Suzuki TU250 - anyone seen/ride one?

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

  1. WrenNH

    WrenNH Adventurer

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    I'd like to second that request for mounting details on the hard cases. They look great. Which model hard case is that? Where'd the turn signals go? Which mounting hardware?

    On another note, I'm also getting 81 mpg with 89 octane fuel on back / secondary roads.

    tom
  2. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    We finally found a bike that my sweetie fits AND loves! She's a n00b, but loves riding pillion on my 1150GS and wanted to "ride her own ride". She just finished her MSF course last weekend, but we have an XT225 that she's played around with. She's under 5'2" so wasn't comfy with the height. We had looked at the Honda Rebel and similar offerings from Suzuki and others, but they weren't right. She didn't want a cruiser style, but preferred a more "retro" look. She's not ready for the open road, so something small to learn on but still a competent road bike was the focus.

    We found the Suzuki TU250X to be a perfect fit. It's a very nicely done naked retro style bike with a fuel-injected 250 single with a 5-speed. I took it for a hard ride around town and out onto the expressway before we bought it and found it to be very competent, handles nicely, has disc/drum brakes that are predictable and not at all twitchy even under a crash stop. It has a very nice clutch action and the gearbox is forgiving when shifting. The fuel injected engine starts effortlessly (unlike the cold-blooded XT225, sigh....) and throttle response is very smooth and progressive rather than snappy like the XT.

    Hannda said - Bar snake and bar end weights would, probalby, fix that problem. Ours came with bar end weights....<!-- / message -->

    We went for a spin around the block and our neighbor caught up to us on his latest true retro bike, a 1936 Indian Scout. He loved the little Suzuki's looks and features. Peter knows his bikes (he restores classics for a living) and was impressed with the little thumper. He immediately suggested pulling off the pillion seat and putting a rack on there as mentioned above (the rear fender is finished and painted all the way over the rear tire). He also said "Get rid of those damned stickers on the side covers! That'll really get people going when they try to figure out what it is!!" Done.

    If any of you have a family member that is looking for a smaller bike I can highly recommend this bike for fit, comfort, looks and function. Sweet ride!

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    That Indian is looking pretty sweet, huh?

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    +2 on links to aftermarket accessories such as saddlebags and racks! If I find any I'll post them here. Apparently the bike has been available in Europe and Asia for several years so there have got to be suppliers out there ready to sell us farkles!

    Doug
  3. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    manfrothestix,
    Nice story and photos. Great looking Indian.
    Comparing the size of the TU and the Scout is interesting. The Indian would be considered a mid sized bike today but back in the day it was a monster. How does the performance compare between the two bikes.
    My 1967 BSA 650 was probably not much larger than the TU.
    Thanks,
  4. zipizap

    zipizap Sky High

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    Just bought a TU250, it's waiting for me to pick it up tomorrow. I think it was the only one for sale in Oregon.

    I love those hard side cases... PuhLEEZ tell us where you found them!

    I ordered a GIVI A 603 windscreen but don't know if it will work... I'll post pics if it looks good.
  5. tri boy

    tri boy Been here awhile

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    They're an excellent learners adv bike with a few mods.
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  6. zipizap

    zipizap Sky High

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    Picked up my TU Friday- she's a beauty.

    Unfortunately, the first thing I did was drop her when rolling her off my pickup bed. Fortunately, I was able to cusihion the fall somewhat... broke the right rear turn signal and the right mirror... but I've already ordered replacement parts. Otherwise the bike did fine, no harm at all to the tank, exhaust, pegs, levers or plastic bits.

    I took manfromthestix' advice and removed the stickers. Got a good laugh from the sticker on the gas tank, which warns you not to ride while drunk.

    What a great bike she is... perfect size for my 5'7" frame, comfy seat, plenty of power, sure-footed on rough gravel and wet pavement. Fuel injection system works great. And the exhaust note is satisfyingly growly while quiet enough so I can keep the peace with my neighbors. Can hardly wait to drive her on the open road.

