In the eyes of the experts, this motorcycle isn’t much to look at. However, in the eyes of beginners, this just might be the perfect ride. This low-bore cruiser gives its riders a great sense of control at a reasonable speed to help even the clumsiest rider get a hang of things.
The History of a Casual Cruiser
Yamaha has been pumping out high-quality motorcycles with displacements ranging from the low-bore 200-300cc to the 1,000+ window throughout the company’s entire history. Many of their motorcycles prior to 2008 fell into the category of cruisers, providing a vibrant foundation for the 250 V Star to build its foundation.
The first Yamaha V Star 250 hit the market in 2008 as the replacement for the Yamaha 250 Virago. While many were sad to see such a classic as the Virago fade into the annals of history, many of these same critics were blown away by the design of the V Star 250.
Filling the Virago’s Niche
The biggest challenge that Yamaha would encounter while bringing in the new V Star would be replacing the legendary Virago’s niche and fully captivating the same market while simultaneously expanding the brand.
That was accomplished by incorporating elements of the Virago into the V Star’s design. In fact, many of the individual specifications between these two motorcycles are identical, with the V Star somewhat resembling a merely overhauled and redesigned Virago.
One of a Kind
Despite lasting in production for just about eleven years, the Yamaha V Star has only been through one generation, a testament to its success in the motorcycle industry.
Yamaha V Star 250 (2008-present)
The specifications of the 2008 V Star resembled the Virago in a myriad of ways, but it was more than just a copy. It was a total redesign of the motorcycle that preceded it.
The V Star 250 included a four-stroke, V-twin cylinder, SOHC engine with two valves per cylinder as well as the obvious 249cc engine from which it draws the “250” in its name.
More “Baby” Bikes in the Works
On August 22, 2019, rumors began to circulate that Yamaha was working on another low-bore beginner motorcycle that would be inspired in part by the Yamaha V Star 250 but would potentially have an engine half the size.
Famous Films and TV Shows
The Yamaha V Star has had its fair share of Hollywood moments being shown on set in at least nine TV shows and movies in total.
As with any motorcycle that has become as popular as the V Star 250 and is still in production, finding bulky groups on social media, like this one with more than 1,000 likes, shouldn’t be much of a difficulty or concern.
Yamaha V Star 250 – The Perfect “Baby” Bike
Don’t let the phrase “baby bike” upset you. Whether you’re a beginner or you just enjoy the ease and fluidity of low-bore motorcycles, that’s perfectly acceptable. The Yamaha V Star 250 is still a great bike and it’s definitely one of the safest options for people learning to ride.