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    Default Suzuki TU250X

    Any have one or ridden one for any period of time?

    From everything I am seeing on the forums people like them, but only concerns are valve check intervals (3k miles), the top speed and the cafe conversion.

    I am shopping for a commuter that will get on the freeway for an extended period if needed and that gets 60mpg + easy, with little maintenance for about 3k or less.

    CBR250, CB500X and the TU250X are all on the list. I know the 500 is out of the price range but meets everything else.
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    Look at the Kawasaki 300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Look at the Kawasaki 300.
    I have, it's in the 5k range for price, unless I can find used. Most people get 50mpg, and the cams have to be pulled for a valve adjustment from what I have seen.

    CBR250 I can get for 2500-3k, gets 70mpg and you do not have to pull the cams for a valve adjustment.

    No doubt the 300 is a better performance package, but mileage and cost of owner ship are the driving factors in my purchase, how long will ti take before I am actually saving money with the bike?
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    I just bought a used ZR 550 for under 2k. Gets 55+ MPG.

    i don't think the TU will be very happy on the hiway. It only has like 15 HP.

    Might try a used ninja 250.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danoh1 View Post
    I just bought a used ZR 550 for under 2k. Gets 55+ MPG.

    i don't think the TU will be very happy on the hiway. It only has like 15 HP.

    Might try a used ninja 250.
    I was on the scooter with 7hp and a about 28lbs per HP. The TU is 20lbs per HP. My old scooter would do 60mph tops, but hills gave it issues. It was a 2 stroke so no torque. I'd test ride whatever I get.

    If I got a 250 sport bike I would get the CBR. The ninja riders average high 40's mpg and the cams have to be pulled for valve adjustments from what I have seen online. The CBR gets 70mpg easy and no need to pull the cam, and it's a single cylinder.

    My formula is low maintenance and High MPG so it actually will save me money to ride it.
    The new Hondas meet these standards based on the maintenance intervals I have seen but they just cost a bit more than I have right now.


    What year ZR did you get? I can see cafe potential in that. I looked on Fuelly and they only showed 2 bikes and they were getting 39mpg average.
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    Bought a minty 1990 zr550. After 150 mile shakedown last weekend, it was getting over 50 mpg.

    and my purchase included shipping from PA. Keep you eye out for a GPz550. They run great, and are affordable. Easy maintenance too. Yes, a little old. But might fit your needs well. Plus, you can sell it for what you paid for it. Factor in the depreciation on a new cbr250 and the old bike wins.

    we were thinking CBR 250 for my daughter . Even though she loved the style, she thought it was not enough bike. Showed her the ZR550 and she was hooked. Loved it on Sunday. Could stop talking about how smooth it is compared to her single cylinder Honda.
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    Who said you have to pull the cams?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYLUjaxOYaY&sns=em
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danoh1 View Post
    Who said you have to pull the cams?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYLUjaxOYaY&sns=em

    On modern models you do.
    http://www.ninjette.org/forums/showthread.php?t=9924

    Plus I prefer FI if I can get it, with an older cafe I realize that is not possible, but the looks and the cost play a heavier roll there.
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    I guess so. I bet you will rarely need to adjust them after the first time. I like the zx300. Cool little ride.
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    Have you considered on of these? Good on gas, cheap insurance, cheap tires, fun in the twisties with some easy upgrades.

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/mcy/4112876449.html

    EDIT: cafe racer part...missed that, although I have seen these converted to cafe racers.

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