TW200 vs XT225 vs DR200

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ADVcat, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. sandshu

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    Tried looking into a Kawasakis super sherpa? I think they were disco'd in the us a few years ago but they are great little bikes if you in the market for second a hand bike.
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  2. Klay

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    Yeah, but the XT's got that six speed tranny. That's pretty sweet. I think Deb's best choice is between the XT and TW depending on how much off-road vs. highway riding she wants to do.

    I want one of those TW's, too. :D

    (not referring to the SuperSherpa here)
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  3. Klay

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    They're a little harder to tune up, because of the shim-under-bucket arrangement of the valve train. Does anyone know how tall they are? I get the impression they are a little taller.
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  4. ADVcat

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    Any idea what's the seat height might be? I have seen pics of the super sherpa and really like the looks.

    Deb
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  5. Klay

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  6. ADVcat

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    It could probably work, but I guess I dont want to have to consider another bike or have a bike that needs modification (like lowering). Just want to be able to buy and ride! I have it narrowed down to 2 bikes (the Yamahas). Once I pull the trigger and buy I will be sure to let everyone know.

    All the opinions and past experience everyone has shared has been GREAT!! I'm really glad I signed up!!

    Deb
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  7. Klay

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    Have fun with it when you get it! The little 250 class bikes are so much fun. :ricky<!-- / message -->
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  8. bryantjt

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    You mentioned your height but not your inseam, that will really determine how well you fit on the bike. There is a member on here who setup a KLX250S for his wife who is 5'0". That bike has more oomph and better road gearing than the Yamahas. It is taller at 34.7" seat height but if I'm not mistaken the XR is even taller. I put a 1" lowering link on my KLX and at 5'6" 30" inseam I am nearly flat footing it, it carries its weight well too if you do drop it, very easy to flip back upright.


    That being said the XT225 was my first choice but none of the dealers around had any left and could not order anymore, they place their order in the winter and that's all they get for the year.
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  9. Royal Tiger

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    Eric/Deb, where exactly are you guys located at? I'm not familiar with that town. I'm just outside Allentown.
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  10. riderchick

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    Hi Deb (and Eric)!

    As Willf650 said, I just bought a used TW200 and have started learning how to ride (I'm taking the MSF beginner course March 15, 17, 18). I'm not planning on doing roads around here (too much traffic and too many crazy drivers in the Philly/Wilmington area for me), just dirt & the possible vacation to much more remote areas that we'd trailer the bikes to. Which means the speed and power on the TW is just fine for me. I'll leave the zipping around to Will on one of his other "toys."

    So far I've done two trips on the C&D canal on the bike and it's a pretty good fit for me at 5ft 1.5 with a 28in inseam. I can just tippy toe the ground while sitting so we're looking at buying a used seat on ebay to try trimming it down to see if the compromise between touching the ground and having less padding on my rear is worth it.

    Don't know anyone with the other bikes for you to compare to, but you are welcome to come down to DE and try the TW out if you want. (We're trailer-less until the end of March so no upcoming road trips to PA for us right now) Drop me a PM or email to coordinate calendars if you're interested.

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  11. Tantrum

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    Welcome to the fold ADVcat ! :clap Have fun choosing your steed. I'm a 5'2" female and I love my DR200 but, learned on my DR650. Everyone has made an excellent case for each of the bikes you're considering. I liked the fit of the lil' DR because it felt more like my 650 as apposed to the tiny position and feel of the TW or XT. I've taken it up to 80 (to see if it would) but, I usually keep it at 65. Can ride all week on one tank and it's fun in the twisties too!
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  12. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile

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    EIGHTY ! Yikes ! You must be a LOW DRAG rider ! Mine wouldn't go eighty if I dropped it out of an airplane ! ('least not w MY fat butt onboard)

    :D
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  13. ADVcat

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    Tantrum,
    Thanks for the welcome aboard. Greatly appreciate your input. Its funny you should mention choosing my steed, because we just got back from the bike dealership and I am proud to say I just purchsed my first bike!!! I'm now waiting for the bike to arrive to its new home. Cant stand the anticipation!! I will have pics to follow as soon as I get her!!

    Deb








    PS You will all have to wait for pics to see the decision :D
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  14. wide open

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    Ooohh, you're evil!

    I keep the my XT in Allentown, too, and want to put some miles on it as soon as my collarbone heals. Maybe several of us can meet up for a ride some time?

    So, you want to tease us by saying which town you bought the bike in at least?:wink:
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  15. ADVcat

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    I will tell you the dealership sells 4 of the major brands of bikes. Be patient my fellow rider, you will know soon enough.

    AAAHHHGG!! I CANT WAIT UNTIL THEY DELIVER HER!! THE WAIT IS KILLING ME! Did anyone else feel this way when they got their first bike?

    Deb
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  16. ADVcat

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    We are just south of Easton near Upper Black Eddy. Eric runs many Bucks County rides during the season so keep an eye on the board for them. I am not quite ready for road riding just yet, so I will not be on those rides.

    Deb
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  17. Klay

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    Dang! Do we have to wait? :huh We wanna know!
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  18. wickedsprint

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    I fail to see the point in not telling us, if you're worried about insulting people, it won't make any difference to them whether or not you bought the bike yet when you tell them which one you decided on. *shrugs* Good luck with it.
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    When my first bike was loaded up for the trip home I was on an emotional high. I hugged my friends right arm and started jumping up and down like a kid on Christmas morning :lol3 As good as that felt, it only gets better w/ more rides and each bike :D Congrats! The suspense will keep us all tuned in.
    Even if I do have "LOW DRAG" the key is to griptwist at full throttle - waaaiit for it.....,waaaaiit for it.........:lol3
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  20. Klay

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    I could only get mine up to 72. But actually we found out my wife's 200 is a little faster than mine...to her endless amusement.

    I like your taste in motorcycles...we have two DR650's, too. You're right, DR's are like potato chips.:lol3

    Now Deb is keeping us at the edge of our seats. I'll be sick with jealousy if she gets one of those TW200's.
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