THE BIGWHEEL THREAD!!! Yamaha BW350, BW200

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

  1. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Oddometer:
    759
    Location:
    South central Alaska
    BTW, here a few pics of the FZR600 shock installation that I forgot to take until today for RWBWheel.

    This is a FZR shock with a remote reservoir:

    [​IMG]

    It has to be mounted upside down on the BW. This fork is the end that gets mounted under the seat:

    [​IMG]
  2. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Oddometer:
    759
    Location:
    South central Alaska
    The fork fits perfectly into the upper mount on the 350. (most Yamaha shocks of the 80s and 90s have the same architecture and dimensions, except for length):

    [​IMG]

    The hose for the reservoir must be secured to the frame in a manner that allows it to flex with the swing arm's movement:

    [​IMG]
  3. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Oddometer:
    759
    Location:
    South central Alaska
    The reservoir needs to be secured to the frame. Make sure you mount the shock so the hose exits away from the exhaust. A strip of rubberized tape and a hose clamp finish off the job in an inelegant fashion:

    [​IMG]

    There are some nice, sano billet clamps that would do a much better job than the hose clamp but that will have to wait until this project is finished:

    [​IMG]
  4. supertarmac

    supertarmac Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    39
    Hey guys, I apologize if this question pops out twice, but I am having some trouble posting.

    To my fellow BW200 owners:

    I changed my oil yesterday, and found a lot of metal and non-metal particles in the filter. I am wondering if this is because the bike has such low hours that the previous owner never changed / cleaned the filter, or if this is normal in these bikes?

    I did a little research and found some guys on the TW200 forum that said that particles on their filters on every oil change is normal, but it doesn't make much sense to me.

    Have your filters ever looked like this?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Many thanks in advance!
  5. 55voodoo

    55voodoo n00b

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    3
    Thanks Mr. BW!!!!

    Your videos are the reason I bought one!!! Now if I could just persuade the wife to let me buy that 350 I would be all set.....of course 5 minutes after I buy it Yamaha will release a new 400 BW with EFI, Disks and a Flux Capacitor for $3000.

    Long live the Big Wheels

    Also is there a PDF for Repair Manuals....looking for the '85 BW200
  6. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Oddometer:
    759
    Location:
    South central Alaska
    55voodoo,

    Please make every effort to buy a 350. The BW400 sounds really good and the rest of us will be in your debt.

    The manuals used to be available on the Google group site but now everything seems to be unavailable since the big overhaul.

    The easiest thing might be to buy a manual on CD from one of the pirates on ebay for under $10.00. Buy the cheapest one you can find because the pirates are just burning copies on .25 cent blank CDs. There is also a paper version available for considerably more, if you are Old School.

    supertarmac,

    I subscribe to the old axiom: If you can't read a serial number on it, then don't worry about it.

    Most of the non-metallic particulates are just bits of carbon. I would use some cheap oil and change it a few times with shorter intervals than you would ordinarily. I think your oil will start to run a lot cleaner once you change it a few times and the old crud gets flushed. At some point in their lives, these bikes seem to be garage queens that don't see much maintenance.

    Are any of the particles ferrous? Can you pick them up with a magnet?
  7. RWBWheel

    RWBWheel Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    130
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest-Everett Wa.
    Since the Yahoo Big-wheel group is VERY unhappy with the new format and the loss of access to all their shared files what if we were to duplicate those efforts for all to access again? Since this site doesn't have the function could we as a group start a Photobucket page where we post the password so all can use it to post PDF's Etc. to their for manuals and service related documents for all to have access to ?? It would take a little time for all to add to and rebuild , but at least all would be able to get to the information ?? Just a crazy idea...
  8. supertarmac

    supertarmac Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    39
    Mr BigWheel,

    Thanks for the advice. I have already done 3 oil changes since I got it to try to get all of the old stuff out, but it wasn't until yesterday that I was able to gain access to the filter (one of the bolts was giving me some trouble).

    I gave the magnet a try and YES some of the particles are ferrous. I read this is probably from the gears? Do you guys get this normally?

