Tag Archives: Virago 250 modifications

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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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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A plastic ATV gas tank on a Virago 250 – how bad would it look?

         A plastic ATV gas tank on a Virago 250 – how bad would it look?  (Pretty bad, but the gas tank has a sunroof – which is an unexpected bonus.) Best $6.35 I ever spent and a driving … Continue reading

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Planned changes to my bike – How to make your Virago 250 look a little different from the rest Part II

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Adding a centerstand to a Virago 250 – updated Nov 6, 2012

I added a SWM centerstand that is made for the European model V-Star XVS125 and XVS250. It is not an exact fit, so it was a little difficult to install and it does not work perfectly like a factory centerstand … Continue reading

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Low Cost Front Fork mods – Yamaha Virago 250 – the stock forks may be better than you think

  Here are some low cost front fork mods and maintenance  that I did to my 2002 Yamaha Virago 250: 1)  I changed fork oil and put in a heavier oil – it comes with 10w – but increasing it … Continue reading

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How does a Supertrapp muffler sound on a Virago 250? 8 to 14 discs are optimal for XV250 – UPDATED 9/14/11

I still have not driven it enough, but basically it sounds smoother than my old system.  It sounds smooth and powerful but I think I still like the sound of my first exhaust better.  My first exhaust had more of … Continue reading

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The cheap Virago 250 “2-to-1” exhaust mod Part II – you need one used Supertrapp muffler – reduces exhaust system weight from 6.2kg (13.6 pounds) to 4.3 kg (9.5 pounds)

Here is the 20 year old Supertrapp muffler I just put on my Virago 250. One thing I learned is that Supertrapp mufflers are great for someone who does not want to fool with carburetors and changing jets.  They have … Continue reading

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The Minimalist Virago 250 (also Functional + Lightweight + Low cost of ownership)

The basic plan/goals I am trying to follow with my Virago 250: Minimalist Functional (a little like the bikes in Mad Max?) as opposed to stylish – does not have to look perfect Lightweight/weight reduction (don’t add accessories – instead, … Continue reading

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