Introducing the XTW200 LSA

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by TheMule, May 30, 2008.

  1. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    Following the example set forth by several guys at the TW200 forum I decided to tackle the job of installing the 4.0 Gallon XT350 tank from Clarke using one of thier methods. To fill in the gaps between the tank and the stock seat I heat formed some 1/4 in plastic sheet and lined it up with the stock side panels. After accomplishing this I looked at my list of wants from the AK trip last summer and ordered a windshield from a guy at the TW forum who makes them. I then surfed around and found an idea for pelican case panniers from KLR650.com. I used Pres. Bush's stimulus money to order a 115V welder, chopsaw, and angle grinder. I ordered 16 feet of 3/4" steel square tubing and made a few mods. The end result is a DAKAR ready TW with 4.4 gallons of gas on board (an honest 325+ mile range). Behold the XTW200 LSA (Low and Slow Adventure). Hope you enjoy the photos:

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  2. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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  3. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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  4. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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  5. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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  6. roguesteelheader

    roguesteelheader Thumperhumper

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    I really like it. Well done!!!!
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  7. Ironhead

    Ironhead But Itsa Dry Heat

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    Way to cool, nice job Dood!!:clap
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  8. truck6driver

    truck6driver The Fireman

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    Nice bike. What up with the lights in the grill of the Dodge?

    RH
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  9. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Been here awhile

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    Which Pelican cases are those ?
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  10. Tinfish

    Tinfish Long timer

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    Which of the gas tank write-ups did you follow? Were there any big problems you encountered?

    Nice bike!
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  11. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    Patrol Rig.

    Todd
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  12. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    They are 1500's I ordered them from Coast to Coast Safety on E-Bay for $90 apiece delivered. Would have liked a little larger but the 1550's were just too big for the TW.

    Todd
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  13. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    I followed "Eldavo's" write up and used a heatgun to modify the tank a little. Really no big problems, the tank is very snug on the bike and I had to "shoe horn" it in. Everything else was pretty straight forward.

    thanks,

    Todd
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  14. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Looks great, nice work!!!

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  15. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    It should come like that from the factory
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  16. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    very cool!

    just curious how tall (or short) you are, or perhaps more accurately, how tall some of the frequent TW 200 riders are?

    i've only been able to test-sit on them, and they seem kinda cramped to me, but i'm 6'2" with a 36" inseam.

    i feel like i need a "booster seat" :lol3
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  17. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    5'11", 170 lbs. and the bike is comfortable enough. Some of the guys on the TW site are about your hieght they use risers for the handle bars and seem pretty happy.

    Todd
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  18. turbonotch

    turbonotch Been here awhile

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    brilliant!
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  19. deadbird

    deadbird Very Large Bird

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    Nice job n the tank. Best job i've seen yet.
    I have an 87 Tw so I know how much fun these bikes are.
    -Deadbird
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  20. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys, I'm pretty happy with it but when I get time I plan on trying to do a better job on the molded plastic tank covers. I think it makes the TW a lot more useable for the tasks I need it to do.

    Todd
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