I have been asked about the Suzuki TU 250 a number of times since we bought it and thought it is time to write a review on this machine. The Suzuki TU250 is a great bike. I didn’t call it a great small bike or a great beginner bike or use any other qualifier. Taken on its’ own, it is a worthy bike and that may explain why it is popular with riders of varying skill and experience. Let’s take a look at it.
|A bike that makes you smile|
The TU250 doesn’t try to be a sport bike, a cruiser, or a touring bike. Instead, it tries to be a bike that can carry its’ rider nearly anywhere and do it with grace and dignity. Where this bike excels is in taking the rider down our secondary and back roads. It is as if the bike wants you to become a part of the world you are traveling through. It wants you to experience the smells, to feel the wind and the temperature of the air. It wants you to look around and enjoy the scenery. The seat is comfortable and the riding position puts no strain on your neck, back, arms or legs and it keeps your head and eyes up where they belong.
I don’t know the top speed of most of the bikes I have owned, and that includes this one. It does seem most comfortable cruising in the 45 to 60 MPH range. At 60 and beyond the wind begins to be too much for my comfort as well, so the bike is comfortable at speeds that match the speeds I most enjoy when riding without a windscreen. Acceleration and top speed are not the strengths of this bike. If top speed and acceleration are very important to you, there are better choices in bikes. The TU250 does have enough acceleration and speed to flow with traffic on the roads it was made to travel.
The TU is so very light and agile that you need only think where you want it to go and you are there. It is as if it is an extension of your thoughts and wishes. Curving roads are a blast, yet when the pavement gives way to gravel or dirt, this bike continues on completely at ease with the new surface. If the going gets bumpy or sandy you can stand on the pegs to keep the bike stable and the ride smooth. The light weight (326 pounds fully fueled) that makes it so nice to ride also make it a breeze to move around the garage or ride at parking lot speeds.
My wife and I are 5’4” and 5’8” tall and the bike fits us perfectly. I have read reports of taller riders fitting fine as well. So the bike is a comfortable and enjoyable travel companion and explorer. It is also a very good looking bike, at least to most people’s eyes. It has no beak and it doesn’t where clothing that makes it look like a caricature of a motorcycle. It is designed on the style that was once known as a “standard” bike, but is now rather rare. Park the bike and people will walk up to it for a closer look and if you happen to be nearby you can expect them to quiz you about its’ age and if you restored it. How nice is that! A bike that can introduce you to the joys of back road riding and also introduce you to new friends!
The TU250 gets great gas mileage. Ours usually tops 90 MPG and has had a low of 84 MPG. That coupled with a 3.2 gallon fuel tank and you can expect a 250 mile range with good reserves.
Over the years motorcycles have become specialized. We can purchase what are essentially street legal race bikes, enormous and comfortable touring bikes, street legal dirt bikes with 10 inches of suspension travel and gigantic cruisers that weigh in excess of 800 pounds. All these bikes are fantastic at what they were designed to do, but they give much away at the far side of their particular specialty. Everyone can look at this Suzuki and name a specialty bike that does something better that it can, but there are very few that can deliver as much fun and enjoyment as this bike can.