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Old 02-17-2009, 09:16 PM   #121
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I posted this elsewhere, but for you guys, maybe you can help.
Well, I just got my bike back with the 15/47 sprocket change. It was
a windy day and I have to say that it was a little disappointing. I
have a definite improvement in the lower gears and 4th is like 5th
used to be. 1st is like 2nd and so on. But when I went to 5th, I lost
power and would lose speed until I reshifted into 4th. Then back up
to about 65 then into 5th and I would drop back down to 55. I feel
certain that the windy day had something to do with it, but it was
unacceptable.
My question is why did this happen?
Is it the front gear to 15 that did it? or was it going to a 47 on the rear that did it? I am
thinking that I should go back to 50 and keep the 15 ( easier) But
will that make any difference?
Interesting that everything else was way better. The engine
especially seemed much less stressed and ran at a much better rpm.
But 5th was disappointing.
Any thoughts before I make the next move!

Surf
Yes, go back to the 50 rear and give it a shot. 3 teeth in the rear equals 1 in the front.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:23 AM   #122
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I've been threatening to stud up the TW for months and finally got around to it last weekend. After three hours of putting it to the test on a local lake I have made a few adjustments and will try it out again this weekend.



Even with the less than perfect stud arrangement the TW is nothing but four season fun.

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Old 02-20-2009, 10:19 AM   #123
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I have finished my bike for now: Nothing too special

Stock Bike except:
15/50 sprockets
New dId o-ring chain
IMS superstock foot pegs
Roxrisers
Trailtech 55w Halogen headlight
Sargent Cycle Saddle

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Thanks for all the answering of many a question

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Old 02-20-2009, 03:13 PM   #124
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My question is why did this happen?
Is it the front gear to 15 that did it? or was it going to a 47 on the rear that did it? I am
thinking that I should go back to 50 and keep the 15 ( easier) But
will that make any difference?
Interesting that everything else was way better. The engine
especially seemed much less stressed and ran at a much better rpm.
But 5th was disappointing.
Any thoughts before I make the next move!
Surf
Surf,

The tw doesn't have the hp/torque to pull that sprocket combo (15/47) in 5th gear on a steep uphill or in a strong headwind.

I was running a 14/47 with the stock carb, and was really disappointed on uphill highway runs in 5th gear. I was getting ready to change it back to the stock 14/50.

Before I did, I thought I would try a jet change. I put in a 130 jet, and it gave the engine just enough boost for me to keep the 14/47. (the 15/50 is nearly the same ratio as the 14/47).

On the steepest inclines (in NC) I still need to downshift into fourth.

Great looking headlight on your bike.

jb

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Old 02-20-2009, 03:43 PM   #125
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Thats a great looking setup Frostbit.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:31 PM   #126
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I figured i should put the GF's bike in here. We added a 3gal aux. tank to the rear rack because she was commuting on the bike and tired of filling up the gas tank every 3 days. The range is almost 400 miles now, depending on the riding. I plan on picking on up, doing the same tank mod so we can go to Alaska on the cheap this coming summer.

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Old 02-20-2009, 04:47 PM   #127
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Just installed a Maxxis M6006 130/80-18 front tire:

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Old 02-22-2009, 05:19 PM   #128
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Added Circuit Protection Power Panel to TW200

I removed the tools and they are now in the top box and added a circuit panel for
2 Aux power plugs (yet to be installed), GPS power and engine instrument power.

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Old 02-22-2009, 06:38 PM   #129
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It turns out that the TW dualsport is really a trisport...







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Old 02-23-2009, 05:00 AM   #130
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JB44.......Thanks for the tip! I do not mind downshifting on a hill, because the benefits of the lower rpms in 5th on level are great. I will however do the 130 jet.......did you also adjust the needle?
Anything else?

Thanks, Surf
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:17 PM   #131
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Oh Crap that looks like fun. Maybe I need to go to Alaska after all.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:25 PM   #132
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Surf,

Great looking headlight on your bike.

jb
Contact Deadbird and you too can have a very similar headlight on your TW for a lot less $$$...
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:08 PM   #133
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How does the TW ride?

