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Administrator 10-06-2009 01:18 PM

2009 Suzuki TU250X Review
 

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2009 Suzuki TU250X Review

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mscuddy 10-06-2009 01:43 PM

Now THAT is a motorcycle. Dig those 1971 rear shocks, Suzuki must have a warehouse full somewhere in downtown Nagata. Wonder if they are still filled with fish oil? Nothing like the damping qualities of a healthy codfish.

Kevin_Duke 10-06-2009 03:19 PM

I rode the TU for the first time yesterday. What a riot! Its shocks aren't bad, perhaps an upgrade from fish oil to whale oil. Happy to report that wheelies are part of its repertoire.

Kenneth_Moore 10-06-2009 03:25 PM

Very thorough review Pete! I just knew from the minute I saw that bike it was a winner. Everything about it just works. What an excellent choice for a starter bike, or for a tooling around town bike. It's gratifying to read such a glowing review for such a clean and straightforward machine. I particularly liked how you related it to the UJM; an excellent metaphor indeed!

Kenneth_Moore 10-06-2009 03:30 PM

I like pickles.

The_AirHawk 10-06-2009 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kenneth_Moore (Post 225500)
I like pickles.

You know a pickle is just a cucumber that's been soaked in cider...........

anrajala 10-07-2009 03:20 AM

"The term Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) coined decades ago described the numerous standard-style, and remarkably similar, bikes coming from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha starting in the 1970s."

Remarkably similar? If Honda 750 epitomizes this thing, how close clones were really Kawi 750 (3 cyl 2-stroke), Suzuki 500 (2-cyl 2-stroke), Suzuki 750 (3-cyl, 2-stroke water cooled), Yamaha 650 (2-cyl 4-stroke) etc? Unlike today, you could pretty much distinguish them even by the sound.

- cruiz-euro

seruzawa 10-07-2009 05:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anrajala (Post 225512)
"The term Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) coined decades ago described the numerous standard-style, and remarkably similar, bikes coming from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha starting in the 1970s."

Remarkably similar? If Honda 750 epitomizes this thing, how close clones were really Kawi 750 (3 cyl 2-stroke), Suzuki 500 (2-cyl 2-stroke), Suzuki 750 (3-cyl, 2-stroke water cooled), Yamaha 650 (2-cyl 4-stroke) etc? Unlike today, you could pretty much distinguish them even by the sound.

- cruiz-euro

Good point. You could easily tell a KZ1000/Z-1 from a CB750F or a GS1000 at a glance. Good luck today trying to tell a CBR600 from an R6. Or a Shadow from a Vulcan without staring at them for a while.

sarnali2 10-07-2009 06:54 AM

Cool bike, it's about time we started seeing decent all-around bikes here again. trust Suzuki to come up with it.

Kevin_Duke 10-07-2009 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anrajala (Post 225512)
"The term Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) coined decades ago described the numerous standard-style, and remarkably similar, bikes coming from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha starting in the 1970s."

Remarkably similar? If Honda 750 epitomizes this thing, how close clones were really Kawi 750 (3 cyl 2-stroke), Suzuki 500 (2-cyl 2-stroke), Suzuki 750 (3-cyl, 2-stroke water cooled), Yamaha 650 (2-cyl 4-stroke) etc? Unlike today, you could pretty much distinguish them even by the sound.

- cruiz-euro

We knew at least one of you malcontents would comment on this. You cherry picked the dissimilar bikes from the early '70s rather than note the similar ones (inline-Fours) a little later on:

- Kawi Z1, KZ650, KZ750, Z1000
- Suzuki GS550, GS750, GS850, GS1000.
- Honda CB350, CB400, CB550, CB750
- Yamaha was the most independent thinking, but it still had bikes like the XS1100, FJ600 and Radian, plus 550, 650, 750 and 900cc four-cylinder models.

If there wasn't a lot of common elements in the '70s and '80s, then why are we all familiar with the term UJM?


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