Suzuki TU250 - anyone seen/ride one?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by anomad, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Rhompin45

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    I agree however its not nearly as cool and old looking. Well that's my opinion at least. I guess it depends what your doing with it and what it's worth as owner.
  2. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    What on earth does that have to do with anything in this thread?
  3. NJ-Brett

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    Well, first off, I was at the dealer and looked at one and sat on it.
    I do NOT like water cooled bikes, and the Honda is worse then many with the radiator guards sticking way out.
    You don't notice it in the pictures, but sitting on it it looks silly to me.

    Also, I want a bike my wife can get on the back of and we take a nice 2 or 3 hour ride.
    Now I am 54 and my wife is older (don't tell anyone) and she would never get on the back of that bike, let alone do a 2 hour ride on it.

    She did go on my old Daytona, and most other street bikes I have had (various Harley's, Triumphs old and new, the TU, never the dr650 or even the TW200.
    She even went dirt riding on the back of the Daytona.

    So a silly looking water cooled bike with a seat like a postage stamp is not going to do.

    If it was just me and I was blind, the bike would be great, as I hear its quite a nice bike for the money.

    Fun for me is a cool looking great sounding comfortable bike that is different from what most people ride.
    I have enough skill and a low level of sense that I can go quite fast on poor bikes in the dirt, plus I am getting too old to go nuts on really fast bikes.
    I can have just as much fun doing 50 mph down a trail on an sl350 as I could doing 80 on a KTM. More, because everyone has a KTM and I have not seen an sl350 on the trail in a long time.

    I found it great fun to pass modern dual sports on my old Daytona in the dirt, what fun.

    I am one of those people that loves to prove people wrong:
    You need a great bike to go fast in the dirt...not.
    That you need at least 900cc's to be safe on the street...not.






  4. schnutzy

    schnutzy Been here awhile

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    weather was up in the 70s today, so i took the opportunity to run some errands and go after the NOVA tag today. was a great day to ride, especially since the recent cold and i have not been getting along well, keeping me off the bike for a bit.
    still looking at good weather for tomorrow, so taking the TU to work is on the agenda.
  5. Moto13

    Moto13 Riding to Relax

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    I hope that you're enjoying the weather, because I've been dealing with the 20's lately. A few days last week it was in the mid 40's, but when I get out of work at 9pm or midnight, it's definitely below freezing. On the plus side, the TU starts right up, and it only takes a few seconds to scrape the frost off of the seat. :D
  6. Blue Scoot

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    I was wondering why this thread was seeming a bit slow lately, its probably because it is too cold in most parts to ride.

    In AZ this is the riding season, well during the day it seems. I have been riding year round rain or shine since last July however it was on a 50cc scooter for 16,000 miles and now the TU has taken over that job and I must say it is very enjoyable to me to ride year round. I dont mind riding in the 120 degree heat, you have to remember az is very dry which def helps, also I ride when it gets down into the 30's that usually the lowest it will get here so its not too bad if you are prepared for it ha.

    I was thinking today if anyone has done any camping trips or small touring on the TU I had seen a couple people have but always interested in seeing ride reports or any pics. Hope everyone is doing well and keep riding if you can!!
  7. pullmanDave

    pullmanDave 2 Lane Tourer

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    Riding season is over - and the bike is stored in the back corner of the garage. The snowblower is moved to the front. Our winters in Eastern Washington are usually done by mid-March. They dump a lot of gravel for traction on the hills rather than using salt. Riding season begins when the street sweepers get the roads cleaned up.
    [​IMG]

    Not much riding to write about, but have enjoyed reading about all the new 2013 models coming out. Honda has several standard looking bikes now - a trend that you have to give the TU credit for reinvigorating.

    Dave
  8. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    Sucks for you guys up North! I'm still enjoying daily temps in the 70's here in Texas! :D
  9. Blue Scoot

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    Hey Dave that TU looks so sad in the corner of your garage!! It def wants to be ridden, I can tell ha
  10. Moto13

    Moto13 Riding to Relax

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    Tell me about it. That's the thing I dislike the most about living in Maine. I ride into December every year (last year into January :vardy), but I'm the only motorcycle on the roads. Most people are done by end of September, with some stragglers in October.

    There is an area at my work for motorcycle parking. By this time of the year I usually have to fend off the SUV's parked there who assume that nobody in their right mind still rides at this time. :D

    My KLR had heated grips and hand guards, but that only helps so much. Your eyes get so cold that they start to water. :cry
  11. schnutzy

    schnutzy Been here awhile

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    oh, it did not last. 3 days of nice weather and now it is back in the 30s when i leave for work in the morning.
  12. rycomm

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    Well, it's 52 here today, and I have a few errands to run.
    The TU is begging to go. So is the DRZ, but the TU is closer to the door.

    Ryan
  13. Rhompin45

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    Ya I have been kinda lame I haven't gone any where other than back and forth to work. and now im in the beginning stages of getting ready to move. The lows are suppost to be in the high 30s by the end of this week. Since that's when I commute to work. So I'll have to get some clothes that are a little warmer. The coldest part are my ankles where my pants ride up kinda high.
  14. Blue Scoot

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    Rhompin, I have the same problem with the ankles. so what I do is carry a pair of long ski socks in my jacket pocket at all time. That way when I get off work I just slip those on and it makes the 30m trip home a lot easier haha.
  15. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    It was a cold ride on the TU in North Texas this morning! It was 30 degrees out, the only other motorcycle I saw was a guy on a Harley Dyna in full leathers and full face helmet. My fingertips hurt and took 20 minutes to warm up once I was at work... :ricky

    I know, I know... It gets much colder up there!
  16. thumpnokie

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    I used to ride my 20 mile (one way) commute to work down to 28 degrees with my VStrom but it had a windshield and handguards.

    Without the windshield and handguard protection, I have upped my cold riding limit to 38 degrees on the TU.

    Probably be Thursday or Friday before I get to ride to work this week.

    I may need to get a windshield to increase my winter riding a little on the TU.
  17. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    Yeah, a windshield and handguards would help a lot, I think...

    I rode in colder temps last winter. It's just that this morning was the first really COLD morning of the year for me that made it such a shock to the system. After a while, one kind of adapts to it!
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  19. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    ^^^ Those are worth taking a look at, not sure if I really need them though. My fingers are cold when I get to work but nothing I can't handle! :)

    Okay, so I was just checking Bubble Visor (one of my weekly moto-blogs) scrolling down and immediately spotted a TU engine!

    [​IMG]
    http://bubblevisor.blogspot.com/2012/12/alberto-venezia.html

    Upon further inspection, it appears to have started life as a 2011 TU250X... That Triumph isn't too bad either. :evil
  20. birchbarx

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    That black one looks like it's got much shorter shocks than the stock ones. Would they make the bike ride any differently? I'd love to put shorter shocks like that on my TU so it sits lower, and I only weigh 110 so I wouldn't think I'd bottom out or anything, do you? The ride would probably be stiffer, though, and that's ok. :D