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2003-03-12 2001 Suzuki GZ250 Standard View Listings

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i purchashed mine with only 900 miles on it and it now has 2300 and i havent had any problems with it it is a great bike. a lot of people say it dosent have any power but if you are small and dont weigh that much there is decent power. i am also adding an exhaust, smaller rear sprocket.and dial a jet. hopefully with those mods it will be even faster
- josh, sarasota, Florida

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2001-09-20 2001 Suzuki GZ250 Standard View Listings

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I don't own this bike but I spent two full 12-hour days of my life on this bike at an MSF boot camp. I bought a 2001 Honda Magna for myself mid year and a Suzuki Savage for the wife. Here is what I have noticed so far about the GZ250 ... - Very light. At 300 pounds it is easy to maneuver. It really feels like a mountain bicycle with a motor. - Due to its light weight, the bike tends to get airborne on large bumps on the highways at 55 mph, where my heavy 550 pound Magna is firmly planted. By airborne I mean, your butt is lifted somewhat off the seat. - The bikes steering can be compared to a mountain bike. At slow speeds (under 10 mph) you need to countersteer and compensate, just like a bicycle. At faster speeds like 20+ the bike is stable like a BMX bicycle. The front tire is matched to the rear and the castor and rake feel close the frame so the bike does not feel like it wants to lean into turns. This makes it easier to ride. - The engine is not a V-Twin. By that I mean, people who are use to V-Twins idiosyncrasies need to learn a new set. For starters, the engine is fairly powerful, not what you would expect from 250cc. I can get the bike to 60mph eventually, not a hell of a lot of torque (Compared to the V-Four Magna 750cc )but it does the job fine. The bike is too light for high speed travel at highway speeds. - Tranny - This being a single cylinder engine coupled with this particular gear ratio tranny, you need to be on the money with your shifting style. A V-Four can get away with plenty of low end under revved torque, a V-Twin can also to a smaller degree. A single cylinder cannot. The bike jerks when you have not properly downshifted to match the speed of the road to the revvs of the engine, and there is no tachometer to help out, you need to practise and be on the money. - The brakes are top notch. Meaning they stop on a dime, but hey its only 300lbs + rider. - The chrome on this bike is non-existent. The little there is gets lost on it. - The handlebars are small and the grips are tiny. So, for someone looking for a recommendation I would say this is a beginner bike. It's a great bike for people who cannot maneuver a heavier 500+ pound bike, like my wife. It looks great, like a retro from the 50s that alone gets this bike respect. Keep this in mind and you'll love the bike. If you want to buy a bike to learn on, and trade up this is it. Keep in mind this bike is small. Small frame, small engine, small performance. If you're taller than 5'5 you'll be cramped. If your a strong person you'll outgrow this bike in a month. I would consider this bike the next step for a person going from a motorized scooter to motorbike.
- Richard Szkodzinski, Westchester, New York

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2001-08-15 2001 Suzuki GZ250 Standard View Listings

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This is my first bike and I have done over 5000km on it. I have had no problems with it . It is comfortable and handles nicely in the city as well as in the countryside. It's not ideal for motorway riding but it can cruise comfortably at 60mph, although it does feel very light at these speeds. Front suspension is a little soft but nothing that can't be fixed with heavier fork oil. Great starter bike but you will most likely want something bigger after about six months of riding it.
- Ciaran Cosgrave, Dublin, Ireland

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2001-05-18 2001 Suzuki GZ250 Standard View Listings

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Having almost crippled myself riding the undersized 125cc bike at the MSF course, I paid particular attention to the distance from seat to pegs when looking for a bike. The price was very reasonable for what I got. I am 5'10" 185 lbs. and 50 years old. I can ride all day with out a cramp. Big bike looks without the price. I feel very confident riding this bike, something I did not during the course. Not a bike for racing on the highway but great for local zips and trips. Low cost and maintenance make it a beauty for the start into motorcycling.
- Steve J. Kelly, New Milford, New Jersey

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