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Old 05-13-2013, 05:17 PM   #7771
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I'm in the market for a used one somewhere on the west coast. But it must have over 7,500 miles on it so I can register it in California. Can someone verify if it has the "on-road" EPA sticker on it. Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:41 PM   #7772
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:29 PM   #7773
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I put a new tire on the tu I noticed that when I shift down to stop at a light or slow down not using the brake it makes a slight screeching noise but only when it goes into higher Rpms like from 3rd into 2nd at 35 could the tire be slightly sliding on the pavement?
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:33 PM   #7774
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I have another question about oil I'm not to worried about the tu running hot I run semi synthetic 10 40 but it can get up to 120 degrees in the summer here in az. I have read that running 20 50 can make engine run cooler but have also read it can run hotter would there be any benefit to changing or just leave it
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:19 AM   #7775
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Hello everyone! I brought home a new 2012 TU250 about a week ago, and am enjoying the heck out of it! Been zooming around the local roads a lot and breaking it in... I have about 511 miles on it at the moment. It may not be a lot, but it's mostly been on slow roads, and the bike is grey anyway. I do have a question though, and I am wondering if something about the bike is off, or if it's just me.

Seems like shifting up is often sort of "clunky", in particular, from 2nd to 3rd, or 3rd to 4th. Often times it'll not want to pop out of gear with I give the shifter a nudge, and I'll have to try again. By the second try I'll have messed with the throttle and clutch some more.

One thing I notice is that if I start to push the shifter up just before I let off of the throttle, it seems to always (as far as I can recall) slide out of gear easily. But if, say, I let off the throttle first, then pull in the clutch and try to shift, it'll stick in gear. Is this a normal thing with motorcycles that I just need to get the hang of, or is something not quite right?
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:57 AM   #7776
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I have another question about oil I'm not to worried about the tu running hot I run semi synthetic 10 40 but it can get up to 120 degrees in the summer here in az. I have read that running 20 50 can make engine run cooler but have also read it can run hotter would there be any benefit to changing or just leave it

RTFM.

The owner's manual will have a chart of recommended viscosities based on ambient operating temperature.

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Hello everyone! I brought home a new 2012 TU250 about a week ago, and am enjoying the heck out of it! Been zooming around the local roads a lot and breaking it in... I have about 511 miles on it at the moment. It may not be a lot, but it's mostly been on slow roads, and the bike is grey anyway. I do have a question though, and I am wondering if something about the bike is off, or if it's just me.

Seems like shifting up is often sort of "clunky", in particular, from 2nd to 3rd, or 3rd to 4th. Often times it'll not want to pop out of gear with I give the shifter a nudge, and I'll have to try again. By the second try I'll have messed with the throttle and clutch some more.

One thing I notice is that if I start to push the shifter up just before I let off of the throttle, it seems to always (as far as I can recall) slide out of gear easily. But if, say, I let off the throttle first, then pull in the clutch and try to shift, it'll stick in gear. Is this a normal thing with motorcycles that I just need to get the hang of, or is something not quite right?
Very normal, and will probably lessen a bit as the bike breaks in. When you are shifting, you should "pre-load" the shift lever. IE this means apply slight upward pressure on the lever before you shift, then shift, then continue to hold pressure on the lever for a second after releasing the clutch again. I've never ridden a motorcycle that didn't shift smoother this way. Don't pre-load the shifter all the time, just right before and after a shift, and don't use a ton of pressure.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:59 AM   #7777
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My TU does the same thing while trying to shift from 2nd to 3rd. If I ease out the clutch a bit then pull it in most of the time it goes into 3rd. I've often wondered if it's my big feet that causes the problem? It doesn't happen all the time ,just enough to be annoying.

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:08 AM   #7778
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I put a new tire on the tu I noticed that when I shift down to stop at a light or slow down not using the brake it makes a slight screeching noise but only when it goes into higher Rpms like from 3rd into 2nd at 35 could the tire be slightly sliding on the pavement?
I would think you are braking too aggressively. I engine brake all the time, but I switch from 5th to 4th at a little above 30, then to 3rd a bit over 20. Going into second at 35 would make a lot of things squeal. Also, did you break your tyre in yet? It takes about 150 km to make sure the slippery stuff on it wears away.

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Seems like shifting up is often sort of "clunky", in particular, from 2nd to 3rd, or 3rd to 4th. Often times it'll not want to pop out of gear with I give the shifter a nudge, and I'll have to try again. By the second try I'll have messed with the throttle and clutch some more.
It might be doing it while breaking in (and if you read this thread, you would know it takes few thousand miles), and because of dino oil. You still have to run it for awhile to speed up the break in, but at about 5000 km (3000 mi) you can change to a synthetic oil (I did it after 4000 km), and the shifts would become much crisper.

Also, there is a trick to shifting: pre-load a shift lever slightly by pushing it up (or stepping for down shifting) before you pull in the clutch.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:35 AM   #7779
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Have you changed the oil yet?
It really helps shifting to get the initial oil out.
And the transmission needs to break in, it gets better till about 6000 miles.
Clutch adjustment is also important for shift quality.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:02 AM   #7780
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Talking New TU250x

My first motorcycle got delivered yesterday!
Here it is coming off the truck:


And here it is next to my other preferred mode of transportation:


I won't be able to ride until Saturday, but needed to vent some of my enthusiasm!

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:34 AM   #7781
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Great choice for transportation and recreation in both cases! Planning to paddle the TU around in the canoe?

Lyle Lovett rides his pony on his boat and tells the Lone Ranger to kiss his @ss!

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #7782
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The canoe could handle the weight, but balance might be an issue...
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:56 AM   #7783
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Does your house have its own parking lot?
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:02 AM   #7784
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Nope. I live in an apartment building that has a back lot that was mostly unused, so they started letting people keep boats, RV's, trailers or whatever they wanted back there. And they let you chain things to light posts.

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:10 AM   #7785
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Someone with a truck could take both, unless its chained to something they cant break/cut.

The TU is very light...
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