    The bolts looked like they had never been touched before to clean the filter. Maybe these particles are from the break in I hope?
  9. vroom_vroom

    vroom_vroom screaming chicken

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2013
    Oddometer:
    71
    Location:
    las vegas,nv
  10. yupper

    yupper Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2013
    Oddometer:
    41
    Location:
    Hudson, WI
    Thanks! It was a lucky couple of weeks finding these, and somewhat surprisingly, my wife was supportive of the purchase. I'll be interested to see others who have ridden both comment as well. Rode both today back-to-back, and both had no problem running over anything on my land (woods, moderate hills and berms, a few decent straightaways) . The 350 has amazing low end power in my opinion, and the 200 is very nimble and quick. I'm pretty light (160#), which is not much of a challenge for these beasts. Plus, I'm still a bit of a noob rider, and I haven't really had the guts to really let these rip. Longer ride planned for this weekend. Looking forward to snow!
  11. vroom_vroom

    vroom_vroom screaming chicken

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2013
    Oddometer:
    71
    Location:
    las vegas,nv
    its funny how mr. big wheel can make you look forward to snow!
  12. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    Oddometer:
    759
    Location:
    South central Alaska
    Or not look forward to Endurocrosss: Another world premier, right here on e the ADV BW SUV thread!!!!

    <object width="853" height="480"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/Q14Xu5Ks6HE?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/Q14Xu5Ks6HE?hl=en_US&amp;version=3&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="853" height="480" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  13. yupper

    yupper Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2013
    Oddometer:
    41
    Location:
    Hudson, WI
    That video is the best evidence of need for a nut cup I've seen in awhile!
    Who's the lucky little shredder with the BW80?

    Keep the videos coming! Best thing on YT! I appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into putting these together-very cool.
  14. supertarmac

    supertarmac Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    39
    Sounds great!! Hope you have a lot of fun!! Take some pics!
  15. MrParty

    MrParty Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    56
    I am interested in buying a BW200 but was
    wondering about the Max rider weight.
    I am a big guy who weighs 230.
    Would I wreck this Bike? I read that theTW200
    Has a rider weight of 396. Would the BW be similar?
    I am just looking to do trail riding, nothing hardcore.
    Thanks in advance!
    PS Sorry if I posted in the wrong area.
  16. 55voodoo

    55voodoo n00b

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    3
    Just wondering if anyone else has problems logging in...
    type it in, it wants to redirect me then nothing...,back to end of thread

    try to login again and hit redirect after typing same thing

    what's up
    JC

    and yet here's my post...I'm confused????
  17. BWSwamper

    BWSwamper Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    Oddometer:
    198
    Location:
    Boggy Lowlands of Carolina
    From direct experience, that amount of weight on a BW200 isn't an issue based on your expected use. If big includes tall, you will want to add handlebar risers (5 minute change - I like Rox brand), and maybe get the local shop to increase the padding in the OEM seat to raise the seat height a bit relative to the footpegs (straighten the legs a bit).
  18. BWSwamper

    BWSwamper Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    Oddometer:
    198
    Location:
    Boggy Lowlands of Carolina
    Does anyone have any info on whether the BW/Tri-Z triple clamp architecture could work in the current production XT250 frame. The Yamaha engineers seem to stick with certain dimensions...
  19. MrParty

    MrParty Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2013
    Oddometer:
    56
    Thanks for the reply. Yes Tall as well. 6'2.
    Probably look ridiculous riding it but that's okay.
    My "cool" years have long since past.
    The raised handle bars sounds like a good idea as well
    as the padded seat. I was most concerned about
    the bike handling my weight. My other pick was a
    TW200, but I have been fixated on the Big Wheel
    for a while. Wanted the 350 but they are few and far between
    here in Canada. Gonna check out a 200 this weekend.
    Can I ride this bike in the snow? Does it need studded tires
    and gas line antifreeze during winter?
  20. supertarmac

    supertarmac Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    39
    Hey guys, I'm trying to decide on which rear tire to get for my BW200. I really like the way the Kenda Knarly 22x11x9 looks on it but I'm wondering if it will be too small.

    Would a 24x13x9 fit?

    Will most 25x12x9 fit without any modifications or would I have to get a non-aggressive thread on it?

    I hope you guys with more experience on this matter can help me out on this one.

    Thanks for the help.