THE BIGWHEEL THREAD!!! Yamaha BW350, BW200

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Mr. BigWheel, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    kozaz,

    I would summarize the differences as follows:

    The 200 weighs approximately 256 to 258 lbs dry. I believe that means there is no oil in the engine, no fuel in the tank and helium in the tires.

    The 350 weighs about 295 lbs using the notoriously optimistic Japanese scales from the mid-eighties. My lower back pegs the number closer to 325# when I try to lift the Great White onto a stand.

    The wheel base is very slightly shorter on the 200, which would impart a slight agility advantage in technical conditions when coupled with the weight disparity.

    The 200s were produced in greater numbers thanks to their longer production run. However, the 350 has the MonoCross(tm) rear suspension which is easier to find a better shock for.

    Some of the 200s were kickstart only. Others had electric and a kick. All of the 350s had electric and kick start, except for Cliff's #2 bike which has been enlisted in the Hollywood Madison Maintenance Program.

    The biggest difference is, of course, that giant, steam-breathing, muscular mass of an engine on the 350. There simply is no more manly BigWheel than the mighty 350 Electric.

    That being said: when Cliff and I were returning from the ride on the B-29 Trail we were riding on the shoulder of the road and passed a female rider on a TW200. I waved, expecting some recognition of kinship between the BW clan and the TW clan.

    We were snubbed.

    The conclusion that we reach over and over is: regardless of displacement, BWs are repulsive to the fairer sex.

    Really? How could you possibly snub Evel Kliffneivel when he looks like this:

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  2. BigE_50

    BigE_50 Been here awhile

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    Mr. Bigwheel,
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    As a rider, owner, and fan of the TW200, I assure you that many of us do feel an affinity for the fabulous few with the BW. I often drop by these pages to see what is going on in the BW-world.
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    As a woman, I would like to explain the actions of my TW-riding sister, who seemingly ignored you. In fact, the BW is such a specter of masculinity, testosterone, and might that I suspect she was overwhelmed by the sight of two of you at once. I know I&#8217;m feeling a little breathless right now, just looking at the photo above. I can only imagine the impact of you and Cliff valiantly popping wheelies (which I&#8217;m sure you did) as you rode intrepidly down the shoulder of the road. Were the bikes dirty? That can only add to the virile and heroic image.
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    Did you look back after you passed her? She probably had to pull over to loosen the bodice of her riding gear so she wouldn&#8217;t faint. Rest assured that those of us with two X chromosomes find the BW every bit as alluring as the TW.
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    Sincerely,
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  3. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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  4. Cliff h

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    My wife would certainly agree that I am evel, and she does snub me on a regular basis, and now that I have two BW's, she seems to snub me twice as much. It was nice to "Air" it out a bit at elevation this past weekend. A sanity ride was on the agenda as a required item. I can now better focus on how to divert limited funds towards future BW projects.
  5. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    Big E,

    Thank you for your kind words. My ego has been reinflated to near pre-snub levels. As all BigWheelers know, ANY sympathy, even if utterly patronizing or gratuitous is eagerly and gratefully received.

    More importantly, I will be checking all riders that I cross paths with to see if they have properly bodice-equipped riding gear.

    Another example of Cliff's absolute virility is that when he is not working his day job as a swimsuit model, he is equally comfortable on the other side of the lens:

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  6. BigE_50

    BigE_50 Been here awhile

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    Oh, My!
  7. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    The BW lives!

    What a blast, even with a slipping clutch. Time to order some plastics:D
  8. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    That is indeed sweet!

    Since you are breaking out the checkbook, I would recommend an additional plastic/metal purchase.

    http://www.partshark.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=7724&category=Motorcycles&make=YAMAHA&year=1987&fveh=205

    #29 is the "chaincase." Sixty well-spent dollars. It's just the sprocket cover, but it goes a long way towards protection. Not for the bike but for you.

    It is an odd feeling to have the chain grinding against your boot as you ride. It would probably be even more odd to have it grinding into your leg after a crash. I am a big Chaincase Booster.

    I love spending other people's money.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
  9. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Thanks, it is an odd feeling having the chain rubbing your heal!
  10. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    I am a TW200 fan. I bought a fairing shroud from an inmate for my XR650L and he told me about the blast he was having with his big wheel. Naturally I had to come look! :eek1 I am in love.

    Will it fit me? I doubt it? I am 6'6" and 235, but I am :raabia. time to read the tread and get smart on the beasties before I spend anymore $$. If I buy another bike I'll be thrown out of the house, :cry but I know that John with have sympathy and let me move in, since it is his fault that I have the bug now. :lol3
  11. Shercoman

    Shercoman Been here awhile

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    Buy one.You will not regret it.
    They are not super fast but they make you grin.
    If you are the kind of person that does not have to have the latest and greatest bike and just want to have fun you'll love it.
    Just my .02.
    i get through the woods faster on mine than I should!
  12. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    My truck is an '01 dodge 4x4 diesel, my "small bike" is an '04 Honda XR650L, so I guess I would say that I prefer function over form. The are two problems 1st (biggest) getting OK from the boss, 2nd finding one that is in good shape (for a moderate amount $)
  13. Conner

    Conner Charlie Ringo

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    I picked up a rolling basket case a little while ago cheap enough to buy it first, then tell my wife about it. In other words, 200$.
    I'm amassing ebay parts. Should have it running before too long.
    These things have a cult following. I like cults, I'll fit right in.



    Bob, can't you see us riding around Death Valley on a couple of these? James Renazco told me he'd be happy to build me a seat...




    Conner in Sacramento
  14. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Conner,

    You read my mind buddy! that is eactly what I was thinking of. Go out and raise hell with it riding all over the place.

    I guess I need to start looking for a basket case and start building! Does Kali consider them a green or a red sticker bike?
  15. Conner

    Conner Charlie Ringo

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    The little 200 is street legal in Ca. No sticker required. Ever.

    It's the same game we play with the big bikes, just much cheaper. I'm pretty excited about owning one. Parts are easy to come by.





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  16. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    I am confused....You own a TW200 or a BW350 or both????

    I took my MSF class on a TW, I loved it. It was a kick.

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  17. Conner

    Conner Charlie Ringo

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    I have a tw200. The BW's are not street legal.





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  18. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Put a Baja kit on it and register it in Nevada. :evil That is my plan! :lol3
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    Conner and Lonestar 2112 , just to give you a head's up on these little bikes, I tell you a short story of what happened to my son and I last weekend. Na , forget it . Get one and you'll learn for yourself why these thing's have a cult like following and what makes them so much fun . I'll clue you in on a littel bit . Took it to the track for the first time two week's ago , and was approached by two different guy's within 45min.of each other offering to buy it from me. Naturally I had to tell them it wasn't for sale . Last week end ,my son and I took both our BW-200's out to the track and were passed by a guy on a KTM-450 , who hit the berm and circled around and came back to tell us " Can't beleive it, a BW , you never see a BW anymore, let alone two of them in the same day . Thank's guy's for bringing them out." That was on the first track that we road that day . The fun we had was well worth the hassle of haveing just one kick starter lever between the two of us that day , my son broke his as soon as we got unloaded that morning . So get your's and go out and start your own fun filled stories to share with other's on here looking to pull the trigger on getting one of these time traveler machines.
  20. Sasquatch2112

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    LDL,

    My wife is balance challenged. She is one of those individuals that rode horses long before she rode a bike. She was almost 20 before she rode. I am looking at using this as an intro bike for her and of course it will be a kick in the butt :lol3 for me to ride.

    Maybe this will be the one dirt bike that I own that I don't loop :cry.

    email addy.....xrlooper :eek1
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