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I have a 2011 Yamaha Virago 250. I have been trying to obtain crash guards for it, however, I have been advised Yamaha no longer makes them for this model, and the V Star guards will not fit. Can you please advise if you are aware of any company who still sells them?

Sam
Australia
Monday, June 11, 2018
Editor Response
I just did a quick search on ebay and mulitple options came up, including Cobra, Barons Custom Accessories, MC Enterprises, and more. You shouldn't have a problem finding some aftermarket guards for your bike. Good luck!
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
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
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