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Old 04-17-2010, 09:07 AM   #181
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has anyone managed to get their hands on a service manual for this bike? or for the st250 or grasstracker?

also, JT: what tach were you planning on using? i'd really like to get my hands on one.
I got a service manual from repairmanual.com. Looks like they're out of stock now though.

The tach I have is a Daytona 65705:
http://japan.webike.net/products/1853162.html
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:46 PM   #182
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MMM review now online

I think Susan and Lee did a fantastic job.
Enjoy.
-K (that's not Susan below)



http://motorbyte.com/mmm/pages/2010/119/review119.htm
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:53 PM   #183
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Hello from Kalamazoo, Mi. Joined the forum after finding this thread. Had my TU since last August; nothing but fun ever since. Thanks for all the TU owner contribution.



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Old 04-29-2010, 07:14 PM   #184
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price

At $3799, its up around where clean used Blackbirds start, near Boston anyways, and plenty of VFRs can be had for that much. A few more $ and you have clean used Ninja 650. A few less and you get a clean used SV. And so on.

Funny thing is, this is probably my next bike. A completely sane, very pleasant little beauty.

I sorely miss my SRX250.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:49 PM   #185
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Has anyone taken one touring yet? What kind of range does it have? Gosh, I'd love to have one of these.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:11 AM   #186
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At $3799, its up around where clean used Blackbirds start, near Boston anyways, and plenty of VFRs can be had for that much. A few more $ and you have clean used Ninja 650. A few less and you get a clean used SV. And so on.

Funny thing is, this is probably my next bike. A completely sane, very pleasant little beauty.

I sorely miss my SRX250.
Why does so many insist on comparing new prices to used? Used is cheaper.

However how many new bikes can you find for $3799. And nearly new versions will probably be found for under $2000, much less than you are likely to find a Blackbird or VFR in working condition.

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Old 04-30-2010, 07:47 PM   #187
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Has anyone taken one touring yet? What kind of range does it have? Gosh, I'd love to have one of these.
My fillups so far:

Code:
Miles    Gals to fill
185.9      2.550
195.6      2.716
194.7      2.623
198.0      2.716
205.9      2.772
195.7      2.490
199.6      2.591
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:44 PM   #188
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Has anyone taken one touring yet? What kind of range does it have? Gosh, I'd love to have one of these.
the tank holds 3.2 gallons, so it'll cover some miles between fillups. i consistently get 65 to 70mpg while doing highway speeds, and around 75mpg in the city. easy to get 200 miles out of a tank.

Luggage options are limited unless you want to get inventive or start fabricating but the Dowco tail bag I'm using can likely hold enough for a weekend trip if you pack wisely.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:58 PM   #189
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Anyone in Chicago have one? Apparently they're hard to find and no dealer has one available. I'd like to have a sit and a walkaround.

In lieu of that, can someone give me a sense of what it'd feel like compared to a SV650? I want some pep, but I've never needed a ton of power. I have ridden a new Triumph Scrambler, R1200C and VFR800, too - if any of those prove a useful comparison.

Many thanks!
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:37 PM   #190
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Where are you located? theres a new one listed in Michigan for less than MSRP...
http://www.motorcycle.com/classified...222001A09.html
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:40 PM   #191
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I saw one of these at a dealership a while back and was drawn to it. I sat on it, and the fit was good. Might be my next bike.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:06 AM   #192
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Its my first bike so I cant offer much on comparison to other bikes but I can say that its an awesome city bike. I live 3 miles from the university I go to, this thing is perfect between home and school.

and recently i've had a string of people ask me how long it took me to restore it
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:16 PM   #193
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It's probably not enough bike to meet my needs, but I wish it would. I have been riding an HD FXD for the past year and it's pretty close to the perfect bike for me, but if I could haul as much gear on the TU250 and cruise at 60-65 without getting blown off the road I'd probably go for it. It's hard to argue with the $$$ or mpg or the styling.
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:43 AM   #194
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cruising at that speed is no problem, but hauling lots o' stuff is. no made-to-fit luggage is affered for the bike in the U.S. yet, and it seems like that will continue. (I've seen only one rack available on the japanese websites, but thats it.) Ive adapted a few things, and may make something for it over the summer.

I have experienced a difference in real world mpg compared to the EPA rating. EPA says 82, whereas i consistently get 65-75. driving style obviously applies here; i dont putt around in fifth gear at 35mph.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:48 PM   #195
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We picked one up in Charlotte on Saturday afternoon for my wife. She's ridden my Bonneville a few times and likes everything about the bike except for the weight... well, the TU weighs 175lbs less.





It's an impressive bike.. I got to ride it 70 or so miles home. My 200lbs wasn't very well controlled by the rear shocks and the bias ply tires are likely to be replaced with radials when the time comes... but the engine is great, the FI is flawless and the front brake feels great.. the rear leaves something to be desired, but who needs a rear brake anyway?
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