Suzuki TU250 - anyone seen/ride one?

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

  1. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Then you have a 4 valve head and your bike is much different from the US bikes.
    Not sure how a 2 into 2 exhaust would work on a one cylinder bike....no one has done that as far as I know.

    I would do one thing at a time, carb and jetting first.
    I would also look foor a pumper carb, not just a non vacuum carb.
    Pumpers work the bomb on thumpers.
  2. IrishJohn

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    Hi all, this must be the thread that won't die:lol3 I have finaly made it all the way through and want to thank all the contributors for sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise. I have returned to motorcycle riding after a thirty-plus year absence and wish I had sooner. : ) Bought a 1985 Honda Magna 700 v4 a few months ago but did not enjoy it. Figured I wanted something more versatile, easily handled and FUN - and thanks to you I found it in this wonderful bike : ) I am waiting on the sprockets to change the gearing and have a few other mods in mind. I'm going to go for a really 'old school' look reminiscent of the bikes I saw in Ireland when I was a wee lad. Got the Enfield tank rack - would never have come across that or known it fits even if I had without this forum:clap and long term hoping to add leg guards, longer mudguards, headlamp visor etc etc. I'm also going to repaint it white (though yellow is tempting too...)
    Would love to get in contact with TU riders in the St Louis area - don't have a lot of people to hang out with here especially those who like motorbikes : ):wave
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  3. Blue Scoot

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    Welcome John make sure to keep us posted on your adventures and updates with pics when you get around to it!
  4. IrishJohn

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    Thank you Blue Scoot : ) I would post a photo of my TU but cannot figure out how to copy it here - will wait untill youngest son is around, us old geezers are not too adept at this techie stuff:huh
  5. IrishJohn

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    Has anyone taken the plug out of the hole that says 'Kick Starter'? Is there anything back there that would make it possible to add an after-market kickstart for a reasonable cost to the TU?
  6. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    You would need to buy the parts, kick start, gears, spring, seal.
    It would likely cost more then $200.00 but you might be able to get the parts cheaper out of another motor Suzuki made that included the kick start, if they imported one.

    Ordering parts from Japan is expensive.




  7. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Try searching ebay UK or Australia for the parts.There's a few other models that use the TU engine that we didn't get in the US.I don't recall what models.
  8. IrishJohn

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    Thanks all - will be in UK in a couple of weeks time so might be able to pick up the parts there and give it a shot : )
  9. BlueDaksi

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    I have been lurking advrider.com for a few weeks and hadn't planned to post until after I bought my next bike (after a 26 year hiatus from riding). However, I finally finished reading EVERY PAGE of this thread and want to thank everyone who has contributed to this fine compendium of tu250x information. My brother first brought it to my attention and I'm nearly certain that this is the bike for me and I am now much more knowledgeable about the maintenance, improvement, performance, and reliability of the tu250x than the average rider thanks to you all.

    I was originally looking at larger dual sports, but to me, the tu250x is the only motorcycle in the American market that comes close to the image of what I think an ideal motorcycle should be, but in an updated package -at least for a price I am willing to pay. I don't think of it as being "retro", it is simply the quintessential motorcycle. I plan to use it for riding around in the Finger Lakes of Western NY where I now live, riding to work, and touring (I'm now reading the Minimalist Touring Thread...).

    I'm months away from buying a bike, but it appears that the tu250x is what I'm looking for.
  10. Birdmove

    Birdmove Long timer

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    If you like the retro thumpers, you might take a look at the Royal Enfield 500 Bullet. I went to a dealer in Olympia Wa. in 2008 and test rode one and went home with a new leftover 2007. I sold all three of my motorcycles when we moved to Hawaii in Sept of 2011.
  11. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    I rode my TU250 out to the Dallas "Cars & Coffee" meet a few months ago and parked next to the only other motorcycle out there- a Royal Enfield Bullet. The owner seems impressed that I rode my 250 on the freeway to get there, he said he doesn't like taking the RE on the freeway. From everything I've read, the Enfield has performance similar to the TU, but worse fuel economy, higher purchase price, more maintanence problems, etc. About the only upside to choosing an Enfield over a TU is the cache from owning an "exotic" Royal Enfield.

