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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    Very nice to know, Jaubuchon. Gracias.

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    This was from a tire testing session today. Five days of 40 knot winds polishes a frozen lake to a mirror-like perfection.

    These are the tracks of a slightly crossed-up BW:

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  2. Röhrich

    Röhrich big wheel freak

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    Hi,

    I'm new here, and I'm from Holland/Germany. I'm rebuilding my Big Wheel 200es and I saw here in this great threat
    that there are people with ITP tires 25 x 12 - 9. I'm looking for these tires, but I would like to know if they fit good in the
    rear swingarm. Because I will get a German road license for the BW200 and my dads BW350.

    Thanks,

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  3. sticker

    sticker Adventurer

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    ^^^That is by far the coolest photo of a BigWheel I have ever seen!! The lakes down here are almost thick enough for ice fishing...hmmmmm.
  4. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    You owe it to yourself Sticker. You wouldn't think that you could have fun for so long just going around in circles. Little circles. Big circles. Slow circles. Fast ones. All sideways. Finest entertainment available.

    Röhrich,

    Welcome aboard! The 350 in the picture above is sporting the largest 25" tire I've ever mounted. It fits with 3mm rally studs and a fairly worn chain. It is a 25x12-9. If that fits in the swingarm, I think anything would.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
  5. Röhrich

    Röhrich big wheel freak

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    Goodmorning,

    Thank you Mr. Bigwheel, this are the tires I mean:
    Is there someone who could make a picture how it fits in the rear swingarm?
    Because when its to big, I cannot get it thrue the german Tüv. That means, no road license.:cry

    Regards,

    Röhrich
  6. RWBWheel

    RWBWheel Been here awhile

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    Hi, I have the 25x12x9 on the back of my 200n and it is tight with one half inch of space between the left swingarm and the rubber in one area ,the rest is better clearance, rocks and crud does build up some...
    Check the Duro 4 Ply's..the tread I believe is more road worthy and apt to pass inspection.
    Mine is plated and have had it on the pavement some lately and they behave pretty well...
    Ill post pics when i figure out the rest of photobucket..
  7. Röhrich

    Röhrich big wheel freak

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    Hi Mr. BigWheel,

    please could you give me an indication how much space is left free in between tire and swingarm ( BW350 ) ?
    Just for waging german ( european ) MOT specs.

    Thanxs and have a good new year to you all.

    / Röhrich :clap
  8. Duster11

    Duster11 Adventurer

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    The 200 is doing well, did basic maintenance (new primary chain, lubed swingarm, new air filter, oil & filter changed, painted exhaust). Runs like a champ. Now to see who will win the crown. The Rokon will go 20 mph top speed so that's a win for the BW. In slow speed, steep trail riding, the edge is to the Rokon. Once the weather warms up (I hear you laughing Mr Bigwheel) I'll take them both out for a real shootout.

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  9. Shercoman

    Shercoman Been here awhile

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    What tire and size is that? Is this the aluminum rim?
    I need to order a tire for mine.
    Closer picture of the tread and swingarm clearance please?
    Thanks!!!
  10. kobayashi-maru

    kobayashi-maru n00b

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    Hi, i´m new here ( following this thread for quiet a while.... ).
    Honestly i´d love to compare your ROKON vs. my Ecorider230D :lol3 Woud be fun.
    Posted some clips on the tube.
    Had some comparison with my BW200ES and both where great in the bushes and forrests.
    BW200ES pro´s: speed, handling, weight
    Ecorider230D pro´s: DIESEL ( multi-fuel ), weight ( mules thru like a tractor), REVERSE gear, hitch.

    Neg´s of both: no EU Roadregistration, yet - but we are working on this :clap
    all of u have a good 2013 !!


    banzaai,

    KoMa
  11. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i see a superbird?
  12. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Duster, :tb:tb:tb:tb:tb:tb:tb:tb

    Love the MOPAR!
  13. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    Röhrich,

    There was about 15 to 20 millimeters between the tire and the swing arm. I did not think that I could safely put rally studs into that tire without having clearance issues.

    However, since that time, my chain has stretched considerably (usually falling off in the middle of a ride with Cliff) and there is considerably more room. Perhaps you could use an old worn out chain for the inspection for the road license?

    I'll get a picture of the clearance for you and Shercoman when the daylight comes back.

