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Old 01-07-2013, 09:27 AM   #7456
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The older Royal Enfields were not really freeway suitable. But they a new and very updated engine now that can handle freeway riding. My 2007 had the older pre-unit construction and carb'd engine. The new ones are fuel injected and unit costruction and very much a modern engine.My 2007 got 75-85 mpg, and the new ones get that too I believe. But even the old ones were quite fun to ride, especially on country roads.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #7457
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THIS - is the only bike that could pose serious competition to my buying a tu250x if it comes to the US - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=849303 I almost pointed it out when I posted earlier, but figured others would stumble upon this rumor as well, and someone has...

Of course, that would mean I would have to buy new and I drive a hard bargain. When I'm ready to buy I will be looking for a good deal. I will only pay $2000-$2500 for a used (or less... ), or $3000-$3500 for new out the door.

The Royal Enfields don't overly appeal to me for some reason. I wasn't impressed with their build quality when I looked at them and they too closely emulate an old bike. If I wanted a retro bike, I would just get a old bike. As I mentioned, I am not looking for a retro bike, I'm looking for a standard bike. Even though the looks appeal to me on these bikes, I'm more interested in reliability, performance (not speed, but comfort, ease of use...), and value.

I forgot to mention also that I grew up wrenching on cars, trucks, and motorcycles. I plan to do all of my own maintenance and repair work, because I can, I don't trust shops, and I'm cheap. I wouldn't plan to do much to tu250x with the exception of the some of the minor performance mods (sprockets) that have been discussed on this thread.

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:16 AM   #7458
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I bet the sr400 would be no better at speed then the TU or the Enfield.

http://contemplativemotorcycling.blo...00-review.html

If you can get the TU up to 70 or 80 mph, its happy there, and will run all day that way.
Maybe not so with the other bikes.

People still have problems with the new Enfields, and I think they still shake a lot at speed.
I do not understand how they can be made in India and cost so much.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:40 AM   #7459
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I'm still commuting on my TU daily, I love it. Of course, I live in Texas so it doesn't get THAT cold.

I took this before leaving for work yesterday morning- I think it was 28 degrees:

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Old 01-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #7460
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Manual?

anyone know if there is a TU Manual that can be downloaded?
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:00 PM   #7461
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I'm still commuting on my TU daily, I love it. Of course, I live in Texas so it doesn't get THAT cold.

I took this before leaving for work yesterday morning- I think it was 28 degrees:

LOL . . . great pic.

28 is about 10 degrees too cold for me on the TU without any of the wind protection of a windshield and hand guards.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #7462
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Well I am at page 406 so far. In another few days I will be caught up on this thread.

I arrived here from wanting a new Stella Scooter, with lesser scooters as options. I am not sure exactly what led me to this thread, it was so long ago that I started reading it. But the TU250X seems to be the best of both worlds, simple as a scooter & with the reliability of a motorcycle. My limitation is financial and maybe age. Anyway, it does look like I ought to be in a position to buy one in early spring.

I gave up my motorcycle endorsement about 20 years back, I took a temp job as a courier out of state back then and the temp agency insisted that I needed a Virginia license despite my Michigan license being a full commercial license with all the endorsements. I did not have the money to pay for a new commercial license, so I just got a basic drivers license. When I lit here in North Carolina I got my Commercial License again but did not have a bike to get my motorcycle endorsement on. Then I let the Commercial go for health reasons the last time I renewed. Looking into it, I see no problem with getting the motorcycle endorsement. Just get the permit, and then when I have bought the bike, go down and take the riding test. I figure I have to do that soon however, as i am going to be old next year. At least I have always though of 70 as being old.

I will have to finance the TU but figure that I can keep the payments below what I will save on gas over my old Blazer, and just use the Blazer in really bad weather or when I have to haul something heavy or bulky. That will extend its life a bit, I hope.

You guys have posted about all the info I need to figure out the best way to set up the new bike when I get it. There is a lot of good advice here. There is also some bad advice. What I take the most exception to is the idea that everyone is going to crash their bike someday. I have been riding two wheelers for 60 years or more and have never crashed one (I have deliberately dropped them now and then however), nor been hit by a car. I attribute that to a healthy sense of paranoia.

Anyway, I am looking forward to riding again. And wanted to say hi to all the regulars here.

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #7463
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Well I am at page 406 so far. In another few days I will be caught up on this thread.

I arrived here from wanting a new Stella Scooter, with lesser scooters as options. I am not sure exactly what led me to this thread, it was so long ago that I started reading it. But the TU250X seems to be the best of both worlds, simple as a scooter & with the reliability of a motorcycle. My limitation is financial and maybe age. Anyway, it does look like I ought to be in a position to buy one in early spring.

