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    TW200 to the North Pole

    " In 1987 first made the TW a Japanese named Shinji Kazama guy rode the bike the NORTH POLE!?!"

    In the 1980's I was the School Inspector for arctic schools. One of the schools I had responsibility for was Qamartalik School in Resolute Bay Nunavut - check that out at Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada on https://maps.google.com/.

    Shinji staged his polar trip out of Resolute Bay and I had the very interesting pleasure of meeting him and noting the changes they made to his TW.

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    The most challenging modification related to keeping heat in the engine at the temperatures he was riding in. To achieve this his mechanics sawed off all the fining on the engine!

    The expedition actually chartered an aircraft to fly from Resolute Bay to Ward Hunt Island and launched their expedition from there.

    There is a bit of an overview of the trip at Shinji Kazama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    That subject got hit pretty hard here a few weeks ago. I looked into it considerably because I had always heard it was a TW. I became convinced as people argued it was a TY with some TW fittings. Largely by examining pictures of the frame.
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    Shinji owned the largest Yamaha motorcycle dealership in Tokyo. They flew the bike back and forth until they had it right. The oversized front wheel makes me think it is a TY -
    Somehow I missed that thread sorry.
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    Nothing to be sorry about. I love the story. And I am not convinced totally as of yet what it was. Shinji among other things is not much of a publicity seeker, and information on both his North Pole and South Pole bikes is very scarce. I think it would be great if somehow we could make a complete ID on what exactly that bike consisted of.
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    The "TY" I believe was a two stroke . I believe "his" bike, just had the TY front end.

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    The "TY" I believe was a two stroke . I believe "his" bike, just had the TY front end.
    Not sure. But I blew up the only pictures I could find, and compared the TW and TY frame, and it looked like a TY frame to me. Plus I'm not sure he didn't use a two stroke.
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    Yea , I'm not arguing or being pig-headed , it just seems strange that "they" could get the model wrong on such an event and all of the coverge it had back then and some now ?.

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    I always appreciate reading anything related to Shinji.

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    Yea , I'm not arguing or being pig-headed , it just seems strange that "they" could get the model wrong on such an event and all of the coverge it had back then and some now ?
    I'm not arguing either, I would really love to know what actually made up that bike. Thing is I could never find the "they" I have never seen anything by Shinji himself or Yamaha that said it was a TW. More I looked at what I could find the more convince I was that somebody saw a picture, jumped to the conclusion that it was a TW from the rear tire and that just kept getting propagated.

    If anyone has something where Shinji himself says it was a TW, or something official from Yamaha, that would clear it up in a heartbeat. Short of that, all I can go off is what it looks like when I blow the pictures up and then compare to a TY and TW frame. Like I said, I started out skeptical since I had always believed it was a TW.
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