Hey, right on!Thanks for the inspiration James! I've been considering one of these for a while now, and today we welcomed a new member to the family.
Thanks James, I'm definitely enjoying it already for very different reasons than the KTM. It's great to bring my lady along! The rack is great but mine must be an older generation without the support above the fender. Let us know how much use you get out of the front rack, I considered adding one too.Hey, right on!
That's a good looking TW that you picked up! I'm sure that if you take it for what it is, and don't compare it to that KTM behind it in the pic, you'll really enjoy the TW!
Bonus that it appears to have come with a rear CycleRack!
A perfect segue into my next post...
Just some personal experience on the TW200 from my usage.Hi,
I plan on traveling with an expedition type rv and want to take along a motorcycle for use as a 'tender' as well as trail scout or, in the case of a breakdown, a parts chaser...but was concerned about riding two up at highway speeds as well as carb performance at altitude. Have I overlooked anything? Not new to riding but it has been decades since I was involved. Your comments will be appreciated. Regards, Dean
I just got back from a 12 day ride to Copper Canyon in Mex, the DR performed perfect both on and off road on some tough roads, best bike of the 5Just like the title of the thread says "Expedition bike? Not really...," but it's certainly an adventure bike! I suppose the adventure is what you make out of it... I've had some great adventures on the little 'dub!
I'm pretty certain that all day slab action was not what Yamaha intended for the TW, but I have to say, your 63 off a cliff is pretty conservative compared to my GPS'd 84 (pretty much off a cliff :bike_rider or frequent and easy 65/70 from SF to Marin on the 101. Did you ever tune or jet your TW for your conditions/location/elevation, or did you just ride it around with whatever setup the dealer (or PO) sold it to you with? Either way, I agree with you that it'd be a silly choice for someone who's looking to do regular highway riding or anything resembling heavy off-road riding. The TW is perfect though for riding around town, keeping it pretty mellow, and exploring some 2-track or fire roads. Sounds like you were looking for something else though, and that the DR fit you better- glad to hear that you found something that works well for ya!
I had a DR at one time too- I think it was around a '00 or '01. I thought it was a good enough bike for around town and commuter-style highway riding, and I could pack a ton of stuff on it... and pretty reliable too. But it was a pig off road, and it always felt like I was more of the bike's passenger than a rider! The TW fills a niche that bigger bikes with 450cc's more displacement don't and can't, just like your DR isn't the same type of adventure bike as say a 990, Tiger, or GSA. Sometimes I wish I had a sort of Swiss-Army bike that could do it all instead of having to have a half dozen different bikes filling up my garage, but then again, that's part of what makes motorcycling so enjoyable- variety!
:drool: Even if they chop off some of the show doodads, the basic core improvements to the beloved TW200 would create another 25 year affair. Add an oil cooler and go.Yamaha will not stop making the TW200 any time soon.The only way they will put fuel injection on this bike,is if the engine size goes up to the 250cc. Punch XTW250 into google to see the TW with the fuel injected 250 engine.