Chronoclassic dial from Motogadget sitting center-stage.

It fronts a new handlebar perched on custom-built risers, sporting snazzy Biltwell grips, bar-end turn signals, and a fuel level gauge on the left. The blinkers have also been supplied by Motogadget, and a sizeable, retro-looking headlamp keeps the way ahead nice and lit. Additionally, the front brake is actuated through a radial master cylinder and braided stainless-steel lines, with the former hailing from Brembo’s inventory.

Photo: Mark Luciani
Augment’s resurrected XV920 is absolutely breathtaking from a cosmetic standpoint, and sure to handle like a charm with all the juicy Ducati goodies. However, Nick and his team weren’t going to let it get away without some purposeful powertrain mods to match the upgraded running gear. As such, the air-cooled 920cc V-twin saw its carbs reworked with a Dynojet Stage 1 intake kit, before gaining a high-grade K&N air filter.

On the exhaust side of things, the Canadians added custom pipework that runs a two-into-one configuration. It features heat-wrapped headers making their way toward a Cone Engineering silencer, which is placed on the right-hand side of the rear hoop. That same Marchesini wheel gets spun by a 520 drive chain, as well as new front and rear sprockets made of aluminum. Lastly, there’s YamaDuci’s simple but undeniably handsome color scheme.

A plain white base was laid over the aftermarket Benelli tank, with an accompanying blue stripe that runs centrally from front to back. The headlight housing has also been painted white for the most part, while other components were either finished in black or left unpainted and polished. Add the brown saddle upholstery to the mix, and it all starts to look truly majestic from every angle.

All things considered, there will certainly be some naysayers who will call the YamaDuci impractical due to the lack of fenders or rear-view mirrors. Nonetheless, we think Augment Motorworks knocked this project straight out of the ballpark, especially given the pitiful state this bike was in prior their overhaul. The owner might’ve missed the mark with the previous workshop, but he really struck gold when he got in touch with Nick Acosta.
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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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