Walt Brown

Name: Walt Brown

Bike: HARIOMOTO 1982 Yamaha XV920J

Location: USA

BEHIND THE BUILD: HARIOMoto is a custom cafe based on a 1982 Yamaha Virago XV920. The bike theme was inspired by the Japanese mythological character Harionago, a ghostly woman believed to wander the forests at night killing unsuspecting men with her barbed hair. A vicious, beautiful bitch! ------------------------ HARIO Build Spec Basis/Donor: 1982 Yamaha XV920J (shaft drive) Engine: 75 degree, SOHC, air-cooled, 920cc V-Twin KJS Motorcycle Works Intake Manifold Custom 1.75” stainless pipes with HP Corse Hydroform exhaust C5 Performance multiple sparking ignition Motogadget M. Unit, M-Lock Motogadget Chronoclassic speedo Motogadget Blaze Disc and Pin signals and switches Custom wiring loom Shorai LFX14L2-BS12 Lithium Battery Modified Frame Custom painted Yamaha XJR1200 Aluminum Fuel Tank Custom crafted brass badges by Winona Johnson ‘06 GSX-R 1000 fork conversion Cognito Moto stem and top clamp Buchanan Custom Wheels Cognito Moto Laced wheel front conversion hub Pirelli Angel GT 110/80-18 Front Pirelli Angel GT 150/70-17 Rear Custom 3” Driveshaft extension ‘01 Yamaha R1 extended swingarm Custom stainless front and rear fenders Penske 8975 In-Line Double Adjustable shock Custom CNC aluminium seat supports Custom leather saddle by New Church Moto Woodcraft Clip-ons ------------------------ The HARIO project started on a whim to get back into bikes after many years without a bike. She began her life as an ‘82 Virago XV750. I found her on Craigslist in the winter of 2014, sitting in a dark, surprisingly dry Seattle garage. The owner was a collector, with a half dozen other dusty cruisers that hadn't been started or ridden in ten years. I disassembled the bike in a matter of days with a pure focus of cleaning her up, making a few minor additions and getting her on the road in time for some spring riding. Pipe dream. My passion for customizing (read OCD) begins to emerge. A simple fork upgrade turns into a full GXSR swap. The tired 750 powerplant gives way to a refreshed low-mike 920. The basic tube subframe transforms into an elaborate, CAD designed, CNC'd, aluminium platform. Electrical updating quickly evolves into a full-blown, hand-crafted wiring loom built around a solid-state heart. The custom, extended drive shaft shears at 50mph on my second shakedown ride - Build it again! Fast forward to fall 2018. The project's moved from my basement to the garage, to an actual fab shop I've been able to secure to feed my passion. I've spent four years designing, consulting, crafting, cutting, grinding, dropping F bombs, and fist pumping as I brought this little dream to life. She's more than I could have ever envisioned, but I did!!