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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neepuk, Jan 10, 2009.
I'll take an injected TW400/650 though.
I'll take a TW400 diesel, with fuel injection!
Fuel injection would be nice but I'd really like a sixth gear
^^This, and better suspension, a bigger fuel tank, decent front tire,.................
To me a pre-2000 TW200 is almost perfect. It does need a better front tire than the factory Deathwing, but that is no problem since tires are consumables.
I don't think it needs a better suspension any more than a Chevy pickup truck needs a Corvette suspension, and for the same reasons.
If it had better suspension we would just crash while traveling at a higher rate of speed. TW is all about low and slow. I have a KTM if I want to go fast. I enjoy the TW for what it is.
I enjoy it as is but a 6th gear would make my commutes a wee bit more relaxed without loosing that great crawl ratio. I think it's the ONE thing I'd truly want from a "updated" TW. Oh that and bring back the kickstart.
As for suspension it works for me just fine now that I re-sprung mine to accommodate my weight.
Fuel injection is just easier to deal with for sure. But with a little single like the TW the carb is not all that troublesome.
Added power would make it a bit more of a versatile bike. BUT then I think the suspension and breaks would be lacking too far behind. Besides I think part of the charm for me with the TW is being able to wring its little neck everyware and never really be in risk of legal trouble.
Over all the TW is still my favourite bike I have ever owned (that's quite a few bikes). It's a load of fun and just a laugh every time I ride it. Hell I love the ugly little thing so much I went and bought another one as a basket case I'm planning to build as a project custom.
For me in this order.
At least a 3-gallon fuel tank and preferably 4.5 gallon tank.
kickstart because I stall a lot off-road.
larger disc brake front
Disc brake rear
Upped to a true 250cc engine like the XT250. Please no water coolers.
And an optional center stand.
Yes, that, but more TW dirty bike style and a little less Rokon. If it was a viable option in the US, at the right price, I'd do some selling and buying.
This was my TW200, before it was stolen. Started out with the 1987 Smurf blue and white color scheme, which had to change. Headlight, mini signals, lucas taillight, shortened seat with a new cover, hand guards, fork boots, gutted muffler, IMS Supersport pegs, some rope, and a universal speedo later, and it looked like this:
Yup, that's my ugly mug too. I rode the PISS out of this thing. Even with those giant knobbies I could actually scrape pegs on the street. I would bomb over curbs, jump burms, and generally ride like a hooligan. Was always replacing rear spokes for some reason... (heheheh). I kinda miss it. Paid $500 for it and put another $300-$400 in it.
This, with an air cooled, gravity feed mechanically injected 500ish cc diesel engine. Electric start with kick or at least rope pull backup. 6 speeds: one granny, one OD and the rest about like a standard 4 speed. No stupid CVT, thank you. 55 mph cruise speed is fine; I avoid super slabs anyway.
Don't give me more complication and more fluff to go wrong, in an attempt to woo the folks who aren't gonna buy something like this anyway.
Can I assume you are the same chopper Charles from the CX forums?
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Has that frame been raked out? Or is it just the angle of the picture? Looks like a TW chopper.
It appears that the rear has been lowered giving it a bit more rake in the front end. Notice how much the rear tire is tucked under the rear plastics.
It hasn't been lowered, it has the stock 1987 shock. Strangely though the later models do look like they have a higher ride height in the rear. I don't know if they have a longer shock, or if it's the different shape of the muffler, or if I just have some of my weight on the bike. I'm not a light guy, in that photo I was pushing 200. I'm probably just sitting on the seat a little.
And yes, same ChopperCharles as from the CX forums!
The low angle of the photo maybe why it looks raked.
. Dude, that CX you built (with the high pipes) is absolutely one of the best CX builds ever! Kudos!
TW gang, Sorry for the hijacking.
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My brother had one - only used it in the winter, on the snowmobile trails here in CNY [Unadilla MX country.] He found it used; but they were scarce, so I bought a new TW, so I could ride w/ him. The TW DOT belted tires don't squish as much as the BW, even w/ low PSI - so I used sheet metal screws for studs. Riding singletrack was like riding dirt; but reach a meadow, the sledders fan out, and I'd to often push under power. That kept me in the best winter physical shape I'd ever been...
FI only adds weight. When it does need service , good luck. Carbs are fine with me.
Lean running engines are not efficient, in function nor use of valuable fuel , oil or emissions. The EPA can stick -it. Same goes for methanol, ethanol and the like....alot of BS......just profits for politicians and similar business types.
Long live the TW200...AMEN.