I've just got a few questions for which have got me puzzled concerning the virago. There is a lot of questions so please bare with me Appreciate any answers First of all, a little about my bike: 1994 Yamaha XV250 virago 23000ks on the dial. Mechanically related: -I do a lot of commuting and find myself stopped in traffic a lot. Most of the time i'm in first and holding in the clutch and it will idle happily. But sometimes (about once every 2 commutes) it just dies. I know i didn't let go of the clutch because I didn't feel the jerk of a stall. It's like the engine just stops turning. Could this be a sign that i'm low on fuel or something? -When I first purchased the bike the friction point was reeal late (the clutch would be almost fully disengaged) and I experienced really high revs in 3rd gear but no pull. But since yesterday when I got a bloke at bikebiz to look at it, he adjusted the clutch cable somehow and now the problem has disappeared. But why third gear? Is it my clutch wearing? Bikebiz quoted me $400 to fix the clutch ONLY! Isn't that too much? -It's really hard to find neutral sometimes, but other times it just clicks in. Is this a result of my clutch slipping? -I find myself using up a lot more fuel than expected.. what could be the possible reasons for this? My brother told me it's my riding style and the fact that I wring it too much. I'm suppose to get 250-300ks a tank right? I'm only getting about 150-200ks a tank! Maintenance: -I'd love to service my own bike ie oil, filter, spark plugs and I have a friend who has a garage with all the necessary tools (dad was a mechanic) but unfortunately he's not around anymore so we were wondering if the manual was enough as guidance. Has anyone done a major/minor service on their virago personally? Was it difficult? I'm still studying and don't exactly have a steady income! -How do i get that black stuff off the pipes from the (engine?air intake?)/the pipes that eventually lead to my exhaust?? -How do i remove the speedometer so I can clean the inside of it ?(it's really misty in there) -The pillion seat is a $!@#$ to remove, i'm afraid ill do more damage to the bike if i keep on going. Is there an easier way? Misc/other: -Has anyone ever put pod filters on their bikes? I'd love to know how it turned out! -What's double shifting? -How do I make my virago quicker than my buddies GPX? That's about all i can think of right now. Thanks again in advance!