Suzuki T250 Hustler

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produced: 1969-1972

Claimed 32hp @ 8,000rpm

Top speed: (approx.)

Engine type: two-…, air-cooled parallel

Weight: 146kg (322lb)

then: $699 (U.S.

Price now: $1,000-$2,000

I was out of the door of the classic bike heading for home, when the blue Suzuki in the corner my eye. It was unrestored, slightly and clearly hadn’t been for ages.

The bike was still recognizable as a Hustler, the 250cc twin that enjoyed a reputation in the early 1970s, and I resist asking if there was any of a ride.

Half an hour later, my was tucked down between the handlebars, and my eyes were back and forth between the and a slightly faded speedometer needle was creeping towards the mark. Down below, the engine was revving almost to its redline as I prepared to snick the gearbox into top gear. But I had confidence the T250 wouldn’t let me almost 35 years after it had burbled out of a showroom to make youthful owner the king of his roads.

Way back when … The was one of the bikes that put Suzuki on the map in the Seventies —­ perhaps more any other model. Its capable big (the T500 twin) had around for two years when the was launched in 1969, but the bigger never quite captured the of a motorcycling public that four-… engines when it to larger road bikes.

On the hand, most riders two-… engines as a perfectly way of obtaining high performance a smaller package, and the T250’s the T20 X6 Hustler, had already established a reputation in that regard. in 1966, the 247cc two-cylinder T20 was and quick (good for over it was even raced successfully), and its transmission was a first for a production But the T20 was very much a bike of the with dated features included a chromed gas tank rubber knee pads and an accessory tire pump clipped to the frame in bicycle

Suzuki’s achievement with the Hustler was taking all the good of the T20 and bringing them screaming the 1970s with a modern package, combined with a powerful and robust engine. the T250 designation was much logical than “T20.” And the name — dictionary definition: or energetic person; disco with a variety of steps” — was suited to a bike that plenty of rider input quick footwork) and responded giant-killing performance.

Rev happy The attraction, now just as back is the engine. The peaky little only really comes to at about 5,000rpm, but it sure plenty of acceleration from point until past its redline. The lack of low-rev power isn’t a big problem, the twin runs cleanly below 4,000rpm, just any great enthusiasm.

In traffic the might become annoying a while, but on my fairly short the Suzuki’s light weight and helped make up for that.

Besides, the little twin’s nature gave all the more to keep that throttle open, my left foot on the shifter lever and my head down out of the wind. As its speedometer was 10 optimistic, given a long straight a suitably young and owner could see well 100mph on the clock, which was good for an air-cooled 250.

In the world that translated to a speed of 70mph-plus, provided I use of the gearbox at times to keep the pulling cleanly. The six-speed box very sweetly, making the a pleasure rather than a to keep in its power band. World’s test noted the T250 box was much stronger and reliable than its equivalent in the which they said had “plagued by uncertain shifting and gears.”

Stable at speed

not often that a 35-year-old handles better than it have when new, but from those contemporary this Hustler is a lot calmer and controlled in middle-age than it was in its Cycle World very commented that the Suzuki’s twin-downtube steel frame a little like the famed Manx Featherbed frame, and is very strong,” and reckoned “handling qualities at speed are good.”

Even so, the testers admitted like to see somewhat stronger springs and heavier damping And the rear shocks were “all too typically Japanese in operation. That is, they sufficient rebound damping and a tendency to act like a pogo after hitting a bump.”

Ah the early 1970s, when few bikes could be ridden before the owner had switched to fork oil and replaced the rear

The good news regarding particular Hustler is that the shocks had already been by a pair of British-made Hagon and the forks were sufficiently damped to suggest that been rebuilt with oil than they held new. The Suzuki’s front end dives slightly when the powerful twin-leading-shoe drum handlebar lever is given a squeeze, but the bike copes bumpy roads far better I’d expected.

The Hustler’s replacement tires had plenty of grip on dry too, and despite being narrow, would doubtless worked fine in the wet. certainly wasn’t true of the Inoue tires commonly when the bike was new, and caused riders of the day some moments in the rain. Ironically, the drum brakes were by water, but when Suzuki this model with the in 1973, one of its new features was a disc brake that was dangerously in the wet.

That failing didn’t the GT250 — whose other innovation was its “Ram Air” essentially a piece of bent tin helped direct air onto the head — from maintaining the popularity through the mid-Seventies. In days any young motorcyclist who Suzuki’s 500cc world Barry Sheene was likely to be impressed by the 250cc two-… speed and excitement. All these later, the T250 Hustler delivers plenty of both.


Owner: Mike

Location: Placerville, Calif.

Retired state park

Etc: Mike’s first was a 1965 Honda CB77, used in 1967. He’s owned a 1965 Honda and a 1971 Honda CB350. just restored a 1974 TS185, is beginning work on a Suzuki T500 and recently a 1964 Honda CL72.

“I the X6s of the 1960s, but never had the opportunity to own A Grange friend got me back the vintage bike scene he gave me a yard sale T250 he had in his barn. The bike was sad.

I started work on it in of 2004 and went for my first in June of 2004. This was the two-… motorcycle I had ever The high pipes were and the gas tank inside looked a dried-up aquarium.

The finished product was very

“The T250 was great The more you twisted the throttle the it wanted to go. It had plenty of power and a smooth transmission. I never locate the high pipes but a pair of low pipes from the

In 2006 I towed the T250 my 1930 Ford Tudor up to state. We attended a Model A meet and then a Blue Motorcycle Meet. We received a lot of waves and thumbs up along the In January ‘Susie’ went to a new who lives in the Seattle area.”

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