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I am writing this comment at the beginning of the year 2018. The last comment I notice was written in 2016. Hopefully more comments will come in. Please don't delete this review from your site as it is the best cycle review I've ever read. I also read with great interest all 8 pages of your reader comments on this review, which in their own way were almost as informative as your review. Your superbly clear detailed photos along with the practical information giving captions are a combination I have not found on any other review source. All men riders should become aware of your website in order to benefit from the wealth of practical advice offered.

I have been an advocate of the V Star/Virago 250 for quite some time, and although I have never ridden one I still feel that one day I may have one, perhaps acquired in trade for the bike I currently have, a Yamaha Virago 1100. I acquired the 1100 by trading a 1982 BMW R 100 RT that I had for 19 years. I rarely rode the BMW due to its high seat height. The Virago 1100 is much lower, however, I am having starting issues with it, which I think could be fairly easily resolved, and then one would have a beautiful vintage 1988 1100 cruiser in near mint condition.

As I approach the age of 65 I would offer this one piece of advice to any new or aspiring rider, as well as to aging riders—do not acquire a motorcycle that is too much for you, for if you do you will rarely use it. As a result the bike will deteriorate due to non-use and the person will essentially miss out on the adventure of the motorcycling experience in general.

I have thought for quite some time that the 250 Star/Virago is a unique bike in the cruiser class and more than adequate for the general everyday riding purposes of most men and women. There must be some good reason why this bike has been in production virtually unchanged for the past 30 years. I hope for those who would prefer a new one, that Yamaha would not decide to discontinue production of it. Thank you again for the excellent review work. I would recommend your website to everyone for the unique perspective you offer.

Richard
Detroit, MI
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Editor Response
Thank you for your generous words of praise, Richard. We always welcome men who appreciate the way we present our motorcycle reviews and other articles with easy-to-understand language and captioned pictures to read and be part of WRN. I'm glad you found us, and thank you for sharing our site with your friends.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
The article is right on. I bought one "used" with only 129 miles on it. I was attempting to learn on a Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster and even though it was lowered, I had a hard time with it. Nothing is worth getting hurt, so I went to this make/model. I'm still learning, however, I'm much more at ease. I am looking for some replacement mirrors and have only found one set. But they are almost useless over 40 mph. Does anyone have any suggestions or references where I may find a set?

Stella
Lexington, SC
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Thank you so much for this article and website in general.

I got my license two months ago and was all ready to go out and buy a brand new Harley-Davidson 883 Iron Sportster until I took the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy course on a Street 500 and realized even that was way to much for my 5-feet-2-inch, 120-pound frame to handle. I swear I was on the ground more than on the bike. I passed the course alright (somehow) and got my license but definitely don't feel confident to jump on a bike and take it on the road.

This website opened my eyes to the smaller bikes and this one in particular. I love that it has the big bike sound. I am going this weekend to purchase my brand new 2015 V Star 250 and couldn't be more excited to build my confidence and ride next to my dad for Father's Day!



Kait
NH
Thursday, June 2, 2016
I am a fairly new, less aggressive rider and have a Yamaha V Star 250. This article is so accurate on the bike. It is a fabulous starter bike, and I spent more time (though limited miles) just riding it around our neighborhood, stopping and starting and turning and learning, and it is so lightweight I could back it up easily. I never thought I'd go above 35 mph on it, as I was so new to riding. I now ride it easily above 65, though (for me) anything about 55 to 60 and the vibration (and resulting vibration) in the mirror would not be comfortable on a longer trip at highway speeds, and I do not care to take it on the interstate due to more traffic and truckers (though 4 lane highways are fine).

I am 5 feet 6 inches and a slim stature, so perhaps more weight would keep it from vibrating. This bike is amazing around town, great for "country cruising (45 to 55 mph and a bit more here and there) for a few hours, yet for much longer rides, and especially at higher speeds, a bike with less vibration may suit. I get a bit over 90 mpg. It is super easy to handle and I have the "rams horn" handlebars, which I actually like as I do not have to reach at all, so my arms don't tire (I will go for hours-plus "country" rides now, and it's very comfortable).

I love the small footprint of the bike, yet I am doing what I thought I would never do - upgrading to a larger engine and a heavier bike. I will miss this 250 so much, and would love to keep it but we can't collect them! As the next step up for Yamaha (as far as manageable power in a smaller frame, 2000s-era bike) is a bit much, I will going to a Suzuki S50 (2009 or prior, as the twin "V", water cooled, shaft driven is less maintenance and more powerful than the smaller framed S40 single, air cooled, chain driven). V Star 250 - I will miss you dearly! If I am fortunate enough that no one else wants you, I will continue to ride you around town!


Joanne
Richmond, VA
Saturday, October 3, 2015
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