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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2018, 07:34:24 »
Only if you were in Masham  on Sunday.  :)

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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2018, 09:18:31 »
Sounds like a really useable tool.
Like others, initially I couldn’t see who’d buy it & why.. but I too covered thousands of miles quite happily on my old CB250RS.
There’s definitely a niche for a nice, lightweight, frugal, affordable bike with all the useful additions like luggage and heated grips.
The 250 seems to fit the bill, accessible in term of price and physicality, nice one Mr Suzuki.
Please keep us updated on ‘Stu’
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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2018, 10:26:06 »
Well I’ve had the V-Strom DL250 a few months now and as requested I’ve put a few impression of the bike below.  Overall it is an excellent commuter, small and agile in traffic with really a good mpg performance.  As a tourer? Hmmm…..

When the bike was purchased, I specced it with heated grips(Not needed those so far) hand guards and a centre stand.  I also fitted an after-market Givi Top box.

I’ve covered 1300 miles mix of Urban, A-roads and some motorway.  It was given an initial Service at 600 miles by Road and Racing in Hyde for £92 and the only other extra fitted so far is an additional aero screen.  I found the standard screen gave adequate protection for the body but the wind blast from it was directed onto the helmet.  I have an LS2 Pioneer which has a peak and the airflow was giving me problems.   With the extra aero screen purchased from eBay for £19.99, it smoothed the airflow over the top of my helmet making life much more pleasant, allowing me to look around without the fear of snapping my neck.

The 250cc engine is a reworking of the inazuma lump.  It starts red lines at 10500 rpm and produces peak power(a modest 24.8bhp) at 8000 rpm with 23.4Nm(17.26 lbft in old money) at 6500rpm.   On the motorway it sits at an indicated 70mph at 8500rpm.  Now according to my GPS the speedo has a 10% error overstating the speed.  This error is across the speed range.  So an indicated 70 mph is likely to be actually 60-65mph!  The cynic in me would suggest that 10% error on speedo = 10% better fuel readings, but to be fair, it does appear to be hitting the marks with fuel economy. 

The DL250 will sit at 70 all day and go beyond 80mph with no issues except vibration!  Even at an indicated 70mph, there is real vibration through the bars and the pegs which have left me with pins and needles in the hands after even short motorway journeys.   With the vibration issues I decided to have a look at the opposition and blagged a test ride on a BMW R310GS from Williams Motorrad in Manchester.  This being a single cylinder engine, I was expecting a similar experience but found that whilst there is still vibration, the frequency isn’t as troublesome.  I sat on a motorway at an indicated 70 mph for 15-20 minutes and felt no adverse effects other than being battered by the wind blast. (Although the R310GS has a screen, it is mostly cosmetic!)

The fuel tank holds 17.3 litres which I get 250 miles on before refuelling.  I err on the side of caution with fuel and will fill it up when the last bar of the gauge starts to flash.  This would indicate that I am going into reserve which is apparently, just over 4 litres.  On my last refuel I placed 12.5 litres in the tank with an indicated 250 miles on the trip.  This would indicate 90.8 mpg!

The LCD instrument panel has and Odo and two trip meters.  Each has an indicator of MPG, which is showing an average of 84.5 mpg.  No complaints there!

With a full ‘wet’ weight of 188kg and a seat height of only 800mm I would suggest that this is a first rate commuter bike (ideally suited to A and B roads rather than motorway runs) and great for new riders or those like me who are ‘vertically challenged’.  At 5’8” with an inside leg of 31”, I can place both my feet flat on the ground.   The seat is relatively comfortable and the mirrors are excellent.   Looking at other reviews it would appear that due to its light weight, it is good off road as well.  I can attest it is good on loose surfaces and has the low down power to comfortably get up steep inclines; not that I am an off road guru, just crap at navigation!  After taking a wrong turn in the Peak District I ended up on a steep gravelled track and even my limited skills could get the bike through the terrain with no issues!

And compared to the DL650?  Not had that pleasure yet, I feel another test ride needs to be blagged…….

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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2018, 10:55:01 »
Sounds like Stuart is a diamond! The perfect commuter for non-motorway duties. I wonder if any companies will do a proper  upgraded off road version?  Do try the 650 if you get chance. They are a bigger diamond.
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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2018, 17:22:28 »
that's a great review, thank you for taking the time.
There are a few tricks to reduce bar vibes, such as remove the grips, mix silicon sealant and lead shot together, and get as much in the bars as you can,let it set, trim it up at tge ends, and put the grips back on.

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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2018, 10:13:30 »
Another tip for the 70mph vibes is to alter your gearing.  If you find it has enough power to maintain 70mph then you could probably get away with fitting a larger front sprocket to lower the revs at 70mph.  Front sprockets are relatively cheap so easy to experiment with until you find what you want.

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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2018, 16:35:29 »
 :text-goodpost: Great write up and enjoy the bike. I have ridden one for 30 mins or so and its hoot to ride round town and as you say - comfortably at 60 anywhere you want to go.

I'll always wonder why Zuki didn't use the 400cc V motor from the SFV400Gladius. Its a current engine, (gladius SFV400AL7), would have been the perfect balance for weight/power/economy/character - Has ABS and I'm sure could have made emissions. 45odd hp, would have been perfect and I think a huge commercial success also given A2 licence etc.

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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2018, 19:47:48 »
Thanks for the review :thumb: Got me wanting one, now! :violence-smack: :icon_wink:
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Re: DL250 Review
« Reply #28 on: August 11, 2018, 17:24:23 »
I've got an Inazuma 250 to keep my V-Strom 1000 company. I get similar mpg, varying from 80 to 90+mpg. I don't have any issues with vibration and was amazed how smooth the bike was. Perhaps it may be worth blagging a test ride on another V-Strom 250 to see if that is better. It could be there is an issue with yours?