YAMAHA XV125 VIRAGO (1997-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Reliable motor, solid chassis, nice low seat and wide `bars give a feeling of confident control"

Yamaha XV125 Virago motorcycle review - Side view

"Reliable motor, solid chassis, nice low seat and wide `bars give a feeling of confident control"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  13 bhp
  • 85 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Low seat height (665mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

If you're starting out on two wheels then the Yamaha XV125 Virago V-twin is one of the best made little motorbikes you can choose. Reliable motor, solid chassis, nice low seat and wide `bars give a feeling of confident control on the machine. Later XVS125 models have an extra 3bhp in the V-twin motor and the bike is 4kgs lighter than earlier Yamaha XV125 Viragos.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Yamaha XV125 Virago's chassis design is ideal for learner riders, with a low seat height, fairly long wheelbase and slow steering. The Yamaha XV125 Virago feels like a much bigger motorcycle and many novice riders like that. Suspension is soft, but this is a cruiser type machine. 

Engine 4 out of 5

The Yamaha XV125 Virago's SOHC V-twin is just that bit smoother, less buzzy than a typical 125cc single cylinder unit, although the XV125 engine only makes a sluggish 10bhp, so it struggles to crack 60mph. The Yamaha XV125 Virago is very good on fuel however, and 80mpg should be about average.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

As soon as you sit on an Yamaha XV125 Virago you feel like the baby Yammy is a cut above many of the `internet bargain' cruisers currently available. The exhausts on the Yamaha XV125 Virago can corrode fairly easily, but otherwise it's a very durable bike.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The Yamaha XV125 Virago was an expensive motorcycle brand new, but they make an excellent used buy in the £1200-£1700 price range. At that price you can learn your biking skills on the Yamaha XV125 Virago for a year or two, do some commuting, then probably sell it on for a few hundred quid less than you paid. That's a sweet deal. Find a Yamaha XV125 Virago for sale

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The later 2000 onwards Yamaha XVS125 Virago models have a bigger front disc brake, a larger fuel tank, nicer seat and generally look more polished, more modern cruisers than the earlier Yamaha XV125 Viragos. 

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA XV125 VIRAGO (1997-2004) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

great lil bike

16 February 2012 by pissedsid

great fun to use, turns heads,cheep to run,not as quick as other 125,s but its got a v twin so who cares. However don't buy a wreck as genuine parts are expensive. Ill miss this bike when I move up to something bigger Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1997
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 4 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 13 bhp
Max torque 12.8 ft-lb
Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Average fuel consumption 85 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 4 stroke, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel cradle type
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 665mm
Bike weight 135kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 260mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 3.00 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

History & Versions

Model history

1997: Yamaha XV125 Virago Virago launched.
2000: XVS125 replaces Yamaha XV125 Virago; tweaked XV125 motor in XVS250 chassis. 2004: XVS125 discontinued in UK.

Other versions

Yamaha XVS125 Virago Drag Star. 

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