2004 Yamaha Virago Review


This motorbike is around 7.1 feet long, 32 inches wide, 45 inches tall, and has 5.7 inches of ground clearance. The turning radius for the bike is 9.2 feet. These Yamaha cruisers come equipped with a two-piece vinyl seat that is designed to provide two seats for the driver and one passenger. These cruisers also come equipped with a detachable passenger seat and foot pegs for both riders.

The frame and wheels of these cruisers are made of steel and the body is made of plastic. These motorbikes have standard hand grips and handlebars as well. The 2004 Yamaha comes with standard fenders and exterior covers as well. The center dash boards of these 2004 Yamaha Virago cruisers come equipped with a standard speedometer and a standard trip odometer. These cruisers also have under-seat lockable storage.

Many riders feel the 2004 Yamaha Virago cruiser can be an ideal starter motorbike for novice riders. Some riders have trouble getting an accurate reading because this motorbike does not come with an oil dip stick or center stand. This cruiser features a sight window on the side of the engine block, but the cruiser needs to be on level ground in order to get a reliable measure. This makes it easy for novice riders without their own lift to easily overfill the cruiser with oil. Overfilling the engine can make oil splash into the cylinders, interfere with the combustion stages, and damage the plugs as well.

Many riders also love how easy it is to shift gears in the 2004 Yamaha Virago at low speeds or low gears. Riders love the minimal vibrations that the engines in the cruisers produce. Riders also typically enjoy the sound of the engine and the cruiser’s lightweight design. Riders are able to ride comfortably and confidently at 75 to 85 mph on the highway with these lightweight cruisers. The lightweight design can make the cruiser harder to handle on the highway for some novice riders. Many riders note that investing in a windshield can help improve handling for these types of riding conditions.

Most riders get around 79 mpg with this cruiser and realize a driving range of about 200 miles. The owner’s manual makes it easy for novice riders to make adjustments to different parts of the 2004 Virago like the chain tension, shift level, or brake pedal. Some riders simply prefer a motorbike with a shaft drive over the tedious maintenance work that can become necessary with a chain. The 2004 Yamaha Virago can be the ideal starter bike for novice riders living in rUral or urban environments.

New For 2004

  • The 2004 Yamaha Virago has an engine that is significantly smaller than the one in the Yamaha XV 535 DX Virago cruiser released in 2003.
  • The 2004 Virago cruiser also has a smaller wheelbase, is lighter in weight, and has a smaller fuel tank than the 2003 Yamaha XV 535 DX Virago.

2004 Yamaha Virago Specs

  • Model: Virago 250
  • Engine Type: 249cc, four-stroke, two-cylinder V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 1.93 x 2.6 inches
  • Compression Ratio: 10:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.5 gallons with 0.6-gallon reserve
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Single-sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 27 inches
  • Curb Weight: 324 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 3 x 18
  • Tires (Rear): 130/90 VR15


  • Softpack II Saddlebags
  • Studded Leather Tank Cover
  • Turn Signal Visors
  • Tool Bag
  • Leather Clutch and Brake Lever Covers
  • Luggage Rack
  • Adjustable Motorcycle Stand
  • Chrome Side Covers
  • Softpack II Rumble Bag
  • Classic V-Windshield
  • Custom Hand Grips
  • Custom Sport Windshield
  • Dust Cover
  • Retaining Ring
  • Sissy Bar And Pad

Key Competitors For The 2004 Yamaha Virago

  • Kawasaki Eliminator 125
  • Suzuki GZ 250
  • Suzuki Savage 650
  • Honda Rebel Base