Mr. Seck prepares the little Suzuki for the next challenge: two-up touring!
If you read the TU250X / Sym Wolf 150 Comparo you may have noted that TU managed our two and half days on the road quite handily. Always being ones to take things a bit further, the next challenge is to see how well the TU can handle two-up touring.
In order to tour you need bags to carry your stuff. The TU presents a bit of a problem in this area as there is no factory rack option and Suzuki even tries to dissuade you slightly by installing the rear signals where your saddlebags should go.
A clever solution to the signal problem was found on tu250riders.com; pop the signals off, extend the wires and relocate the signals on the license plate bracket. It’s a brilliant idea and costs next to nothing to do. Sweet.
The next hurdle was a bit harder to overcome, and that was getting a rack that could support a decent-sized, lockable top box. After much research it was determined that the only rack on the market capable of doing this is made by Cycleracks. Trouble is that their design included a bit of a bump at the back of the rack that would interfere with the opening of the top box.
A call to Don at Cycleracks provided the solution; they would make me a rack with the hump turned down. As it was something that they don’t normally do it took a while to get it sorted and delivered, but when it arrived it was perfect. An hour later, after spinning some wrenches it was installed and good to go!
The rack was actually easier to install than our Shad SH40 top box. This box appealed to me based on its simple design and decent capacity, plus it seemed to match the TU quite well. It has the additional nicety of being able to strap extra stuff to the top – they even supply you with bungees to do so. It also came with the accessory backrest that has since made Fatima a very happy passenger indeed.
As mentioned, the only trouble with the box was the lack of proper hardware to mount its plate to the Cyclerack securely. Much head scratching and trial and error was required to come up with the final solution to use some electrical tubing brackets, a chunk of wood, along with select bits of Shad-supplied hardware to solidly fix the Shad mounting plate. It’s all good now and we have a place to lock a few of the more expensive bits when we are traveling.
Cycleracks also supplied us with a pair of bag mounts that are beautiful in their simplicity and functionality. They take only seconds to install or remove and provide a place for our rugged looking Enduristan waterproof saddlebags to rest on. Perfect!
The Enduristan Monsoon Soft Saddlebags are Swiss-designed and are said to be completely waterproof. Their multilayer construction and attention to detail is impressive. They’re actually designed for the abuse that an adventure-touring bike can throw at them so they should be more than up to the task on the TU.
Black Dog Cycle Works, the North American distributor for Enduristan products also supplied us with a sturdy-looking, expandable Sandstorm 2 Sport tank bag and a waterproof map holder that Velcros to the top of the bag.
The tank bag had the unexpected added bonus of perfectly fitting the removable guts of my Think Tank City Walker 10 camera bag. It’s as if Enduristan had collaborated with Think Tank on this. It’s great as I can have my camera extremely handy while traveling and put the collapsible camera bag in the luggage.
When we arrive at our destination and want to do a little walking around with the camera, I simply pop the camera compartment out of the tank bag back into its original bag. How good is that?
By the way, the Enduristan bags mounted easily onto the TU as they provided all the necessary hardware along with a great set of instructions. Gotta’ love the Swiss!
So there you go; we’re good to go two-up touring on a 250! Wish us luck and look forward to a full report on how all the touring kit held up, at the end of the season.
Enjoy the ride!
Cheers, Mr. Seck