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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    Well, that is like most thumpers, light and nimble.
    The big question is how it does at 70 mph, and how it holds up.
    I think besides the starter, they are supposed to be good.
    Not quite as good as the sr500 maybe, but maybe smoother then those bikes.
  2. BlueDaksi

    BlueDaksi Adventurer

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    Could be. I haven't ridden many thumpers unless you count a 1965 Honda Trail 90 (wish I still had it!) and a Suzuki A 100 (70s model, can't remember what year - maybe 1974?) - on either count, not really comparable to the FT500. The rest include various small to mid- displacement twin cylinders, including a 1969 Honda Super Sport CB160 and the previously mentioned Honda CX500 custom (Although I did get to ride my Dad's full-dress Moto-Guzzi 850...ONCE LOL - I really don't like larger bikes).

    If the FT500 is simply indicative of what mid-displacement thumpers are all about, I like what I've experienced so far. :1drink To me, somewhere between 250cc and 500cc seems to be a sweet spot for road-worthy bikes in my opinion. I've often heard that some folks consider thumpers in this range of displacement, as "niche" bikes. To me they represent what riding motorcycles is all about, so I guess I've found my niche. The main point being that if I'm going to hang my ass on something with only two wheels, I don't want it to outweigh me by a quarter-ton, and I damn sure want it to move immediately when I want it to move, and where I want it to move, quickly, without feeling like I'm trying to steer a freight train. Too much power on a small bike (as fun as that might be...) or too much mass, regardless of power is just asking for trouble.

    BTW, the FT500 motor has a balancer in the crankcase, unlike the motors found in the XR500 and XL500 upon which it was based. This supposedly reduces the vibration quite a bit. I'll give a report once I have the chance to get it out on the open road for some longer rides - may be awhile because I'm taking my time to get it set up how I want it before putting it into full-time duty.
  3. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    If you like it, that is all that counts.
    I never got a ride on an FT500 or an SR500, but would love to try all thumpers.
    I did get a ride on an old xt500 (very old) and while it was fun, I would not want to ride one on the street much.
    The one I rode was a rough beast, lots of vibration, rough suspension, plenty of weight, very fun power.
    It was a friends, and out on a ride he crashed and dislocated his shoulder, so I let him ride my xt250, which was easy, lighter, smooth and had better suspension.
    I rode his beast out.

    Let us know how it goes with the bike.
  4. BlueDaksi

    BlueDaksi Adventurer

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    How true. It has not escaped my attention that there are more than a few opinionated riders out there who seem to think that if you're doing it wrong (folks on this thread being an exception). To each his/her own, I say!

    I've searched the forums intensively, and this appears to be the predominant thread when it comes to a group who gravitate towards UJM style mid-size standard bikes. if I've missed a thread, please point me in that direction. The TU250 fits this bill in an updated way.

    I really wasn't on the lookout specifically for the FT500 specifically, but I could not pass up on the deal. So far, it has been an incredibly easy bike to work on. I can't seem to keep my hands off of her, and part of the adventure is getting a bike fixed up, tuned in, and seeing how it will perform.

    I have a feeling there are more UJM standard style motorcycles in my future (vintage and modern). Hopefully a TU250 will be among them in the not too distant future.

  5. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I would NOT have passed up that deal, even if the FT was in much worse shape.

    As good (and fun) as the TU is, it is not my ideal bike, which I am still looking for.

    My ideal bike would be a 350 I think, a little bigger in overall size, and better in the dirt, but still nice for 2 up rides.
  6. GeeGusKahn

    GeeGusKahn Adventurer

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    Does anyone know the actual rim width
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    inside to inside of metal rim?
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    NOT tire size
    , but the rim width ?

    I think the number is sometimes stamped in the rim.
    Probably would be something like 1.5 or 2.0 etc.
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    Front = 18 x ??
    Rear = 18 x ??

    thanks
    Sean
  7. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    Anyone have factory headlight brackets for sale? Are the forks 33mm?
  8. enz0

    enz0 Been here awhile

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    Just broke the thousand k's mark and took a passenger on for the first time. I'm surprised at how well the little bike handled the passenger, didn't seem to bother the tu at all, neither does the wet, and I think the engine is just starting to get good.


