2009 Suzuki TU250X: Initial Report

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Like most people, we didn’t think much of the Suzuki TU250X when we first saw it. A four-stroke 250 UJM, it’s easy to dismiss as a bike for training schools or crowded Asian cities. But, after a month of riding it around New York and salivating over photos of custom bikes from Japan, we’re starting to come around to its small-capacity charms. Think of this Initial Report as a “Before.”

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Initial Report: 2009 Suzuki TU250X

  • http://www.selfedge.com kiya

    Oddly enough just last week i bought a 2003 GZ250 to tear apart and turn into a bobber…

    The TU250 looks nice, but the close up photos make it look a bit dinky compared to the GZ. Can’t believe they stopped production on the GZ to replace it with the TU and the price is just about the same.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      The TU is actually a way better platform in terms of possibilities for personalizing and upgrading.

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will


    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      You’d have to see it in person. It’s manufactured with modularity as a central them. For example, you want to ditch the passenger pegs and brackets and mount rearsets? Easy. Just unbolt passenger peg mounts and use the bolt holes to mount your rearsets. No grinding required. Rear seat, rail and fender annoying you? Nothing a proper-sized allen head can’t quickly dispatch.

      There’s a a lot of that all throughout the bike.

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

    Ah. As the proud owner of a Honda Ruckus, I can relate.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I used to have a Ruckus too, so yeah, kinda similar.

  • normann

    F… I love Hell for Leather! I am from Denmark, where the tho smallest change to a bike could turn out to cost you around as much as an extra 180% of the vehicles cost! I mean, change it to an usd front and it will cost you – change the motor and your dead! thats why i love all these simple machines!

    All these viragos, and other “soft choppers” floating around, the same with old MZ and older japs: cut them to s… and chop them up, make them into real bikes! Stop looking at japan, start innovating!

  • http://cohobot.blogspot.com/ coho

    I would have seriously considered the TU as a beginning for my current project had not my local Suzuki dealer, when I inquired about small to medium displacement standards just four months ago, told me that “I can’t help you, we don’t have anything like that.” I found out about the existence of the TU here on HFL a couple of weeks later.

    My Yamaha TW200 streetfighter project is going nicely.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      TW200 Streetfighter?! You should send us pictures when you’re done.

  • Adrian

    I hope you have a big budget ,custom parts from Japan seem to cost a fortune for what you get.

    I love the bike scene in Tokyo though, its amazing what they do with small singles over there.

  • Gary Ricker

    I just got a TU 3 weeks ago. I love it! It’s a good-looking bike, fit and finish is first-rate, except for the duct-tape looking area around the muffler mount. Anyone know how to remove the rear pillion? I took off the rear fender bolt, but it has an attachment point somewhere under the rider’s perch. I’m not into highway driving; it’s great around town, plenty of power (if you row the gearbox) to jump out front at stoplights. Wish it had self-canceling turn signals and taller mirrors–saw the latter in photos from a “powersports” expo, as well as a Triumph-style dual seat (with white piping) and fork gaiters. Still, US Suzuki shows no accessories available. I took the MSF Ridercourse after 25 years of riding–took “range” portion on a Honda Rebel. I like the “standard” style of the TU much more than the Rebel’s imitation Sportster ergos. Oh, yeah, nice loud horn, too. The instant startup without choke (FI) is terrific. So who’s got URLs for Japanese sites with TU accessories?

  • tom leen

    In reply to Gary Ricer June 4 2009, Removal of rear seat pad easy just lift of riders seat and undo the two bolts you will see undo a bolt on both sides of grab rail just near the rear indicator brackets take of the dome head nut on the top of rear shocks and lift passenger stap of the seat pad and shroud will lift of. two screws at front of pad and seven samll nuts under pad easy job takes twenty minuets. Tom

    • Sean Hafer

      Hi. I have a TU250X, and also was interested in removing the rear seat. When you say “just lift off riders seat” do you mean it doesn’t need to be unbolted anywhere? Sorry for the silly question, but I don’t want to screw up a 3 week old bike! LOL.

  • San Diego Surf

    I’ve seen many pictures of this bike and then saw it in person at a shop in San Diego. I just took the beginner rider course and want this bike, but it will not be sold in California till later this year as a 2010 model. ;-(

    • dean tran

      You see it in a shop in San Diego? I asked for the bike in a local shop here and was told they don’t know anything about the bike yet. Are you sure this bike will be available in CA later this year?

      do you have a chance to ride it?

  • Gary Ricker

    Just asking, tom leen–
    “passenger stap of the seat pad”
    Does that mean passenger STRAP OFF the seat pad?
    What strap?

    Wonder why it won’t sell this year in CA? Should be pretty “green” with EFI and a Catalyst…
    Gary Ricker

  • jeff

    What color will the 2010 be?

    • Peter Fiedler

      As I understand it, they are importing just a 2009 model…no 2010 planned right now. I think Suzuki is testing the US waters with this bike. The reviews have been fabulous, I love mine but I can’t find any accessories for my life. A bit frustrating.
      The red paint is really quite beautiful considering it’s such a relatively inexpensive motorcycle.
      Please ride safely!

  • Greg Porter

    I just bought a TU250X. I live in Canada and Suzuki does not import this model so I bought one in Niagara Falls and went through the import process. I was also looking at a Royal Enfield but the Suzuki was just so much less expensive, had the 60′s retro look and looked to have far superior build quality. I just need to remove those 250 stickers on the side.

    • Victoria Murawski

      Did you buy the bike at a shop or from a personal seller? What was the import process like? Was it a headache? I also live in Canada, in Windsor, and I want a Suzuki TU250X SO badly.

  • Peter Fiedler

    Just picked up a 2009 TU250X at Cycles 128 in Beverly, MA. They only had one at all of their stores. Still gave me a good deal. Sweet little bike but took some adjusting after riding my 2008 BMW K1200GT and R1200GS!! Oh well!
    Trying to find someplace that sells engine guards, tail rack…simple accessories. I’m hitting a wall on this everywhere I turn. Does anybody have any ideas where one might locate such items? Japanese websites perhaps?
    Thanks and please ride safely.