I purchased this 1981 GS250T ( GSX250T ) on April 27, 2012, number of previous owners unknown. Mileage at time of purchase 2866 (4614 km).
This was my "project bike" for 2012, extending into 2013. While it looked to be in fine condition when purchased the fact remains it is a 30+ year old motorcycle that appears to have received (maybe due to its very low mileage) limited maintenance aside from possibly receiving the 600 mile (1000 km) service check.
A lucky purchase as the GS250 was almost 100% complete and appeared to be essentially "unmolested."
The GS250 is pictured above on Colorado Route 103 at an elevation of approximately 11140ft (3396 meters).
I place a high priority on having a bike that is a reliable rider and it is my desire that it perform as new. As a result I completed a comprehensive maintenance and repair effort consisting of, but not limited to:
Complete electrical system checkout and switch cleaning
Other lubrication such as control cables and levers, side and center stands, etc.
Comprehensive front-to-back cleaning and detailing
Hydraulic front brake overhaul and pad replacement
Speedometer and tachometer cable lubrication
Check rear wheel alignment
Replace seat and install replica OEM cover
Here's a picture of the project bike (on the right) along with a nearly identical GS250T I have owned and ridden since 1993.
Here is the GS250T with another one of the smaller GS models that is seldom seen today, a 1979 Suzuki GS425E:
I have ridden the GS250 several times now and at first was having trouble with debris clogging the carburetor jets, this despite my best effort at thoroughly cleaning the entire fuel system and having installed an additional inline fuel filter. After changing the fuel filter to a different type the problem appears to be solved. The bike is now a consistent and reliable performer and I am quite pleased with it. It's a keeper!
Below are photos from recent rides.
For pictures from my rehabilitation effort I invite you to visit my GS250T Project Bike Photo Page. Over 100 photos are available, all selectable via thumbnail images.
ronh.org GS250T video
This 7 minute, HD-quality video features a ride from beautiful Echo Lake to Morrison, Colorado. A variety of roads are included - straight, twisty, high-speed, low-speed, all with great scenery on a fine little bike!
Recorded on 2013-07-01 (July 1, 2013).
This 11 minute, HD-quality video features a ride up Colorado's Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in North America! The video was recorded on the GS250T's inaugural trip up the mountain.
Recorded on 2013-06-27 (June 27, 2013).
This 7 minute, HD-quality video starts at Morrison, Colorado and contains primarily canyon riding although a variety of roads are featured with 2 higher-speed sections.