Yamaha TW200 review... no really - - (beware, long)

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  1. Streamin' E

    Streamin' E Half-assed adventurer

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    That's a great deal! I paid $2700 for an '07 with 200 miles on 'er. :bluduh :lol3
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  2. N[]vA

    N[]vA Adventure Geek

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    Borrowed a mates tw for a sunday ride while my xcountry is getting fixed. awesome bike.

    pic for the tw fans :D

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  3. tommyg

    tommyg Long timer

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    I just picked up a tw for my girlfriend o6 with 150 miles for $2700. this is her first bike(after years of begging me). couple questions this bike needs more speed 55 and its screaming, is it better to drop 2 teeth in the rear or 1 up on the front. I have also noticed in some pictures of a less agressive tires, where do I find those. thanks for input
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  4. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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    I had a 2001 TW for a while, fun bike. Had a 2001 XT225 at the same time, better than the TW in almost any situation.

    Offroad air the TW tires down to 8-10 PSI. It really helps on rocky trails.

    Most of my beef with the TW is with the 5 speed, engine power, and it's kinda of small and cramped. For a lot of people these aren't issues at all. I think Yamy would have another long term winner if they came out with a larger version that was more man sized, has a few more ponies, another inch or two suspension, and a six speed so you could cruise down the highway at 65 and still have low gears offroad. Like maybe ditch the XT250 and come out with the TWL270.
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  5. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Just bought a 2001 TW200 with 200 miles for $1650 :)
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/WHulPIwMrmYgr3mPpUobSA"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/mdsaunders1/SQP1v38viUI/AAAAAAAABAw/Lsfco_brclQ/s400/TW200%20007.jpg" /></a>

    Can't wait to use the suggestions on the forum and read everyone's ride tales.
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  6. tommyg

    tommyg Long timer

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    I picked up a 2006 for my girlfriend. $2700 with 150 miles. Mint condition. she loves it.
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  7. zeph4x

    zeph4x Adventurer

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    :super My friend got this '87 T-Dub for 800$ loads of fun!! Lookin to open it up a bit and get a little more power for him....its awsome that its a kick and electric start also unlike the newer ones!!:evil[​IMG]
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  8. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    That thing is old school. Wish I had a kick start when my battery died and I had to bump start it. I would suggest investing in a set of aluminum handguards to protect the levers and controls. Rockymountainatv.com sells a set of Tusk Aluminum Handguards for $29.99 with various additional plastic guards FYI.

    Rode TDubb to work today in an inch of snow with sleet coming down. Other drivers were like:huh. My boss: :loco
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  9. zeph4x

    zeph4x Adventurer

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    Yeah he should invest in some...He has already doped it and busted the front break lever.
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  10. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I love this review, its spot on.
    I just picked up a 2003 (just like the original poster) with 250 miles on it for $900.00.
    Looked like a new bike before I got it all dirty.
    I ride the same area as the original poster, and find the TW to be very good in the sand.
    -3 teeth off the back sprocket seems to work real well.
    I also run 12 to 14 psi in the tires which helps the suspension and traction.
    One thing I noticed is that I can ignore roots and sharp edge holes in the trail as the big tires protect the rims.

    Fun go anyplace bike.
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  11. frog13

    frog13 Long timer

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    Folks just don't know the fun they are missing without a TW under them!.
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  12. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    yes I know an old tread but still true.

    I have 2 of them and they have taught a lot of people to ride. Not a speed demon or a power hound but just straight up fun to ride. The are the easiest bike to ride bike i have ever owned and are sooooo fuel friendly. practically go almost anywhere with the larger tires.

    A couple of my wife's friends learning to ride on the TW's. Each now has a sportster they ride

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  13. frog13

    frog13 Long timer

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    Yes,the TW200 is discounted by alot of folks for it DS abilities.Sure,on the road there are alot of bikes that will cruise at "better" rpm's?,but the TW does well for the 50--60mph crowd.On the trail,it is easier to handle and goes alot of places that higher cc bikes struggle through.....the bike and or the rider.All in all,a good machine.:D
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  14. golanu

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    Thanks for a great review Greg. Been looking for a tw200 for a trip a group of us intend on doing where we can't take the KTM 950 or 690 (well.....we could if we don't mind potentially abandoning our motorcycles in the middle of nowhere!). Plus my whole tribe can have fun with this one.
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  15. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    I'm thinking this is the perfect Newfoundland ATV trail bog bustin' bike.
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  16. chill622

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    I saw one at Costco yesterday and have been reading and looking at them ever since - I want!
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  17. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    Me too!
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  18. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I had never heard of them until two weeks ago.

    I was looking at another small-displacement cycle...no good...even considering a Grom, for in-town travel...but I'm a big guy and while I fit on the Grom, it was just barely. No room for gear...and what kind of pride would I need to swallow to be seen on it in public?

    My dealer, a Suzuki/Yamaha guy, had a collection of 2013 MSF bikes for sale. A bit roughed up; but 200 miles and still some warranty left. Price was...higher than some paid, but that's what happens when you buy from the stealership. Much lower than the same one out-of-the-crate.

    A ten-minute ride sold me. I couldn't believe the oomph that 200-cc mill had...much faster, if memory serves, than the TU250 I had years ago. Light and low geared...and a pleasing ride height...and now, I've got the equipment to just start to tacke some of the ORVs here...

    I'm pleased.
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  19. Buzz363

    Buzz363 Been here awhile

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    Always thought the TW's were cool. I bought one for my son a few years ago. Like new condition with less than a thousand miles.

    I insured it and rode it to work a few times. I was impressed it hauled my 250 pounds along at 55. Lot of fun to ride too.

    My son now has his motorcycle license and rides it to school and weekend rides with me. He loves it.
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  20. GodWhomIsMike

    GodWhomIsMike The Neon Rider Rocking The 250

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    There is a place about an hour away that is selling a '14 TW 200 (3,900 miles) for $2,999 (or b/o). Blue, which is my favorite color. My concern is that once I get comfortable enough, I want to drive my bike from NY to PA for a weekend getaway(s). About 15-20 miles would be freeway @ 60mph, which it seems is certainly not this bike's strong point.

    I been shopping for a "first" bike and doing a lot of research/saving (which is a slow go). I really want a CSC RX3, but I think it will end up costing $1000-$1500 more than the $3500 MSRP once I put the lowering link ($99), lower/narrower seat ($249), assembly ($180), shipping across country ($400-$500), 6% PA Tax ($250?), PA registration fee ($180), etc....
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