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Old 02-17-2009, 04:10 PM   #16
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I will be interested to see a review that shows a top speed. I wonder if you could safely take it on the freeway.
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:16 PM   #17
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Hong Kong site with a 2006 Model badged as a ST250, nice detailed pictures......

http://www.ibike.com.hk/01_bike_repo...4_st250/01.htm

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Old 02-17-2009, 06:19 PM   #18
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I will be interested to see a review that shows a top speed. I wonder if you could safely take it on the freeway.
  • Fuel efficient four-stroke, 249cc single-cylinder, Air-cooled, SOHC engine "produces strong, low-rpm torque perfect for the city rider", according to Suzuki.
  • Bore Stroke: 72.0mm X 61.2mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
With a low compression ratio like that its not going to be a powerhouse by any means. But, I have used a DR200 and KLR250 and KLX250 on the roads with little problem. They do suffer on hills or into strong winds. A few miles on the interstate to get between exits shouldn't be a big deal unless you have to go 65+ to stay alive.

Street oriented or mild dual sport tires make a huge difference on the little dual sports I've had. Once I put big knobbies on the DR200 it would barely go 60, my KLX250 doesn't like going over 60, but will if you wring it hard enough.

I hope the fuel injection finds its way into the little dual sports.


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The Hong Kong site says it makes 20hp at 7500 rpms and it brags about torque. The DR200's are torquey little bastards, so they may be onto something.

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Old 02-18-2009, 09:54 AM   #19
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Lots of other motos could be had at $3499 though..
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:31 AM   #20
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My favorite version is the Grass Tracker:

http://www1.suzuki.co.jp/motor/grasstracker/index.html

I wish they'd bring this one to the US, or better yet give us a version with a DR 650 engine in it. That'd be a great all around bike.

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Old 02-19-2009, 06:32 AM   #21
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Lots of other motos could be had at $3499 though..
Fuel injected 250's? Not so much.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:54 AM   #22
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My favorite version is the Grass Tracker:

http://www1.suzuki.co.jp/motor/grasstracker/index.html

I wish they'd bring this one to the US, or better yet give us a version with a DR 650 engine in it. That'd be a great all around bike.

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To me that is like a cleaned up XT225/XT250. I like the simple styling of the Grass Tracker.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:57 AM   #23
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Lots of other motos could be had at $3499 though..
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Pease name a few 250cc motos with Suzuki quality that are avaiable in the USA for $3499 (now $3799).
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:06 PM   #24
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Pease name a few 250cc motos with Yamaha quality that are avaiable in the USA for $3499 (now $3799).
Thanks,
I think he probably meant used bikes. But there isn't a 250 fuel injected bike out there, that I know of? Is the '09 "ninja"?

Some of the scooters are.....but they are scooters and I like to shift my gears.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:03 PM   #25
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Still No TU250s?

My local Suzuki dealer still doesn't have a TU250. Anyone seen one at a dealer in the USA? I sold one of my bikes and the money is burning a hole in my pocket.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:58 PM   #26
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You guys must be a lot younger than me. I saw one at the Cycle show in Greenville SC on saturday. I was disappointed. It looked like a toy to me, like something Mister Rogers would be riding while clad in sneakers and his goofy sweaters, singing "won't you be my neighbor".
I wanted to like it. I sought it out. But it did nothing for me. But then my bikes are more traditional.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:27 PM   #27
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BlueRidge,
Where are you in WNC? I have a cabin close to Robbinsville. Maybe we can get together this Spring when I migrate to WNC. BTW, I just turned 67 so I can't be too much younger than you.
Another BTW, nice collection of bike you have there.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:59 PM   #28
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Barnone,
I am in Hendersonville, the Transylvania side, near Dupont State Forest. Lets ride the Parkway sometime.


Aren't you on the Enfield forum too?
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:41 AM   #29
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I've been lurking on the RE board. I sold one of my bikes the other day so I was looking at a new white Classic Bullet Classic at the local dealer here in SWFL. Beautiful bike but I am afraid of all the issues with the REs plus the local dealer was very poor at answering all my questions about the bike. I haven't owned a Brit bike since 1967 but still remember the many times that it let me down. I replaced that 650 BSA with a Suzuki X6 Hustler and just could not belive the reliability.
I realize that the TU250 is a small bike but that is what I am looking for. I've been up the bike ladder and am now happy being on the lower rungs. I figure that if the TU250 has at least the performance of my Yamaha XT225 then I could live with it.
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I've been lurking on the RE board. I sold one of my bikes the other day so I was looking at a new white Classic Bullet Classic at the local dealer here in SWFL. Beautiful bike but I am afraid of all the issues with the REs plus the local dealer was very poor at answering all my questions about the bike. I haven't owned a Brit bike since 1967 but still remember the many times that it let me down. I replaced that 650 BSA with a Suzuki X6 Hustler and just could not belive the reliability.
I realize that the TU250 is a small bike but that is what I am looking for. I've been up the bike ladder and am now happy being on the lower rungs. I figure that if the TU250 has at least the performance of my Yamaha XT225 then I could live with it.

My apologies for hijacking this thread.
The only place to buy an Enfield in Florida is from Gene & Whitey at Holopaw Corvette in Holopaw, Fl. (Ural dealer and legend, and Enfield dealer).

Performance should be equal or better than the xt225. But the Xt is a lithe machine and feels good. The TU just seems goofy. I am sure it is a good bike, but it seems like a Honda Super Hawk in a sea of larger motorcycles.

For the price of the TU, you can pick up a low mileage Enfield. Classic, traditional, beautiful, 80 mpg, easy to work on.

Caution, before you listen to anyone about an Enfield who knows somebody whose postman's friends 3rd cousin knew someone who had one and didn't like it- talk to someone who owns a fairly recent one.
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