I wanted to try a cruiser styled bike without spending too much $$. Settled on the Yamaha Virago and found a 1998 model with around 50,xxx kms. Owned it for about 6 months before selling. Here's my impressions: The good: -The little v-twin engine is super reliable, sounds bigger than a 250 and has enough torque for city riding. -Comfortable. Relaxed riding position, low seat height, etc. -Fun to ride! -Easy to work on. Mechanically it's very basic and I did just about everything myself. Learnt a lot and saved plenty of money. -Brakes are adequate. It was a bit of shock after being used to front and rear discs, but they do the job. -Cheap to own. Excellent fuel mileage and there's plenty of parts on eBay if anything needs replacing. The bad: -Handlebars. After a while they started annoying me. They make cornering more an effort than it should be IMO. Considered buying a flat bar, but this messes up the angles of mirrors and brake master cylinder. -Seat. Low quality and uncomfortable after a while. -Too many plastic bits. -The Philips head screws on this thing are soft as butter. They get stripped easily so the Grabit got plenty of use. Would've kept it but I could see the high kms were going to cause problems in the future, as the rest of the bike is not as robust as the engine. Sold it to a friend who wanted to try his hand at building a bobber. Overall, build quality is inferior to Honda and they've cut a few corners, but for what it is, the Virago is a great entry level bike for beginners, and anyone looking to get into cruisers. Really enjoyed owning it, and ended up going for a ride whenever I could.