2007 Yamaha Virago 250


Great Starter


For the first 1000kms the rear brake squealed. The dealer said that it was glazing on the brake pad, and sanded it off, curing the problem.

General Comments:

This is a beginner's bike. And an excellent one at that. It is cheap to buy, lightweight, cheap to insure, easy to handle and best of all, it's fun enough to make you want to keep riding. You may outgrow it soon, like I did, but it holds its value well, so you can sell it for what you paid for it and be happy that you made a smart starting choice. On the other hand, you may want to keep enjoying the ridiculously good fuel mileage and easy riding that this bike provides.

I don't recommend bringing this bike on the freeway; it may keep up with traffic, but will have nothing left to get out of a dangerous situation. Also it is very light and can get blown around a bit. I think that the best use for it would be getting around in the city or countryside.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2008

2004 Yamaha Virago 250


Great starter bike, but you soon outgrow it

General Comments:

This is a great motorcycle for the beginner -- not only cheap to purchase, but very economical to operate. It is loads of fun to ride for those just starting out, yet still boasts that "big bike" appearance as seen with the seasoned riders. Extremely easy to ride, and very stable at low speeds due to the low seating arrangement.

The major drawbacks:

-- Sometimes hard to find neutral -- even after gaining experience.

-- Extremely sensitive throttle at low speeds. Takes a bit of getting used to.

-- Not really designed for long trips. The seat and foot rests feel fine for the short runs, but you feel the need for a better design after driving an hour or more.

-- The lack of accessories available from the manufacturer. Especially saddle bags -- an essential, in my books (I found I needed to carry a pack sack for every run into town -- a total pain in the butt).

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

30th Dec 2004, 15:08

Hi, I've hired the 250 Virago several times whilst on holiday in the Greek Islands... they seem well suited to the small twisty roads and pulled myself (15 stone) and 10 stone wifey up all the hills...

A great bike for short distance sightseeing and relaxed cruising... if I fancied a small commuter bike with attitude & style I think be tempted by the 250 Virago (or 250 Dragstar), but too small/slow for serious use in the UK.