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Yamaha XV125 VIRAGO Custom Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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. 


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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. 

Yamaha XV125 Virago (1997-2004)

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Used price range View Yamaha XV125 VIRAGO bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 124 cc
Power 13 bhp
Top speed 60 mph
Insurance group 4 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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


Insurance group: 4 of 17

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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. 


Top speed 60 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Max power 13 bhp
Max torque 12.8 ft-lb
Weight 135 kg
Seat height 665 mm
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Average fuel consumption 85 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 4 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 260mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 3.00 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • great lil bike

    rob dawson

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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

    16 February 2012


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still have lil bike still like riding this machine but now that i've passed the test and used bigger bikes.its just lost some of its charm if your looking to own one of these remember these are rather old and some parts are stupidly expensive,The exhaust system is notoriously expensive and fitting an after market system is cheaper but the carburetor will need to be re jetted. That in its self is a whole nest of worms. the rear tyre is a weird size so don't expect to pick a new one up at the local tyre fitters the voltage regulator is also a rare item but a fazer 600 one fits the same plug. other than that its near bullet proof

09 December 2012 13:56

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