2005 Yamaha Virago 250

2005 Yamaha Virago 250 pictures, prices, information, and specifications.
MSRP
$3,499
Type
Cruiser
Insurance
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Model Type
Cruiser
MSRP
$3,499
Dealers
Warranty
12
Insurance
Finance
Generic Type (Primary)
Cruiser
Manufacturer Country
Japan
Manufacturer Recommend Minimum Age
16
Parent Company
Yamaha
Display Name
Virago 250
Year
2005
Make
Yamaha
Engine Type
V Twin
Cylinders
2
Engine Stroke
4-Stroke
Cooling
Air
Valves
4
Valves Per Cylinder
2
Valve Configuration
SOHC
Bore (mm/in)
49 / 1.93
Stroke (mm/in)
66 / 2.6
Displacement (cc/ci)
249 / 15.2
Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Starter
Electric
Fuel Requirements
Regular
Fuel Type
Gas
Turbocharged
No
Supercharged
No
Carburetion Brand
Mikuni
Fuel Injector
No
Carburetor
Yes
Number Of Carburetors
1
Carburetor Size (mm)
26
Carburetion Type
Carburetor
Transmission Type
Manual
Number Of Speeds
5
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel)
Chain
Gear Ratio (1/2/3/4/5)
2.643 / 1.684 / 1.261 / 1 / 0.821
Reverse
No
Wheels Composition
Steel
Tube / Tubeless
Tubed
Front Wheel Width (in)
1.6
Rear Wheel Width (in)
2.75
Chromed
Yes
Front Tire Width
3
Front Wheel Diameter
18
Rear Tire Width
130
Rear Tire Aspect Ratio
90
Rear Tire Speed Rating
V
Rear Wheel Diameter
15
Front Tire (Full Spec)
3 X 18
Rear Tire (Full Spec)
130/90 VR15
Front Brake Type
Disc
Front Brake Diameter (in/mm)
11.1 / 282
Rear Brake Type
Drum
Rear Brake Diameter (in/mm)
5.1 / 130
Front Suspension Type
Telescopic Fork
Front Travel (in/mm)
5.5 / 139.7
Front Adjustable Fork Pre-Load
No
Front Adjustable Rebound Damping
No
Front Central Suspension Strut
No
Steering Damper
No
Rear Suspension Type
Twin Sided Swing Arm
Rear Travel (in/mm)
3.9 / 99.1
Rear Adjustable Shock / Spring Pre-Load
Yes
Rear Adjustable Rebound Damping
No
Number Rear Shock Absorbers
2
Air Adjustable
No
Steering Control
Handlebar
Length (ft)
7.18
Width (in/mm)
32.1 / 813.3
Height (in/mm)
44.9 / 1140.5
Wheelbase (in/mm)
58.7 / 1491
Turning Radius (ft)
9.2
Ground Clearance (in/mm)
5.7 / 144.8
Length (ft/ft)
7
Length (ft/in)
2.2
Dry Weight (lbs/kg)
302 / 137
Wet Weight (lbs/kg)
324 / 147
Payload Capacity (lbs/kgs)
432 / 196
Fuel Capacity (gal/l)
2.5 / 9.5
Fuel Capacity Reserve (gal/l)
0.69 / 2.6
Engine Displacement to Weight (cc)
0.82
Seat Type
Two-Piece
Adjustable
No
Seat Material
Vinyl
Seat Location
Driver and Passenger
Folding
No
Seat Height (in/mm)
27 / 685.8
Number Of Seats
2
Detachable Passenger Seat
Standard
Grab Rail or Strap
Standard
Frame
Steel
Body Material
Plastic
Hand Grips
Standard
Foot Peg Location
Driver and Passenger
Drive Shaft Guard
No
Fork Guards
No
Belt Guard
No
Hand Guards
No
Brush Guard
No
Light Guard
No
Side Cover
Yes
Front Fender
Standard
Rear Fender
Standard
Stand Type
Kick
Handlebars
Standard
License Plate
Standard
Trip Odometer
Standard
Speedometer
Standard
Warranty (Months/Condition)
12 / Limited
Battery Warranty (Months)
0
Metallic
No
Handlebar Lock
Standard
Rearview Mirrors
Standard
Underseat Storage
Standard
Lockable Storage
Standard
Helmet Locks
Standard
Halogen Headlight (s)
Standard
Headlight (s)
Standard
Light Type
Halogen
User Reviews
5 reviews
  • Perfect Commuter and Trainer
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 26, 2013

