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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a hello to everyone. I'm a retired guy living in Fredrickson Washington. I spend most of my time watching some of my grandkids (the little ones) and love it.

As my screen name "750 Chris" would suggest, I am, admittedly most of the time a Kawasaki 750 Vulcan rider. But, I am also the original owner of a 2005 Star 250 Virago. Wonderful little bike and fun as hell to scoot around on. The only time I've been stopped by a cop while on a bike was on this thing (doing 70 in a 60 zone).

I must also admit that 99.9% of my riding since '06 has been on the larger 750. The Virago has been well kept, never mistreated and is in virtually perfect condition with a smidgeon over 3K miles.

I like the 05 Virago better than its current incarnation as the 250 V-Star. I just think its a better bike. And better looking.

I did join a Virago forum once years ago but found that to be useless. I spend my forum time now in three different Kawasaki sites and dabble in a fourth. But I've not really tried to look for a Star site but today I stumbled across this one and thought "why not?". This is the same, common format to this site as most of the others so I know how to navigate well here.

I do have a question about the 250 Virago that has always disturbed me but I'll jump down to the V-Star section to ask.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, and one more thing that I forgot to mention: I am giving this bike to my daughter-in-law this year. She's a little thing and wants to learn how to ride. Both myself and her dad ride. He has a 1200 HD (poor guy). So once my son gets his garage cleaned out the bike will get officially transferred over to her.

I'm so used to seeing it in my garage it'll be sad to see it go. But it'll stay in the family. Just like when I gave the same son my '67 Mustang fastback (red). Its in his garage, too, so still in the family.
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... so daughter in law is taking the MSF beginners course to get her license.. yes?

giving her a bike is a lot of leverage, and that is the place to use it: pass the course, get a free bike!
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I haven't yet had the discussion with her (don't know if her dad had either) but plan to. In fact, the local course people even offer this exact type bike as loaners for the new people to learn on.
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Sounds like you're a pretty good father-in-law. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ms-bike-month/

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ighlight=Yammy

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...where-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...enced-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ature-you.html

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Thanks for the links.
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Hi Chris!
Welcome from East Tennessee. I also own a Virago and itís under going a transition. Mine is a 96í 750 and a blast to ride, just have to finish erí up into a bobber. Glad you joined us and I think itís cool youíre paying it forward.


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The Virago name covered a host of different size bikes over the years. I think Yamaha finally stopped using the name in either 2005 or 2006.

I've done a fresh oil change and filter change for her (daughter-in-law). Also put new tires on it although I want to continue riding it long enough to scuff the tires so they won't be too slippery for her. The bike is essentially in perfect condition considering its 14 going on 15 years old.

It runs nice for me. I know it'll perform better for her because I outweigh her by a good 100 lbs.
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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. It doesn't matter what you ride, as long as you ride. You'll always be welcome here.

The Virago has been around for a long time until it was dropped in favor of the now also defunct VStar lineup. Like the VStars, they were known for reliability and those who ride them love them. Post a pic of your rides when you get a chance!
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