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Suzuki T250 Hustler ?

Discussion in 'Builds & Projects' started by portboy, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. Got this running well now, no road test yet. As posted a few weeks ago i acquired these recently a 1970 GT 250 as registered in the V5, the feeling is it is a Hustler drum brakes all round as the GT250 had a disc front and didn't appear in the UK until 1972-3 .
    My aim is /was just to get it running, the whole fuel system had been clogged up with stale fuel in the form of a treacle like substance. So, tank thoroughly cleaned using sugarsoap to shift about an inch of this muck from within, fuel tap assy cleaned but i decided to replace it with a new replacement which omits the vacuum assy just a lazy device for leaving the fuel tap on.
    I replaced the coils as the original plastic coatings had split and the bike would not run on two cylinders. New plugs, new clutch cable, seat recovered, horn/light switch fitted ( never had one). Replacement handlebars as it had bent ace drops on it, and new grips.

    The running problem was the carbs as advised on the forum, i had removed them and stripped and cleaned them about half a dozen times with no success, this week i was to lent an ultra sonic cleaner which done trick.

    The bike is so original i am feeling loathed to do any cosmetic restoration on it, just ride it.
    Anyway a few pics for you all.






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  2. Super nice bike!

    Do you think the rear shocks have been painted black? I'm no expert but I would have thought they would have been chrome.

    Fuel taps/ petcocks for old Suzukis have insane asking prices on eBay. So if you aren't plannng to keep & restore the original, list it for a ridiculous price.

    When are you planning a ride out? I'm very jealous.

    Looking on the net the rear shocks look different to other bikes, not that it matter much and yours might work better! suzukit250-1971-1-1024x682.jpg
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  3. Thanks Jez, yes rear shocks were chrome................... and rust, so had wire brush treatment on the bench grinder and a couple coats of matt black.
    Fuel tap is fine after de-gunging, and i don't do profit mate.
    Got a new tyre to pop on and test flight on the Stinger is imminent.

    PS Is that yours ?
    #3 portboy, Oct 6, 2019
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  4. PS Is that yours ? No the bike in the pic is from Google. Your rear shocks look different though to those shown, as the springs are covered at the top.

    I look forward to your first ride report & pics.
    #4 Jez900ie, Oct 6, 2019
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  5. Two of my mates had those when I was 17. Up till then I wanted yds7
    I ended up with the model that came after yours but before the GT250. Mine was a T250R. The only difference with mine was a "coffin" shaped tank like the GT and the fins on the heads were diagonal
  6. Are they as quick as they are reported to be ?
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  7. I don't recall it being exceptionally fast it certainly wasn't as fast as the 250 S1 Kawasaki I had after it
  8. Nice bike.Will be interesting to see what you do with it.Your money should be safe whatever
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  9. B7EE7ABC-9E47-4851-AB44-864338DEF010.jpeg B1E3C582-A19C-4498-B06B-16E555DEFA18.jpeg 26AD711B-6C49-4385-9F85-51A42972AACA.jpeg I had one of those until a couple of years ago, great little bike, front brake is hopeless by modern standards though, when I took it for its first MOT the tester said “wow that’s the best reading I’ve ever got on one of these brakes “ I said but it’s crap, he said “oh yes it’s still crap but it’s working extremely well “ , they do go very well for an ancient 2 stroke, mainly because they are so light, at the time I weighed 15.5 stones and it would do over 90 on the clock, which I guess was about 80 in reality, but that’s some going for a 40+ year old machine carrying all that weight, back in the day with a ten stone teenager I recon 90+ would be easily achieved, I sold mine after a year or so because I couldn’t stop thrashing it and it deserved better:)

    Here’s the specs, not surprising they go so well 33bhp and only 145 kilos, the specs say estimated 105mph, that is very optimistic, I read that someone did achieve it on an airfield once back in the day, with a very light rider and wind assisted, 95 I agree, 105 only with a lot of luck and a fair wind!
    https://motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/suzu/suzuki_t250 71.htm
    #10 Mark9, Oct 6, 2019
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  10. I had a Suzuki TS100 when a mate at engineering college turned up with a 250 Hustler. He let me ride it, and it felt really fast :).
  11. Yes, i will be giving it an airing after finally getting the oil feed problem sorted that posi-force system is a bit challenging, tiny little check valves in the four feed pipes needed attention . Nice lines of solid oil supply now insted of frothing and air bubblees.
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  12. You may have already checked but it’s worth taking the silencers off and baffles out to check for carbon build up, mine came with silencers like yours, they were partially blocked with carbon it went a lot better once I’d cleaned them out, then I fitted the high pipes which again initially needed carbon build up cleaning out.
  13. The exhaust is a complete system each side but baffles are removable, i will give it a thrashing first to see how it performs.
  14. The only issue I had with mine was constantly having to mess with the points, if I’d kept it I’d have fitted electronic ignition.
  15. I was told as soon as you re-gap the points the timing has to be done as well, which is what i have done.
  16. Yes, one big problem is getting decent quality points, most sets are pattern and of lower quality than they used to be, occasionally NOS ones appear on eBay, worth getting a set if you see some.
  17. I used a DTI and a multimeter to set the timing on my 2 strokes. In practice cleaning up the points and accurately resetting the gaps restored the correct timing. Bit of a PITA when there were 3 sets of points though.
    #18 pauly, Oct 10, 2019
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  18. 5245AF96-76AB-4FA2-99FE-46BD5517CAAE.jpeg The only 2 stroke I have now is a 1955 James Captain 197, bought it for my 84 year old father to ride around his garden and tinker with, what a pain in the ass it was until I fitted an electrex electronic ignition kit, now it starts first kick and never misses a beat, points are OK really if you stay on top of them but ancient technology by today’s standards
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  19. What a lovely bike a bit sad as this was the same as my late Dad's last bike. He used it everyday as his only mode of transport , i never saw him lay a spanner on it. Love it.
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