The VStar 250 is the same bike as the Virago 250. They just changed the name this year. It’s a good bike. Top speed seems to be around 80 mph but it’s much happier at 60 or below. Gets really good gas mileage. I’ve heard that taller people feel a bit cramped on it. You’d have to try it out to know for sure. Chances are you’ll be riding something similar in the MSF class. Speaking of the MSF class if you’re having trouble getting in to one ask the dealer if he can help you out. The course providers usually hold out a few spots for the local dealers because they provide the bike that are used in the class.