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.
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.
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.