2002 Yamaha Virago 250


Great bike, awesome gas mileage!


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

I have owned dozens of motorcycles over the past 40 years. I currently own three - A Harley Nightster 1200, Honda 750 Shadow, and this Yamaha 250 Virago.

I LOVE this small bike. In fact, I enjoy riding it almost as much as the bigger bikes - especially for short trips to the store. It's a blast to ride, as long as you keep it in the 55-65 mph range. If you don't need to cruise faster than 65, this bike is perfect.

The best thing about this bike is the gas mileage. Over the past 3,000 miles, my REAL WORLD gas mileage computed by me is 78 MPG! Yes, the bike gets 78 MPG! As comparison, my Nightster averages 47 mpg and my Honda gets 56, so this rocks.

Great bike if you want something that is fun, easy to ride, and gets incredible gas mileage. The only negative on the bike is having a chain drive, which for me means I adjust and oil it every 300 miles. Nice not to have to do that on my Honda or Harley. Otherwise, awesome bike. And for those of you thinking of getting a moped, consider this bike because you will get close to the same mpg, but have the ability to go 70 mph, if needed. And FYI, the fastest I have had this bike up to is 79 mph BTW.

Love this bike!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2011

1994 Yamaha Virago 250


Great bike for its price and easy to ride!


Nothing has gone wrong that was not already bad when I purchased it.

General Comments:

The bike was pretty rough when I purchased it for $350. It had been sitting in someone's backyard for about a year or two. The chrome was rusted, two turn signals were broken, the chain had rusted very badly, the seat was dry rotted and torn, and there was no key or battery.

However, when I got it home and pirated an ignition switch and a battery from my friend's 1982 Yamaha Maxim, it fired on the third turn over. I didn't even have the gas tank connected! A few hours worth of work and discovering numerous problems due to utter neglect later, I had her purring like a kitten in idle, and growling like a lion when you revved her up. I have a lot more work to do, but she's well on her way.

The handling of this little Virago 250 is amazing! Compared to my friend's Maxim, this baby can dance all over the place and hug the turns like she was part of the road itself.

Acceleration is terribly slow due to a bad clutch, so I can't really comment on how it should be.

The bike is relatively comfortable to ride. Compared to another friend's 650 Suzuki Savage, it's like sitting on a big comfy pile o' cotton.

You feel like you could be sitting on a big Harley.

I love my little Virago, and for what I paid, this is the best road bike I've ever known.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2007