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Back after 25 years

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by G19Tony, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. G19Tony

    G19Tony Sneet CLM

    Mar 7, 2005
    Las Vegas, NV
    I just bought a motorcycle after 25 years of not riding. It's a 2007 Yamaha XV250 Virago. I looked at a lot of bikes, but nothing caught my eye. My last bike was a Honda 400 Hawk, that I used as a commuter bike in Iowa in the early 80's. I decided for my return to riding, that I didn't want a high dollar, high power bike and then decide I didn't like it. Although, I don't think that will be the case. I just want to start small.

    I left the dealer with an HJC CL14 helmet and just picked up a Motoboss Airspeed jacket today. I'll be heading to the local college football stadium parking lot for some practice and will be trying to get into the MSF course at Nellis AFB. I'm retired, so I can hopefully get in. I'm going to take it slow and get confident again before I take on Las Vegas traffic.

    I'm looking forward to riding again. :wavey:


  2. sdsnet

    sdsnet NRA Member CLM

    Feb 8, 2007
    I just got back from Vegas and I bet you could have some fun riding out around Red Rock Canyon. That place is beautiful. Enjoy your new bike and ride safe ! Remember to watch out for "the blind guy" who never sees you. Ride like you are invisible to other drivers because many times you are.

  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Welcome back to the folds!!!

    And good choice on the moto. You can always trade it up for something with more oomph if you feel like it.
  4. Laszlo


    Oct 22, 2005
    Metro Atlanta
    I bet it feels good to be back ridin`
    Enjoy and be safe!
  5. Lone Wolff

    Lone Wolff Tire World...

    Dec 17, 2002
    I had a 2005 just like it except for the color. I sold mine this Spring to my Dad, who is 66 and sold his 83 GSL850 a couple years back. That Suzi was getting to heavy for him, and he loves my, sorry, HIS Virago. I want to buy it back whenever the time comes that he no longer rides at all.

    For commuting in non-freeway conditions, it's fantastic. And after 1000 miles or so, mine did get noticeably "stronger" once it was broken in. I drove it in temps as low as 22F this winter, so I think even your Vegas nights won't bother it. It didn't mind the cold at all. Warmed up enough to shut off the choke after about a mile from home.

    You will love the gas mileage. Not sure what you weigh, but I got around 80 MPG carrting my 200lbs. My Dad is 160, and gets 90-95MPG on it, but he lives in a small town and rarely goes over 50MPH on it. Still anything over 80MPG is pretty hard to beat.

    It's also pretty comfortable to cruise around on. Handlebars were just right ergonomically.

    Good luck with the MSF course. I took it last April, and they had one Virago there to use, but from what I've heard and read, the bike models vary substantially.