THE BIGWHEEL THREAD!!! Yamaha BW350, BW200

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

  1. mudmantra

    mudmantra Been here awhile

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    Sometimes it rains here for weeks and the wide tires on the BW200 give it a real advantage on the trails. I've had it up in the woods when it's been raining with water on top of soup mud, on top of loose mud, that's on top of real mud. It floats over that stuff much better than the standard dirt bike. Around here I've seen 4 other BW200's and 1 BW350. One BW200 was in perfect shape, but all the others were like mine, almost completely worn out, with tons of ride time on them.
  2. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    mudmntra,

    I had a 25 inch rear tire on the 350 this summer like yours. The bike was unstoppable.

    Every time I thought that I had created a long term extraction project, the BW just powered out of whatever hole I found myself in.

    High speed through the mud is an entirely different kettle of fish. It's a little bit like a game of roulette, guessing what direction the bike is going to go.

    And don't even get me started about river crossings, with all of the flotation and no spokes to let the current through...

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
  3. mudmantra

    mudmantra Been here awhile

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    Yeah the traction with that 25 inch rear tire is amazing, the knobbies on the side of the tire really help when you turn on a steep slick hill. Going really fast on mud is not something I need to do. I can go fast enough, and your right, if you go to fast in the mud with a Bigwheel, it starts doing some exploring on it's own. But to be fair, even my standard dirt bikes well shoot off in unexpected directions when it gets slick. On some of the trails I ride on just the mere fact I can make it up, over and through them is a blast. :beer
  4. mctaggert

    mctaggert Full Retard

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  5. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    $1,000 for a decent 350? I think I want to move to North Carolina! Or at least just visit there with a trailer.

    Mudmantra,

    I agree with your riding philosophy. I take the BW for all of my solo riding because it can make it through a lot of scenarios without having to ride at a ten tenths pace. Nobody expects speed out of a BIgWheel, so once you break 10 mph, you have exceeded everyones' expectations.

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
  6. Cliff h

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

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    Mr. Big Wheel, I more than anything wanted a Big Wheel when I was a kid. I would relentlessly ask my dad to buy one for me to no avail. Now that I am more toward middle age, and a little rounder in the middle, I have been able to locate and buy a Big Wheel 350. It is the culmination of my childhood dream. I bought the machine in August, and have put many miles on it in the meantime. The bike is in very good condition. I joined this forum in hopes of getting in contact with you. I live in Anchorage and was wondering if I might tag along with you one day on a ride. I am not looking for fame or fortune, just a good time with a fellow Big Wheel enthusiast. What do you think?
    Cliff.
  7. dmvmechanics

    dmvmechanics Adventurer

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    One of the BW floating around the anchorage area is stolen. we had one that disappeared from a friends on Dearmoun. its been a while but it was a blast before it got ripped off. close to 8 years missing.
  8. Mr. BigWheel

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    dmvmechanics,

    Do you have any more info that could be posted about the stolen BW? A VIN vould be very helpful. Otherwise, it makes everyone in a very small population of bike owners a potential buyer of a stolen bike. Even any details about the particular bike would be helpful if there is some way to differentiate it from another BigWheel.

    Cliff,

    Hell yes! Let's go ride. How about noon tomorrow?

    If that's too soon, I'm sure we can arrange something.

    Remember, Arlo Guthrie said that it would only take three of us to be an organization. If we can assemble fifty, we'll be a movement.

    Let the BigWheel Revolution begin!

    Regards,

    Mr. BigWheel
  9. Cliff h

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

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    Mr. Big Wheel. Unfortunately, (Well sorta) my daughter is having a party for her 3rd birthday. I would love to go for a ride except for that fact. I enjoy your brand of humor, and I think that you would be a blast to ride with. I don't have studded tires (yet) on my big wheel, but hope to have some soon. Please send your contact info so that we can make a ride happen soon.
    I sincerely hope that I am not in possession of the stolen Big Wheel. I did get a bill of sale from the guy and his driver's license #, and the guy seemed very honest and sincere. I vin # would help confirm that I am not in possession of said Big Wheel. Best of luck in finding the stolen machine.

    Cliff
  10. Mr. BigWheel

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    Cliff,

    I have one of those three year old monsters. I have no idea who came up with that Terrible Two stereotype, but they were off by at least a year. Have no worries about missing the most awesome day of riding of this entire century (it was raining sideways up here and we hammered a couple of growlers from Mooses' Tooth instead).

