What is the difference between a honda rebel 250 and a yamaha virago 250?…

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Honda 250 Rebel

What is the difference between a honda rebel 250 and a yamaha virago 250?

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The Rebel is a parallel twin-cylinder engine, as the previous answer said, while the Virago is a more classic V-twin setup like you often see in larger cruiser bikes.

The Virago is geared better for use on highways, with a magazine test-verified top speed of about 85 mph. The Rebel has a claimed top speed of 85 mph, but tends to redline below that speed depending on external factors (rider’s weight, headwinds, etc.)

The Virago also tends to return better fuel economy than the Rebel. The Virago reportedly sees 78 miles per gallon fuel efficiency, while the Rebel gets about 65 miles per gallon.

From personal experience, if you’re not a short person (under 5’6 or so,) the Virago will fit you better. The Rebel’s frame is short and feels cramped to many average and tall people. I’m 6’3, and I can’t do parking lot maneuvers safely on the Rebel due to its handlebars hitting my knees when turning sharply at low speeds.

The Virago will still feel small if you’re a tall person, but not nearly as bad as the Rebel.

Honda 250 Rebel

Go sit on both of them and decide which you like the feel of better. That’s a huge factor in making your decision. Then, get yourself enrolled in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner RiderCourse, which will teach you some of the basics of riding and may even earn you your motorcycle license endorsement. You might get some seat-time on a Rebel in that class, since they’re a popular bike for use in the beginner’s course.

Then, you can use your experience in the class to help you better decide which bike is for you.

Personally, I’d go with the Virago, but that’s a matter of opinion. The Rebel is too small to fit my tall frame comfortably, and I’ve always felt it was straining too much on 65-70 mph highways, which is where I do much of my riding. Plus, the classic look and pulling power of the Virago’s V-twin engine is something to be desired.

If you’re open to other bikes, do yourself a favor and check out the Suzuki GZ250, the Suzuki TU250, the Suzuki S40 (formerly known as the LS650 Savage,) the Kawasaki Vulcan 500, and the Honda Nighthawk 250. The Nighthawk might also be used as a trainer in your MSF course. It was in mine.

Nice bike for running errands around town, with the same engine/transmission as the Honda Rebel– but it’s a lot better designed than the Rebel for regular and tall-size people to ride.

Honda 250 Rebel
Honda 250 Rebel


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