Popular Mechanics reviews the Suzuki TU250X

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PM_TU250X.jpgPopular Mechanics just reviewed the Suzuki TU250X. While the tiny UJM only manages 85mph flat out on level roads, they found it uniquely fun to ride, saying, “this Suzuki requires the rider to plan ahead and choose the right gear and entry speed to negotiate a pass or a high-speed corner.”

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  • CafeRacer1200

    I’m really not sure about the “pass” unless their world is populated by BMW Isettas. The “high speed corner” bit is confusing as well.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’m pretty sure they’re using “high speed” loosely.

  • nataku83

    That’s a pretty decent top speed out of a 250. My “200″ Twinstar tops out at a little over 70, and I have no issues passing slower traffic in normal city driving (speeds up to about 55 mph). This type of bike is generally not intended for highway travel, although it sounds like it could manage cruising at 65 fairly comfortably.

  • Adrian

    Wes,

    Weren’t you guys going to customize one of these and test it.

    • http://Http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, stay tuned for a feature. LOTS to catch up on now we’re done with stop/action.

      • Carleton

        Seeing as the last comment from this article was over two years ago, I presume that nothing ever came of this customization project. Am I mistaken? The TU250x seems like the perfect entry-level standard and is unfortunately overlooked too often. I’m in college and am sick of fiddling around with the choke every morning on my CL350. (New Hampshire fall and winter weather can be tiring.) I’ve seen TUs selling for around 2k with under 5000 miles which is undoubtedly a screaming buy. If you and Grant did ever make any progress I’d love to read about it.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Yeah, Suzuki never coughed up the promised cash. The TU’s not bad, but it’s tiny and lacks decent suspension, brakes and tires.

  • AceCafeClipOns

    I once passed one thing with one of those! (it was my motorcycle driving license, in fact) but I can’t remeber the “uniquely fun”, to be honest…

  • DoctorNine

    Looks like it would be a blast to put a bigger jug on that thumper, and trick out the frame and exhaust a little bit. It even has fuel injection, so a bit of computer wizardry would make fueling it a snap. Could be an inexpensive project for some snowbound cyclist this winter!

  • PC Paul

    It is a far better looking bike than the Rebel or TwinStar. A Ninja 250 would eat it’s lunch, but it is in a completely different class. I think that it is a great bike for plonking around town and playing on back roads.

  • stempere

    I see a lot of these (and the 125 one) in the streets of Paris but i always thought the position was much too low for urban ridding (driving a duke 2 allows me to see above much of the cars).

  • Plead the 5th

    I have had one for a few months and on a flat freeway, I can honestly say that curiosity led me to pushing the needle just beyond 90 on the speedometer. Tailwind or not I love it for the side roads and traffic that I commute on. Now for a bench seat…

  • sam

    at least it isn’t a rebel

  • SJY

    Look for a gel seat and rear rack for the TU250 from Genuine Suzuki Accessories. Will have pics soon. We will also have windscreen and retro mirrors.

  • http://www.wlindley.com William

    “Only” 85mph? There’s hardly anywhere in the USA where the speed limit is above 65… why would you need to go faster than that? 66 in a 65 zone is illegal… that’s what speed LIMIT means… shakes head

    This bike looks sweet, hoping to replace my old Rebel with one soon.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Grandpa, put your oxygen mask back on.