BALLS & CHAIN. 485 Design’s Tough Yamaha XV920 Cafe

Yamaha’s good ol’ Virago Vee. We bloody well love ‘em but boy, we’ve seen a heap of them. Enter 485 Designs and their rather unique chain-driven XV920

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We wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to Yamaha’s good ol’ Virago Vee. We bloody well love ‘em but boy, we’ve seen a damn heap of them. So needless to say that it takes something a little special for us to notice them nowadays. Enter Denver’s 485 Designs and their rather unique chain-driven XV920. And by ‘unique’, we mean ‘tough, stanced and with a technically sublime Ducati rear end.’ Check it out…

“We’re located just south of Denver, Colorado,” says the shop’s Nick Mercer. “We’re always staying busy doing something interesting with these old bikes. It is just me and my co-worker, who’s also named Nik.“ Sounds confusing. “The other builds consist of a couple more Viragos – one being a turbo build. We have also been working on marketing our products including exhausts, sub frames, powder coating and fabrication. We will be attending the 2019 Handbuilt show with this very bike.“

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