Suzuki VanVan 200

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  1. ponchushka

    ponchushka n00b

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    Does anyone have a VanVan 200 and has done some mods to it?

    I bought this in Sept 2016 in California. So far I have added a windshield. I plan to add a rear rack so I can put a top case on it.

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  2. ponchushka

    ponchushka n00b

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    rear rack and top case IMG_5719-1.JPG
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  3. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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    So, what are your thoughts on the bike so far?
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  4. ponchushka

    ponchushka n00b

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    I love it! It is very light, handles great, very stable, very comfy ergonomically, very enjoyable. It looks amazing. One thing I am not entirely happy with is that gears are very short, if you know what I mean. You have to switch 4 gears to get to 40 mph, so you find yourself kind of busy if you want to get a quick start. Other than that, it is awesome. Once you are in 5th gear - it is almost like a scooter, it gets you anywhere from 25 to 75 mph (that was the fastest I was able to go on it). It does about 80-90 miles per gallon, so small tank (1.7 gl) is not an issue. Oh yeah, and on gravel or muddy roads after rain, or grass and sand - no problem - not like I take dirt riding on purpose, but when we do these weekend rides with my friends in farm lands - you come across some unexpected surfaces - and vanvan does not mind at all :D
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  5. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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    I'm really looking heavy at one of the Van van 200. I'm in between the Yamaha TW200 and the Van Van. Any feed back?
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  6. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    You may be able to get a TW used for a better price, and there is more aftermarket stuff for the TW, the vanvan has fuel injection and an oil cooler which is nice.
    The TW shares a lot of parts with the older XT250, XT200, and XT225.

    The vanvan seat is likely better then the TW.
    I think you get slightly more suspension on the TW.
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  7. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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    NJ thanks for the info.
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  8. JohninVT

    JohninVT Long timer

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    I've had four TW200's and was dying to get a look at a VanVan. I finally got a chance to check one out a dealer last month. I like the oil cooler, the fuel injection, the cool 70's vibe. Unfortunately, I found the seat height WAY too low. I'm 5' 11", with a 32" inseam. With a Seat Concepts kit and an ATV pad, a TW fits me moderately well because the combination raises the seat two inches. I'd need to add more like 4" to a VanVan seat for me to ride it any length of time. When it squatted down as I sat on it I felt like I was on a Monkeybike.

    I think the listed seat height is about an inch lower than a TW but it seems like a lot more than that.
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  9. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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    Ponchushka, who makes the windshield, the rack for the trunk and the brand of the trunk. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on one of them.
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    ponchushka n00b

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  11. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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    Ponchushka,

    I been looking for the grey and black but cant find one. My local dealer will be ordering one soon. As soon as they get it and pulling the trigger, I will posted.
    Thanks for the information
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  12. FreshWaterSquid

    FreshWaterSquid Adventurer

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    I'm really drawn to this bike, especially the looks, the simplicity, the small size and extremely manageable weight and the extra comfy looking seat.

    I started out on a 150cc scooter and I feel like this would bring me back some of the joy I had in learning how to ride and scooting around on little surface streets just taking it easy. It also seems like it would have the ability to goof around a bit in some less extreme off road areas.

    This would be an absolutely perfect bike to cruise around at my second home which is in a medium size city in Central Mexico.
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  13. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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    20170407_160120 (1).jpg Pon,

    Here is my Van Van 200, picked up Friday.
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  14. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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    The bike is a lot of fun to ride. I had all type of bikes but this one brings back the fun in riding, very comfortable and easy to maneuver. The bike only has 60 miles on the odometer and its running easy to 55 mph. Don't want to push it too much, I will post more as I break her in.

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  15. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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  16. ponchushka

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    Congratulations, Erod! I am very happy for you! i hope you enjoy it. Post more pictures of your adventures.
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    MotoChris521 motominded

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    What part of Arizona is that ?
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  18. Pokeyjoe

    Pokeyjoe Vespa Primavera 150

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    I've been looking and I really like this bike. I'm thinking there are some easy solutions to concerns listed here.

    Couldn't you just add a tooth (or two) on the countershaft sprocket? Or go smaller with the rear sprocket? Your speedometer would be off, but it might even become more accurate depending on the factory error in the things.

    I compared the ergos on the Vanvan to my Bonneville (http://cycle-ergo.com/). It's actually better. Seat-to-ground means little or nothing. It's the distance between the top of the seat and the foot pegs that's critical.

    It looks like a change in gearing might make this little bike work for me. Any thoughts about using one as a commuter?
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  19. JohninVT

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    My knees were above the tank while sitting on it. In fact, they were at about the same height as the bottom of the handlebars. Monkeybike ergos. On a TW200 my knees are 4-5" below the bars. Compared to my V-Strom the hip angle is a whopping ten degrees more acute and the knee angle is 6. I'd need at least 2" risers and 3" higher seat to make the ergos feel natural.

    I'm still considering a VanVan but for me, the bike in stock form is unrideable.
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  20. Erod

    Erod Been here awhile

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    Motochris521, I moved to the Florida Keys in December.
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