Yamaha Kills the Virago

The Yamaha Virago, once the bread-n-butter of their v-twin motorcycle lineup, is now officially gone, with the introduction of its 2008 mode...

The Yamaha Virago, once the bread-n-butter of their v-twin motorcycle lineup, is now officially gone, with the introduction of its 2008 model line up.

Since the inception of its Star model line, the Virago has been holding out with a single 250cc showing.

Actually, the bike is still there, but it's been renamed, "V Star 250".

I suppose we can pretend the "V" stands for "Virago".

Yamaha Virago 250
The Virago line was Yamaha's original v-twin motorcycle, and it was the Virago that eventually became refined into the current Star line up. In fact, the Star motorcycles all have a model number that begins with "XV", which is what the Viragos were.

The Virago originally hit the market in 1981 with a 750cc engine. Yamaha made several models of Viragos, with engine displacements of 125, 250, 400, 500, 535, 700, 750, 1000, and 1100.

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  1. addison_grimrod9/14/2007 07:01:00 PM

    True, the venerable Virago line has morphed into the Star bikes that are now on display. As much nostalgia as the Virago represents, Star is carrying that legacy and improving on it. I ride an '87 Virago, XV700, and I can see where the V Stars, Roadstars, and Roadliners came from when I look at it. I think history will reflect well on the Virago. Now the Vmax is a different conversation. It is still standing tall as a premier power cruiser. It looks like Star will continue that line under it's existing moniker.

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  2. one of the reason why i prefer the virago line better than the star line is because the virago line looked very much like choppers. i don't know why. but i think the viragos run much faster than the star line. take the 535 for exam. it's faster than teh drag star 650.

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