Hey Y'all! This project has been a few months in the making, but I've only recently discovered the ADVrider forums. 2 Years ago I rode my Yamaha Bolt 33 days and 10,000 (ish) miles around the US and had the time of my life. Along the way my fellow cruiser riders and I ended up doing almost 100 miles of dirt and gravel roads. They were a ton of fun but all I could think about while riding them was how much fun they would be on a little thumper with some knobby tires. Fast forward two years later and after a brief hospital stint with a very rare lung disease I decided it was now or never. (6 months later and I have made a full recovery.) I bought this 2011 TU250x from a fellow photographer and got to work right away. The Good Before I did anything to the bike I wanted to rack up some miles and see what needed improving. When I picked up the bike it was completely stock bar a custom upholstered seat. I put 500 miles on the bike and fell in love. What really impressed me the most was just how tall the stock gearing was. I had no problems cruising at 70mph with the original tire size as long as there wasn't a grade or headwind. The seating position wasn't cramped for me at 6' tall and the steering was light and forgiving. The Bad The brakes are very meh, but the biggest downfall for me was the suspension. Even for street riding the 3.5 inches of travel was incredibly limiting and so under sprung you would bottom out just by looking the wrong way at a speed bump. Rear travel wasn't terrible, and I actually really like the original spring rate but was poorly dampened and felt very bouncy to me. The Goal When I did my first road trip it blew up on Imgur and Reddit. I got so many comments along the lines of "wish I had a bigger bike to do a trip like that." This bothered me a bit. So many people think you need to buy a big KTM or BMW if you want to explore the world and see some dirt along the way and as most of y'all know that just isn't the case. Sure it can make life easier, but for a novice off roader it can make life much harder. For this trip I have coming up I wanted to ride 4,000 round trip to Utah from Atlanta and do anywhere from 400-800 miles off road via the TAT. 16 horsepower should be more than enough power to get the job done. Suspension To address the lack of travel (and 18" front wheel) I removed the front end of my Suzuki ls650 to swap onto the TU frame. Aside from having the exact same stem length, the bearing ID and OD are the same as the TU so all I needed for the conversion was a new set of bearings from all balls racing. As far as I know this is the only front end swap on a TU out there. The new front end has a 19" laced wheel, Yamaha r6 front caliper and rotor, upgraded fork springs/oil, and almost double the travel of the stock front end. Aside from some sticky Races (raises?) The swap went pretty smoothly. Thankfully I had plenty of friends at Brother Moto to help me when I was in a pinch. It's an amazing co op! swap completed Brogue Slip on and Oil cover Givi Dolomiti 30L hard case and man rack Trail tech vapor and quad lock phone mount. Current Status Here is how she sits now! A little water never hurt nobody Completed Mods Front end swap from 2001 Suzuki LS650 Custom Laced 19" front rim Yamaha R6 rotor and caliper Custom Fender/Bracket Pro Taper Risers Pro Taper 1 1/8th fat bars FMX Pastrana Bend Emgo 6.5" Headlight Brogue Exhaust Brogue Booster Plug Progressive 413-4039B 15" Rear Shocks TC Bros Side Mount License plate bracket ManRack Luggage Rack Givi Dolometi 30L Top Case Givi Universal top case mounting kit Black Plasti Dipped Side Covers Trail tech Vapor Gauge system Continental TKC 80s 110/80/19 front 120/90/18 rear To Do Mirrors Turns Signals Skid Plate Cycra Hand Guards USB Power I'm in the last stretch of completing this build and I hope y'all enjoy it! Let me know if you have any questions.