    That said, I wish I had a Royal Enfield Bullet as well. I'd attach a sidecar to ride around with the family on the weekends. :D
  12. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    You might also look here:
    http://tu250riders.com/viewforum.php?f=8

    The TU is a great bike and loads of fun to ride.

    There ARE a few flaws:
    It does not have a tach,
    It is limited in power for high speed work.

    That is a really short list!

    The positive things are too many to list.


  13. NJ-Brett

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    Very expensive for the quality you get.
    I think its an expensive low speed bike that you need to look after very often, despite the improvements lately.

    While the TU is under powered, you can run it at full throttle and whatever rpm you please for hours, days, weeks, months, without any issues or discomfort.
    You could hop on your TU and ride it full throttle cross the country and back with just oil changes.

    I am SURE you can not do that with an Enfield.

    If you like the style, the Enfield is likely a very fun bike to ride around under 55 mph.
    Nothing like a big single to give you a tingle.




  14. schnutzy

    schnutzy Been here awhile

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    Well gents. i feel like i have failed as a TU owner. for the last month and a half, it has sat in the garage, unloved :(
    just to cold for me outside, even with my winter gear... as of late, my only time to ride is my commute to work, and with the cold and constant stop and go, that has become down right miserable
  15. NJ-Brett

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    I got out Saturday and Sunday, 40F, but Sunday was a mistake as I went out early after a 1/4 inch of overnight snow, and the road crews were out spreading tons of salt.
    It was good till I hit a wet area, and the bike was a real mess.

    I see no need for salt around here, people should just learn how to drive, they salt if they see more then 2 snow flakes and all it does is make a huge mess of everything.
  16. Birdmove

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    The older Royal Enfields were not really freeway suitable. But they a new and very updated engine now that can handle freeway riding. My 2007 had the older pre-unit construction and carb'd engine. The new ones are fuel injected and unit costruction and very much a modern engine.My 2007 got 75-85 mpg, and the new ones get that too I believe. But even the old ones were quite fun to ride, especially on country roads.
  17. BlueDaksi

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    THIS - is the only bike that could pose serious competition to my buying a tu250x if it comes to the US - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=849303 I almost pointed it out when I posted earlier, but figured others would stumble upon this rumor as well, and someone has...

    Of course, that would mean I would have to buy new and I drive a hard bargain. When I'm ready to buy I will be looking for a good deal. I will only pay $2000-$2500 for a used (or less... :D ), or $3000-$3500 for new out the door.

    The Royal Enfields don't overly appeal to me for some reason. I wasn't impressed with their build quality when I looked at them and they too closely emulate an old bike. If I wanted a retro bike, I would just get a old bike. As I mentioned, I am not looking for a retro bike, I'm looking for a standard bike. Even though the looks appeal to me on these bikes, I'm more interested in reliability, performance (not speed, but comfort, ease of use...), and value.

    I forgot to mention also that I grew up wrenching on cars, trucks, and motorcycles. I plan to do all of my own maintenance and repair work, because I can, I don't trust shops, and I'm cheap. I wouldn't plan to do much to tu250x with the exception of the some of the minor performance mods (sprockets) that have been discussed on this thread.
  18. NJ-Brett

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    I bet the sr400 would be no better at speed then the TU or the Enfield.

    http://contemplativemotorcycling.blogspot.com/2011/11/yamaha-sr500-sr400-review.html

    If you can get the TU up to 70 or 80 mph, its happy there, and will run all day that way.
    Maybe not so with the other bikes.

    People still have problems with the new Enfields, and I think they still shake a lot at speed.
    I do not understand how they can be made in India and cost so much.
  19. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    I'm still commuting on my TU daily, I love it. Of course, I live in Texas so it doesn't get THAT cold.

    I took this before leaving for work yesterday morning- I think it was 28 degrees:

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  20. Motorcycho

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    anyone know if there is a TU Manual that can be downloaded?