The Yamaha Virago 250 has the classic standard cruiser look without the unmanageable power and torque that a new motorcyclist doesn't need while learning the basics of riding. Out of all of the standard style motorcycles I have to say that I really like the look of the Virago the best. Not only is it small and nimble, but it has a fair amount of chrome on it to satisfy most appetites.
The 249cc, SOHC, 60 degree v-twin engine provides enough power for cruising around the streets, and can even get you around on the freeway although the bike is so light weight that you might get blown around more than would be comfortable. This bike was definitely made with smaller riders in mind with the seat height being only 27 inches, which is a full 2 inches lower than the Kawasaki Ninja 250, a motorcycle already famous for its low seat height! I was very impressed by that, unfortunately that means that if you are a taller rider (6 feet or taller) you may feel too cramped on this motorcycle.
The Yamaha virago is one of the most expensive beginner motorcycles in the 250 class, but after you start it up and hear the rumble it makes you will be able to see why. That small engine really puts out a very nice sound especially when you open it up a little. This would be a perfect starter bike for anyone that doesn't have enough experience to jump right on a Yamaha Shadow or V-star, but they still want that classic cruiser look.
One thing to mention is the fantastic Gas mileage you get out of this motorcycle. Most people will get over 70 miles per gallon with normal riding, and if you really work on saving gas I've heard of people getting around 90mpg!That's impressive no matter how you slice it!
- Best looking and sounding cruiser style 250 motorcycle!
- Awesome fuel efficiency coming in at 70+ mpg.
- Low seat height great for smaller riders.
- So lightweight you may get blown around on the freeway.
- The stock mirrors are practically useless.
- One of the most expensive 250 class motorcycles.
- Engine: 249cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 60 degree V-twin
- Displacement: 249cc
- Bore and Stroke: 49mm x 66mm
- Fuel System: 26mm Mikuni carburetor
- Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
- Miles Per Gallon:
- Seat Height: 27.0 in.
- Wheelbase: 58.7 in
- Weight: 302 lbs. dry
- Miles Per Gallon: 70+