Some of our favorite builders started as racers, and Matt Fuller of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, is such a one. A supermoto and flat-track veteran, he brings a purpose-driven focus to this ’97 Yamaha XV250 Virago–a bike known to many, due to its popularity among rider safety courses.
XV250 Virago Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
It all started in 1989 when I was just 5 years of age and my father borrowed a yamaha y-zinger 50 from wor k for the weekend. I learned how to ride a motorcycle that weekend and learned to love motorcycles for the rest of my life.
It wasn’t long before i would start taking things apart and seeing how they worked. Soon after that I was required to maintain my own motorcycle if I intended to ride it on the weekend. In 2008 I started riding on the street daily as a form of transportation. Soon after that I stopped using a motorcycle as daily transportation due to a accident and a severely broken leg and began Racing supermoto in the southeast. Currently I race Flattrack and occasionally a hare scranble to stay in shape.
I have enjoyed painting, powder coating, and fabricating some of my custom race bikes so much that I have decided to build a few custom bikes to see what they bring us. Whether it’s building for a living or for fun my passion for motorcycles will never fade away.
This bike started life as a 1997 Yamaha Xv250 Virago, the bike that many fall in love with at the riders safety training classes all over the world. The wheelbase was shortened 4″ and it was de-raked to 24.5 degrees. Subframe and swingarm are custom along with the exhaust.
The sound this bike makes is incredible, breathing through a downdraft carb with a factory velocity stack and calculated air intake plenum. Then sucked in with some less than boring factory camshafts and two fairly high compression ratio cylinders. After all of that comes the pleasing part, exhaust gasses are forced out of equal length stainless steel head pipes and on out the underseat tail pipes.
The paint gives it a retro Yamaha look that many like along with the 18″ aluminum mx wheels. For proper riding position, a set of aluminum rear sets were adapted from a road race bike on one end and a set of simple flat bars on the other end.