Suzuki TU250 - anyone seen/ride one?

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

  1. UMass

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    Nice job! I just signed up a few minutes ago. I own the TU250X since last Friday. I have a tad over 200 miles on her. Taking her out for a spin in a few minutes!
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  2. dpg

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    Please do a review for us. How does it perform on the highway. How does it handle (flickable: even with 18in. wheels?) If you can, compare to what else you have ridden. Shift smoothly? And does the engine seem like enough power to be safe and have fun or do you feel it is just not enough to satisfy. Thank you in advance. I have my money ready but I am trying to be patient and see a few more reviews before I decide between a 250 ninja and the TU. I definitely like the styling of the TU much more!
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  3. Bar None

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    dpg,
    There is a Yahoo TU250X group that has several reviews.
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  4. UMass

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    I'm changing the color to a British Racing Green (Hunter Green) & with my current Sadldle Brown (Football Brown) seats. I'll keep only the Suzuki "S" on the tank & the TU250X labels on the sides. I think it will look pretty sweet, kind like an old BSA/Triumph. I'll do the paint job either in the Fall or early Spring next year. The current Burgundy is growing on me.
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  5. SilverSurfer

    SilverSurfer Boobies Make me smile

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    Hello,

    I am an MSF RiderCoach and we have a Tu250 as one of our training bikes. The first time I have seen it was this past weekend. I did several demos on it because it was new and it was a fantastic little bike both in look and performance. We have Hond Rebel 250s, Honda Nighthawk 250s, a couple 250 dirt bikes a a suzuki GP250 and Kawasaki 250 cruiser. The Tu250 is hands down the best starter bike I have ridden on. A choice between a Ninja 250 and a Tu250 is a no brainer for me. Go with the Tu250 you will not be dissapointed.
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  6. OnRoad

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    TU250 + middle age + new rider = Fun!:D

    That about sums it up.

    I am a middle aged dude that had never ridden a motorcycle.
    I opted for the TU250 as it was comfortable and well, felt right. I got a permit 2 days after picking up the bike and, with help from my brother and a couple of my friends, my license 3 weeks later.

    My impression so far:

    Fun for running around town and very forgiving.

    The bungee cords over the rear seat worked well for carrying the pizza and the Chinese takeout.

    The fuel economy so far is around 75mpg and I am quite heavy...

    The ride quality is very good with most small bumps absorbed by the suspension.

    Upright riding position is fine up to about 45mph. At 55, I had to lean into the wind to control the bike. (It was a weird experience the first time I took it on the highway at 55. Picture a hubcap that just came off a car and is spinning down the side of the road controlled by the wind...)

    The vibration on the handlebars at highway speeds gets to be a bit numbing. I think I need better padding in the gloves..

    I have put 350 miles on it so far and am looking forward to a couple hundred more over the next few days. (Assuming it stops RAINING!!!:baldy)

    Overall I am extremely pleased with this bike and look forward to at least 2 seasons on it before I consider moving up to something better suited to highway speeds.
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  7. fire_strom

    fire_strom Long timer

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    There's one north of you, at FunCenter in Durango. Saw it today. Trying to get my wife to want it.
    Scott
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  8. Bar None

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  9. Bar None

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    Finally saw and sat on a TU250X after looking for one for 5 months.
    Nice and the size seemed ok for my 6' 200lbs body. Tempting but just bought a 2008 SYM HD200 scooter. Hope the TU sells before I go back and buy it.
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  10. thumper_tx

    thumper_tx Adventurer

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    Picked up mine today in Bastrop Tx.
    MCN review was excellent. Bought the bike the same day as the review came out. I was sitting on the fence already.
    :clap
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  11. Bar None

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    Congrats, thumper-tx.
    What issue of MCN?
    How about a review from you when you get a few miles on her?
    I still sitting on the fence and need a little push.
    Thanks,
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  12. thumper_tx

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    See you have an xt 225. I have the xt 250 - o8 for boondocking and knocking around. Needed a street bike for more serious distance.
    It was 106 here today so I did not ride it yet. Still tough to do after 44 years and and 54 bikes.
    I will post up whenever I get some miles on her.
    Feels good to be back to all thumpers in the shed now.
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  13. rv-rick

    rv-rick Been here awhile

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    The issue which was delivered today.
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  14. Bar None

