LED turn signals for Yamaha Virago 250 Part II

LED turn signals on Virago 250 - mounted 1.75" higher than original mounting

My LED turn signals arrived, so I just installed them on my 2002 Yamaha Virago 250.  I looked through every single LED turn signal on ebay – I liked six of them – and ended up buying the cheapest one.

I really like them – they are plenty bright and stick out 4.4 inches from the mounting point – this is not enough to get in the way and it is 1.25 inches more than the aftermarket turn signals that were on the bike – so it is a little safer now.  They were out of black so I had to get carbon – I never had anything carbon before – I thought it would not fit with how the rest of the bike looks, but it seems fine (I am not real fussy, though).  I drilled new mounting holes to install them 1.75 inches higher and 1.75 inches more toward the front of the bike.  I did this so the turn 

XV250 - LED turn signals installed 1.75 inches higher + 1.75" more forward to help support storage bag

signals would serve to support my carry bag – I really did not want to buy a luggage rack.  And mounting them 1.75 inches higher makes the bike a little safer – so that is good.  

The Eclipse bag is an example of keeping things light for more performance – it weighs 2.4 lbs or 1.1 kg and holds 1,500 cubic inches of gear.  The saddlebags that came with the bike weighed 7.2 lbs or 3.3 kg and held 1,034 cubic inches.     -Les S.

Turn signal 18 LED's 4.38 inches wide

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9 Responses to LED turn signals for Yamaha Virago 250 Part II

  1. James says:

    I’m a noob with working on bikes, electric work, etc… I bought the taillight you added and I’ve successfully mounted it to the rear reflector mount …

    What exactly do you do next to wire it?

    Probably a dumb question but I have no idea where to start…


    Awesome bike by the way!


    • lstrick115 says:

      Hi James,

      You should use both the stock tail light and the LED tail light. Using two tail/brake lights (or more) makes riding safer, including daytime riding. I have four tail/brake lights which helps me stay safe on my long commute, a lot of it in 3 lanes of traffic on I-95 in Connecticut.

      You can 1) take the tail light apart and wire the LED using the wiring inside the tail light, or 2) you can run wiring from the LED under the fender to the wiring under the seat.

      The second method is much easier, because the tail light is tight to work with on the inside and the wires are short.

      Here are the Virago 250 wiring color codes – tail light is Blue, brake light is Yellow, and Black is ground for both.

      Hope this helps – thanks for asking.
      -Les S.

  2. ZACK says:

    How do you get the light to stand up like that? im ordering one off ebay and i have a xv250, do i need to buy a bracket or something to keep it in an upright position?

    • lstrick115 says:

      Hi Zack,
      Are you asking about the light in the center that I added ?
      You can mount it right above the stock tail-light – remove the reflector and mount it using the reflector’s metal bracket.
      -Les S.

  3. Zack says:

    yeah! ohh I get it now thanks Les!

  4. chapelnotes says:

    You mentioned buying a Virago 250 for $1200. In what kind of shape was that bike? Oil grittiness, forks leaking, seat torn, brakes worn, tires? How about the paint or dings?

    Do you have a picture?

  5. Justin says:

    Where did you get your handlebars I’m looking to buy some exactly like yours for mine?

    • lstrick115 says:

      Hi Justin, My bike came with the low bars, so I do not know where they were purchased. The bars are about 29 inches wide, 4 ½ inches pullback, and 2 inches rise.
      -Les S.

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