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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
This is such a great article! I'm so glad I found this web site! I am very new to riding and I am considering buying this bike. My first bike has been an '81 Kawasaki KZ-305, which has never idled smoothly and I've spent more time trying to fix it than riding it over the last two years. I have a question: Just before finding this article I read a review on this same model and it also gave the V Star 250 a stamp of approval as a beginner's bike but mentioned that a newbie trying it out, found the clutch late to engage, and a more experienced rider commented that it could be difficult for a new rider to find neutral. Was wondering if you would mind sharing your thoughts on this? I'd really love to have a great motorcycle experience for a change! Thanks!

Liz Nickerson
Halifax, NS, Canada
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Editor Response
It is very possible that this experienced rider who reviewed the bike had that experience with that particular bike he or she was testing, but regardless, the V Star 250 is an overall all-around great beginner's bike.

If neutral is "difficult" to find, which I doubt it is (I've not personally ridden the bike), our reviewer would have mentioned it; and it's not a reason not to consider this motorcycle. That is one small thing to be learned - that is, finding neutral. It will different on all motorcycles so why not learn it on a motorcycle where one reviewer's opinion thinks it's a little more difficult to find.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
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