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Old 11-13-2018, 11:36 AM   #1
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Suzuki TU250X

So I've been thinking about getting a TU250X for about a month now as my daily commuter. With the move to the new house coming up, I'm going to be further away from work. Walking to work is going to be an hour and 20 mins instead of just 25 minutes.

I've been thinking I want a commuter that I won't care much about, will ride rain/shine but still looks somewhat retro. I could get an actual retro bike but with the motorcycle market in Atlanta, a newer TU will probably cost less, plus I'd rather get a simple fuel injected bike. My commute on a bike will be 3.5 miles, no interstate. Basically driving through downtown Atlanta

Plus side of a 250 is that my girlfriend will want to ride it as well. Her FZ6 is great on long trips but I think she'll enjoy the lighter bike around town. Also, my work doesn't require a parking permit ($$$) for small cc motorcycles so I think I can pull off riding in on a 250 and leaving it at the bicycle racks.

Please recommend similar bikes that you have experiences with. Thanks folks.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:02 PM   #2
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A 250 air cooled single?

I once commuted a few times on my XT350. It was terrifying on the freeway. Not sure what your commute is like though.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:46 PM   #3
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If you didn't need to do highway speeds I would be looking at something like a tw200. Think those would be fun to commute on.
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:03 PM   #4
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Beta 125rr-s

Next year they will be bringing the lc version with the super Moto wheels.
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:08 PM   #5
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Just to clarify, my commute will not involve any time on the interstate. Updated original post.
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:55 PM   #6
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What about a small enduro? WR250r? Something with a bit more versatility comes to mind. Then again, I'm always about buying something used that's already taken the depreciation hit.
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:59 PM   #7
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What about a small enduro? WR250r? Something with a bit more versatility comes to mind. Then again, I'm always about buying something used that's already taken the depreciation hit.
I've thought about it but a brand new TU250X will likely be cheaper than a used WR250. Those things must be made of diamonds. The main reason I don't want a dual sport/enduro etc. is because I want my girlfriend to want to ride this thing and she'll likely be more comfortable on a shorter motorcycle.
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:18 PM   #8
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:23 PM   #9
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I've been drooling over the SR400 for a bit. I will likely go check one out once I find one on craigslist and see if I like it. (pretty sure I will)
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:27 PM   #10
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You may want to consider a well seasoned Gen 1 FZ1.

You could get a sticker for the gas tank that says "Suzuki 250" in big white letters. The parking lot police won't know the difference.

edit: Naked, of course, for the retro look.
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:35 PM   #11
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Kawi 300 or 500 Ninja would be my choice.
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:43 PM   #12
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I rode a TU250X for two days in the new rider course my friend and I took our wives to. It was perfect for what you're talking about. Just a basic little bike, easy to throw a leg over, comfortable riding position, and extremely low effort to handle. I liked the bike. It has a nice look and would be a perfect around town scooter.
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Kawi 300 or 500 Ninja would be my choice.


So much more versatile.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:08 PM   #14
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Royal Enfield classic 500? Low seat, easy to maintain (you may be doing a bit of that though), ridiculously good mileage and for commuting it's ideal. Stick a sidecar on it and do the shopping run too.
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I’ll +1(2?) a Kawi 500. The Vulcan and the ninja share the same ex500 engine, I loved my Vulcan. For a 500 that bike hauled ass, plenty of power everywhere. Parts were cheap, and it was easy to work on.
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:11 PM   #16
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I've ridden the ninja 500 plenty of times. It's a nice bike, but too big for what I want. Kawi 300 is good but I'm never going to use it as a sports bike when I have the FZ1 so there's no point in buying one, I'd just feel bad.

I really don't want a gen1 as it's still a 1000cc that my girlfriend wouldn't want to ride around town, or at all. It's a 3.6 mile one way commute with 0 interstate. 1000cc would be overkill.

With a 250, I wouldn't mind teaching friends, having it as a buddy bike. Or using the gf's bike as a buddy bike and give her the 250 as she usually doesn't want to ride twisties anyways. Mostly just want a bike for her that I can take to work couple times a week
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:14 PM   #17
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Sounds like your decision is already made.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:51 PM   #18
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I would think something like a slightly used Suzuki Burgman 400 would be more useful for your intended purpose - more storage, more power, wind protection (which you will likely appreciate in the coming months), seating for 2, fuel injected, etc. And it would likely cost less than a new TU250.

Here is an example of a nearly new (assuming the ad is correct with 190 miles) 2014 model near you:

https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...400-5004908868

Another option:

https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...ABS-5004788278
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1000cc would be overkill.
You say that like it's . . .


I know. I was just being silly. Lots of fun options in the sub-400cc market.
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I would think something like a slightly used Suzuki Burgman 400 would be more useful for your intended purpose - more storage, more power, wind protection (which you will likely appreciate in the coming months), seating for 2, fuel injected, etc. And it would likely cost less than a new TU250.

Here is an example of a nearly new (assuming the ad is correct with 190 miles) 2014 model near you:

https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...400-5004908868

Another option:

https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...ABS-5004788278
A Bergman was my next thought after an Enduro
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