2008 Suzuki GZ250 from United States of America
The bike delivers what it promises, and does it with style
Absolutely no problems at all. It's the little engine that can.
Bought the bike for the 7 mile commute to work, simply to save $$ on gas. It has turned into my guilty little pleasure, and I find myself sneaking out for quick jaunts and 50+ mile rides.
I stand 6'3" and run about 240, and while it may not be the perfect fit, I can handle a few hours in the saddle without too many problems. Small enough that my wife (5'3" and 110) likes to jump on and take it for a spin.
Is it a long distance cruiser? No. Will it get you quickly and comfortably from point A to point B? Absolutely.
Nice torque curve from the single, gas mileage has been in the mid 60s, and it handles like a dream.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th July, 2008
17th Feb 2009, 13:15
An add on to this post. Have now hit 1800 miles, broke it out for it's first ride on a 50 degree February day. Didn't have battery on a trickle charger, still had solid charge. Turned gas petcock to on, bike fired up with about 30 seconds of cranking. Still the little beauty it was last year. Still makes me grin.
12th Jul 2009, 15:18
The fuel petcock on these bikes is always on. There is either on, reserve, or pri for when the bike sits. Unlike the bikes of the 70s, fuel does not fill the carburetor with the petcock in the on position, only when the motor is turned over will gas enter.
Just wanted to point out that there is no "off" position. The bike will start regardless of which position it's in, unless of course it has sat for a very long period of time in which case moving to "pri" helps it start faster.
1st Aug 2009, 01:22
Thank you so much for the semantics lesson. Basically trying to say that there was no dealing with trickle chargers, dead batteries or any other fun killing activities. Flip gas cock to prime to get fuel flowing and fire it up. Try that with anything from Wisconsin.
The bike has now hit 2500 miles, been a bad weather year in Chicago for riding, and it just keeps getting better and better. Engine has really opened up, midrange power seems to be much stronger, and it gets up to 60 or so a lot quicker than I seem to remember. Also seems to have lost some of the buzz at higher speeds. I can actually use the mirrors at speed. Keep riding all.
29th May 2010, 17:02
Full break-in period for the engine is listed as 1000 miles, but I have read many reports of the engine achieving best performance at more miles than that, as much as 5000 miles! Then the MPG and performance go up, and oil consumption goes down.
10th Jul 2010, 18:06
OK, well if you turned the petcock to on, what did you have it on before? Reserve? LOL.