So here's a thread about my V-Star 250. I don't see many folks here talking about this bike so I thought I would talk about mine. I've had her about a year now and use her as a commuter bike in Houston. Last year when gas prices went up and my business went down, I just got tired of paying for it all and I sold my Nissan X-Terra. I had a few years to go on it and between payments, insurance and gas it was eating my lunch. I sold that cage and actually made a good profit due to low miles and good condition. My wife thought I was crazy and said, " you'll get tired of a bike in less than a year and regret it. " I'm 53 mind you. Wifes car is a Honda Fit and it has been a great car so I figured we can be a one car family until things get better. Back in the day, I got around town just fine on a Honda SL 250 and later graduated to a 550/4 Super Sport. Then I got married, got rid of my bike, started driving a cage and raising a family. I did my reasearch before making this move and decided that if I went larger than a 250cc bike I may actually be defeating my purpose of realizing a meaningful savings. Once you start going larger than a 250cc you begin moving into the milage range of the wife's Fit and afterall I thought, why not buy sub-compact for that...? The next thing I wondered was, how much will I actually be able to depend of a quarter liter being tough enough and reliable enough to get me there every day and if so for how many years I wondered...? I drive 6K to 8K miles per year. My first thought was, I better buy a Honda Rebel for that. My second thought was, there is a Yamaha dealer close by so mabe I should look there first for service purposes and pure proximity. The V-Star cought my eye right off. It looks bigger than a Rebel and in fact, bigger than a 250cc. People don't beleive it's a 250 when they ask me what it is and they ask often. After reading about 250's on the Virago Tec Forum, many of those folks swore by this bikes reliability. Decision made and here is mine. I thought I would start a thread about this 250 because I had trouble finding this sort on information before I made my decision. What I am learning may help somone else contemplating what I have done. In so much as this bike gives me great pleasure and also has prooved my wife wrong a year later. She has also measured up to my desires and needs as reliable transportation and a capabable daily cruser. She gets me there every day, has not left me stranded and saved me real money. Thanks to some tweaking I learned about over at the Virago Teck Forum and the good service I get from my Yamaha dealer, she has turned out to be a hell-of-a-lot of 250cc in the process. A fun bike that was not supposed to be part of the bargain.