I gave up my motorcycle endorsement about 20 years back, I took a temp job as a courier out of state back then and the temp agency insisted that I needed a Virginia license despite my Michigan license being a full commercial license with all the endorsements. I did not have the money to pay for a new commercial license, so I just got a basic drivers license. When I lit here in North Carolina I got my Commercial License again but did not have a bike to get my motorcycle endorsement on. Then I let the Commercial go for health reasons the last time I renewed. Looking into it, I see no problem with getting the motorcycle endorsement. Just get the permit, and then when I have bought the bike, go down and take the riding test. I figure I have to do that soon however, as i am going to be old next year. At least I have always though of 70 as being old.

I will have to finance the TU but figure that I can keep the payments below what I will save on gas over my old Blazer, and just use the Blazer in really bad weather or when I have to haul something heavy or bulky. That will extend its life a bit, I hope.

You guys have posted about all the info I need to figure out the best way to set up the new bike when I get it. There is a lot of good advice here. There is also some bad advice. What I take the most exception to is the idea that everyone is going to crash their bike someday. I have been riding two wheelers for 60 years or more and have never crashed one (I have deliberately dropped them now and then however), nor been hit by a car. I attribute that to a healthy sense of paranoia.

Anyway, I am looking forward to riding again. And wanted to say hi to all the regulars here.
Welcome back. 70's not old. It's just a 20 year old with 50 years riding experiance.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:38 PM   #7464
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I'm actually still searching for a figure for alternator output for the TU250. Does anyone know what it is?
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:54 PM   #7465
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I also have not crashed on the street, at least, not for 35 years.
You can save a LOT of money getting a used TU.



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Well I am at page 406 so far. In another few days I will be caught up on this thread.

I arrived here from wanting a new Stella Scooter, with lesser scooters as options. I am not sure exactly what led me to this thread, it was so long ago that I started reading it. But the TU250X seems to be the best of both worlds, simple as a scooter & with the reliability of a motorcycle. My limitation is financial and maybe age. Anyway, it does look like I ought to be in a position to buy one in early spring.

I gave up my motorcycle endorsement about 20 years back, I took a temp job as a courier out of state back then and the temp agency insisted that I needed a Virginia license despite my Michigan license being a full commercial license with all the endorsements. I did not have the money to pay for a new commercial license, so I just got a basic drivers license. When I lit here in North Carolina I got my Commercial License again but did not have a bike to get my motorcycle endorsement on. Then I let the Commercial go for health reasons the last time I renewed. Looking into it, I see no problem with getting the motorcycle endorsement. Just get the permit, and then when I have bought the bike, go down and take the riding test. I figure I have to do that soon however, as i am going to be old next year. At least I have always though of 70 as being old.

I will have to finance the TU but figure that I can keep the payments below what I will save on gas over my old Blazer, and just use the Blazer in really bad weather or when I have to haul something heavy or bulky. That will extend its life a bit, I hope.

You guys have posted about all the info I need to figure out the best way to set up the new bike when I get it. There is a lot of good advice here. There is also some bad advice. What I take the most exception to is the idea that everyone is going to crash their bike someday. I have been riding two wheelers for 60 years or more and have never crashed one (I have deliberately dropped them now and then however), nor been hit by a car. I attribute that to a healthy sense of paranoia.

Anyway, I am looking forward to riding again. And wanted to say hi to all the regulars here.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:56 AM   #7466
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my bike schizophrenia has kicked in again and I'm thinking of swapping to a tu250, lighter than my 750, looks better, awesome fuel economy and every owner seems to love them.

Only fly in the ointment is that the service interval is apparently 3000 miles which includes valves, changing fluids and filters I'm actually starting to enjoy but valves checks I have very little experience of, for those of you who do your own work, how long does a service take? and how doable is it by your average mechanical retard?

other than that I think I'm sold
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:15 AM   #7467
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First time doing everything at the 3,000 mile mark took me about an hour. The first time will obviously be the longest, this included changing the oil, cleaning the chain, adjusting the valves, and of course having plenty of beer breaks. Now it takes me 30 minutes tops without rushing and making sure it is all done right.

P.S. this is my first 4-stroke motorcycle so i consider myself a mechanical retard
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:27 PM   #7468
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Yes, under 30 minutes once you do it.
And I cant say they need a lot of adjustment once the motor breaks in.

I put around 8000 miles on my bike last year, that is 2 valve checks.
I do not think I have had to adjust them for a while.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:20 PM   #7469
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that sounded so good i went out and signed the papers, pick up on saturday
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:42 AM   #7470
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Congrats! You're going to love this bike...
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