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2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTED: COOL

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:35 am

2012 Suzuki TU250X

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Tradition comes alive in the Suzuki TU250X. With its classic styling, including spoked wheels, a round headlight and sweptback muffler - and plenty of chrome - it's designed to remind everyone that motorcycling is all about fun. That all begins with light, agile handling complemented by smooth performance. Best of all, it's designed to combine the fun of riding with truly economical performance.

Get a grip on a whole new standard. Striking looks. Comfort. Power. Versatility. Our standards deliver easy ergonomics, modern style, and metro muscle in dynamite packages. Whatever type of riding you prefer, our standards can handle it.




2012 Suzuki TU250X Key Features

Contemporary styling thanks to chrome-plated front and rear wheels, headlight case, speedometer cover, tail lamp housing, front suspension outer tube and polished crank side case produce a beautiful, high quality look.

Low 30.3 inch seat height and compact chassis provide confidence-inspiring performance for beginning riders.




2012 Suzuki TU250X Features and Benefits

Engine Features

249cc, air-cooled four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC engine with Suzuki's industry leading fuel injection system is tuned for strong low-end torque well-suited for city riding.

Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) Plated cylinder for improved durability, weight reduction and superior heat transfer.

Effective engine management and emissions control systems working together with Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection system, featuring 32mm throttle body, provides superb throttle response, smooth power delivery and reduced emissions.

Digital ignition provides optimum ignition timing for increased efficiency and crisp throttle response.

PAIR (Pulsed-AIR) system injects fresh air into the exhaust port to ignite unburned hydrocarbons, further reducing emissions.




Transmission Features


Smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission has gear ratios suitable for a wide variety of riding conditions.
Chassis Features
Diamond-shaped steel tube frame is lightweight and strong, producing confident and agile handling.

Exhaust system is outfitted with a catalytic converter and oxygen sensor feedback system reducing exhaust emission.

3.2-gallon fuel tank and fuel-efficient engine provide excellent riding range.

Full lighting system and easy-to-read instrumentation includes a trip meter.

Front disc brake with dual-piston caliper and rear drum brakes offer strong braking capabilities.



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2012 Suzuki TU250X - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4099 USD <- UPDATED PRICE

Chassis
Overall Length 2070 mm (81.5 in)
Overall Width 750 mm (29.5 in)
Wheelbase 1375 mm (54.1 in)
Ground Clearance 165 mm (6.5 in)
Seat Height 770 mm (30.3 in)
Curb Weight 148 kg (326 lbs)
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, DID520V, 108 links
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake
Brakes Rear Drum brake
Tires Front 90/90-18 M/C 51S, tube type
Tires Rear 110/90-18 M/C 61S, tube type
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.0 L (3.2 US gallons)

Engine
Displacement 249cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, OHC
Fuel System Suzuki fuel injection
Starter Electric
Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized)
MPG 79

Warranty
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:02 am

A 250 single cylinder thumper standard, classic styling.....how can it be anything but awesome?
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:18 am

I went with: Awesome

Same reasons ceemes said above, but I'll add it's really nice to see a good looking small cc bike out there that you'd be happy to own long after your learner curve is past it. In fact, I think it would be a great bike to own as an experienced rider, it's a classic without being a 30 year old bike you have to work on more hours than you ride it. It also looks very simple to maintain, work on and I'm sure it's cheap insurance (and thus cheap fun) as well. WTG Suzuki.

At $5,400 it's not a bad price either, although I'd like it see it at $4900 just as a "lead loss" to get more riders into the Suzuki brand.

I can just see myself bombing around town on it, WOT around corners having a blast.

One small request: Can they make a 750+cc one as well?

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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:51 am

I voted: FAIL

I agree that the concept is a good one, reliable entry bike other than a cruiser...but the styling looks like a parts bin bike...tail light from a trailer surplus store?? And why would anyone pay more for this bike than the Honda CBR250 ($4499)? or the Ninja 250R($4999)? What is the advantage to this bike over a DR200SE($4999)? I would think that a dual sport bike might be better in that it could be used for more than just commuting...I just don't see the fun factor for the bike, other than it is a bike.

And for me the "Classic Styling" is a negative...I like the looks of the modern naked bikes...in my mind, if the bike was $3999 it would catch my interest...and a bike of that size would only interest me if I lived in a large city because it would be all but useless for hiway riding...but for me it is the styling and price that put me off...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:44 pm

madjak30 wrote:I voted: FAIL

I agree that the concept is a good one, reliable entry bike other than a cruiser...but the styling looks like a parts bin bike...tail light from a trailer surplus store?? And why would anyone pay more for this bike than the Honda CBR250 ($4499)? or the Ninja 250R($4999)? What is the advantage to this bike over a DR200SE($4999)? I would think that a dual sport bike might be better in that it could be used for more than just commuting...I just don't see the fun factor for the bike, other than it is a bike.

And for me the "Classic Styling" is a negative...I like the looks of the modern naked bikes...in my mind, if the bike was $3999 it would catch my interest...and a bike of that size would only interest me if I lived in a large city because it would be all but useless for hiway riding...but for me it is the styling and price that put me off...