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    The XT225/250 is an ideal bike for here in the mountains of WNC. No high speeds reguired.
    My copy of MCN should be arriving in a day or two. I hope it's a full review of the TU250X and not a shorty like Cycle Worlds.
    Any active forums for the TU that I can lurk?
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  15. Bar None

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    Any of you TU owners with a few long rides like to voice an opinion on the seat? Butt burn issues?
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  16. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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  17. MillCreek

    MillCreek ADV Risk Manager

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    I read the MCN review yesterday. It is the typical full MCN review. They really like it.
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  18. kdxkawboy

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    As David Searle said -
    And that was with the stock Cheng Shin shoes. Scott Rousseau said the one upgrade he would make would be to mount a set of the sticky Avons the AHRMA crowd love.

    MCN loved the bike, they didn't want to give it back. They got it up to an honest 73 mph, it can do a quarter mile in 17.88 seconds, gets nearly 60 mpg. Their summation was nothing this slow should be so much fun to ride.
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  19. thumper_tx

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    Finally got around to a ride this morning. Its hot as hell in Texas and you have to ride early.
    I did 108 miles on all kinds of roads including 20 miles on hard packed gravel.

    My initial impressions:

    Bike is very agile in the curves and a joy to ride.
    Ride quality was good but the narrow handlebars took some getting used to.
    The bars are a little low for me although most would find them OK.
    The bars being narrow also puts the mirrors in a bit more than I like. Aftermarket mirrors are easy to come by and inexpensive. They did not vibrate and become fuzzy at speed.
    I had no issues at all with the stock tires. With some Mefo's or similar rudder _ it could be a reasonable dual sport.
    Seat is OK but I like to repad all my own anyway. No butt burn on my ride.
    There is some vibration in the handlebars - but not much (its a thumper!)
    Some foam grips would work nicely here. At 55 it vibrates more than at 65 (go figure) Only ran it up 1 time after about 85 miles into the ride.
    Suspension was pretty good for a low budget bike. At 190 lbs I will set the rear shock up to the 4 th notch as I personally like the ride a little firm. It came stock at # 3 which was OK. The front is adequate as is for riding the 2 lane country roads I was on. When pushed hard around the curves there was a little movement. Perhaps a change to heavier fluid will do nicely. The suspension was definately a good surprise for a sub 4 grand bike.

    The shift pedal as delivered was too low for my boots to grab the bottom of the lever. ( a 5 minute fix)

    This bike is not a fast mover but it is adequate. I suspect there is
    a lot more HP in the engine if one wanted to get it out.

    I am 5'11 and inseam at 31 inches. A long ride would probably be a little cramped after awhile at least for me.. I was able to lock my boot heels on the passenger pegs just to see how it would work. I could ( and will) do some touring on this little jewel after I figure out how to put luggage on it. Seems like every 250 has the rear turn signals installed in a way that prevents throw over luggage to be used. A luggage rack will be the first thing on my list after the free and easy mods.

    I ran 108 miles on 1.2 gallon of gas for 83 mpg. Lots of this was slow riding so I am anticipating in the 70 - 75 mpg range.
    :clap
    That s my 2 cnts worth. Lots of bike for the money.
    A few nit picky things that may not be a concern for you.
    If you arte sitting on the fence - I hope this helps. It remids me of why I started riding long ago. Simply single by design>
    this bike is a keeper.

    Thanks.......

    Ron in Smithville Tx.
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  20. Bar None

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    thumper_tx,
    Thanks for the report. Little hot in TX? I grew up in Houston but left in 1974.
    In the mountains of WNC now. Much cooler than TX.

    Couldn't you find something seriously wrong with the TU250X?:rofl
    Very good MPG at 83. I had to relocate the turn signals on my XT225 to allow for bags.
    I'll go visit the dealer that has(had) one and see if I can make a deal.
    Still haven't received my copy of MCN. Postman might be reading it.
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