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This is just a great little bike. It is also a peach to learn on, as I managed to find out when my wife finally decided to get off scooters for a while, hesitantly! Despite that, its got all the good looks of more expensive cruisers (eg HD 883). Maintenance is also very easy compared to my big BMW with fairing. Most importanly, if you really want to push it, the thing sounds and rides particularly well for a 250.
Having only passed my bike test last year (2001), i was looking for a 250cc cruiser that suited my needs. When i first saw the XV250 my jaw hit the ground, the chrome work was outstanding and had the styling to match it. Having previously owned a Kawazaki Eliminator 250cc, the first thing i noticed was the nimble handling and how easy it was to corner. It proves that not all baby cruisers are "all show and no go". The only down side is the small capacity fuel tank. It lasted me only 60 miles and only 10 miles were on the motorway. The riding position allows people of a smaller frame but still provides enough comfort for me and i'm 5' 11"... As far as 250cc baby cruisers go, this is the best choice by far for comfort, styling, handling and ease of maintenance.
The Yamaha Virago 250 is a supreme little bike, well-matched for city life. Much as I adore superb sports bikes I have found that I am just too small to ride them, either having trouble reaching the floor when stationary or finding that my arms aren’t long enough to reach the clutch and brake levers! Therefore, when I stumbled across this little beauty in my local bike shop showroom (Streetbike of Dudley) I discovered that it more than suited my needs as I finally didn’t look like a midget on a motorcycle! A super lightweight frame not only enables me to keep the bike upright but ensures fantastic handling on even the tightest of corners (which is not normally easy on a low rider) and a tank of petrol seems to go on for ever. Even though it is only a small CC engine it still purrs like a dream and although it cannot zoom off down the road at 120 mph (which – let’s face it - may be fun but not practical) it accelerates easily and cruises along quite happily at reasonable speeds. The only thing to watch for if you purchase such a fine machine is the extreme amount of chrome which adorns the bike. Britain’s weather is notoriously wet and cold and there is a lot of salt on the road – so the chrome needs a quick clean almost every time you ride (when the roads are salty that is) or it falls fouls of rust spots very quickly. The make Yamaha cries out easy maintenance, high performance bikes and this is very true of the Virago. So far (touch wood) I haven’t had a single problem with mine. So, if like me, you are a little lass (or lad) then zoom off to your local showroom today and snap one up!