• Hi Wyatt,
    Well I went ahead and recently took delivery of a pair of custom apes from Steel Thorn in Poland.
    They can make you anything to your specs and the chrome finishing is excellent. They made mine 1″ overall but tapering down to 7/8″ 22mm to accommodate the XV’s controls and grips.
    Now all I have to do is have them fitted….

  • James replied to the topic Single carb in the forum VSOC Forum 6 years, 2 months ago

    Yes Mark,

    Although horrendously expensive I took the plunge over the summer and I now have a Smithtech ‘Evenflow’ single carb manifold fitted to my ’97 XV1100 imported from Adam Smith in California. You can find his manifolds on ebay and he is the only person I’m aware of who can put the whole kit together for you (http://www.viragoperformance.us/) with Mikuni TM40 carb and K&N pancake…Read More

  • James replied to the topic Single carb in the forum VSOC Forum 6 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve been considering doing the same thing to my XV1100. This company supply the kits :


    I’d be interested to hear how you get on if you do decide to go down this route before I do…


  • Hi all,

    I’m new to this site, even though I’ve owned my ’97 XV1100 for 16 of its 20 years, so shame on me for not coming here sooner really!

    Anyway! I have a question regarding possibly chopping/bobbing my faithful old XV :

    I’ve been thinking of fitting a chopper fork kit and new handlebars as well as bobbing the rear, but what is the gauge of the XV’s handlebars? Is it 22mm? Reason…Read More

  • James became a registered member 6 years, 7 months ago