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I am considering buying a 1982 Yamaha Virago 750 that I found on craigslist. I have read online that many of these bikes have starter problems and I am just curious as to how hard it is to fix or replace a starter on this bike? I was also wondering if there is anything else I should look for in considering this bike as a purchase?

Thank you!

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There are lots of owner forums for specific motorcycle makes and models. I think you'd be best served by searching out one of these forums. In general though, replacing a motorcycle starter isn't too tough. Motorcycles require regular maintenance, much more so than a car. As an owner of an 80's vintage bike, I can tell you you should expect to spend some time wrenching. –  mac Jul 25 '13 at 20:31

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It's very easy to replace the starter on a 1982 Yamaha Virago 750. It's in the very front cylander number 1 right behind the wheel.

That era was not a good one for Yamaha. I've worked on dozens of these and if there is a failure point, it's the electrical system.

In particular, the rectifier on this era of Yamaha has an outrages failure rate. There are now, not then, aftermarket rectifiers that are very affordable and much more reliable.

Overall electrical system design is fairly poor with physical layer issues. The battery breather hose routed past key components and would fall of the battery breather so that actual batter acid would get on these components and the results would vary from horrible to really bad.

I wouldn't recommend it.

Look for Honda's of that era. Super reliable compared to the competition at the time.

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Lead Acid Batteries can be swapped with gel sealed units - I did exactly that on my 1994 Monster after the lead acid battery spilled itself over my engine after a regrec failure –  Mauro Jun 9 at 9:14

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