    This is a stock picture of the tire:

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    This is the Duro HF 243 25x12-9. I'm using it to determine if it is worth getting a 24x11-10 for the Shercoman-modded wheel.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
  14. Duster11

    Duster11 Adventurer

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    The Superbird - yeah, I like unusual vehicles. Hence the reason I bought a BW.

    Hey, my friend has a 350 that I may be able to talk him out of. More details to follow. Here it is:

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  15. RWBWheel

    RWBWheel Been here awhile

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    Duro 4 plys on the 200. 25 x 12 x 9 is a tight fit but works.....
    the tread pattern on the 25 x 12 x 8 front Duro rides higher than stock, steering head angle is hardy different.
  16. Cliff h

    Cliff h [IMG]http://i219.pho

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    kobayashi-maru:

    I did some searching on youtube of the Ecorider230D. I am not sure which videos are yours as you didn't include links. I am intrigued by your machine. The questions about it abound:

    1.) With a diesel engine, are there glow plugs, or a kick starter (hopefully with compression release), will it run on a fine German beer, or bio-diesel?

    2.) The clip of the Ecorider230D in the snow has turn signals, is it road legal?

    3.) Is it one or two wheel drive?

    4.) How difficult is it to obtain parts for on German ebay, and are the parts prices artificially inflated like they are for the BW in America?

    5.) Does your bike get more respect in Germany than the BW does in America?

    6.) Are females as repulsed by your bike as much as they are by the BW?

    7.) Do your Lederhosen get caught up in the chain drive?



    Auf Wiedersehen,
    Cliff.
  17. kobayashi-maru

    kobayashi-maru n00b

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    Hi Cliff,

    THX for your interest.
    Well, this scottish origin has a rope and an e-starter, contains a HATZ 232cc Multi Fuel 1 piston Diesel engine with a glow plug ( no candle :jack ), semi- automatic belt transmission based on Woodward ( not DAF ), RW chain drive. For the rest i fire it up with standart Diesel Fuel, or, if not available around, with the cheapest salade oil from a discounter. During low Temp adding floatagents.
    The one i´ve got a couple of years ago was fully Road legal equipped ( see clip ), but yet i do not have the registration. Try to get it thru with both YBW´s later this year.
    Parts are easier to organize here in Europe. There where sold to Sweden aswell as to France and Switzerland. Guess to other countries as well. I do not need any parts because mine was out-of-the-box. So i just added the center stand, rear rack and hitch when i unpacked it.
    Yup, females ?? That´s a good one. My home village is in an agricultural region close to the former DCL ( east-germany ). Farm Girls ( if they are left ) like it, because it´s useful off road to check the cows or anything else. So, it depends...
    But usually people are very interested, even old school friends working for the cops or fed´s like to have a ride on it, because it´s so relaxed. Well, with a max of 38-40 km/h it´s more drifting then riding. I love it.
    Maybe for the trip to Scandinavia i´ll swap the rear sprocket to speed her up a bit.

    The clip in Winter you already mentioned.
    Others i´ll do by PM.
    All clips where presented by a friend and where produced by
    Qwait Gwanskaya Productions from Ushhorod / Ukraina.

    Oh, we do not wear Lederhosen or Krachlederne, the Folks down in Bavaria and Austria do.
    But they are foreigners anyway, Prost, Salve, Cheers !!!

    Enjoy.

    Have a good one.

    / KoMa :D
  18. Röhrich

    Röhrich big wheel freak

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    Goodevening,

    Here are some pictures of my Bw200 and Bw350 projects. I also have a question: ( picture with the back of the aircleaner ) Does that cover for the battery really exists? I have never seen this part in real, not even in the internet.

    Regards,

    Röhrich
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  19. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    Tire Clearance Photos!!! Just what everyone has been waiting for!

    25x12-9 (It is actually a Mud Buster, NOT a Duro HF243):

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    There is about 20mm of clearance at the shock mount point:

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    30mm at the outside of the tread:

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    This is how much wear there is on the chain:

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    I hope some of this helps. It sure used enough bandwidth.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
  20. jaubuchon

    jaubuchon Cheapest Boy Alive

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    The BM200 as I like to call it is coming along nicely, wiring is ready to put in, body and frame are ready for paint, the motor is to bare magnesium, following the bigwheel spirit it has some big ol wide wheels in the back, pictures soon. Got a carb float bowl gasket( the place in town sells all of the parts for a bigwheel) Trying to decide on color, im thinkin motor chevy orange, and the mower either black, plum crazy, red, or shelby blue.