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Suzuki TS250M

TS250M

  • Price new - £649
  • Power – 16bhp
  • Top Speed – 88mph
  • Weight – 133kg

Although not particularly light at 133kg and having only 16bhp, the TS250M was very nimble and as happy pottering along the high street as taking the short cut home over the rough stuff.

In truth, the Yamaha DT175 was more than a match for it and that’s probably why the TS never set the world alight. Most manufacturers had a 175 or 250 mud-plugger in the late 70s, all looking for the dirty money.

Most of these machines have long since been used as field bikes and are lost forever.

The single-cylinder two-stroke produces great low-down torque and a lovely tune is played through the exhaust. The suspension is bouncy, gearbox is slick.

Specification;

  • Overall Length - 2 185 mm (86.0 in)
  • Overall Width - 890 mm (35.0 in)
  • Overall Height - 1 100 mm (43.3 in)
  • Wheelbase - 1 415 mm (55.7 in)
  • Ground Clearance - 247 mm (9.7 in)
  • Dry Weight - 111 kg (245 lbs)
  • Engine type - Air-cooled 246 cc single cylinder 2-stroke. Kick start. 23 hp / 6,500 rpm, 2,68 kg-m (19.4 ft-lb)/ 5,500 rpm. 75-80 mph.