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Suzuki T250 magazine articles

I have put some T 250 magazine article scans on this page. I would be grateful of any contributions — sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible. If you send me pictures of your own bike, please follow these instructions.

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Suzuki T250 road test (Tekniikan Maailma 5/1971, Finland). Click to enlarge.
Normally the Finnish magazine Tekiikan Maailma had been quite alert when testing and presenting new motorcycle models. Therefor it felt a bit strange to find a road test of a T250-II in a issue that came out in late winter/early spring of '71. Even the journalist (Tapio Sunell) told in the article that the new model had already been presented. The test ride was made a year too late! Another suspicious detail was the milage of the bike, Mr. Sunell told in the article that the test unit had obviously been very hard ridden by previous test riders. Still, when you look at the picture of the speedo (I don't think you can see that in the web version), there's only 3,1 kilometres on the meter! Did the importer of the bike loosen the meter wire so that the bike would remain ”brand new”? Perhaps the picture's bike simply wasn't the bikethat was used as a test ride.

Anyway, the article (six pages) was quite interesting. I don't even try to translate it all, but I can try to reproduce some details of it.

To start with, Mr. Sunell reminded that only five years earlier 28 hp was a great figure for a 250 cc motorcycle. ”Today Suzuki can put 5 hp more in its advertising boards”, he says. He was impressed by the amount of power. Sunell spent almost half of the article in comparing the T250 to the old T20. The gear ratios and the primary reduction ratio were dfferent, the compression ratio increased to 7,5 :1 and the carburetor to 26 mm. The result of the changes were that the T20's successor, T250, gave 13,8% more power and 9,3% more torque. Both models had a six-speed gearbox and Posiforce lubricating system.

The clutch wasn't operating like it should and the clutch cable was dry. The rear brake didn't have any bite. Mr. Sunell didn't blame Suzuki, he believed the hard use a s a test bike was the reason for the problems. He also thought that the rear dampers were too soft, something that all test rides in the sixties and early seventies seem to complain about. On the other hand, Sunell thought that the rear suspension was great. The fuel tank was obviously too small (12 litres), especially when the bike used as much as 8,5 liter per 100 kilometers.

Mr. Sunell liked the bike a lot. The powerful engine and the well-balanced overall gearing made the bike really quick motorcycle that was fun to ride.

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Sources: Tekniikan Maailma (Finland)

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