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Old 05-13-2009, 09:46 AM   #61
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If you are a rider or fan of the TU250 I started a group at http://groups.google.com/group/suzuki-tu250?hl=en
I saw that a lot of other motorcycles have forums and groups dedicated to them and I thought this new bike could use a start.
Nice job! I just signed up a few minutes ago. I own the TU250X since last Friday. I have a tad over 200 miles on her. Taking her out for a spin in a few minutes!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:03 AM   #62
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Please do a review for us. How does it perform on the highway. How does it handle (flickable: even with 18in. wheels?) If you can, compare to what else you have ridden. Shift smoothly? And does the engine seem like enough power to be safe and have fun or do you feel it is just not enough to satisfy. Thank you in advance. I have my money ready but I am trying to be patient and see a few more reviews before I decide between a 250 ninja and the TU. I definitely like the styling of the TU much more!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:14 AM   #63
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dpg,
There is a Yahoo TU250X group that has several reviews.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:48 AM   #64
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If you are a rider or fan of the TU250 I started a group at http://groups.google.com/group/suzuki-tu250?hl=en
I saw that a lot of other motorcycles have forums and groups dedicated to them and I thought this new bike could use a start.
I'm changing the color to a British Racing Green (Hunter Green) & with my current Sadldle Brown (Football Brown) seats. I'll keep only the Suzuki "S" on the tank & the TU250X labels on the sides. I think it will look pretty sweet, kind like an old BSA/Triumph. I'll do the paint job either in the Fall or early Spring next year. The current Burgundy is growing on me.
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:45 AM   #65
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Hello,

I am an MSF RiderCoach and we have a Tu250 as one of our training bikes. The first time I have seen it was this past weekend. I did several demos on it because it was new and it was a fantastic little bike both in look and performance. We have Hond Rebel 250s, Honda Nighthawk 250s, a couple 250 dirt bikes a a suzuki GP250 and Kawasaki 250 cruiser. The Tu250 is hands down the best starter bike I have ridden on. A choice between a Ninja 250 and a Tu250 is a no brainer for me. Go with the Tu250 you will not be dissapointed.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:11 PM   #66
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So far so good...

TU250 + middle age + new rider = Fun!

That about sums it up.

I am a middle aged dude that had never ridden a motorcycle.
I opted for the TU250 as it was comfortable and well, felt right. I got a permit 2 days after picking up the bike and, with help from my brother and a couple of my friends, my license 3 weeks later.

My impression so far:

Fun for running around town and very forgiving.

The bungee cords over the rear seat worked well for carrying the pizza and the Chinese takeout.

The fuel economy so far is around 75mpg and I am quite heavy...

The ride quality is very good with most small bumps absorbed by the suspension.

Upright riding position is fine up to about 45mph. At 55, I had to lean into the wind to control the bike. (It was a weird experience the first time I took it on the highway at 55. Picture a hubcap that just came off a car and is spinning down the side of the road controlled by the wind...)

The vibration on the handlebars at highway speeds gets to be a bit numbing. I think I need better padding in the gloves..

I have put 350 miles on it so far and am looking forward to a couple hundred more over the next few days. (Assuming it stops RAINING!!!)

Overall I am extremely pleased with this bike and look forward to at least 2 seasons on it before I consider moving up to something better suited to highway speeds.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:48 PM   #67
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There's one north of you, at FunCenter in Durango. Saw it today. Trying to get my wife to want it.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:16 AM   #68
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OnRoad,
You might want to try some Grip Puppies. They are foam sleeves that slid over your existing handle bar grips. Work for me and I have them on all three of my bikes. Might not be good for small hands.
http://www.casporttouring.com/store/...y_Code=GRIPPUP
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:20 AM   #69
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Finally saw and sat on a TU250X after looking for one for 5 months.
Nice and the size seemed ok for my 6' 200lbs body. Tempting but just bought a 2008 SYM HD200 scooter. Hope the TU sells before I go back and buy it.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:17 PM   #70
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Picked up mine today in Bastrop Tx.
MCN review was excellent. Bought the bike the same day as the review came out. I was sitting on the fence already.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:26 PM   #71
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Picked up mine today in Bastrop Tx.
MCN review was excellent. Bought the bike the same day as the review came out. I was sitting on the fence already.
Congrats, thumper-tx.
What issue of MCN?
How about a review from you when you get a few miles on her?
I still sitting on the fence and need a little push.
Thanks,
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:41 PM   #72
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See you have an xt 225. I have the xt 250 - o8 for boondocking and knocking around. Needed a street bike for more serious distance.
It was 106 here today so I did not ride it yet. Still tough to do after 44 years and and 54 bikes.
I will post up whenever I get some miles on her.
Feels good to be back to all thumpers in the shed now.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:18 PM   #73
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:06 AM   #74
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The XT225/250 is an ideal bike for here in the mountains of WNC. No high speeds reguired.
My copy of MCN should be arriving in a day or two. I hope it's a full review of the TU250X and not a shorty like Cycle Worlds.
Any active forums for the TU that I can lurk?
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:14 AM   #75
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How's The Seat On The TU250X?

Any of you TU owners with a few long rides like to voice an opinion on the seat? Butt burn issues?
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