While the 2011 Suzuki TU 250 isn't a powerhouse or especially high-tech, it is one of the best beginner bikes available on the market. Not only is Suzuki dedicated to creating a retro, small-bike feel, but the Suzuki is well priced and very fuel-efficient as well. Retro appointments include a round headlight, spoke wheels, and a simple aesthetic approach. Chromed accents include front and rear wheels, the headlight casing, tail lamp housing, and the front suspension outer tube. Despite the retro look and feel, the engine and mechanics are not woefully outdated. The fuel injection allows for better fuel economy, and the chassis is built on a strong, diamond-shaped, steel-tube frame for lasting durability. The seat height is a low 30.1 inches, which makes it ideal for both shorter riders and beginners that need to be able to touch the ground with ease. The instrumentation is easy to read, and it even includes an odometer.
The 2011 Suzuki TU 250 features a 250-cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine. Cooling is air driven, and the digitally controlled ignition system allows for optimized ignition timing. The muffler is fitted with a catalytic convertor and an O2 feedback system that helps keeps emissions as low as possible. The transmission is a five-speed, manual transmission that allows for easy riding regardless of conditions. Fuel economy is estimated at 67 miles per gallon, and with a 3.2-gallon tank, the 2011 Suzuki TU250 can go a long ways between fill-ups. The performance is perky, but it is still what can be expected from the small 250cc engine. While it can reach maximum speeds of 75 miles per hour, making it capable of highway use, the Suzuki TU250 is much smoother ran at a slower pace. The suspension and brakes are adequate, but from max speed, they may be a bit underwhelming.
Overall, the Suzuki TU250 makes an excellent commuter, even though it isn't a performance bike. It is as easy to drive as a scooter, but it has the benefit of larger wheels and more stability. The simple mechanics make it extremely easy to learn how to ride, and the relatively low price tag make it a great choice in this price and power range. The competition may offer more in the way of modern equipment, but the TU250 offers retro style and handling without the fuss of dealing with old machinery or a kick-start ignition.