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Old 03-22-2013, 01:30 PM   #7621
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That fairing actually doesn't look too bad on the TU!

On a completely different subject-

I posted a thread about this in the Thumper forum:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=872769

Deus Ex Machina recently put on a show called "Festival Of Thump", celebrating all Thumpers. Too bad I didn't see a TU250X in any of the pictures, guess none of us attended!
we used to call these single piston street bikes (one Lungers) then when the xt500 came out
in the mid 70's for off road they got the name thumpers
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:18 PM   #7622
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Thanks, shipman! From some angles it looks a bit big, but in general I think it fits the lines and the period. I'm going for more of a '70's look than a '60's look, I guess.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:05 AM   #7623
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Fascinating, the store that sold my used TU250 said keep the oil level low to increase hp. I think I'll stick with mfg suggested level.
Seriously? Good grief. More like increasing their shop revenue from (warranty claim) rebuilds...
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #7624
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This is all wrong with the TU.
Over filling the oil causes the motor to make noise, that is the only downside I know of.

But the TU does NOT run hot, if anything, it runs too cold.
On a 100F day, after a long hard run then stuck in traffic, I measured the oil temp at 182F.

The TU has a plated bore and tons of fins, enough for a 500cc motor.

Other engines like say the TW200 motor have iron liners, not much in fins, do not hold much oil, runs lean stock, and can use more oil and an oil cooler on a hot day.



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IMO, the TU (or any other small motorcycle engine) does not hold enough oil, I would fill it to the very top of the sight glass. Do not worry about it being too full, almost all the oil is pumped out of the sump when the engine is running. Aside from lubrication, oil helps cool the engine, and that little 250 single needs all the cooling it can get. I'd also change it every 1000 miles or so. The bike does not have to be dead level to get an accurate reading, just close. Move it around a little while holding it upright and see how little the level changes. It is correct when the level is the highest.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:55 PM   #7625
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Most of the new bits:


What application are these fenders for and where did you get them?
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:49 PM   #7626
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Question how many rubber pads in the cylinder head fins?

I think I may have lost a few rubber pads: item 13 from oem parts: http://www.bikebandit.com/2009-suzuk...9102#sch650222

How many and where are they located? I have a Suzuki TU2250X service manual, and the head photos are not clear, and the service procedure for the head does not mention the pads.

I road 280 miles Saturday in cool temperatures at 60 mph for hours (hot engine and cold air temp might make them loose?), and also rode gravel and bottomed the front shock at least twice. Part way through the day I noticed a change in sound at about 40mph, thought overhead noise, some one asked me about the pads, and I did not know how many and where they should be located.

I'll check valve clearance, but it's still performing well and is still super easy to start, so I doubt there is a valve clearance issue.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:17 PM   #7627
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I do not think those rubber inserts in the fins do anything, at least not that I can hear.
Maybe the dealer that assembled the bike never installed them?

They will not fall out, you have to pry them out on my engines.
I also added some, but noticed no difference.
Stock, there are about 4, all on the right side of the head.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #7628
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What application are these fenders for and where did you get them?
Disregard.

Found your post. Chic Design.

Where can I buy them? I'm not very proficient reading Japanese...
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #7629
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Seperate note, anyone figured out how to make these bikes more dirt/crashworthy? Im REALLY thinking about making a "classic" adv bike out of one.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:57 PM   #7630
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Disregard.

Found your post. Chic Design.

Where can I buy them? I'm not very proficient reading Japanese...
http://japan.webike.net/products/1658510.html takes you to the front fender, the rear one should be at the bottom of that page as a "Customers Who purchased This Item Also purchased" item along with the bulb I added to qualify for free shipping. As a matter of fact, the "Customers Who purchased This Item Also purchased" is my actual order, haha.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:01 PM   #7631
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http://japan.webike.net/products/1658510.html takes you to the front fender, the rear one should be at the bottom of that page as a "Customers Who purchased This Item Also purchased" item along with the bulb I added to qualify for free shipping. As a matter of fact, the "Customers Who purchased This Item Also purchased" is my actual order, haha.
Haha. Nice.

Price is a little painful. They do look nice though. Thought about raising the front fender a little?(for mud clearance)
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:06 PM   #7632
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Haha. Nice.

Price is a little painful. They do look nice though. Thought about raising the front fender a little?(for mud clearance)
The price is the result of what seems to be a monopoly on Tux cosmetic products

Considering my use of the Tux, the front fender clearance shouldn't be an issue at all. If my intention was off-road use, I'd probably buy a more suitable bike for the task... BMW F700GS comes to mind.

So far, however, next one on the list is most likely going to be the Kawasaki W800 Special Edition.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:04 AM   #7633
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Thumb tu250 for dirt

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Seperate note, anyone figured out how to make these bikes more dirt/crashworthy? Im REALLY thinking about making a "classic" adv bike out of one.
kinda look like this (taken from post on Indiana Ride Thread)



Can't find the post, but someone offered to convert my tu250 to a dirt bike. I'm pretty happy with it stock with luggage rack.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:49 PM   #7634
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I gave it a go, and it did not work out.
Problems with dual sporting the TU:

1 The front forks SUCK in the dirt, 3.5 inches of travel and an 18 inch wheel won't do at all.

2 The gas tank is too wide (and expensive).

3 All the levers, shifter, brake pedal will snap off in an easy fall.

4 The very nice bright and expensive headlight will get broken easy.

Contrast that with the old 1969 Triumph I was dual sporting, I never broke anything on that bike despite falling many times.
The gas tank was narrow, the foot pegs were not folding, the levers were steel, shifter and brake pedal were tucked in and made out of solid steel.
No hydrolic master cylinder on the bars to break, bend something up in a fall and just bend it back (many times) without it breaking.
All that on a 500cc twin at about the same weight as the TU.

The TU also does not have any extra power to pull dual sport tires on the street.
The motor is great, plenty of power at almost any rpm, the bike is light for a street bike, fuel range is good, seating position is good, but I got a spare (salvage) bike before trying much dirt riding on the TU.

Getting an old bike or something like a crf 230l / xt225 would be a better idea.
I always wanted an sl350, looked like a nice balance between street and dirt..




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Old 03-25-2013, 05:44 PM   #7635
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I like the style of the TU..not the dirtbikes so much. That is my main idea behind...perhaps a scrambler has my name then.
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