    I'll send you a PM when I can spell without spellcheck again.

    Regareds,

    Meester BeegWheell
  11. mudmantra

    mudmantra Been here awhile

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    I discovered a method to almost instantly make your BIGWHEEL handle much better. Take a ride on a FATCAT, they wander around regardless of how slow you go. I still have one and it's great for crashing through brush. But after taking a ride on the FATCAT, riding the BIGWHEEL is much smoother. :beer [​IMG]
  12. Cliff h

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

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    Yeah, I was wondering if you had gone out for a ride in that weather. Our power was out last night for 2 hours due to the heavy wet snow and high winds. With a 3 year old, I can understand the need for a growler or 2, regardless of the riding conditions, and Mooses Tooth pizza is always a welcome meal.
    In the words of Alexander the Great, or was it the great Alexander Haig: "Ich bin ein Bigweeler" or something like that....?
  13. rhino89523

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    I have one of these things, just cruising and saw this thread and it made me smile. I have one of the 200's and I think the thing is ridiculous, it's not really great at anything but it always runs. It is the weirdest handling thing I have ever put a leg over and I own a few 3 wheelers too. I saw it sitting out at a garage sale, stopped and yelled at the guy he said $200 and it was in the truck. It's pretty good at teaching people how to ride because you can dump the clutch at idle and it goes or you can dump it at full tilt and the front tire barely leaves the ground. I can't really describe it because when I talk about it it all sounds kind of bad but I will never sell it. It always puts a smile on my face, even just seeing it in my garage puts a grin on my face. It is so stupid and yet so fun. Long live the BW!!!
  14. Mr. BigWheel

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    rhino89523,

    I think you summed it up pretty well. I'm going ride my BigWheel to the retirement center when my time comes up.

    But in the meantime, I'm going to take it out on the snowmachine trails tomorrow on a solo ride. There is no other bike that I can do this on and have reasonable certainty about making it back intact. Every timer I think about making the KTM into a BW, I realize that it make more sense to make the BigWheel into a KTM.

    That probably makes no sense to someone who is not a BIgWheeler, but I still haven't figured out if it makes sense to those of us with the BW affliction.

    Regards,
  15. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    and BTW mudmantra,

    Do you spend the majority of your day on ebay?

    Couldn't you find another more obscure bike with worse parts availability?

    Either the BIgWheel or the Fat Cat would have fit the bill, but both of them?

    I admire your wild fat-tire abandon.

    Regards,
  16. mudmantra

    mudmantra Been here awhile

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    On the plus side I don't worry about everything working perfect. I have some spare parts for the Fat cat . The CDI is weak and the motor is completely worn out on the Big Wheel, but I have a spare XT225 motor that just might fit, and the CDI's are cheaper for them. An extra 5hp and a little more torque shouldn't hurt either.:amazon
  17. rhino89523

    rhino89523 Adventurer

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    I really like my CR500 in the snow but the BW gets it done too. Cool spot here, I just smile every time I see a bike with the big fat back tire.
  18. mudmantra

    mudmantra Been here awhile

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    So far on the 1985 BW200, I've completely painted the frame and engine. Installed new sprockets and chains. Rebuilt the carburetor. New air filter. Removed the swing arm, cleaned,greased the jackshaft bearings and rebuilt the adjusters. Replaced a rear wheel bearing and seal. Installed new timing chain and cam bearing, new oil and filter, new levers. Recovered the seat. Cleaned the gas tank. Installed new brake shoes. Repaired the wiring. And some other small stuff. It's raining right now, so the trails are getting ready for the Big Wheel.:thumb[​IMG]
  19. 2handedSpey

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    Oh.
    My.
    God.

    That is hideous:puke1


















    But, I'd really like to ride it:lol3
  20. mudmantra

    mudmantra Been here awhile

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    If you get a chance to ride a Big Wheel, don't just take a couple of laps in a parking lot or somewhere a regular dirt bike is easy and fun to ride at. Instead take it somewhere your standard dirt bike just barely makes it, or won't and try it there. For me, I have some trails my dirt bikes well just make it when it's dry, as soon as the rain comes, forget about it. That's when the Big Wheel dose it's best work. I can get my trail riding fix in' not matter what the weathers like. Plus the wide tire doesn't cut ruts in the trails. A real plus when you have to ride over lots of water bars. :beer