Suzuki TU250 - anyone seen/ride one?

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

  1. jungleplant

    jungleplant Motorcyle Stuff

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,858
    Location:
    ManRacks, California
    we used to call these single piston street bikes (one Lungers) then when the xt500 came out
    in the mid 70's for off road they got the name thumpers :freaky
  2. 560SELewis

    560SELewis n00b

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2013
    Oddometer:
    7
    Thanks, shipman! From some angles it looks a bit big, but in general I think it fits the lines and the period. I'm going for more of a '70's look than a '60's look, I guess.
    :rilla
  3. Red06SS

    Red06SS Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2012
    Oddometer:
    18
    :eek1 Seriously? :huh Good grief. More like increasing their shop revenue from (warranty claim) rebuilds...:nod
  4. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6,917
    Location:
    Southern New Jersey
    This is all wrong with the TU.
    Over filling the oil causes the motor to make noise, that is the only downside I know of.

    But the TU does NOT run hot, if anything, it runs too cold.
    On a 100F day, after a long hard run then stuck in traffic, I measured the oil temp at 182F.

    The TU has a plated bore and tons of fins, enough for a 500cc motor.

    Other engines like say the TW200 motor have iron liners, not much in fins, do not hold much oil, runs lean stock, and can use more oil and an oil cooler on a hot day.



  5. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    692
    Location:
    Clarksville, TN
    What application are these fenders for and where did you get them?
  6. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2012
    Oddometer:
    274
    Location:
    south central Indiana
    I think I may have lost a few rubber pads: item 13 from oem parts: http://www.bikebandit.com/2009-suzuki-tu250x/o/m19102#sch650222

    How many and where are they located? I have a Suzuki TU2250X service manual, and the head photos are not clear, and the service procedure for the head does not mention the pads.

    I road 280 miles Saturday in cool temperatures at 60 mph for hours (hot engine and cold air temp might make them loose?), and also rode gravel and bottomed the front shock at least twice. Part way through the day I noticed a change in sound at about 40mph, thought overhead noise, some one asked me about the pads, and I did not know how many and where they should be located.

    I'll check valve clearance, but it's still performing well and is still super easy to start, so I doubt there is a valve clearance issue.

    Thank!
  7. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6,917
    Location:
    Southern New Jersey
    I do not think those rubber inserts in the fins do anything, at least not that I can hear.
    Maybe the dealer that assembled the bike never installed them?

    They will not fall out, you have to pry them out on my engines.
    I also added some, but noticed no difference.
    Stock, there are about 4, all on the right side of the head.
  8. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    692
    Location:
    Clarksville, TN
    Disregard.

    Found your post. Chic Design.

    Where can I buy them? I'm not very proficient reading Japanese...
  9. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    692
    Location:
    Clarksville, TN
    Seperate note, anyone figured out how to make these bikes more dirt/crashworthy? Im REALLY thinking about making a "classic" adv bike out of one.
  10. TomSXM

    TomSXM Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2012
    Oddometer:
    12
    http://japan.webike.net/products/1658510.html takes you to the front fender, the rear one should be at the bottom of that page as a "Customers Who purchased This Item Also purchased" item along with the bulb I added to qualify for free shipping. As a matter of fact, the "Customers Who purchased This Item Also purchased" is my actual order, haha.
  11. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    692
    Location:
    Clarksville, TN
    Haha. Nice.

    Price is a little painful. They do look nice though. Thought about raising the front fender a little?(for mud clearance)
  12. TomSXM

    TomSXM Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2012
    Oddometer:
    12
    The price is the result of what seems to be a monopoly on Tux cosmetic products :D

    Considering my use of the Tux, the front fender clearance shouldn't be an issue at all. If my intention was off-road use, I'd probably buy a more suitable bike for the task... BMW F700GS comes to mind.

    So far, however, next one on the list is most likely going to be the Kawasaki W800 Special Edition.
  13. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2012
    Oddometer:
    274
    Location:
    south central Indiana
    kinda look like this (taken from post on Indiana Ride Thread)

    [​IMG]

    Can't find the post, but someone offered to convert my tu250 to a dirt bike. I'm pretty happy with it stock with luggage rack.
  14. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6,917
    Location:
    Southern New Jersey
    I gave it a go, and it did not work out.
    Problems with dual sporting the TU:

    1 The front forks SUCK in the dirt, 3.5 inches of travel and an 18 inch wheel won't do at all.

    2 The gas tank is too wide (and expensive).

    3 All the levers, shifter, brake pedal will snap off in an easy fall.

    4 The very nice bright and expensive headlight will get broken easy.

    Contrast that with the old 1969 Triumph I was dual sporting, I never broke anything on that bike despite falling many times.
    The gas tank was narrow, the foot pegs were not folding, the levers were steel, shifter and brake pedal were tucked in and made out of solid steel.
    No hydrolic master cylinder on the bars to break, bend something up in a fall and just bend it back (many times) without it breaking.
    All that on a 500cc twin at about the same weight as the TU.

    The TU also does not have any extra power to pull dual sport tires on the street.
    The motor is great, plenty of power at almost any rpm, the bike is light for a street bike, fuel range is good, seating position is good, but I got a spare (salvage) bike before trying much dirt riding on the TU.

    Getting an old bike or something like a crf 230l / xt225 would be a better idea.
    I always wanted an sl350, looked like a nice balance between street and dirt..




  15. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    692
    Location:
    Clarksville, TN
    I like the style of the TU..not the dirtbikes so much. That is my main idea behind...perhaps a scrambler has my name then.
  16. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Oddometer:
    203
    Location:
    Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
    If I had my way (and money and space were no object)... I would buy a Honda CRF250L to do some dirt riding and buy a used Ninja 250 to do some track days on, then attach a sidecar to the TU to make it easier to cart my daughter around and to be the grocery-getter! :evil

    What can I say? I love 250's!
  17. avianello

    avianello Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Oddometer:
    119
    Location:
    Standish, Maine - Venezia, Italia
    Hi,
    I am another Mainer (I live in Standish). I have seen that you have a voltmeter. Where did you attach it? Is there any cable which is disconnected when the key is off? Let me know if you want to take a ride with the TUs!!:d

  18. Txjack

    Txjack Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2012
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Spring,Tx.
    :freakyWell time to chime in on this great thread. After reading the entire post & much thought on getting burned by craigslist again, I had a chance to pick up a fast red one yesterday. Thanks to all the great input & enthusiasm from the likes of NJBrett & co. I think this one will fill the nich. I will send a pic as soon as I figure out how. By the way I'm 200# 5'7" and this bike fits me as good as it does my Son who is 5'3" 115!
  19. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    Oddometer:
    6,917
    Location:
    Southern New Jersey
    I contacted seat concepts about doing seats for the TU.
    Here is the response:


    Brett,
    If you can get 8 people to commit to buying this seat we can make it.
    Robert

    They make great seat covers and new foam, mostly for dual sport bikes, which come with narrow, thin, hard seats mostly.
    Instead of buying a $300.00+ new seat, many spend $120.00 and get the seat concepts seat.

    Everyone seems lo love the results, they offer 4 or 5 different covers, check out their web page.

    http://seatconcepts.com/products#!/~/category/id=0&inview=category1900298&offset=0&sort=nameAsc

    I imagine the seat would be a bit taller, with thicker better foam.

    Any interest?
  20. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2011
    Oddometer:
    418
    Location:
    KLAS
    I would be interested. It would be a one piece seat or two?