    I've also got a cheap canvas bags to use as saddlebags (they were just the right amount of retro) has anyone put together bag racks for these bikes yet?
  9. MagyarMan

    MagyarMan Been here awhile

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    Enz0,

    ManRacks or CycleRacks make racks for the TU. I have a CycleRacks with a RubberMaid Action Packer 8 gal box ..
    Pictures of both racks are posted on TU250 Riders.com.
  10. whooo?

    whooo? n00b

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    I see Suzuki is again offering 0% financing. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that I can not afford more that a thousand bucks or so for a bike. Too bad, the TU250X would have been perfect for my needs. SIGH!
  11. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Hey everyone, just thought I'd post a link to a brand new 2009 TU250X (the fast red one :D) I've got for sale in the flea market:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=862121

    She's a very sweet bike and I'm sorry to have to sell her, but my wife has decided that she's probably never going to be comfortable riding her own motorcycle out on the streets. :cry

    Doug
  12. CDNbiker

    CDNbiker Lost in Space

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    I just put a link to this over in the TU 250 Riders forum too. That's a great deal for someone looking for a fast red one!
  13. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Hey cool, thank you very much! Even though we haven't ridden the TU very much I really have enjoyed it and have bonded with the bike, but I really can't justify owning a nice motorcycle (or anything, really) that doesn't get used. She deserves someone who'll take her to nice places and ride her hard!

    Doug
  14. schnutzy

    schnutzy Been here awhile

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    Well, I got my first ride of 2013 in today. first time i have done much more than look at the bike since mid november. it fired right up and purred along as i backed out of the garage and motored my way to wonderful little ride. about 45 miles of relaxed riding, a nice way to set off a day that began so annoyingly.
  15. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    I rode my TU to work today like I do every day, this morning it rained- no biggie. Everyone else at work walked in with black clouds over their heads, frustrated at the "shitty weather" and "horrible traffic" because "people don't know how to drive", etc etc...

    I had to smile to myself because I enjoyed my commute on a motorcycle in the same weather on the same roads surrounded by those same idiots! :ricky

    I also passed 10,000 miles on the odometer last week. No big deal, because some of you are way past that, but I've been waiting to pass this milestone myself:

    [​IMG]
  16. Blue Scoot

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    Got a question for all you peeps in the PNW, do any of you ride your bikes year round up there?

    I will be moving to the downtown Portland area and will only ride the bike for fun and rides out to the country. Anything special that you ladies and gentlemen do up there?
  17. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    My bike has been parked for a month, snow, rain, cold, lots of salt.
    I had gone out and got salt all over the bike and it tore up the unpainted stuff like the spokes, the back wheel adjusters, and it looks nasty. Lucky I have spare parts to replace them with.
    I cant wait for spring.
  18. pullmanDave

    pullmanDave 2 Lane Tourer

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    OK, now I'm anxious for spring. I'm on the Eastern side of the Cascades in WA, and we are having a really mild February. Mid 40's today and dry. But if I so much as look at my TU for a few minutes, it will start snowing. Over here, riding season begins when the city sweeps up all the gravel/sand they dump on the snow. I can get my Suburban sideways on corners right now; I can't imagine riding a motorcycle on the roads in this condition.

    Headed to Seattle tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if any riders are out.

    Dave
  19. brieninsac

    brieninsac Been here awhile

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    Is the bike still 49-state?
  20. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    When we bought our 2009 TU250X the brochure had a little asterisk on it that said "Not sold in California." I can't imagine that this thing would bust emissions standards since it gets 80 to 90 MPG routinely! That's double what my Big Pig gets and it's sold in Cali, so WTF?? Well, the BP does have a (30 pound!) catalytic converter on it and the TU does not. I couldn't tell you if the new TU's are sold in CA, but I believe the bike hasn't changed at all except for the color scheme.

    Congrats on hitting the 10K mark, shipman!

    Doug