Matt Fuller is a supermoto and flat-track veteran from Land O’ Lakes, Florida. We recently featured his Virago XV250 cafe racer, and now Matt is back with another XV build, this time a Virago 250 “Beach Bobber.” Matt recently won a bike show in Tampa and was invited to an invitational biker build-off because of this bike.
This smallest of the Virago line has served as the first two-wheeled experience for many a participant in rider safety courses. The 60-degree V-twin is good for nearly 80 mpg, and it can push the 300-pound machine to a top speed of around 85 mph. In 2008, the Virago 250 was replaced by the V Star 250, which has very similar specs.
Perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of this build is the lack of fuel tank in the normal location. The backbone of the frame is exposed, which gives the bike a very animal-like look, almost like a pony or horse. Another unexpected detail is the foot clutch and hand-shifter…it’s rare for us to jockey shifts these days, and there’s something so darn cool about such a setup.
This bike is perfect for cruising down to the beach…or perhaps your local tiki bar, if you don’t have a beach within range. Surely it would turn heads, start conversations, and incite envy wherever it goes.
We’ll let builder Matt give you more story on the build.
Virago 250 Bobber: In the Builder’s Words
This bike was designed to be bare bones, easy to maintain and ride. It is fuel efficient and easy to ride yet catches everyone’s eye due to its sound and vintage style.
It rides very well even with a hard tail due to its light weight. I always wanted to build a bike without a fuel tank in its normal location. It uses a foot clutch and hand shifter that is surprisingly natural to use. The bike is a new build and is currently for sale for $4200 USD.
The next one will be fuel injected and turbocharged!
(Editor’s note: We can’t wait!)