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Wow, I just saw the price, $5,399 for an quarter liter air cooled thumper in a ultra low tech bike? That's highway robbery right there!

The styling isn't too bad but they could have done better...I know they can as the big four makes lots of great looking quarter liter thumpers for the home market.

It really should be a fail but I have a soft spot for classic design thumpers so I will upgrade it to uncool.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:37 am

Wow, looking at the votes this morning and the TU250X is much more controversial than I even imagined:

Your Coolness Factor of the 2012 Suzuki TU250X is...

Awesome 29%
Cool 29%
Uncool 29%
Fail 14%
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:07 am

I went with cool, as I thought this bike with it's retro styling, could have come off a 70's showroom floor. Great entry level bike...
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:54 am

It's very cool. They got the tank right, and that curved headpipe is a work of art. I've read in reviews that the thing handles very well too. If I had more in-town riding and less freeway, I would so have one of these things in my stable. Great training bike, too.

Toss up between cool and awesome, I went with cool.

(It's gotta be in red though. Nothing would look good in that beige color, reminds me of the 2005 Concours)
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:34 am

Small, simple, elemental, classic styling. This thing is great! I hope the fenders, sidepanels, and headlight cowling are all made of metal. With such a simple bike, I don't know how else to vaguely justify the price. ABS? A tach? Tubeless spoked wheels?
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by Thumper » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:42 am

I voted "cool." If the price was more reasonable, it would be awesome...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by Wrider » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:46 pm

Cool. The only other FI 250 street bike is the CBR250R, (Or Ninja 250 in most places I guess). But the classic styling is pretty darn awesome, and the simplicity of an air cooled bike is darn nice for maintenance needs and whatnot.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by rayian » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:29 pm

The Suzuki DR650SE lists for only $600 more so why would I buy a 250? Nice styling though.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:46 pm

rayian wrote:The Suzuki DR650SE lists for only $600 more so why would I buy a 250? Nice styling though.
Agreed. In a country that has tiered licensing, it might be a different story but not in the US.

The fact remains this bike is one of the biggest ripoffs in the entire industry. Even compared to other bikes in the Suzuki lineup, it is a huge ripoff!

If you want a classic thumper, for less than a $100 more, you can get this
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by jstark47 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:00 pm

HYPERR wrote:The fact remains this bike is one of the biggest ripoffs in the entire industry. Even compared to other bikes in the Suzuki lineup, it is a huge ripoff!

If you want a classic thumper, for less than a $100 more, you can get this
First of all, I just checked the Suzuki USA website: base price is $4,099. The only accessory listed is a $219 gel seat. I don't know where the figure of $5300 came from, but that's not what Suzuki says the bike costs in the US.

But just for the sake of argument, Hyperr, let's pretend it did cost $5300. Why the heck would I want a Royal Enfield that weighs 100lb more, barely exceeds the TU250X's horsepower and speed and acceleration stats with twice the displacement, and is supported by Royal Enfields one-dealer-every-500-miles dealership network? (and many of those aren't real motorcycle dealerships, they're auto dealers, boat dealers, etc, selling the bikes as a side line.)
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Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:23 pm

jstark47 wrote:I don't know where the figure of $5300 came from
http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... TU250X.htm

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Unread post by ceemes » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:35 pm

I like this bike coz it harkens back to the types of bikes I learned on, the old small displacement UJM's, mind you the CM series were parallel twins and not single cylinder thumpers, but still, these image of this tidy little bike brings back fond memories. Plus it great to see another "beginner" bike on the market that isn't covered in plastic or is a Capt. America knock off.

Its a simple design, pleasing to the eye and with just enough modern cons to make it up to date. Like I said, how can it be anything but awesome?
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Unread post by jstark47 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:53 pm

HYPERR wrote:
jstark47 wrote:I don't know where the figure of $5300 came from
http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... TU250X.htm

2012 Suzuki TU250X - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,399 USD
Suzuki says it's $4,099: http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%20L ... y=standard - upper right hand corner of the page
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Unread post by Markg1 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:09 pm

Cool... Looks like it would be a great starter bike. I bet the fuel milage is awesome!
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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by madjak30 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:43 pm

jstark47 wrote:
HYPERR wrote:
jstark47 wrote:I don't know where the figure of $5300 came from
http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... TU250X.htm

2012 Suzuki TU250X - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,399 USD
Suzuki says it's $4,099: http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%20L ... y=standard - upper right hand corner of the page
I'm sure it's a typo on Mike's part...the $5399 is the Canadian price...still too pricey for what you get in my opinion...but I'm not the target demographic for this bike...either a beginner (who would be better off buying a used bike...) or someone that lives in the city and wants a bike that is great for buzzing around town on a retro styled bike...and yes, it is awesome on fuel...

I just feel there are better choices out there...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - VOTE NOW

Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:42 pm

jstark47 wrote:
HYPERR wrote:
jstark47 wrote:I don't know where the figure of $5300 came from
http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... TU250X.htm

2012 Suzuki TU250X - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,399 USD
Suzuki says it's $4,099: http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%20L ... y=standard - upper right hand corner of the page
That sounds much more realistic. I would have said the right price for the bike should be about $3,995.
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