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    First Ride First Impressions

    I got the new bike registered today and took it out for a quick ride to top off the tank. Here are my thoughts:

    Great sound!

    I didn't feel cramped at all.

    First gear runs out QUICK! 10 mph comes up fast!

    The clutch is VERY different from my VStrom. The VStrom's clutch pulls most of the way in and there is a little range between all and nothing. The TWs doesn't seem to engage until it's fully open. Hopefully I can adjust it to feel a bit more similar to what I'm used to.

    I can't wait to get through the breakin and to get off-road!

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    Be sure to check the clutch return spring down on the case. Also, do several oil changes during the break in period, oil is cheap, your bike will thank you.

    Congrats!!
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    Your gonna love your tw...Congrats!
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    Most important oil change is at 100 miles
    I could not believe how much metal was on that oil filter @ 100 miles
    Not sure what year you have but my 2013 takes exactly 1 quart 5 ounces during a filter and oil change
    Also your gonna want to invest in a decent torque wrench that will do 5-75 foot lbs.
    Then do your next oil change at 300 then again at 600 miles

    Here is the thread about my metal shavings @ 100 miles https://tw200forum.com/forum/general-...-shavings.html
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    The TW clutch is a bit brisk and unforgiving as compared to any other bikes I have owned. Not much in the line of slip and once you get used to it you won't notice it as much. Check to be sure the spring is properly in its slot and the ball end of the cable is seated in its hole. If I had to guess I would say the springs in the clutch cup are rather stout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    The TW clutch is a bit brisk and unforgiving as compared to any other bikes I have owned. ...etc.
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    Also, after you get it well broken in at 1500 to 2000 miles, switch to Mobil 1 4T or Castrol Power RS Racing 4T 10w 40 full synthetic, and you will find the clutch will be less grabby and it will shift smoother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyTFS View Post
    Also, after you get it well broken in at 1500 to 2000 miles, switch to Mobil 1 4T or Castrol Power RS Racing 4T 10w 40 full synthetic, and you will find the clutch will be less grabby and it will shift smoother.
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    Different animal from your Vstrom.
    Those first break-in miles are so boring compared to what you will enjoy later. Have fun and Welcome.

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    Welcome . If you ever decide to buy a new oil filter (the one that comes out of the right side of the case......rear brake side) make sure it has the four holes.....threads here that explain what has happened to folks who did not check the filter first before install.
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    Congrats on the new bike. The clutch is definitely different on the TW. Every time i get off the TW and onto my Ducati i end up stalling it because they are so different. The duc starts grabbing right off the bat where the TW is almost at the end of the lever throw.

    I agree with the others on synthetic once you get it broken in right. Both of mine have benefited from the switchover and shift much better and have better clutch action. I run Amsoil 10-40 motorcycle oil i both of mine.

    Enjoy that new TW
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