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Yamaha Virago 250, 2005

The Yamaha Virago 250 belongs to the series of motorcycles that have been produced since 1988. This 2005 version had lots of advantages, though was later replaced by more powerful and improved Yamaha bikes.

History of the Model

The Yamaha Virago bike was the manufacturer’s first V-twin cruiser motorcycle, and it also was one of the first mass-produced bikes that had a mono-shock rear suspension. In 1981, the bike was sold with a 750 cc engine, but later Yamaha also added 500 cc and 900 cc versions. In 1984, the Virago series was redesigned to have a dual-shock design. There were also added a tear-drop shaped gas tank to the bike. In the same years, Harley-Davidson being aware of a tough competition initiated a tariff on any imported motorcycle that had more than 700 cc. This made Yamaha replace the 750 cc engine with a 699 cc one. Virago 250 cc bike was added in the late 1980s. Later, the larger-displacement Virago motorcycle was discontinued. It was replaced by the Road Star and V-Star series. The last Virago motorcycle was the 2007 Yamaha Virago 250, and in 2008 it was renamed the V-Star 250.

Virago 250 Description

The 2005 Yamaha Virago 250 bike proves that bigger is not always better. It is a relatively small and lightweight cruiser that comes with a range of typical for a large motorcycle features. It is one of the only 250cc cruisers that feature the hot-blooded rumble of a V-twin engine. The bike looks good and works great.

The Yamaha Virago 250 is an awesome motorcycle to learn the riding fundamentals on. Thanks to the 249cc, SOHC, 60-degree v-twin engine it is powerful enough for riding around the streets or on freeways. Since it is lightweight, it is great for maneuvering at low speeds. In one review in a magazine, the Yamaha bike was described as a “kick-butt little cruiser.”

Virago 250 comes with beautiful dual chrome exhaust pipes that ensure the best engine performance. The Yamaha motorcycle comes with a pretty low 27-in. seat height and a plush, two-step saddle, which allows enjoying confidence when stopped. Thanks to a low center of gravity, the bike owners can enjoy enhanced low-speed handling. Generally, Yamaha Virago 250 is an affordable, entry-level motorcycle that comes with different features from big bikes.

Specifications of Yamaha Virago 250

·        Bike class: cruiser

·        Engine: 249cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 60° V-twin

·        Final Drive: Chain

·        Motorcycle Transmission: five-speed

·        Bike Suspension:

o  Front: Telescopic fork

o  Rear: twin shocks with adj. spring preload

·        Motorcycle Tires:

o  Front: 3.00-18

o  Rear: 130/90-V15

·        Stroke/Bore: 49mm x 66mm

·        Dimensions:

o  L: 86.2″

o  W: 32.1″

o  H: 44.9″

·        Brakes:

o  Front: Disc (282mm)

o  Rear: Drum (130mm)

·        Ignition: Digital TCI

·        Fuel Capacity: 2.5 gals

·        Motorcycle static compression ratio: 10:1

·        Carburetion: 26mm Mikuni

·        Wheelbase: 58.7″

·        Seat Height: 27″

Weight the motorcycle: 302 lb.