4 comments on “Fantastic reader submittal! An insanely trick Yamaha XV1000 Virago Racebike and a sweet Desmo Ducati!

  1. The Yamaha(nick named LURCH) came from bill Kasson’s Yamaha in Austin Texas.
    Correct The Duc came from House of Wheels Houston Texas. We sold bike new and it was totaled as it pulled out of our service door. Owner had insurance and we serviced out a fresh one and he went down the road. We ordered new frame and built a killer 860/900 Stroker NCR motor. Kevin Stasney (K&S cycles Katy Texas) worked for me and built the bike. The idea was 2 fold I needed Duc Tech and Kevin needed to be it. Kevin was a talented rider who needed the chance to travel to AMA National races to compete in super bike and BOTT.
    Denny Turnbull
    Former owner House of Wheels (now with Arctic Cat ATV’s)

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  3. Lurch was designed and ridden by Vernon Davis. This is the second frame incarnation of the bike, it is a monocoque. The first was a tube stress member frame. in 86 or 87 this bike was as fast as any GSXR at Texas World. Gave my poor little XS 650 a complex.

  4. I remember the first incarnation of “Lurch” from Verno Davies and the “Team Deviate” bunch… Pretty incredible piece. But the carbs in the pics are not “billet one-offs” but Quicksilver items. Pretty common during the era, and even used on the factory Honda 900F-based Superbikes at one point. Basically they were a development of the Lectron carb.

    Cool pics, and a wonderful reminder of my years in the CRRC just prior to those seasons in the pics.

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