    Little Zuki! Pix with windscreen forthcoming. :clap
  7. Metallic Waste

    Metallic Waste Wearing the Cone Of Shame

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    Glad the damage was minimal. Can't wait to see the windscreen pics.
    We looked at a couple different one's for Susan's bike:

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    This one was for me :D:

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    -K
  8. fish3006

    fish3006 Been here awhile

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    the black one is snappy.
  9. jhgann

    jhgann n00b

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    I'm thinking about getting a TU250 in the future. What's the info on the black one on the bottom? Cause I love it. Brand, cost, designed specifically for the TU?
  10. Metallic Waste

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    It's an Emgo Cafe Fairing. Universal-fit and usually available from any dealer or mom and pop-type shops. I tried on all of those shields at Midwest Cycle Supply. If I had the money, I'd love to build a little Cafe TU, using that fairing.
    -K
  11. Metallic Waste

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  12. EdM

    EdM Been here awhile

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    Kevin:

    1) Still pleased with the TU overall?

    2) What happened to the windshield??

    Ned
  13. Moonpatrol

    Moonpatrol Yeah yeah yeah

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    I was told be some experienced riders at work, that when I said I was looking at a Suzuki TU250, that it was too slow. Well the Sportster weighs over 500lbs and I am only 155lbs. So I figure This 250 is 200 lbs lighter. I bet the 250 will be plenty fast getting on the occasional freeway or highway. Please someone tell me are my friends wrong? I'm suspicious of them because they ride big Japanese cruisers and one of them doesn't wear a helmet, which I judge him to be therefore a kind of idiot. The harley I'm looking at is very new and I can get it for a decent price and I already test rode it, and found it a little hard to handle at slow speed. I am a beginner in a practical sense.
  14. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    I wouldn't worry about the TU250 being too slow at all. While it won't want to cruise comfortably all day at 80mph it will certainly do 60-65 for hours on end and be 200 lbs lighter than the Sportster. I say go for it, you won't regret it!
  15. Rogue_Ryder

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    :nod

    I would NEVER recommend a Sportster to anyone for anything other than it is generally the cheapest rental motorcycle available just incase you are in some epic riding place and all that is available is H-Ds for rent and you are bikeless.

    The Sportster is a pig of bike, shakes like a paint shaker has poor brakes and they don't even get respect in the H-D crowd .

    LITTLE BIKES ARE THE BEST! I love small bikes they are so much fun to ride. I have a big 1150R BMW and it's a great bike but I'd never have wanted that beast as a first bike. Riding a small bike on long rides isn't much fun but the rest of the time they're a blast!!! :ricky
  16. STROMVADER

    STROMVADER Long timer

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    I'd take a tricker in a heartbeat! We need that bike in the U.S..
  17. Moonpatrol

    Moonpatrol Yeah yeah yeah

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    I found it hard to set the kick stand on the sportster while sitting, as it was too far forward. That is my biggest complaint. The kickstand is a hugely important component of a bike. the bars kind of curved in which was not what i'm used to, but the bike had a nice sound to the engine, but a stiff rear end.
    As for my friends advice about the 250 being too small, I think they are referring to their 200+ lb. bodies being on it, and also forgetting that this machine weighs much less than their big bikes. I could swerve and handle this bike a lot easier than the Harley because I grew up on a yamaha enduro 175 and did jumping, sliding and general zooming around offroad. My other friend likes the Ninja 250 above all others, but I think 6 gears is overkill although necessary for that bike. I'd rather not be shifting all the time .
  18. Metallic Waste

    Metallic Waste Wearing the Cone Of Shame

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    Susan's loving it still. I took it for an afternoon to get some ADV photo tags.
    Cruises comfortably at 60-65. As is typical for a 250cc Thumper, hills and headwinds are your biggest enemies.

    It rides and handles brilliantly. :D

    We haven't decided on a shield yet. That will probably happen next Spring, along with a top case so she can commute on it.

    Oh, it's Comet Approved!
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    -K
  19. EdM

    EdM Been here awhile

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    Kevin:

    Thanks for the update.

    Trust you will keep us posted if any accessories are added.

    Ride safe!

    Ned
  20. GEOGATOR

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    :clapI got one, it is stupid fun!!!:clap I have put a Givi A210 windscreen on and I am in the process of mounting Givi E21 side bags. I had to buy the mounting brackets for a F650 GS and will have them modified to fit. This will require moving the rear turn signals. Will send pics when it's done.