2007 Yamaha Virago Review


Based in Japan, Yamaha began producing motorcycles in 1955, starting with small-displacement bikes and then a developing a strong line of power sport bikes. The Virago is one of the company’s entry-level cruisers; the 2007 model was a carryover.

Powered by an air-cooled, 249cc, 60-degree V-twin with a single overhead cam valve configuration, two valves per cylinder, the Virago has a Mikuni carburetor and a five-speed manual transmission. A telescopic fork with 5.5 inches of travel provides the front suspension; the rear suspension a twin-sided swing arm and an adjustable spring preload shock. The front brake is an 11.1-inch hydraulic disc, with a 5.11-inch drum brake in the rear.

An entry-level cruiser ought to be light enough, and laid back enough, to not overwhelm a beginning rider. The Virago weighs in at just 324 pounds with oil and fuel, so it’s not even as heavy as some big scooters, and its seat is a low 27 inches, with a typical relaxed rider position. Its wheelbase is 58.7 inches, and it has a nine-foot turning radius, so while it won’t turn on a dime, it’s reasonably maneuverable. Like most cruisers, its instrumentation is barebones: just a speedometer and an odometer. Ignition is electric. Yamaha doesn’t provide an estimate of gas mileage; the tank holds 2.5 gallons, with riders reporting getting at least 55 miles to the gallon.

It comes with lockable underseat storage, but a wide variety of saddlebags and tank bags are available. You can also install an optional windshield, which will make highway riding more comfortable.

Yamahas are well known for being reliable, durable machines, and the Virago is a good choice for in-town commuting, though it will get up to 70 miles per hour without any trouble, so short freeways jaunts are no trouble.

New For 2007

  • N/A

2007 Yamaha Virago Specs

  • Model: Virago 250
  • Engine Type: Air-cooled, four-stroke V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 1.93 inches x 2.6 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: Mikuni carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): 11.1-inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 5.1-inch drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm with adjustable spring preload shock
  • Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 27 inches
  • Curb Weight: 307 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 3 x 18
  • Tires (Rear): 130/90 VR15


  • Custom sport windshield
  • Fringed classic saddlebags
  • Headlight visor
  • Plain leather windshield bag
  • Retaining ring
  • Studded slant saddlebags
  • Turn signal visor
  • Windshield mounting hardware
  • Yamaha expandable Fibertech tank bag

Key Competitors For The 2007 Yamaha Virago

  • V-Star 250
  • 2007 Honda Rebel
  • 2007 Suzuki GZ250
  • 2007 QLINK Legend 250