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Top Mods done to my Virago 250:

Top Ten mods done to my Virago 250: 1)  Sprocket change to 17/38. Sprocket change for Virago 250  http://wp.me/p1LWaM-13 2)  Weight Reduction The weight of my bike now with a full tank is about 129 kg or 284 lbs. I have reduced … Continue reading

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Out of gas – but now I know how far I can go on reserve

Today I let my Virago 250 run out of gas on purpose. I carried some spare fuel so I could do this. If you were on I-95N in Norwalk, CT, (in bumper to bumper traffic) about 5:00 PM today – … Continue reading

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Virago 250 speeds-in-gears charts 17/38 and 17/40

  See end of post for  paper tachometer overlay  you can print out and put on your Virago 250 speedometer. I was driving to work this morning and I just happened to notice that my exhaust note was an “E” pitch at an indicated … Continue reading

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First ride of the year

09 March 2013 – First ride of the year • Today I went for my first ride in a few months. I live in the northeastern US – we got 38 inches of snow a few weeks ago – so … Continue reading

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TOP TEN TIPS FOR 2013 (for Virago 250 motorcycles)

TOP TEN TIPS FOR 2013  (for Virago 250 motorcycles) (important stuff I learned in 2012 – not just  “paint your master link white”  tips – some of these could save your life.) 1)  The magic reflective vest – about $7 … Continue reading

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Texting while driving vs. motorcycles – how to improve your chances

Accidents caused by texting while driving are increasing in the US. When you stop (like for a traffic light), you should leave your bike in gear and watch your mirrors so you can drive away if the driver behind you … Continue reading

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Make your Virago 250 faster – take off the weight

There are four ways to do this: 1) Do not buy accessories unless you really need them. 2) If you do buy accessories, make sure they are lightweight. 3) Take things off the bike. 4) Lose weight yourself. Notes: – Adding weight … Continue reading

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Misc.

Gas mileage watch –  my 2002 Virago 250 – 17/39 sprockets – Les S. In the month of July 2011, I went 808 miles, using 8.75 gal, for 92.4 mpg. In the month of July 2012, I went 896 miles, using 11.07 … Continue reading

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Voltage regulator TEMPERATURE – Virago 250 – Does yours run too hot?

Voltage regulator TEMPERATURE  – Virago 250 –  Mine stays cool if bike is moving, but gets too hot in stop-and-go traffic or idling. I recently added a temperature gauge to my Virago 250 voltage regulator. The voltage regulator on some … Continue reading

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Virago 250 – Do not buy chrome parts – just polish the parts that are already on the bike – original posting was updated

Please check out this posting: Virago 250 – Do not buy chrome parts – just polish the parts that are already on the bike. Here is the link:  http://wp.me/p1LWaM-6w    I updated it today. ———– I am not finished polishing the … Continue reading

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