You don't necessarily outgrow these small bikes, although since it is the most common complaint about them, I know it is something to consider.
I own 2 250 bikes, a 2007 GZ250 and the new V star (Virago) 250. They are both plenty fast enough for me. If I plan to do a lot of interstate driving, I take my car. If I do only a little, I stay in the right-hand lane and go 55 or so.
If you really need a bike for interstate travel, you need to pay much more for the bike, much more for lower fuel economy, repairs and insurance.
Also big bikes are harder to handle. Just moving them into your garage could cause a mishap. There is a lot of assurance even to me, an experienced rider, knowing I could pick up my bike if I ever dropped it. All these things far outweigh any disadvantages I've heard about these smaller bikes... that's why I own 2, and nothing larger. I could afford anything, so it isn't even a matter of cost, but of buying only the amount of bike I feel I need. Dan.
I am looking for a 250cc bike, would you compare the V-Star 250 and the GZ250. I am just 5'7 and 130lb. The bike just for fun in the summer time. Thanks!
I am a woman age 62, 5'2", I previously rode a Harley 883Low.
When I wanted another bike to commute to work, I chose the Star 250 for several reasons. It is light, low, is thrifty on gas,so easy to ride and the price was affordable.
I do not take the freeway to work because the 250 is too light for the speed needed. I do miss the power of the Harley, but for the cost of the bike, and ease of use the 250 is perfect for me.
I recommend this bike for a beginner rider, a woman who wants to ride but finds a bigger bike too heavy, or anyone who wants a good little commuter bike.
There are few accessories available for the 250 however. I have to use a backpack to carry my goods. Too bad because it would look great with a few dress up items and saddle bags that fit.
Just finished the rider course in Columbia Tenn.
Bought a new v-star 250 and love it. And I'm 51 years old, and I would tell everybody that they ought to take the course; it's great, and you will also feel more comfortable, no matter what you buy.
Just finished the rider course in Columbia Tenn. Bought a new V-Star 250 and love it, and I'm 51 years old, and I would tell everybody that they ought to take the course. It's great, and
you will also feel more comfortable, no matter what you buy.
I ride a Virago 250, and I have the same problems as you; finding neutral and the ultra-sensitive throttle in the lower gears. But, I attribute these issues to me as I'm still learning my bike and how to ride. I've only put 400 miles on my bike, and none of it is high-way.
My eventual goal is to ride long distance, from NH to SC, and after a couple hours on my 250 going 50, the vibrations get to my legs and my feet fall asleep.