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    2013 TW200 Highway Speed?

    Hey all, how fast will the TW go? Can I at least sustain 65 mph? I'd like to use this as a commuter and I have a 20 mile highway ride each way. What do you experienced TW200 riders think?
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    I have a something else - BMW K1200R! I can ride the twisty back road to work with the TW. Would have to be on the highway 1 mile before hitting the back road. Thanks r80rt!
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    Yes, if: 1. You don't weigh over 300 lbs; 2. Don't go up any big hills; 3. Take the car on days with big winds; and 4.Maintain your bike in good condition. Can you duck your head for 20 miles?
    The speedo like all OEM speedos is an overestimate of how fast you are going. Lets say if it says 67, you might be going 65 mph.
    I have felt like my bike at WOT was reading 70 mph, and I certainly don't hesitate to crank it if I'm on the Interstate and trying to stay out of the path of a semi, but . . . .
    it would be a much more pleasant ride if you could take a secondary hwy and only use the WOT for when you most need it.
    I'm a strong believer that the bike will do speeds that it really wasn't designed for. Hell those knobby tires are not freeway tires and are probably not the best for anything except that sweet combination of trails, dirt, highway, and country roads that the bike was designed for. What you do three times a year is not necessarily what you want to do every day on the way to work. JMHO. Tom

    Actually in re reading my post, your weight is probably the least important factor. It will pull any weighted person, it just may accelerate a bit slower. Tom
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    If you are only doing 65 on the Highway for a mile and will be on back roads the other part of your commute you will be fine and will have a blast, but if it will be 65 the whole time it wouldn't be fun at all. Jim
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    TW is a trail bike, a street legal ATV, the Yamaha FJR1300, Honda Silverwing, etc. make much better hiway bikes than the TW. But the TW is much better when the going gets rough.
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    Yamaha was thinking smart when they put the T in TW.

    I'd look at least a 500/650 if I had a daily 20 miles commute on a hwy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerBike View Post
    Hey all, how fast will the TW go? Can I at least sustain 65 mph? I'd like to use this as a commuter and I have a 20 mile highway ride each way. What do you experienced TW200 riders think?
    You would have the a bad case of the "tingles" in your hands for a few hours after you get to work.
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    I ride my 2009 on highway frequently 50 to 90 miles 65 mph frequently ....... Yup hands and feet may vibrate but it get me there and back.

    MPG isn't as good as slower obviously.

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    Honest answer is without a re-gear 65 is a stretch for a TW and even with a re-gear sustaining 65 could be a problem if there are any hills involved. I also find both of mine to be a bit squirmy at speed. One of mine when i got it had a 45 rear sprocket and i could get it going 75 on the speedo down a hill. Needless to say i wont ever attempt that again, i was on a perfectly smooth road and had a tankslapper at about 65mph, almost lost control of the bike. That was a little scary, i never thought i would crash and die on a TW but i almost did....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerBike View Post
    Hey all, how fast will the TW go? Can I at least sustain 65 mph? I'd like to use this as a commuter and I have a 20 mile highway ride each way. What do you experienced TW200 riders think?
    Gotta say upfront, I only have had my 2014 tw for 4 weeks, less than 100 miles, and not out and about all that much{finally the damn weather is warming up however}...and frankly...it feels most comfortable on streets and 2 lanes at no more than 50-55....and to be honest, I love the bike, but I don't believe it is made to ride at highway speeds...that may change when I change the stock chain and do a few mods, but that won't happen for awhile, I am too busy enjoying it at slow speeds and getting used to it that way....I do plan on a 180 mile round trip to Waldo, Ohio, on the back roads and two lanes this summer...that will be my first BIG pavement Adventure.
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