    I've owned my Virago 250 for about one year and put over 1500 miles on it. I bought it to teach two of our children (son and daughter) how to ride (I've been riding for over 35 years). It is light and nimble. The throttle and brakes are progressive, the suspension forgiving, and the clutch pull ...

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  • Most, if not all bikes out there are built in China
    By  (I am an Owner) on Aug 09, 2012

    I recently bought a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (2009 - last year it was made). My partner purchased the 2005 Yamaha Virago. When I looked at the 250s at our local dealer and asked who's the maker behind the curtain, I was told they're all pretty much the same these days. They sure seem to be except the ...

    I have my license and over 25 years riding experience, she has neither. I test drove the little sucker and it ran like a dream. It took tight cornering like it was nothing, it's light (I easily moved it to a standing position while standing off it), and yeah, it's probably made in China. What isn't. Bottom line is if you don't take care of it (including garaging it - not putting it under a bike cover - that allows condensation - some - to build or wipe it off after it gets wet) it's not going to last as long as you had hoped.

    One last thing. When ethanol - one of the bigger scams kept under covers in this country - was introduced what we were not told was engines were not built to handle the corn. For now, use an additive and hope it's not a con to decrease the destructive effects it will have on your engine.

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  • Woderful ride
    By  (I am an Owner) on Jan 03, 2012

    I own two Yamaha Virago 250's and one Lifan LF-250.

    All are great rides. My Lifan is a 2006 and has just over 75000 miles, both Yamaha's are also well ridden.

    No major problems with any of them!

    Unlike the other review, I've had great results with the ...

    All three bikes will travel at highway speed, and still get 75-80 MPG.

    Great rides.

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  • Great starter bike
    By  (I am an Owner) on Nov 14, 2008

    This little Yamaha is fantastic for what it is - a 250. So don't think you're going to take it out on the highway and keep up with 70 mph traffic, unless you weigh 90 lbs. and the road is all downhill. But this is the best choice if you're looking for a first bike to build confidence and learn ...

    The seat height is a comfortable 27" that is perfect for smaller riders, while the foot controls are stretched out a bit so nobody is crammed into an awkward, knee-eating position. The buckhorn handlebars are pulled back for easy reach, but can mean that the steering is hard to control because the rider loses leverage. Fortunately, the bike weighs in well under 350 lbs., so any steering trouble, even at low speeds, is negligible.

    Stacked against the other options in the 250 cruiser group, the Virago is a clear standout. The Honda Rebel 250, a staple in many MSF fleets is notorious for forcing the rider into a cramped position. The Suzuki GZ250 has a very straightforward single cylinder engine that just lacks the power of the Virago.

    The sytling is a clear take on Yamaha's larger V-Star line, with classic retro custom cruiser looks. Combined with the v-twin power plant and staggered exhaust, the bike looks and sounds like its bigger brothers, so you feel like you're still on a "real" motorcycle. I can't count the number of times I told admirers, "No, it's only a 250." And it's a Yamaha that's been around forever, meaning parts and maintenance are a breeze. So, if you're in the market for this type of bike, the Virago 250 should be your choice.

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  • Yamaha Good American Lifan Bad
    By  (I am an Owner) on Sep 16, 2008

    This is a good daily rider bike and Yamaha make a great bike for being a 250cc. Beware there is a Chinese copy, Lifan, VIN starts with "LF" that is a piece of S**T! The Lifan LF250 turns into a rust bucket in about 2 to 3 years. Everything on mine has rust pitting and the gas tank is rusting inside ...

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