Monthly Archives: August 2011

The cheap Virago 250 “2-to-1” exhaust mod – no parts needed except exhaust clamp, reduces exhaust system weight from 6.2kg (13.6 pounds) to 3.63kg (8.0 pounds)

I modified the XV250 exhaust by cutting the lower muffler about 13mm or 1/2 inch after the back cylinder pipe junction, cutting the top muffler at 273mm or 10 ¾ inches, and then joining the two together, so I no … Continue reading

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LED turn signals for Yamaha Virago 250

I looked through all the LED turn signals on ebay, and these six are the ones that I liked.  I ended up buying the cheapest one (they did not have it in black, so I got carbon – see 4th … Continue reading

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Safety first, looks second ! – for motorcycle turn signals, taillights, and brake lights

Yesterday a sportsbike passed me and it had an integrated taillight – the one with the turn signals, taillight, and brake light all in one unit.  When they used their turn signal, it was not very noticeable.  Maybe other integrated … Continue reading

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Fix the Virago 250 gearing ! Changing sprockets (gearing) on Yamaha Virago 250 to 17/38, 17/40, 17/42, etc.

The stock sprockets on the Virago 250 are 16 teeth (Front) and 45 teeth (Rear). Yamaha sells this model worldwide; the gearing is probably fine for some areas, but for travel on “high” speed paved roads, in my opinion the … Continue reading

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Virago 250 rear tire sizes

Approximate diameter, width, and weight – will vary by manufacturer (these are mostly Dunlop) 120/90-15 … 23.32” diam… 4.69” width..approx 11.5 to 12.8 lbs..stock diam x 97.4% (hard to find) 130/80-15 … 23.2” diam… 5.08” width..approx 11.7 to 13.0 lbs ..stock … Continue reading

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Better Performance for the Yamaha Virago 250

  Here is my opinion for better performance on the Virago 250: Do sprocket change to 17/38, 17/40, or 17/42, etc..  If you drill or remove your baffles, have carb rejetted.  If you need a tire don’t go bigger than … Continue reading

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Virago 250 Street – seating position and safety mods

The blog is about modifications to the Yamaha Virago 250 to give it more of a standard seating position and to improve its safety.  If you are interested, please check the other postings. My basic plan/goals with my Virago 250 … Continue reading

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