The 2009 Suzuki TU250 is the Japanese manufacturer’s entry-level motorcycle. Styled as a cruiser, the Suzuki TU250 is aimed right at the American mark, where cruisers have long been the most popular motorcycles. Similar to the single-cylinder motorcycles of the 1960s, the Suzuki TU250 nurtures the same qualities of simplicity, great fuel economy, and easy riding. If you just graduated fresh from a motorcycle riding class, and are in the market for your first bike, the Suzuki TU 250 is a great option.
Equipped with a flat dual seat, classic fenders, a round headlight, and clean lines, the 2009 Suzuki TU250 embodies the classic cruiser look. Since retro motorcycles are gaining popularity both in the U.S. and other countries, this simple yet timeless look fits the TU250's styling perfectly, as do the bike's 18-inch wire spoke wheels. Chromed engine and exhaust complete the classic look.
Powered by a 250cc, air-cooled, four-stroke SOHC engine that generates a modest 16 horsepower, the 2009 Suzuki TU250 is the ideal motorcycle for a beginner. It won’t win any drag races, but it makes for a relaxing ride. Once it reaches its fifth gear, the TU250 cruises along nicely. Suzuki chooses to go with a modern engineering solution by deciding to use fuel injection, rather than a carburetor. This choice improves the bike’s fuel efficiency and reliability. Possessing less horsepower does have an advantage for commuters; Suzuki claims the TU250 will give its rider 82 mpg. In stoplight street traffic, this might drop to the 50-60 mpg range. Even so, this level of fuel economy surpasses even hybrid electric cars such as the Prius. A five-speed constant mesh manual gearbox supplies the shifting. As with the engine, the transmission is designed to be forgiving and user-friendly.
A steel tubular frame forms the basis of a simple and functional chassis. To keep costs down and make the TU250 available at a great price, Suzuki opted to go with a telescopic coil spring suspension in the front, with a swing-arm coil spring in the rear. While this configuration provides good stability for a beginner, the suspension doesn’t soak up bumps in the road as well as modern high-spec suspension systems. A 275mm dual-piston disc brake on the front wheel ensures reliable stopping. With a drum brake equipped on the rear wheel, Suzuki continues the theme of user-friendliness, as the drum is unlikely to cause unwanted skidding.
The ergonomics on the 2009 Suzuki TU250 complement the other design choices. The comfortable flat seat and short handlebar results in a natUral, upright riding position that serves beginning riders well. Seat height is just over 30 inches, making the bike ideal for most people except very tall riders, or people with a very long inseam. Suzuki keeps the console simple, with a classic looking round speedometer/odometer with fuel warning lights set near the ignition switch. The 3.2-gallon tank, combined with the excellent fuel economy, makes the TU250 a great commuter bike. The chrome parts and simple design ensure the Suzuki TU250 will be easy to maintain for novices.
As an affordable, easy-to-ride motorcycle, the 2009 Suzuki TU250 makes the perfect starter bike for new riders just beginning their love affair with two wheels.