Suzuki TU250 - anyone seen/ride one?

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

  1. schnutzy

    schnutzy Been here awhile

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    both things i shall look into.
    thanks guys
  2. Cruisin'Carolina

    Cruisin'Carolina Been here awhile

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    Probaly the best succinct post in the thread
  3. blugg1

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    Cruisin'Carolina,

    Thanks. Just felt like cutting to the chase.
  4. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    I can't argue with that assessment, but I also feel it may lean too far in the direction away from fawning enthusiasm and makes it seem like the TU250 can't really do above 55mph. I routinely ride my TU in the 65-75 range on the freeway (actual not indicated).
  5. moto827

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    Also account that the top speed increases with the High Mileage Break-In period for the TU...

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  6. flammenwurfer

    flammenwurfer n00b

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    Great pic! Gorgeous bike! I really like the look of that seat a lot more than the stock one. Is it the one others have reported getting from some suzuki dealership? Are there any still available?

  7. flammenwurfer

    flammenwurfer n00b

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    moto827: Also, is that the EMGO reverse cone shorty muffler? How does it sound?
  8. moto827

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    It's the Ryca Short cone with the optional muffler packing / "crumb cup" mod for a quieter muffler. Sounds like a bigger bike with a mellow deep tone. It sings pretty nice when pinning 3rd gear...

    The seat I got from Bikebandit dot com a while ago not sure if they have any left.


    Ryca Muffler

    http://shop.rycamotors.com/short_muffler.html
  9. Cruisin'Carolina

    Cruisin'Carolina Been here awhile

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    No problem, buddy. This is a great bike. I'm just ready for something else.
  10. combo gd

    combo gd n00b

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    I have been lurking this forum and thread for a while, and I finally feel like I am ready to post.

    I have been interested in riding for a while. I am 32 years old and never ridden anything more that a bicycle. With gas prices being what they are and me evolving into a mature adult, I figured it was time to finally time to explore getting a motorcycle. I want a motorcycle for practical purposes, not to win any races or be in a macho motorcycle club(no offense to anyone in one).

    I searched and searched the internet for an inexpensive bike that would meet my needs. I stumbled upon cafe racers, which look pretty awesome. Then I stumbled on the Suzuki tu250x. This bike seems to be exactly what I am looking for. Lightweight, inexpensive, reliable, and practical. Doing some more research on that specific bike led me to this thread.

    This thread has been wonderful. The amount of knowledge being shared in here has been nothing short of amazing. The insight that experienced riders have given in reference to this bike have reassured me that purchasing one would be a good decision.

    Without discounting anyone else who has given out any information, NJ-Brett has been exceptional in providing information in here. I read the entire thread, and I followed his story from about page 30 or so to the end. He went from being skeptical to being convinced. Learning about his riding background and how highly he thought of this bike was enough to convince me that this was a something I should seriously consider.

    Prior to today, I had never even touched a motorcycle. Today though was the first day of my MSF course. I knew that they had TU's for most classes, so I was excited to try one. I got there early this morning and was lucky enough to get a TU to ride on.

    Riding the bike was so fun! I am 6' 185" and the bike felt perfect. After a few of the exercises, I got the hang of it and felt comfortable whipping it around a little bit. After 5 hours of riding it in addition to the information presented in this thread, I am sold. I don't need to test anything else out. I am going to buy a TU.

    I saw a brand new 2012 from a dealer on Cycletrader for $2899 that I might jump on, but I am going to hold out until late August early September to see if I can get a better deal. I figure I will practice on it locally until it gets cold, and then maybe take it on a few excursions next spring. I am from Allentown PA which isn't far from the Poconos or the Jersey Shore, which seem like they would be two fun places to ride to. I am just excited to get started!

    I just want to thank everyone again for the knowledge and insight within this thread. I am an absolute beginner who knows nothing about mods or anything else, but I will be sure to frequently bump this thread with what are hopefully some good questions. Hope to talk to you all soon.
  11. blugg1

    blugg1 Been here awhile

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    combo gd,

    I appreciate your articulate post. At 5'9" and 150 lbs., I also found the TU quite comfortable. It's an amazingly reliable bike and the fuel injection makes it a breeze to start in all sorts of weather. As I might have mentioned in my earlier post I bought it because I thought it looked cool. A nice clean, uncluttered retro from-the-sixties appearance. I also had no doubt about Suzukis as I've owned two SV650's. a DR650, a DR350SE, and a VX800, none of which ever gave me a moment's trouble.

    It's perfect for around town and urban stuff; not so good for rural Arizona's long two-lane black tops where cars are traveling at 65-80 mph.

    But you can't have everything. In a way, most bikes are niche bikes. They do one or two tasks well, but if you want good handling off-road, for example, and you are riding a street only machine (which the TU definitely is) you must get a different machine. Sure, an experienced rider can ride a street bike off-road with some success. I once rode a Ninja 35 miles on a bad dirt road. I would not do it again.

    Good luck on your TU purchase. As first gear is, in my opinion, too low, you might want to go up a tooth on the front sprocket.
  12. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    This sounds like a great deal to me.
  13. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Combo,
    You live in a very nice area for riding, and a TU will do well, and be a lot of fun.
    Loads of nice roads in PA!

    I still love my TU, and although I am thinking about getting another bike for dirt riding, it will likely sit while I ride the TU like the last one did...
  14. Prettyboy

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    So, does anyone have any experience with the Givi Windscreen A210? I saw one over on the TUx forum, and I'm going to be heading on a pretty long trip (for me) soon, and I was wondering if this would help with wind at highway speeds, or if it's more of an aesthetic thing.
  15. Calamity Jesus

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    While I don't have experience with that shield, my homemade shield is about the same size. It keeps the pressure off my chest and the bugs off my jacket. I have a Bonneville (another naked standard) with no screen to compare it to and I can say that it definitely makes for a more comfortable all day ride. People used to a full shield might scoff at small screens but they do make a noticeable difference.
  16. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    Why waste time waiting that you could be spending riding? That sounds like a pretty good deal, I'd go for it!
  17. Rhompin45

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    Blugg1 Maybe it's because I have never ridden any thing bigger than the tu ( on a daily basis) but I ride mine 26 miles 5 days a week one way most of it at 80 indicated and it seems happy cruising at that speed. I got just over 12000 miles on it now. But before I got the tu I was really thinking about getting the sym 200.
  18. blugg1

    blugg1 Been here awhile

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    Rompin45, wow, I never could get mine to go that fast. 75 mph was about it, and it took some time to get there. Maybe it's the altitude up here (5500 feet), less oxygen?
  19. Rhompin45

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    Ya I'm low desert 1200 ft. I also re geared it which helped a lot. It's flat here so don't need to worry about hills although I took it to the mountains 6000 ft. And I did notice a power loss but it was all up or down hill so I couldn't get a fair top speed.
  20. rv-rick

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    Sure got quiet here.