The Yamaha TW200 Thread...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neepuk, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    It’s beautiful up there. I was on my way to an overlook when I got to a pretty steep rocky uphill (the kind of steep where if you stop with the brakes on you just slide backwards) and the bike kept losing speed as it got bounced around and just couldn’t make it. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough room to make a run at it.
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  2. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    That sounds like an area where a really good shock shines, keeping the rear tire on the ground while climbing a rough hill.

    The Cogent Dynamics shock on DR 650's made a huge difference climbing dirt roads with corrugated surfaces.
    With the stock shock the bike would slow down no matter what you did with the throttle as the rear tire just didn't stay on the ground long enough to generate enough forward motion.
    With the new shock I could easily accelerate, slow down, speed up, stop and start again, all with excellent traction even on the worst trails and roads.
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  3. Little Bike

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    I would like to upgrade the suspension on the little thing, at the very least my back and butt will thank me!
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  4. Johnny Phoenix

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    Seat Concepts for the butt, start with fork oil level for the rest...

    On the other hand, I have changed both my front and rear springs and am pleased with the result. The front were Hyperpro #SP-YA02-SSA022 and the rear was the Procycle 15 kg/mm spring. I had to add more oil to the front springs to prevent bottoming out, and some say simply adding a bit more oil to the front is enough. All I can say is that when I decided to change my setup, it was winter and I was bored...
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  5. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    The front is easy, springs and emulators, the back calls for a new shock.
    Don't forget to air down, I run 5 psi and I think its still a bit stiff.
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  6. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    I wish I could run 5psi. At my weight, a little air time at 10psi and I hit the rim. I’m limited to 12psi up front.
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  7. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Worked last night so was off today.
    Kind of cool out in the morning after a short heavy rain, more rain in the forcast, its TW time!

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    Since I had wet sand, I decided to explore some sandy roads and explore a bit into bad area's.

    What I call the trail/road to hell, its super thick sand and/or a flood zone, most times both:
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    Just churn through the stuff:
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    Some nice spots close by though, popular with the kayak people.
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    Its a more open area.
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    Some singletrack in the mix.
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    About 75 miles of hard fun.
    I had a little rain on the way home, about 10 drops, so an ideal day.

    About 10 deer, nothing/no one else, had a lot of wild blueberries which were super good.
    The TW did great.
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  8. Little Bike

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    Is that the seat concepts seat?
  9. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Yes, the standard seat setup with a gripper top I think they call it.
    Its wonderful.
    The stock seat is better then almost any other stock seat on a bike except maybe the vanvan but the seat concepts kit takes it to another level.
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  10. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I don't have the stock tire up front.
    The stock tire is very soft and thin (and light).
    The Kenda is a much tougher and stiffer tire, and also a lot heavier, but I slam into roots and such no problem at 6 psi.
    Rocks might be different...

    When I sit on the bike, brake, the tires do not seem to bulge much.

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  11. Yamasakialo

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    Looking at your front fender. I have a lower extension on mine. I see you also have a upper extension. What are you using?
  12. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Plastic jug stuff, Iced tea I think.
    Small screws with aircraft locking nuts on them.
    Helps a huge amount.
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  13. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    What Kenda is that? I’ve got the Shinko 241 and absolutely hate it.
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    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Its the Kenda version, which is a bit softer with taller knobs but otherwise the same tread pattern.
    What is wrong with the 241?

    I have not used a trials tire in a long time but many riders like them.
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    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Went for a street ride last night on my sold (maybe) TU250 and thought a TW350 with a 6 speed would be about the ideal all around bike
    for my use, fun and fast enough on the street to go anyplace, great in the sand and mud off road.
    The TW does amazingly well on the street, only limited by engine size/rpm, a bit more power and anther gear for some overdive would be SO nice....
    Never happen though.
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  16. Little Bike

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    I was thinking the same thing the other day, a tw350.
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  17. youngforever

    youngforever Been here awhile

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    I dream to ride back to South America to explore the Andes and sail down the tributaries rivers to reach the great Amazon river. It's a 24 months expedition. I'm leaving in about 18 months and I have a hard time finding the right motorcycle for me. I stumbled on a guy riding a very old tw200. We chat and I like he was saying but I fear that it had been out of production long time ago. When I got home, I went right away to my computer to find more about it. It looks like exactly what I'm looking for. I have lots of reading to do and I will certainly spend all my free time reading this thread.
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  19. Little Bike

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  20. Little Bike

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    There’s also a tw forum. The availability of these bikes right now is awful, all the ‘21s are pretty much sold out and the used market is very overpriced (thanks Covid). You’ll want to get a deposit in on a ‘22.
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