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Old 01-02-2007, 09:20 AM   #1
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Mini Adventure bike - TW200



It's not fast, but it works. Need a beefier rear shock for when it's loaded with gear, and my top speed is cut by 5 to 7 mph due to the wind resistance on the highway, but it looks badass at least. *THIS* is the bike to take through Mongolia! Heh.

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Old 01-02-2007, 09:46 AM   #2
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How cool is that... and I hear those back tires last forever.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:55 AM   #3
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dog damnit...still kicking myself for passing on a 88 with 3K miles for 1200$....another will come around I hope...
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:33 AM   #4
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Tires

My rear tire was used up by 3300 miles, but the PO had them way under-inflated and the tires were cupped pretty badly for it. Front tire also needs replacing soon, but it's at 4500 miles now.

Bought this bike for $500, repainted, removed rear fender, new headlight, speedo, handlebars, grips, short clutch lever, lucas taillight, brake shoes, and turnsignals. Plus the ammo boxes, which are removable in about 5 minutes. (5 minutes to take everything off, including the brackets. 20 minutes to put it all back on).

Funny thing is I ride this bike more than my big street bikes. It's small, flickable, and FUN. Slow, but it'll fold a peg up (and in my case drag the saddlebags) on the street with the stock knobbies.

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Old 01-02-2007, 10:36 AM   #5
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My rear tire was used up by 3300 miles, but the PO had them way under-inflated and the tires were cupped pretty badly for it. Front tire also needs replacing soon, but it's at 4500 miles now.

Bought this bike for $500, repainted, removed rear fender, new headlight, speedo, handlebars, grips, short clutch lever, lucas taillight, brake shoes, and turnsignals. Plus the ammo boxes, which are removable in about 5 minutes. (5 minutes to take everything off, including the brackets. 20 minutes to put it all back on).

Funny thing is I ride this bike more than my big street bikes. It's small, flickable, and FUN. Slow, but it'll fold a peg up (and in my case drag the saddlebags) on the street with the stock knobbies.

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Old 01-02-2007, 10:43 AM   #6
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It's not fast, but it works. Need a beefier rear shock for when it's loaded with gear, and my top speed is cut by 5 to 7 mph due to the wind resistance on the highway, but it looks badass at least. *THIS* is the bike to take through Mongolia! Heh.

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Old 01-02-2007, 10:46 AM   #7
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Nice ride!

Very cool...those are great bikes...my wife has one that is a kick to ride...if only there was some easy way to make it a 350!!
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:58 AM   #8
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No doubt the TW is a great off-road beastie. You've done a great job on yours. I'm thinking about saying goodbye to my white scheme and following yours. Very no-nonsense and stealth. The ability to carry 3000 rounds of 7.62 is not bad either. Thanks, Rich p.s. Watch out for the cans and your feet. I had cans on once and managed to ride over my boot - yowwzza - my foot still hurts.
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:14 AM   #9
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thats one wicked bike !!!
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:48 PM   #10
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Lol, ADVer's who dig this kind of off-the-wall ride are MY kinda people!

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Old 01-02-2007, 01:26 PM   #11
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Next step...

Next step is to mount some PVC pipe so I can carry my fishing rod. My whole point to this, honestly, is to have a bike I can ride down to a river or lake and go fishing. As it stands, I park the truck and then hike a mile or two, and I can't take a big cooler that way. I plan to load one can with beer and ice, and the other with my gear, and ride right up to the river bank. (I've drilled drain holes in the bottoms of the cans just for this purpose). I never considered taking this long distances... it's capable if most of the trip was offroad and two-laners. 60mph is comfortable cruising... I *could* do it, but unless I was going to hit at least 50% unpaved, I wouldn't really consider it.

As for running over my foot... yeah, I've noticed my heels tend to get caught under the cans when I paddle-foot around. I'll have to be careful.

Overall, I'm quite happy. I still think I need a beefier shock, though. I'm a big guy, and me plus a full load of luggage are doing the suspension no favors

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Old 01-02-2007, 06:25 PM   #12
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After spending time on the 1150GS I'm convinced that what I need is a pair of TW's for camping and exploring. I'd love to hear more about it and your rides.
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:02 PM   #13
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Looks like a great machine to have fun with... and go ANYWHERE.... Kudos on the nice setup!!
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:14 PM   #14
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I just picked up an '86 with all of 510 miles on her - looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Can't wait to get her broken in properly!
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:16 PM   #15
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That looks like fun. I think I start watching for a good used one. That would be a good "loaner" bike to keep in the garage for those friends who just have to ride with you, but who haven't ridden in the last 15 years....
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