Hey Y'all,

I'm considering downsizing from my current ride, a DR650. I say "considering", because I'm really in love with the DR, but I would like a bike that I can throw in the back of my Honda Odyssey minivan, or on the bumper, and the DR650 is too heavy for that (maybe I should just buy a new car!).

Plus, the DR650 is a little too much for me to handle when the going gets tough in the dirt (unless real dirt tires are installed, which presents its own set of problems).

My short list consists of (in no particular order):

1. TW200
2. CRF230L
3. XT250

But I've never ridden the TW. I've read countless threads about it, and I gather that it's "loads of fun", but can you help me out and be a little more descriptive? I'm 5'10, and about 225lbs. The DR650, while not very powerful, is very torquey, and I'm more than a little nervous going to such a small displacement bike.

I'd be using the bike primarily on the dirt, but would also use it to ride it around town just a little (maybe 10-20% of the time).

Thanks.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:04 PM   #134
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Hey Y'all,

I'm considering downsizing from my current ride, a DR650. I say "considering", because I'm really in love with the DR, but I would like a bike that I can throw in the back of my Honda Odyssey minivan, or on the bumper, and the DR650 is too heavy for that (maybe I should just buy a new car!).

Plus, the DR650 is a little too much for me to handle when the going gets tough in the dirt (unless real dirt tires are installed, which presents its own set of problems).

My short list consists of (in no particular order):

1. TW200
2. CRF230L
3. XT250

But I've never ridden the TW. I've read countless threads about it, and I gather that it's "loads of fun", but can you help me out and be a little more descriptive? I'm 5'10, and about 225lbs. The DR650, while not very powerful, is very torquey, and I'm more than a little nervous going to such a small displacement bike.

I'd be using the bike primarily on the dirt, but would also use it to ride it around town just a little (maybe 10-20% of the time).

Thanks.
I'm sure some experts will come along and give you all the tech answsers on each bike. I can tell you this, I looked at both the the TW 200 and the Honda CRF230L.
1) I would give Honda the edge in aftermarket parts and upgrades.
2) Resale value I would give it to the TW 200, there hard to find under $2000-$2500 used. People love them in the big cities for a commuter.
3)The kind of riding you sound like you do I would say you couldn't go wrong with the TW200. I'm 5'10 and 215 and the bike fits like a glove.

I do the same kind of riding 80% single track and forest roads and 20% in town on a nice day for fun.

4) And this was the big factor. Every time I sit on the TW 200 I get a big old sh tty grin. The bike just makes you want to smile.

I have a 08 with few upgrades and planning some more.

This is a good read:
Why did you buy your TW?

http://tw200forum.com/forums/63454/ShowPost.aspx

Good luck in your quest,
Matt
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:11 AM   #135
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I'm sure some experts will come along and give you all the tech answsers on each bike. I can tell you this, I looked at both the the TW 200 and the Honda CRF230L.
1) I would give Honda the edge in aftermarket parts and upgrades.
2) Resale value I would give it to the TW 200, there hard to find under $2000-$2500 used. People love them in the big cities for a commuter.
3)The kind of riding you sound like you do I would say you couldn't go wrong with the TW200. I'm 5'10 and 215 and the bike fits like a glove.

I do the same kind of riding 80% single track and forest roads and 20% in town on a nice day for fun.

4) And this was the big factor. Every time I sit on the TW 200 I get a big old sh tty grin. The bike just makes you want to smile.

I have a 08 with few upgrades and planning some more.

This is a good read:
Why did you buy your TW?

http://tw200forum.com/forums/63454/ShowPost.aspx

Good luck in your quest,
Matt
Hey Matt,

Thanks for the input, and for the tw200 forum thread (which I've already read).

I'm hoping to hear from more tw200 owners here.

FWIW, I'm not looking for any info on the other two bikes I mentioned. Just the TW (that's why I posted here in the TW thread).

Thanks again!
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