How Do I Service the Front Forks on a Yamaha Virago?

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How Do I Service the Front Forks on a Yamaha Virago?
Only a trained mechanic should attempt difficult repairs on the Virago's front forks. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The Yamaha Virago was a relatively successful cruising motorcycle that Yamaha produced from 1981 through 2005. Though the company no longer offers new models on its website, it does still offer Virago accessories and manuals to help owners properly maintain the cycle. And, despite engineering differences between different models over the years, servicing the front forks remains relatively consistent between different models. Yamaha offers instructions for this servicing task as well as many others in the Virago owner's manual.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Standard wrench
  • Shop rag

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  1. 1

    Secure the Virago so that it is standing upright with no danger of tipping over.

  2. 2

    Inspect the inner tubes for any signs of scratches or other damage and for large amounts of oil leakage. If leakage or damage is present, take the Virago to a certified dealer for front fork system repairs.

  3. 3

    Apply the front brake while pushing down hard on the front handlebars several times. The front forks should compress and rebound smoothly, without hesitation. If not, the front suspension system should be repaired at the shop.

  4. 4

    Repeat this check at least every 4,000 riding miles or every six months, whichever comes first.

Tips and warnings

  • Yamaha only recommends that owners inspect and diagnose front fork problems. For repairs or replacement, the company recommends that owners take the Virago to a certified dealer.
  • Front forks that are not working correctly can make braking harsh and unbalanced, which can lead to an accident. Be sure to service the front forks at least every six months for the safest ride.

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