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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neepuk, Jan 10, 2009.
My brother spotted this in Elmira, NY. Interesting exhaust
I had my shinko 244 installed on the front rim today, 4.60 x 18 size, and it looks good. Cant wait to try it out this weekend, its supposed to rain so it should be fun.
I was surprised how wimpy the stock tire is, very thin and soft and flexible.
I thought it was a beefy tire as I was running 12 psi or so and slamming into roots on the trails and it did not seem like it was almost flat or anything, but its almost like a bicycle tire!
I had the 244 around, so thought I would give it a try, the stock front tire kind of sucks in sand.
A real knobby will be the next experiment I guess.
Well, the newer models got a front disk brake.
And with the stock gearing, I had no problem running 65 mph, and have since gone 3 teeth off the back sprocket which does not hurt in the dirt and makes the very limited street riding I do (to get to the dirt) much better.
It is different off road from other bikes I have had.
I can go quite fast over some rough stuff, but its a harsh ride.
I am not sure if its the hard seat, the big heavy 18 inch front wheel or a combo of both, but its not plush at high speed over rough stuff.
It does real well in sand and mud, and its easy to save when you get out of control being low and on the lighter side.
I don't have any hills around, but I think the TW goes right up them with ease.
One big positive thing I noticed is instead of dodging things like roots in the trail I just ignore them, that fat front tire rolls over stuff like that without denting the rim or getting a pinch flat.
I don't have an issue with the small tank as my riding is local and the TW can go at least 100 miles on a tank of gas.
Its been kind of slow around the TW thread lately...
I spent the morning pushing the mower around the yard, then went for a ride on the TW.
The new Shinko 244 (golden boy, what a dumb name) 4.60 front tire did fantastic, better on the street, much better in the dirt (sand and mud).
I only did 35 miles, but hit some of the worst trails around, miles of big close spaced sandy whoops, real thick sand with tire ruts in it, and a swamp. Very tight trail, the mirrors were catching on stuff, and it led into a swamp, and I just had to go for it, no place to turn around and stopping was a bad idea, and the TW got me through it. To a turn around, so I had to go back through it, after I had churned it up.
It was great fun.
The TW200 is a great little motorcycle, and is highly underrated for both its "fun factor," and its abilities on both the trail and pavement.
NJ-Brett, maybe this will help speed up the thread a bit.
Here's a the first video of a ride 3 of us TW riders took this past week.
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Here's a link to the full RR and video's I posted in Day Trippin.
Great video, looks like a great place to ride.
I forgot to mention, after today's ride I took the side cover off the motor to check if the cdi trigger (to set the timing) is adjustable, and its not.
Not sure about the pavement part, but in the mud and sand its tops, more so with a good front tire!
For the gearing the little bugger has,the TW does quite well on the road!....I know,I know,it's not everyone's cup of tea....Dual sports well!.
My take is its not very good on the street at all.
Most other dual sports are much nicer, and it does not compare to a 250 street bike.
The seat is hard, the tires are no good on the street, the brakes are marginal, the motor is screaming, and its not overly smooth or quiet.
It rules in the sand and mud, and on hills though.
Its legal to get to the dirt, good enough for me!
The street tires are pretty nice, though. Getting a knee down isn't terribly hard. Wide open straights, not so fun.
I got a shipping notice of my new Clarke tank, so we tried to burn a whole tank of gas today. Had a ball, but didn't see anything more difficult than gravel forest roads.
Clarke tank should be here Wednesday, looking forward to seeing how it changes the look.
Thanks for making my point, Assquatch. The TW200 isn't much fun if you're in a hurry, but it can be surprisingly fun on tight, twisty, mountain roads.
This question is for adventure riders that have traveled in Mexico and Central America. Would a TW be suitable? What are the traffic and roads like down there? How fast do they drive? Yamaha dealers? I'm considering a trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
An engineer type of person posted in another thread that the TW engine is a "over square" engine.It was stated ,the engine was designed for higher rpm's etc....if I can find the post/forum,I'll forward the info.Noisy,yes...1980's engineering.....works great though!.
I'd take my TW anywhere.
I would take a TW anywhere too. If you listen to Austin Vince he recommends bikes in the 200-250CC range for World Travel.
The problems with the TW for a really long trip would be the very small gas tank, the non adjustable suspension, the lack of an oil cooler or much oil in the engine, the hard seat, the lack of much electrical power, and hard to find tire sizes.
Nothing that cant be dealt with or fixed I guess, and doing long trips on odd/small/old bikes is always more interesting then doing it on a bmw or a klr650 or some such.