I purchased this 1981 GS250T from the 2nd owner on Oct. 15, 1993, mileage at time of purchase 1556 (2490 km). It was basically in good condition, just suffering from neglect and needing a thorough cleaning more than anything else. The GS250 is in original condition and has not been restored - the paint, chrome, seat, exhaust system, etc. are all as delivered from Suzuki. It is pictured above on Colorado Route 5 at an approximate elevation of 12450ft (3795 meters).
The GS250 has been ridden numerous times from Denver, Colorado to elevations of over 12000ft (3658 meters) in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and has completed a number of trips over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the highest continuous paved road in North America.
Trail Ridge Road is highly recommended for an enjoyable ride with outstanding alpine scenery. I invite you to click Rocky Mountain National Park on the Links page to learn more about the U.S. National Park Service and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Another enjoyable ride with fine alpine views is Colorado Route 5 (the Mount Evans road) west of Denver. Paved in its entirety and seldom busy, the GS250T has completed a number of trips up this mountain, the most recent of which was August, 2014. Despite the elevation, the 250T climbs up to the over 14,100ft (4298 meter) summit without problem. The engine's stamina and willingness to run is amazing. For more information and a photographic essay of the breathtaking ride up Mount Evans visit my Mount Evans Ride pages. Below are 2 pics from an earlier ride up the mountain on the GS250T, the date is 2010-05-28 (May 28, 2010).
Along with the 1980 GS250T, the 1981 GS250T features an exceedingly durable and reliable counterbalanced engine, 6 speed transmission, four valves per cylinder and Suzuki's TSCC combustion chamber design. The only 8-valve, GS-twin sold in the U.S., a somewhat similar 8-valve twin, the GS(X)400, was available in Canada but not the U.S.
The GS250 is currently one of my "riders" with a mileage figure of around 21200 (33810 km).
The pics below are from various rides on the GS250T.
Below is a nice view along Colorado Route 5.
First offered as a 1980 model and replaced by the GS300L for model year 1982, the 1981 GS250T was the last of its kind offered for sale in the U.S.
In April 2012 I purchased a 2nd 1981 GS250T that was my project bike for 2012-2013. Here's a picture of the project bike (in front) along with the GS250T featured on this page. Details of my now-completed rehabilitation effort are on the GS250T Project Bike Photo Page.
Here's a shot of the GS250T with two of its like-size stablemates.
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