THE BIGWHEEL THREAD!!! Yamaha BW350, BW200

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

  1. MrParty

    MrParty Adventurer

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    BWSwamper. It looks pretty square next to the original. Is that the reason you guys all move to a modified larger rim? Because you get a "rounder" tire? How does it ride? I don't know what to try.....
  2. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    BWSwamper gets all of the cool stuff. I was infatuated with the Black Diamond tires until I noticed the listed weight. They are heavy. They look awesome though. I don't think that the square profile is that much of an issue unless you routinely lay the bike over on its side in the turns. When I have a square profile tire on studs, the only problem is that the tire signs off pretty suddenly when you are sliding through a turn and you lean over a few more degrees.

    I think that everyone who goes to a larger rim is just looking for a better tire selection than is offered on the unpopular 9" stock size.
  3. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    My brakes are sorted out and a few other things tweaked. This bike's a lot of fun!
  4. greg24

    greg24 Adventurer

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    I put a set on one of my BWs and they work great
  5. MrParty

    MrParty Adventurer

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    Sounds good. I'll give the Black Diamonds a try.
  6. Cliff h

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

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    Anxiously awaiting a report. My sprocket adapters came in. I would like to be able to replace all my sprockets and for the heck of it, I may buy 2 new chains as well. Does your VF 500 sprocket work?



    Sawyer,

    Do you have any pics or more information to share about your Blaster rear taillight project? I am in need of a non-existent stock replacement taillight.


    Gracias,
    Cliff.
  7. polarice

    polarice Former Ice Pirate

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    Did I mention how nasty dirty this thing is? I lugged most of it over to a DIY car wash and the caked on oil/sand just "laughed" at the pressure wand.

    So... I'm stuck chipping away at it. So far a non-toxic oven cleaner has been my best friend, that and some $1 dollar store pot scrubbers.

    Check this out after I cut the chain off and took the front sprocket cover off, I'm surprised the gear even moved with all this muck in here.

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    I got the rear rim off and separated the "halfs" only to find quite a bit of water and rust. Going to need to sandblast these I think.

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    I'll keep chipping away until I have something better to post. Wish me luck.
  8. chuggins143

    chuggins143 Been here awhile

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    I've always found that a bit of heat will solve most of those baked on issues... typically when I have some cruddy sheet metal parts (think VW bug tins) I'll just pour some gas on them and fire them up. Doesn't get them hot enough to hurt them, but will get them hot enough to cook off any grease or oil that's caked on. Will typically flake right off when cooled. Obviously, this will kill any paint on the part, but if you're going to repaint anyway then it's not an issue. Maybe a propane torch would do the trick. Just a thought...
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  9. Röhrich

    Röhrich big wheel freak

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    Someone selling some BW80 parts?
  10. Röhrich

    Röhrich big wheel freak

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    SSSSHHHHHH................TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just found a Bw350 with Netherlands Road license for 250€. I mailed the guy and he tels me that some American already bought it. Whyyyyyy!!!!!!!

    Why always me?
  11. Jplasse

    Jplasse n00b

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    Im new to the forums but figured if there'd be any interest, this may be the place for it.... Wish I would have known about this thread or found it sooner but its time for me to sell. I hope this isn't stepping on anyones toes or an issue with forum rules, just thought it would get the most exposure here considering there is quite a bit of traffic.

    Its a 1987 BW350, Camo wrapped nicely and all cleaned up, repainted etc. Located in California just outside of Sacramento... Link to ad :deal

    http://sacramento.craigslist.org/mcy/4257237885.html

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    EBAY ID is also Jplasse if concerned of Spam or non trust worthy seller due to being new to the forums. You guys have some really nice bikes and makes me more bummed for having to sell. Feel free to call phone number in ad or shoot me a PM.
  12. RebelYell

    RebelYell Been here awhile

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    I found a concept of a new bike called the caterham Brutus 750.Its big burly and heavy looking I just wonder what its gonna retail for?
  13. onefastrph

    onefastrph Shut up and ride.

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    Wish you were closer, as in WI. I want to use one of these as a trail groomer for fat bike mountain bike trails.
  14. Jplasse

    Jplasse n00b

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    Yea these are really some great bikes. Had a BW200 as well that I recently got rid of and now this ones at its time to go.
  15. Mr. BigWheel

    Mr. BigWheel b00b

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    I feel your pain. I want to assure that it wasn't me.

    It was probably Cliff though. He's won every bidding war on ebay for every overpriced part you can name.

    He is the primary suspect. Keep hunting though. Cliff has to sleep sometime.
  16. BWSwamper

    BWSwamper Been here awhile

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    Here are the AMS Slingshots. Primary advantage is DOT approval. Disadvantages are they are relatively heavy and wider rears aren't available in 25 inch.

    Front is 25x8-12. Rear is 25x10-12. They have a well rounded profile and a very good bite relative to OEM.

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  17. Cliff h

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

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    Rohrich,

    I swear on my copy of David Hasslehof's latest album it was not me! The Mrs. would not allow yet another addition to my stable, err, manger.


    BW Swamper,

    It seems the 10 inch wide rear tire affords more swingarm clearance. How does the narrower width affect floatation in the snow???? :evil


    Season's Greetings all,

    Cliff.
  18. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    I like those slingshots. May have to try them. Source?

    Anybody have a chain guard they will sell? BW350.
  19. jgarrettg

    jgarrettg Fleet Servant

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    Hi guys, I'm new to the thread. Just wanted to introduce myself. I ride a BW350 among other things. I've got a bit of seat time on a BW200 and learned to ride on a Suzuki RV 90. I've got Big wheels in the blood I guess.

    I'd like to make some mods to my BW350 but the darn thing is like new. It should be in a museum. I don't even think the rings are seated. It is one of those dream garage finds.

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  20. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    Hi and welcome! Sweet pic!