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Old 08-18-2007, 09:09 PM   #46
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You might look at the Beta Alp 4.0:
This looks like a great bike, wish it was more readily available in the US. Thanks for the comments.

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Old 08-29-2007, 08:56 PM   #47
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Great ride and report, Todd. Memories for a lifetime! Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:42 PM   #48
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Very cool
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:57 PM   #49
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A most righteous report, Todd! Absolutely top notch riding!
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:28 AM   #50
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Great report.That is a lot of miles on a small bike
I am currently considering downsizing my bike stable.I would love to have a TW.
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:34 AM   #51
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So the fishing gear wasn't for recreation, but to actually provide food to eat?
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:02 PM   #52
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So the fishing gear wasn't for recreation, but to actually provide food to eat?
The great thing about fishing is that it is recreation.........that provides food. The vast majority of fish I caught were released but I left on the trip intending to fish for most of my food to mitigate expenses (although the BC fishing license was one of my largest costs on the trip).

Thanks again for the comments.

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Old 09-18-2007, 09:07 PM   #53
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Bob, you should be able to locate the thread now.
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:26 PM   #54
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Thumb Great Trip Story!

Thanks for the great story...I'll be re-reading it as soon as I finish this.

I just got a slightly used TW and trying to get some break in miles on her. After reading a story like this it's just killing me that I can't get to gettin out a here right now

It's an amazing little machine that other than taking a little time to get up to speed would surprise most people with it's capabilities. Plus it's just a blast to ride. I really can't stay off of it.

Thanks again!
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:06 AM   #55
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If I'm not mistaken, the TW200 motor is a down sleeved XT350. If thats the case then the XT350 motor should bolt right in to the TW.
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:26 AM   #56
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If I'm not mistaken, the TW200 motor is a down sleeved XT350. If thats the case then the XT350 motor should bolt right in to the TW.
Jeff,

Apparently the output shaft on the TW is longer than the XT to compensate for the fat rear tire. I'm sure there is a way around this but I'm not sure I'm up to the task. But I like the way you think.

LoCat,

Get out and ride, I think the motor on the TW is all but bulletproof, if you're not in a big hurry this bike will take you anywhere.

thanks and have fun,

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Old 10-13-2007, 09:02 AM   #57
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awesome stuff. love the pvc storage. take it those were for the fishing poles?

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Old 10-13-2007, 10:43 AM   #58
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Small bike for long trips

I owned a TW200 for a couple year. With the stock sprockets, I found 55 to be about as fast as I felt was good for the engine. even at that I lost the oil pump once. I had a bike shop in San Felipe (Jaime) fix it for me.

Anyway I loved it for the desert and Sand. The thing was a rough rider though. 25 miles in the dirt with that bike was like 50 on any other DS bike. Still, thats not a big deal on a mostly street tour.

I put a softer spring on the shock, big improvement. I would advise anyone to do the same, and I put a three gallon tank on it. It needed that as stock IIRC is 1.8 gal.

I've also ridden an NX250 from Maine to San Diego. Went to Wyoming and then south, using dirt roads as much as I could, to San Diego.

I really love the NX as it would cruise 70 unless there was a headwind, and the suspension was soft enough to be very comfortable. Remember it is not motocross suspended, but comfortable.

It just needed a bigger gas tank to be a small touring bike. I did take it to Inuvik during a wet spell. Can't do that on a big bike, even a KLR650 would be too big in most cases.

Believe me, small bikes rule when trying to do the dirt roads. I did Ak on an 1100cc Honda packed with everything. It was so heavy that any dirt road was suspect, even so, I got out to the Kennecott copper mine at McCarthy and up to Deadhorse. They wouldn't have been near so worrisome on a TW.

Thanks Mule for the great report. I didn't mean to hijack your efforts, but thought there was enough interest in small bikes to warrent my input.

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Old 10-16-2007, 08:53 AM   #59
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awesome stuff. love the pvc storage. take it those were for the fishing poles?

Good guess, but the tubes actually hold a 1.5L MSR fuel tank each. With 1.8 gallon tank I need all the extra gas I could carry. The fly rods I took were all 5-7 piece rods and fit in the main bag. On short trips I often stuff all kinds of stuff in the PVC tubes, they are pretty handy.

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Old 10-16-2007, 08:56 AM   #60
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I owned a TW200 for a couple year. With the stock sprockets, I found 55 to be about as fast as I felt was good for the engine. even at that I lost the oil pump once. I had a bike shop in San Felipe (Jaime) fix it for me.

Anyway I loved it for the desert and Sand. The thing was a rough rider though. 25 miles in the dirt with that bike was like 50 on any other DS bike. Still, thats not a big deal on a mostly street tour.

I put a softer spring on the shock, big improvement. I would advise anyone to do the same, and I put a three gallon tank on it. It needed that as stock IIRC is 1.8 gal.

Ratman
Ratman,

Great post, I went to a 45 tooth rear before the trip and the bike ran great pegged at 60-75 mph (depending on headwinds and hills). She's still going strong!

Where did you get the 3 gallon tank from?? That would be great upgrade and I'd be interested in getting one.

thanks again for the post,

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