The Gel seat is still a two piece but looks as though it is one, this way the rack under the pillion is still available.
A few hundred miles on a tu250x. This weekend was beautiful up in NH, pretty windy, but I stuck to the woods covered back roads. The rumble from the exhaust surprises me almost every time i get into the gas, she is so quiet with little bit of gas and low rpms, then with just a twist of the wrist the little 250 gives quite the roar (sounds much larger than she really is). I am pretty tall rider for 250 class street bikes and find my butt likes to get right up to the edge of the front seat, but this does not affect comfort and i could ride with the stock seat all day (6'4"). The riding position is slightly more forward than the Versys, which isnt bad at all, it gives me the ability to get down into a half tuck which is very helpful flying through the twisties. After the first hundred miles i started getting her pretty low into corners but the pegs just wont drag, I was expecting to hit them easily. The bike is so narrow it is very easy moving around when switching left to right for the curves (wouldnt it be awesome to drag a knee during a track day? people would be like wtf is he doing on that old thing?). So in terms of handling i would give it a 8.5/10 for now, maybe more maybe less once i get a chance to ride with my buddies, see if the little tu can keep up with the bigger bikes in the curves. I have owned two ninja 250s and the tu is just as flickable but much more steady during high speed turns. As far as power it feels a lot faster than it really is, the exhaust noise and torque pull make you feel like there is a lot of acceleration and because of this the only time I really miss the acceleration of larger bikes is when i am doing 0-60 mph runs to get onto higher speed streets or when merging onto the highway (and roll on at highway speeds). But if you are in any other gear besides 5th pulling out of turns and straight line pull isnt as bad as the numbers would indicate. The transmission is pretty nice. The clutch action is better than the versys (maybe not better but easier), you can slowly let it out so you can get a great launch off the line every time (getting a good launch every time of the V is a lot more difficult, this is also due to a lot more power causing the front wheel to come off the ground on the V). That being said, once you have the clutch fully engaged you almost have to immediately pull it back in to shift to 2nd. First gear is so short I feel as though it runs out of breath around 15-20 mph. The rest of the gears seem to have a much longer life and 5th gear is so far away that the engine doesnt feel like its working hard at all at highway speeds (good for mpgs, bad for wind and hills but 4th can be used at highway speeds as well). I purposely took her down the bumpiest road i knew of that didnt have too many pot holes, just lots of speed bumps (frost heaves really). The front never bottomed out on me, and the soft damping was always ready for the next bump, the rear is great stiffness wise, but the lack of damping showed up over this type of road (seemed great on average and better roads), every bump seemed to linger (only for another stroke or two of the rear suspension). The chassis was amazing, no complaints, no shakes, no twists, took the bumps like a champ. The front brake has good feel and decent stopping power, the rear brake has no feel but is good enough with the help of engine braking to get to the ideal speed for turns. I will replace the front with better pads so see if that helps with emergency braking. Its just the perfect little bike to pull out and hop right on for a quick errand and a fun bike to take out and ride the heck out of. Every time have gone out, i get cagers, harleys and other bikers to take a second look. One guy drove by in his car starring at me the whole time with a huge grin and nodding his head like "that is an awesome bike". I cant wait to take it to a bikers gathering with the new accessories that are due in this week and see the response there. Even got the wife wanting to learn to ride, she signed up for the msf course this weekend.
Sorry about the pictures it was pretty sunny out when i took the pics.
Last edited by eparker202; 04-04-2011 at 10:19 AM.