Very nice to see one done. This and Dracula's Dragster were the first two model kits I ever built, with my mother's help, way back in the mid-60's. Mine looked no where near as good as yours, of course. It sure brings back fond memories see Frankie and his Fliver, and his yo-yo still hanging from his finger. Several times I've thought about buying another one. This is the first one I've seen since I built mine 50 some odd years ago. Thanks for showing it to us.
Well, to my knowledge, the Yamaha XS Eleven motorcycle, also called XS11 and XS1100, is a Japanese superbike produced from 1978 to 1981, powered by an air-cooled 1101.6cc 4-stroke, DOHC inline four-cylinder engine mounted transversely in a duplex cradle frame with swingarm rear suspension, shaft drive, and telescopic forks...
But your beautiful build here, is the Yamaha Virago XV1100 andwas one of several in the Virago line and was positioned as large-size cruiser with an engine displacement of 1,063 cc (64.9 cu in).
It was unique in being one of the few cruiser-style motorcycles available with a shaft drive instead of a chain or belt final drive system, as well as a V-twin engine of that size and its heavily chromed body styling was also distinctive.
In late 1980 when the GSX1100S Katana hit the street, it was claimed by Suzuki to be the fastest mass-production motorcycle in the world, ensuring the new looks were matched by unprecedented performance levels.
So radical was the design departure from previous mass-market cycles, that most major motorcycle magazines of the era thought, the design would not appeal to the masses.
Nevertheless it was a sales success, and the motorcycle had a lasting impact on motorcycle design, portions of the design ethos are still visible in many current sport motorcycles, including the faired-in aspects of both the seat and the tank.