Yamaha XV250 Beach Bobber

Yamaha XV250 Bobber

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 bike is going up for sale soon. If you want to contact Matt ahead of time, you can email him.

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!)

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  1. michael streuly

    That Yamaha is a piece of SHIT.

    • If you’ve built something good, please don’t hesitate to email us. We would love to feature your work on the blog. [email protected]

    • And…you are a jealous dickhead 🙂

    • Matt Fuller

      Thank You michael struely!

      • Jason Seese

        Matt, I’m currently building a Virago 250 cafe racer, and I need your help regarding spokes for the rear wheel. I want to put an 18 inch aluminum wheel on the rear, and I don’t know where to get the stainless steel spokes from. Ebay has lots of spokes, but they usually don’t tell you how long they are; they only tell you what motorcycles they fit on. That’s especially the case in regards to the stainless steel spokes. I saw, in another Bikebound article from 2016, that you built a 1997 Virago 250 cafe racer, and you installed a black aluminum rim on the rear. Do you remember what spokes you used for that build and how long they were? Did you purchase straight spokes, and bend them yourself? I am planning to use the Virago OEM rear hub with an aluminum MX type rim. Any information you can give me would be much appreciated.

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  5. Jan Sallings

    Very nice, Matt. Imaginative, unusual, and nice build quality. Now, for Chris, I would ask you to re-consider allowing my custom Honda 350 onto your site. You said you didn’t want to because you only use cafe or scrambler bikes. You have some great bikes on here, please allow your subscribers to determine whether mine is worthy or not.

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