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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Yamaha XV250S Virago is a trusty, reliable and easy to ride option on which to hone your biking skills. If you fancy a big cruiser later on, the Yamaha XV250S Virago is a great place to start: it’s got the looks and appears bigger than a 250, so you won’t feel left out down at the Ace. The Yamaha XV250S Virago's engine’s peachy and it doesn’t suffer the wallow and bad handling many associate with cruisers.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The surprisingly torquey engine has been running these little Yamaha XV250S Viragos far longer than the bikes have been available in the UK. Great for cruising in the midrange, it has to be revved harder to stay at the top end. Gentler riding on A and B roads is where the Yamaha XV250S Virago is most at home and there’s more go in it than you’d think. Long treks on motorways are probably best avoided.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha XV250S Virago's riding position is traditionally cruiser: (very) low seat, high bars and forward pegs. Suspension’s quite hard at the rear, softer up front and, overall, handling’s great. The Yamaha XV250S Virago’s light weight makes for easy steering but get carried away and the pegs touch down early. Brakes are good and the ride is smooth.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

The Yamaha XV250S Virago's plush rider’s seat doesn’t extend to the pillion: it’s a tiny perch and uncomfortable. The dash is simple, with analogue speedo and traditional trip but no rev counter. Mirrors are good but the headlight is quite poor and there’s no storage space under the seat. Tyres can let it down and stability in the wet’s not much to write home about. Looks-wise, the Yamaha XV250S Virago is a stylish package.

Yamaha XV250S Virago (1995-2001)

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Used price range View Yamaha XV250 VIRAGO bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 248 cc
Power 21 bhp
Top speed 80 mph
Insurance group 6 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3

Mechanically sound, the Yamaha XV250S Virago’s got that proven engine. As for the finish, it’s universally regarded as top notch: well put together, plenty of shiny chrome and excellent paintwork. Many Yamaha XV250S Viragos are used as commuters and they still seem to survive pretty well, despite harsh winters. They certainly need polishing, though.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Very good. The Yamaha XV250S Virago is on a par with its erstwhile rival, the Honda CMX250C Rebel and their used prices are similar, too. The main differences are in the styling and, whilst the Yamaha XV250S Virago boasts a V-twin, the Honda’s a parallel number. The choice is yours. Insurance and running costs bode well for the Yamaha: it’s a popular, budget choice for learners, new riders and commuters. Find a Yamaha XV250 Virago for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 6 of 17

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Model History

1995: Yamaha XV250S Virago launched as a custom cruiser; a baby brother for larger Viragos: the highly-regarded XV535, the XV750 and the XV1100 (all now discontinued). Colour changes only until 2001, when it was replaced by the XVS250 Dragstar, which uses the same engine. Something to do with emissions laws…

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16 secs
Max power 21 bhp
Max torque 15 ft-lb
Weight 139 kg
Seat height 685 mm
Fuel capacity 9.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 136 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 6 of 17
Engine size 248 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 267mm disc
Rear brake 130mm drum
Front tyre size 3.00 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(3 reviews)

  • xv250s virago

    Carwyn Van-de-Vyver

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought this bike the day after i passed my test and i love it! Rode an sr125 for a year up to my test and the step up to the virago is amazing! A real confidence inspiring bike and with after market exhausts sounds like a lion purring in tick over and roaring when you give it a fist full. I love the looks of this thing and it's so comfortable and easy to ride. Would fully recommend this bike to everyone!!

    13 September 2012

  • Need a starter bike?

    Mark555

    Average rating rating is 2

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    My review might be a bit tainted, they say top speed is 70+ I found at 55 to 65 it needed me to run alongside and push it. It did best at about 45 and lower. Very nimble, easy to ride, fun at lower speeds, handles well in parking lots and town driving. I was the 3rd owner, and it will not have a 4th as I blew the engine. I put 1500 miles on it and it had 3 yes count them 3 oil changes during that time. I changed the oil as soon as I bought it, I had an oil leak and they had to replace a seal so it got an oil change, and it needed a new starter so it got its 3rd oil change. I was using it as my daily driver and going 55MPH-45MPH I live 10 miles from work. My mechanic said that was too much high speed for it and the engine could not handle it. Could be the other owners were rougher on it then I was. It had 7500 miles on the clock, I replaced the starter and clutch cable.This was my first bike and I probably should have gone bigger. Very limited on after market add on, ride was comfortable, lots of plastic parts If I had to do it all over again I would not have bought a 250. I did all the research and thought starting at a 250 was a good Idea but not so much now as I wanted something that I could ride for years to come. So looking for something in the 750-1200 range.

    18 July 2012

  • Xv250 Virago

    fossil

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Only borrowed one from a friend for a week whilst my 750 Kawasaki was off the road, so not really a proper review. Suprisingly I enjoyed riding this just for the fun factor, build quality looks really good and the engine felt very torquey for a 250.

    18 September 2008

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