Plenty of torque, smooth roll-on power, light weight and a seat just 27 inches from the pavement make the V Star 250 super-nimble and maneuverable, and the perfect Star to get started on.
There are a whole bunch of reasons to check out the V Star 250, but the most intriguing is its authentic V-twin powerplant, which means that you’re getting full-sized rumble and styling in an easy to ride, lightweight bike.
For years, the V-Star 250 (formerly Virago 250) has been touted as one of the finest entry bikes around. And for good reason. That V-twin engine will give you the grunt and growl that you don’t often find in the lightweight class. It’s also got a low 27” seat height for added confidence, perfect for novice riders. One ride and you’ll see why so many entry level riders have chosen this nimble, confidence-inspiring cruiser. Heavyweight styling and lightweight packaging is the key.
The year 1981 saw the introduction of the first Yamaha V-twin model, the Virago 750. Tear-drop tank, pullback handlebars, 72-degree V-twin engine and shaft drive were the basic features which practically launched this model. Yamaha soon added 500cc and 920cc versions but the 250cc Virago made its entry in the late 1980s.
The larger displacement Viragos have since been phased out of production, replaced by the V-Star and Road Series of motorbikes; the only one which remained a Virago for a longer period being the 250cc model.
Yamaha Virago 250, now V Star 250 was designed to be an entry-level cruiser bike and guess what? It is still going strong today. It is by many considered to be a capable road bike with good handling characteristics and a top speed of 85 mph. Ever since its introduction the Virago 250 was a step above its 250cc competitors due to its V-twin engine delivering greater torque at low RPMs then the parallel twins found in other 250s. As you already now, the V-twin configuration has a cooling advantage because four sides of each cylinder are exposed to airflow. The V-twin also gives the Virago 250 a deep exhaust note that parallel twins are incapable of producing.
Economical and practical, the Virago 250 can return 80+ miles per gallon so it is clear why it became so popular. A popular upgrade is to replace the sprockets so that the gearing is taller. Taller gearing requires less frequent shifting and even better fuel economy. The Virago 250’s V-twin provides sufficient torque to cope with taller gearing.
Having all the necessary features incorporated and being ready for success, the Virago 250 didn’t suffer major changes, except for color adding and removing from the Yamaha offering. In 2006 it lined up to Star Motorcycles which by that time became a brand of its own. It is now sold as V Star 250 and it provides the same Virago feel that you all got used to.
2008 Honda Rebel
Honda also presents an entry-level cruiser featuring loads of style and user-friendly performance comparable to the one found on the Virago. Dependable Honda four-stroke power, exceptional handling, styling as classic as it is attractive, an all-new Silver paint scheme…what’s not to like about this great entry-level cruiser on the road? Correct. Absolutely nothing.
Get ready to tap into all the thrills that motorcycling has to offer with the versatile Suzuki GZ250. It’s designed to offer exactly the kind of performance beginning riders are looking for, exactly like the Virago. But what are its highest points? With a seat height of less than 28 inches and a dry weight of just 302 pounds, the GZ250 is a joy to maneuver around town, even in tight traffic. And the lightweight responsiveness is complemented by brisk engine performance and a wide powerband.
2008 Suzuki GZ250
The GZ250 is also styled so you’ll fit right in with your riding buddies. It has classic Suzuki styling – long, low and lean – and includes a variety of features from a buttoned-down seat to flashy spoked wheels.
When you take a look at these truly competitive opponents you might believe that they are in a fight of their own but that’s not true. When the V-twin powered 250cc V Star enters the battle, everybody knows who’s going to be the winner.
2008 V Star 250
Apart from the fact it is a superb overall performer the V Star 250 is also a great looking machine. It implements those classic lines that never grow old and despite its cylinder capacity it still manages to look and feel big.
A principal characteristic is the fact that it is light weight and features a seat height of only 27 inches from the pavement. This makes it a great trainer and it also gives it that low-rider look.
The fuel tank is stylishly sculpted and it features 2.5-gallon capacity for excellent cruising range and the chromed pullback handlebars are easy to reach and look great by following the gas tank’s lines. The low seat height in collaboration with the pullback handlebars offer a relaxed riding position but all the difference is made by the forward-mounted footpegs which enhance rider comfort by creating added legroom.
The V Star 250 features a wide rear fender and front and rear wire-spoked wheels add the perfect classic, retro touch to this stylish package. A finishing touch is given by the extensive chrome details accent engine and side covers for incomparable “big bike” fit and finish.
Color available for 2008 model year is Black Cherry.