The Yamaha XV920R (which was only offered in the U.S. for two years, 1981 and ‘82) was, when new at least, an acquired taste. The rear end styling – particularly the mounting of the rear fender – was unusual at the time, and didn’t find very many fans. And the performance, despite packing a beefy air-cooled V-twin, wasn’t all that spectacular, at least in stock form.
However, John Ryland and the crew at Classified Moto have managed to fix the XV920R’s shortcomings. In fact, it manages to leave the awkwardness of the factory original far, far behind.