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Old 02-24-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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TW200 vs XT225 vs DR200

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Looking for some professional or not so professional opinons on these 3 bikes. Im a new rider (very new, less than 10 hrs seat time), female, height challenged at 5'4, 40 something. Just started on my SO's (ehatcher) XR250. He claims I STOLE it from him, but I am merely BORROWING it. I love the sure footedness of this bike, but it is just too tall for me. The kick start is somewhat of a nuisence for me, due to how high the bike is. Eric is a trooper when I drop the bike or stall it, he's always right there to start her up for me. Don't feel comfy taking it out solo because I feel I need a baby sitter to help me start it and pick it up. For now looking to do local riding and off road (Pine Barrens). Learning in a field where we live. Planning on taking the MSF course ASAP.

Did a google search of the site, and read the relevant posts, but still undecided.

TW200-seat height perfect! most comfortable of all 3. The only one that made me smile when I looked at it with those big tires. It has FUN written all over it. Concerned about top speed, and the few posts that mentioned it may have piggish handling with the big tires.

XT225-again perfect height. Like the 6 speed. Will it be as surefooted like the XR? (such as not being squirrley when riding thru ruts)

DR200-tallest of the 3 but still ok. Bigger tank, longer range. Most expensive of the 3. How does this bike handle compared to the 225?

I don't feel I can go really wrong with any of these bikes, but any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated.

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Old 02-24-2007, 05:17 PM   #2
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Someone I work with has one of those tw 200 and seems to like it very well. Had to gear it up a bit to use for commuting to work on,but other than that seems to be very happy with it. I don't see how you could go wrong. I don't think its something you would want to jump with,but other than that it seems rock solid. Good luck!
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:29 PM   #3
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Rode mine on the Front Range today.Great little bike!!!
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:32 PM   #4
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...TW200-seat height perfect! most comfortable of all 3. The only one that made me smile when I looked at it with those big tires. It has FUN written all over it. Concerned about top speed, and the few posts that mentioned it may have piggish handling with the big tires...
ADVcat - You've done your homework well!

FYI, Ms. levity previously owned a DR200 and a CRF230, has ridden an XT225, and now owns a TW200. She likes the TW best by far - fun and confidence inspiring. The low seat and center of gravity make it easy to ride, and even though she's 5'6" she shaved an inch out of the seat foam. The fat tires may be "pigish" for racers, but they REALLY help trail riders in sand, mud, rocks and water crossings.

She put a smaller sprocket on the rear to spread and raise the gears. She can still go at walking speed in technical stuff but can cruise on the pavement at 60-65 mph (none of the small bikes are very stable at any higher speeds).

here's a pic on easy stuff..



and another that would have had her worried on a bike with "skinny" tires:

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Old 02-24-2007, 05:32 PM   #5
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I think you will find some humerous yet informative information on the TW 200.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=193253

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=205682
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:48 PM   #6
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Advcat,

During the course of your searches, did you come across Lois on the Loose and her XT225?

http://www.loisontheloose.com/america/index.html

I think of the bikes you mentioned, the XT225 is the best all-around bike for you. (darn, it's hard to say that when I like my DR200 so much)

Hmm, you're 5' 4", maybe the TW200 is better for off-road for you. But the XT is a better road bike.
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Old 02-24-2007, 05:50 PM   #7
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Don't forget to join us on the Minimalist Tourer thread too.





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Old 02-24-2007, 05:57 PM   #8
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you had a chance to take that TW200 down the Split Mountain pass and the squeeze like the other bikes?

when u getting that drz400 out?
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:06 PM   #9
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:11 PM   #10
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The XT225 gets a lot of respect for its offroad ability and the tubeless rear tire makes flats less of a hassle.
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:19 PM   #11
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One Question, the tree bikes listed are "been-there, get-there" bikes, what I mean is they have a reputation for having been there, they are all old technology that is well tested and well proven, they will get you there for the most part any time every time, but whaat they bring to the party in reliability they leave behind the performance.

My Question is this, how much of the punch of that XR250 are you likeing if it seems too much for your taste then these might be your bikes, if it is just right or leaving you wanting more right twist, then your not looking in the right area.

If height is all that turns you away about the 250 then look at a lowering link, sag the back a bit and buy a short seat.
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:39 PM   #12
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The XT225 gets a lot of respect for its offroad ability and the tubeless rear tire makes flats less of a hassle.


Not the one I had...
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:23 PM   #13
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Not the one I had...
Looks like Yamaha's bean counters shortchanged the US market. It came that way in Japan.




Fwiw, the XT225 was replaced a couple years back with the XT250 over here. Maybe Yamaha will export it to the US some day.

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Old 02-24-2007, 07:29 PM   #14
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Looks like Yamaha's bean counters shortchanged the US market. It came that way in Japan.
All the cool stuff they won't let us have in the US. There's the Suzuki Freewind we can't get here, either.
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:33 PM   #15
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Yea Deb is posting now and riding! Can't wait to do some trips. Can you talk to my wife, I cannot get her to go near any bike let alone on of her own lol.

I am no expert but I would think the 225 would be better, I lot of the rides we go on are a bit of a distance, the TW my be too lacking in top speed.
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