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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    dvgonzo,

    The simplest way to get a disk on the front end is to bolt Tri-Z components onto your BW. If you get Tri-Z triple clamps, then the entire proposition is simply bolt together and requires no machining.

    The downside to the conversion is that the forks have a lot of underhang below the axle and makes life interesting in ruts and rocky terrain.

    To answer your earlier question: I do use studs on the BIgWheel. They only get used for a small percentage of most rides but make the experience tremendously more enjoyable.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
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  2. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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  3. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Hahaha!! That's pretty funny.
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  4. Leo.G

    Leo.G Is still learning

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    I prefer the "How to flood a motorcycle properly"

    Jeje!

    Hey Mr. Bigwheels, tell me, what happened with Hollywood's bike and the problems that he had with all that mods?
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  5. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    Leo,

    The bike sits in the shop, battered and worn from the season's beating.

    1.) The rebuilt exhaust has been recrushed

    2.) Before the pipe got recrushed, it melted the clutch line

    3.) Before that, both brakes failed

    Otherwise, it was fairly reliable for the season. It's the same bike. It just has better graphics.

    Hollywood should be working on it now but he's off riding his snowmachine instead.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
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  6. Olydog

    Olydog n00b

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    Hi all,

    I just traded for my first BW200. I already have a BW80 that I rebuilt this year. I want to get the best gear set up for slow hill climbing. I wam wondering if anybody would have any sugestions of the best way to do it. I am hoping that I can just change the rear gear out to a bigger size. Any info is appreciated. Also Mr. Bigwheel what psi do you run your bigwheel tires at in the snow.
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  7. Leo.G

    Leo.G Is still learning

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    Well, that are things you know that can happen when you ride a bike in an enduro way, jaja!

    Lets wait for my DT, jeje!

    I hope you can have lots of fun with your BWs Oly..
    I would recommend you to buy or at least download a service manual and a parts manual so as to know more about your bike and the things it needs, and to know how everything is assembled and also how to disarm every part of the bike..

    Greetings!
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  8. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    Those videos are so hilarious I only made it to 240 and had to stop and post. "The originator of the both brake pads on the same side mod" :rofl

    Thank You,
    Mr Bigwheel
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  9. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    Olydog,

    I sent you a PM off of the TW200 site (I think).

    The easiest way to change the ratio on the BWs is to change the forward sprocket on the secondary chain (rear). Dropping the 14 tooth sprocket to a 13 tooth should drop your gearing to the point that you can climb a rope with your 200.

    It is hard to change the big sprocket on the secondary because it is dished out and requires a machined spacer to reestablish the proper alignment for the chain.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
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  10. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    This is Sixpepper's video of his shop:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lB0FZ1sA4A

    Sixpepper runs the Yahoo group for BigWheels. The video shows you what happens when the BigWheel affliction strikes deep. It almost makes me feel normal.

    Almost.

    Join the Yahoo group at:

    Normality not required.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
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  11. Leo.G

    Leo.G Is still learning

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    Now that's freaking awesome!

    What about sending a little BW 200 to an Argentinian guy that is starting university next year? :evil (?)

    The Córdoba hills start very close to where I'm going studying, it could be a good off-road touring bike, jej! (lets carry on dreaming, as long as it is free)

    Greetings!
    Many congrats to the owner of all those beautiful BWs!
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  12. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    :lol3
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  13. dvgonzo

    dvgonzo Been here awhile

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    No kidding! ALMOST normal!:lol3

    And I thought I was nuts for having two of them. THAT is a nice collection.....looks like they even have their own barn too!

    I was looking through the other vids that came up after it ended and found this. I had an '86 250R Honda trike years back and man it would haul. Had I known you could make it into a two wheeler with a kit I probably would have kept it......but then I would be up to three BW type machines and probably looking at putting up another scooter barn as well!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm4X9i8Mdgk&feature=related
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  14. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    sold my near mint bw350 and my fatcat last year, boy do I regret it. New owner won't sell it back.
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  15. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    condogs,

    The new owner would be crazy to sell them back. What were you thinking? How can you live with yourself?

    You probably get to sleep at night by telling yourself that they were both FatCats, but a BW350! That must really hurt.

    Alright, let's regroup here.

    There are other fish in the sea.

    I think they manufactured more than one BigWheel.

    You might get struck by lightning more than once.

    And maybe win the lottery again.

    Just keep looking. Keep looking and ignore that emptiness within.

    Don't look back.

    Good luck.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
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  16. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Love my TW200, and the guy who built that BW CRF450 is on this forum (MrBracket) and has a website.

    [​IMG]
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  17. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    Mr. Bracket does indeed have some mad fabrication skills. I think I have watched his video dozens of times. That Honda is very nicely done.

    Another Fat-Tire contemporary of his is located in Phoenix and is just starting to market a kit for the Yamahas. I think that it should have a very broad appeal since it should be able to cover 1999 to 2009 models of the 250s (both two and four stroke) 426s and 450s.

    This is the website:

    http://www.bigwheelconversion.com/

    They are just getting their feet on the ground so things are still being ramped up. I'll try to keep the updates going here.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
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  18. 86BeeDub

    86BeeDub Fatboy

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    Last year I took a late ride on a Fat Cat and just knew I had met my mate! She takes it nice and slow...Has a fat rear and doesn't talk back! Today I found my very own 1985 BW200! Oh great Mr BigWheel I feel honered to be in such presents of fellow enthusiasts! Would like to post a pic but I guess I cant from my Droid....
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  19. mudmantra

    mudmantra Been here awhile

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    Took another ride on the BW200 today, it was a blast. Lots of rain where I'm at, so the trails are solid mud. I cleared another trail and the bigwheel is the test machine. If I make it through the new section without to many broken parts, I might try one of my other dirt bikes. This machine really extends my trail riding to year round. :beer [​IMG]
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  20. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    Good on you, guys.

    I think that a lot of guys find the wide rear end appealing. We just generally don't admit it out in the open.

    mudmantra,

    One of the BigWheel yahoo group members has a set of plastics in for reproduction with DC Plastics. They should have molds made in a few months. The factory plastics are no longer available and these plastics will make your 200 as beautiful as it is useful.

    I think that the BigWheels are truly the only 4 season bike out there.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel