The Virago Owners Club was formed in March 1993 by two enthusiasts living in the Cambridge area. The name of the was changed to the Virago Star Owners Club (VSOC) to encompass an ever growing Yamaha custom range. Since the change of name it has become one of the largest and most professional custom bike clubs in the United Kingdom.


Our Founding members;


John Bryning,

Now retired. Trained as a graphic artist and was the exhibition co-ordinator for Smith & Nephew PLC, the International Medical group.

A motorcyclist since the age of 16, he also spent 26 years in motorsport, mainly as a driver. He held lap records at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Aintree. Four times voted Driver of the Meeting at Brands Hatch.

Peter Healey.

Now retired. Worked as a Medical Scientific Officer at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and has ridden bikes since the late 1950’s and his motor sport career has spanned motorcross to single seater formula cars. As well as being founder member of the VOC he has been for many years, Treasurer of the Montoposto Racing Club of Great Britain.

The VSOC is dedicated to the promotion and protection of Yamaha XV, Star, Stryker, Raider and Bolt Custom motorcycles, its owners and riders and to that end has established a network of nineteen Centres and Regional representatives across the UK. We are also linked to the Yamaha Custom Club (YCC) who are based in countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Holland, Germany, Colombia and Mexico.

The Club provides contact with around 800 other Virago Star Owners for the exchange of information and advice. We keep our members informed of club activities through a professionally produced magazine called Clatter”. This publication, along with the VSOC website also provide a free advertising medium for those wishing to sell parts and services to other members.

Regular monthly meetings take place at our 19 Regional Centres. More localised meetings and get-togethers also take place under the umbrella of the Centres, so there is bound to be a meeting taking place near you.

Like other owners clubs, we carry a range of motif carrying clothing, badges and other merchandise which is only available to Club members.


When you join all information we receive regarding owner’s bikes is placed on a computer for security reasons to help recovery in the case of theft.


Our regionally organised rallies attract numbers in excess of 300 and are an excellent way of meeting with fellow club members to exchange ideas whilst enjoying a packed weekend of entertainment which normally includes live music, ride-outs and rally games.