YAMAHA XVS250 DRAGSTAR (2000-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"If your heart's set on a smaller capacity cruiser, you'll find it hard to beat"

Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star motorcycle review - Side view

"If your heart's set on a smaller capacity cruiser, you'll find it hard to beat"

  • At a glance
  • 249cc  -  21 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Low seat height (670mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

When the XV250S Virago was discontinued, the new Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star replaced it. They’re very similar and that’s good news for owners: the long-running Virago branch of the Yamaha family has a great reputation. The little Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star is just as good and, if your heart’s set on a smaller capacity cruiser, you’ll find it hard to beat.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star's handling is quite a surprise: far better than you’d expect. Suspension, brakes and gearbox are all good and, overall, the Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star's riding package is stable, easy going and relaxed. There’s no protection though so long treks on motorways are out. Great leverage on those bars means town work’s a doddle although that seat’s a bit low for a good view…

Engine 4 out of 5

Taken from the 250cc Virago and tweaked to adhere to new emissions controls, it’s a proven air-cooled, V-twin, four stroke number which, whilst lacking welly at the top end, has enough poke to see you around town with ease. Cruising twisty roads is fun on the Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star. Very reliable.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Unquestionable. Yamaha’s cruisers have a reputation for being mechanically reliable and very well built and the Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star is no exception. Chrome and paintwork are superb and Yamaha XVS250 Drag Stars tend to stay that way. Finish is excellent and Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star parts are easy to come by. Buy a lot of polish though; you’ll need it.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

It was reasonably priced from the outset plus the Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star has the advantages of low insurance costs, high miles per gallon figures and accessible parts. Used Yamaha XVS250 Drag Stars are unlikely to have been thrashed and many will boast “one lady owner” as they’re very popular with women. They last well which makes a Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star a trusty second hand buy. Find a Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star for sale

Insurance group: 7 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star is a big machine for a 250, it looks right at home in any cruiser line up. The “dash” is a tank-mounted analogue speedo with lights and trips: pretty basic but it looks smart. Pillions aren’t well catered for on the Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star: a small perch and only a strap to hang on to. Chrome pipes, wire spoked wheels and wide mirrors are all good and the Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star's seat’s so low, anybody can ride it.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 7 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 21 bhp
Max torque 15 ft-lb
Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 249cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 670mm
Bike weight 147kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 282mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 80/100 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

History & Versions

Model history

2000: Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star launched to replace the 250cc Virago which no longer met emissions laws. Very similar spec but there are cosmetic changes and the DragStar weighs around 10kg more. Minor changes only until Yamaha XVS250 Drag Star was discontinued in 2004.

Other versions

Yamaha XVS125 Dragstar: Took over from the Yamaha XV125S Virago in 2000 and has the same (but re-worked) engine. Like all Viragos and DragStars, very well built and finished. Weighs 135kg, power and torque are 13bhp and 7ftlb. Discontinued in 2004.

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