Suzuki VanVan 200

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  1. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    Wahoo! Fat trail bike in its element. And you’ve addressed the big issue....lack of fuel tank capacity.
    Say one crazy trick if you’ve just got to have more traction. Use cable type tire chains. Or chain chain type I suppose. Works.
  2. motocopter

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    Got it thanks. Had the AT over there a couple of years ago and want to get back.

  3. furiousfart

    furiousfart Been here awhile

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    Went out and did about a hundred miles over the back roads here in Vermont. Still lots of foliage to see.

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  4. TN_twowheeladdict

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    IMG_2459.JPG IMG_2462.JPG IMG_2471.JPG IMG_2473.JPG IMG_2480.JPG IMG_2484.JPG IMG_2485.JPG Today was the worst rain day riding in the remnant of Hurricane Delta. The unpaved roads were fine, but the wet leaf covered paved roads were challenging. Definitely felt the bike squirm a few times.

    Today I wanted to make it to a couple Natural Bridges out in the Forest, and of course the route I chose came to a swollen stream that I wasn’t going to cross.

    Detour it is, which put me on paved roads for several miles before I could get back on the Forest Roads. It was worth it though.
  5. 1Scorpion

    1Scorpion Been here awhile

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    Wow ! What a beautiful place to ride. I’m only truly happy in the forest.
  6. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    Go man Go. Smart not trying to be Naval
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  7. Nev

    Nev Adventurer

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    After some more research and riding I decided to leave the gearing alone. My bike will get up to 50 quick enough. I was hoping to lower the RPM's when running 55+ mph and to stretch out the lower gears but after pulling some steep hills at 45 to 50 mph in fourth I decided to run it like it is. It doesn't mind revving and as I get more miles on it, it seems to have gained a little oomph.
  8. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    As time progresses one may wish to experiment with an old school solution. Run dual sprockets. One gear set for scooting down hiway an other for crawling. Not all that hard to do.
  9. Chillis

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    If anybody needs a full coverage skid plate, I still have a brand new, never installed one they can have for $100. Would prefer semi local so I could hand deliver while out and about.

    Beats high shipping prices.

    Traded bike before I received in the mail.
  10. TN_twowheeladdict

    TN_twowheeladdict Long timer

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    I already have a skid plate, but postIng up a photo and brand might help sell it.
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  11. TN_twowheeladdict

    TN_twowheeladdict Long timer

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    I don’t think this bike has enough power for “hiway” gearing.
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  12. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    Plenty power in 200cc. You’ll just have no accerlation and hills a hassle. Used to know a 125 that would do 120 mph. But unridable below 3000 rpm..had to tow start....in this case I believe with two sets of gears one can at least go as fast as stock but still be able to get real crawling ability. And switch with little effort. Old school stuff. Observed success with this system on the TW200. For average rider, not worth effort.
  13. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Also for fatass rider not worth the effort. :)

    Charles.
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  14. TN_twowheeladdict

    TN_twowheeladdict Long timer

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    What RPMs did that little 125 rev too?
  15. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    That was so long ago I were skinny then. I think that one had a window tach so you stayed in power band. 9000 to 13,000. Very thrilling sound and smell. Terrifying saner people. Oh yeah 2 stroke.
  16. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Long timer

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    Thanks for sharing...

    Awesome bike that will go alot of place's,,, a lot like my little cup cake unit ive been running...

    Land speed record of 40 + mpr on the flats... Ha
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    Slow is gooder
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  17. Arbolmano

    Arbolmano Not so Studly

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    Those are what I call chains there Jethro! I’ve only used cables. Slow is the new Speed.
    Say take it easy on us with them snow Picts bra.....earl eye to be cold. ‍♂️
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  18. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Long timer

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    Will do...

    We're getting into the 5 months of frozen up here above the 49th...
    This is looking West too the Rocky Mountain Range
    Endless snow back there
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    The trick is too just go...
    Stab away at the cut lines or ride the logging roads...
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    Staying at home sucks goats milk,,, thats where the little cup cake unit shine...

    The VV,,, TW,,, and lots of other small units allow us too get out there and take on the good times...

    The day will come when I find a super light weight dual sport too use in both worlds,,, Ha...

    Yes,,, the new norm is slow with in our comfort zone,,, what a great way too find the wild critters of the forests...

    J.T.
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  19. Chillis

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    I've posted pics of it a bunch of times.

    That said, I think I'm going to cannibalize it for my Monkey. Nobody makes a proper setup for it because of the different types of exhaust systems under the bike.
  20. TN_twowheeladdict

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    You went from a Van Van to a Monkey. Mmm. I looked at the Monkey and was quoted a "almost too good to pass up price", but my experienced riding buddy said I would enjoy the Van Van better on Forest Service roads I like to ride. Did you write up a comparison somewhere?
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