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2006 Yamaha Virago The motorcycle division of Yamaha was founded in 1955 and was headed by Genichi Kawakami. Yamahas initial product was a 125cc (7.6 cu in) two-cycle, single cylinder motorcycle, the YA-1, which was a copy of the German DKW RT 125. The YA-1 was a competitive success at racing from the beginning, winning not only the 125cc class in the Mt. Fuji Ascent, but also sweeping the podium with first, second and third place in the All Japan Autobike Endurance Road Race that same year. Early success in racing set the tone for Yamaha, as competition in many varieties of motorcycle racing has been a key endeavor of the company throughout its history, often fueled by a strong rivalry with Honda and other Japanese manufacturers. This Yamaha Virago 250 has the classic standard cruiser look without the unmanageable power and torque that a new motorcyclist doesnt need while learning the basics of riding. Out of all of the standard style motorcycles I have to say that I really like the look of the Virago the best. Not only is it small and nimble, but it has a fair amount of chrome on it to satisfy most appetites. Budget-wise it also sits in a nice sweet spot that makes it a bit more expensive but with nice gear list thats worth the money. Exterior Black with two tone silver striping covers the metal parts and frame of this low mileage bike (a mere 315 actual miles!) Nice forks, handlebars, drag bar, and twin exhaust show off the bling I talked about in the intro. Virago badging is in sticker form, and is all clean and pristine. Drivetrain The 249 CC, SOHC, 60-degree V-twin engine provides enough power for cruising around the streets and can even get you around on the freeway. The bike is lightweight and that makes maneuvering at low speeds incredibly easy. It is important to keep in mind that the lack of motorcycle mass means the bike is so light weight that you might get blown around on the freeway more than would be comfortable. All the while you will get 70 MPGs! Barely broken in, this super low mileage beginner bike is easy to handle, does not have a lot of weight to throw around, and perfect entry bike for the person who wants a nicer starter bike. Plenty of extra chrome, and nice sound to the engine, and a very comfortable ride will help you gain your confidence and enable you to move up to something that can really take advantage of you!
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