|The black fenders and headlamp of the Suzuki TU250 give it a vintage look.|
With very few simple modifications, the seller of this Suzuki TU250 brought out the British style cafe racer hidden in what otherwise looks like a utilitarian Japanese motorcycle of the 1970s. Repositioned handlebars and a rack in place of the passenger seat were all it took. Suzuki supplied the knee pads on the tank and the upswept silencer.
The Suzuki's old fashioned removable headlamp, out-in-the-open speedometer and wire wheels do the rest. Unlike some other motorcycles, the Suzuki does not hide the fact that it lacks a tachometer by sporting a second can filled only with idiot lights. I love the honesty of that.
|Suzuki catalog illustration makes the TU250 look plain.|
The TU250 advertised by Larry Picarello in New York looks vastly better. It appears lithe and racy and the color is much less muddy in his pictures.
|It's far sportier in person; the muffler looks like a rocket.|
I wrote to compliment Larry on his modifications to the Suzuki and ask if he'd ever considered a Royal Enfield. He replied:
"I've owned other 'thumpers': Ducati 160, Ducati 450 R/T Desmo, Honda Ascot 500, but never a Royal Enfield. They look great! My current rides include a Suzuki DL650 Vstrom, Yamaha Tmax, Honda PCX, and a fleet of Puch mopeds from stock to highly modified."
So. Like I said: same folks.