YAMAHA XV125 VIRAGO (1997 - 2004) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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
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.
|Engine type||4 stroke, V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel cradle type|
|Fuel capacity||11 litres|
|Front brake||260mm disc|
|Front tyre size||3.00 x 18|
|Rear tyre size||130/90 x 15|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||85 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£21|
|Annual service cost||£100|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||13 bhp|
|Max torque||12.8 ft-lb|
|Top speed||60 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||21 secs|
|Tank range||150 miles|
Model history & versions
1997: Yamaha XV125 Virago Virago launched.
2000: XVS125 replaces Yamaha XV125 Virago; tweaked XV125 motor in XVS250 chassis. 2004: XVS125 discontinued in UK.
Yamaha XVS125 Virago Drag Star.
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA XV125 VIRAGO (1997 - 2004)
2 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Annual servicing cost: £100
This is a great bike to ride, the suspension is nice and soft, the ride height is comfortable for people who are a bit shorter and a bit taller (I'm a 5ft 11" guy). Braking is good, it kicks in when it needs to, the position of the foot-pegs to seat is fantastic, it feels like you're riding an arm chair most of the time. My main gripe with this bike is the exhaust, it's a V Twin that has a 2-1-2 exhaust going on, both cylinders blow into the lower pipe which then splits back to the 2 end cans - on the rear cylinder is a balance pipe which corrodes easily and as such, I suggest getting some heat & water proof paint down there. As with many Japanese bikes, electrics can be an issue sometimes, so a good pair of HT leads and some HT lead caps to go over the coils does not go amiss.
Rides like a beast, stops on a dime.
Smooth, reliable, but a little quiet.
Few issues that have been around a while, balance pipe corrodes and the coils get damp (and cut out) after a little while.
I service mine myself, it's easy to get to everything to change sprockets, chains etc.
Meh, not much in the way of equipment, only has a speedo, so no fuel gauge for you!
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