As the latest addition to the MC staff, I'm bound to get some extra jabs sent my way. Mr Editor initially threatened me with the prospect of riding a scooter, but soon found out that I like scooters. Baby cruisers on the other hand, not on my wish list. And so it came to be that my next assignment is the artist formerly known as Virago, the Yamaha V Star 250. It's not just a quintessential beginner bike, it's a beginner bike that as far as I know hasn't been changed or significantly updated for, well, most of my 29 years on Earth.