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Yamaha Virago 250 review

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by Jacob33, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. 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.
     
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  2. Thanks John, nice assessment.
     
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  3. Nice one. I rode a friends virago once ( I owned a z1000 at the time ) and found it to be annoyingly gutless and painful to be changing gears so often.
     
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  4. What would it be like for riding from Sydney to Wollongong on a regular basis? Would it make it back up the Escarpment or keep up on the freeway. (P plater here still)??
     
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  5. For any sort of highway riding this bike would be horrible IMHO. Get a lams 650 mate. If your strapped for $ I would look for a hyosung 650 comet or similar
     
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  6. Yeah it's definitely too small for highways. Even on a shorter trip from Sydney to Royal National Park I quickly noticed how the lack of power makes it inadequate and unsafe. The Yamaha v-star 650 would be a much better choice.
     
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  7. I've only ever had a breif ride on one and it seemed quite gutless. i also found the handlebar hit my knees. im 5'11" and the abot 85 kg.

    id say you'd have to be 5'8" and 75kg or smaller to really apprieciated this bike.
     
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  8. Ok thanks guys I will look at something bigger.
     
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  9. It was only a brief ride, so don't' let me put you off entirely. You could adjust and change the bars and it may be you just have to rev it a bit more than I did.

    It has a good reputation.
     
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  10. I did my L's and P's on a Suzuki Marauder, similar concept with an even weaker single-cylinder motor. Even sat back, feet on the pillion pegs and head on the tank, it struggled to reach and maintain motorway speeds.

    I've since ridden a 250 Virago - it's a bit stronger but I still wouldn't recommend it if you'll be doing frequent intercity runs.
     
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  11. If u like the look of the virago maybe take a el250 for a ride. They are pretty fun bikes with more power than the virago
     
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