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The Spirit of '71: A Harley XL1200C scrambler by Greg Hageman.

The Spirit of ’71: Hageman’s XL1200C Scrambler

Greg Hageman’s known as the guy that convinced us that Yamaha Viragos can look good. But we’ve never seen a Harley-Davidson custom from the American builder. Which is strange; the Sportster is arguably a better (and more popular) platform than the Virago. And Greg sure knows his way around them—he’s a qualified, master-level Harley technician.

1995 Yamaha Virago XV750 customized by Greg Hageman.

Yamaha Virago XV750 by Greg Hageman

When it comes to old motorcycles in need of resurrection, owners often face a dilemma: restore to original spec, or rebuild as a custom? The temptation to perform a nuts-and-bolts resto is massive when there’s a ’60s model BSA or Triumph in the garage, but less so when the bike in question is a Yamaha…