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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Smaug1, Oct 11, 2017.
I guess we better get to riding this bike!! I think the speedometer hit 70+ the last time I rode it.
Good fun exploring on my XT250 yesterday, took it to a lot of places I wouldn’t have bothered to check out on a big bike.
I've wanted a TU250 for years. They are super rare around here, and un-cafe'd (ie un-fucked) examples that ever pop up on craigslist sell immediately for a good amount of $. If I can ever get a decent deal on one, I'd snap it up. I love those things. never ridden one, but I still want one.
We paid $3000 for ours with 360 miles on it. Bought it the day it was listed.
I have to agree with you that they are rare, especially when unmolested. The hipster crowd wants to cafe/scrambler them.
I'm really surprised Suzuki hasn't come out with a factory Café/scrambler edition yet. Seems like a no-brainer.
Plus, unlike a Triumph or Ducati scrambler, I could actually see myself taking a TU scrambler off-road, since it is light and cheap.
Isn't it amazing that they can make a bike with 1/2 40 year old technology, add good fuel inject, seat and tires and sell it for over $4k? All they had to do was implement it well.
While they're at it, they should offer factory luggage rack, tail bag (to replace the passenger seat) and a windshield option or two. Heck, maybe a proper 70s sissy bar; that would be GREAT for strapping a vertical duffel bag to!
I was looking at used ones, but yeah, one had been cafe'd, which looks cool, but I worry about visibility with the tight, tiny turn signals.
My old TU250 struck me as too slow, singularly focused for the street, and too Chinese-looking (bang away my friends). The Honda 230L works much better.
Looks Old School 70's Jap bike to me and, to me, those had a Old School Brit bike look. The TUs are assembled in Japan.
Some of the Chinese bike have taken to that look also though. There a VLOG with an American and a South African in China that actually cruise around on TU's and they kind of act like they are big bikes for the Chinese market. https://www.youtube.com/user/churchillcustoms
Totally understand your thoughts, Bryce. IMHO, the TU is too long, low, and dipped in chrome, to be completely compared to small displacement 70's bikes.
For the past 20 years the biggest bike i had was a 600cc a XT600E i still have and a BMW R60 which was an impulse project buy due to brief infatuation with a BMW R45 i had for a wile, have just got a 1970 Trident t150 which is my first 750 for 25 years.
"50s can be good fun and i have had a few notable ones XL25o was good but for ultimate 250 fun i would go back in time for a classic jap two stroke Had a DT250MX for years was reliable good fun, and had a Suzuki T250 Hustler was a nippy little bike for its time needed all its six gears to keep that little screamer on the boil, the Suzuki T350J Rebel which replaced the Hustler was a smoky more flexible power ranged bike than the hustler and no heavier as you could notice i much prefered the 350 Rebel and for a classic smoker i think one of them would be a good option and a refreshing difference from the more popular in the UK in any case RD350s and older R5Fs.
My quoting these older two strokes might not be in line with what many would want on this thread but non the less i felt they deserved a mention because i had such fun on them back in the day and sure anybody would have just as much fun on them today.
So looking modernish i did have a DRX400 which as i saw mentioned in a post above thought i would mention it too, was a great bike light not a 250 but in line with the lightweight nature of a 250 with a degree of grunt to spare, the DRZ is nice to ride on and off road and i think one would offer a good lightweight bike i would have another tomorrow in a heartbeat.
Another idea i must mention is again a 400, that bike is the YAMAHA SR400 i think these things are awesome classy looking practical runabout with real toughness and reliability and build to do longer runs and touring if you want it too. I had the pleasure of riding one a few months ago and felt it was a breeze to ride. You could do a lot worse than look at the SR400 or the DRZ400 for that matter if you want an enduroesque bike.
Some 250's only available on the Japanese domestic market.
Suzuki Grass Tracker
Personally I agree that a 400 is a better size as the above 'bikes all put out less than 20hp which IMO is not enough for main road duties.
No prob cruising at 65 mph on my XT250. A 400 will just add that much more weight, which reduces the pluses of having a small bike. Might as well have a 600 in that case... ;-)
Awww c'mon!! Those bikes aren't small.
THIS is a small bike!
'77 Honda Trail 90....with the "optional touring package". (LOL)
Seven blistering horsepower. Top speed, 53 downhill with a tailwind.
Bike weighs about 185 pounds. (less than I do)
I usually feel like I'm gonna get my ass run over by
impatient drivers behind me.
But it sure is fun!!!
Put the road sprocket on it!
I think ALL 250s in s good state of tune will cruise at 65. The problem is that's not fast enough unless you're a granny or you can REALLY commit to staying of the expressways.
It's a good point about a 400 being a better "do it all size". But then it doesn't feel as light and nimble as a 250.
Best compromise is one of the modern 300s: Versys, CBR300, CB300F, Ninja 300. With a modern, liquid cooled engine, (and lots of them twins) cruising at 75 is realistic. Maybe even one of those Suzuki 250 twins...
Ive always enjoyed small bikes. I prefer dualsports as I think they still make good road bikes (with a decent seat). Though Id love an old 70's GT185 (or 250) if I could ever have extra $$ when one popped up.
Picked up a used TU for the wife this spring. I had been looking for a bit. We use quite a few for the MSF stuff around here. It works for her and it's easy to maintain. For toodling around town and such, it's a blast.
I've got a plated 84 XR350R. Been riding over 40 years, and it quickly became my favorite. Picked it up for $600.
Have the Suzuki GW 250 and the Yamaha R-3 and just sold my Suzuki TU 250 X. love them all. The GW doesn't get much positive press but fills all my needs for a 250, really happy with it. The R-3 fills my need for speed, at 321cc it a lot of fun. The TU 250X was a 2009, the faster red one. Didn't want to part with it but could not turn down the offer. I had a rear rack( bought from Japan ) and a 30L Givi Top case. Great bike , at least for me. Don't think you can go wrong with any of the three. cms
Similarly, I have a Burgman 650, plenty of underseat storage to rid of hard luggage, no more tired grips in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Used to have Super Sherpa for dual sport..
Still in my stable, 04 Ninja 250
and a 250 Chinese scooter that I've put over 18k mi. since 2008.. great for local errands, cruises nicely between 45-55 mph, gets well above 70 mpg.