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    Senior Member jeffrolives's Avatar
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    NW Iowa


    First and foremost, Thank You for this wonderful site. Lots of info and some pretty colorful characters.

    My name is Jeff and I have been lurking around your site for about two weeks now. I had to join because you guys, and ladies, would not let me look at any pictures otherwise.

    I am 40 years old. About a month ago, my buddy's wife's little brother got a bike. He had been bugging me about wanting a KLR for about a year and a half. One day he calls me up at work and asks to drive him an hour, one way, to go look at a bike and he wanted to bring it home that night. I ask him if he found it on craigslist; yes. I search it out and find 2. I asked which one, and of course it was not the one that I would've picked. I try to steer him towards the other one, but he is insistent on the one he found. I told him to keep me posted as to arrangement with seller.

    After work and waiting for word, he calls and says that the guy had sold it. So I told him to take a hard look at the other one. He was reluctant, but I insisted. An already long story shorter, he "missed out" on a 2009 bone stock, with bald back tire, $3,500, 1,800 mile bike and ended up with a 2011 2,000 mile bike with just about every Happy Trails add on they ever made, beautiful KLR for $4,100 cash. He was happy, that made me happy.

    After getting it to my place (he had to hide it from his dad, where he still lives) he was not in the shop more than 5 minutes and he says, "Now you have to get your out."

    Yeah right. I have not been on that bike for over 7 years, since even before my first born.

    Well, I did drag it out. 1977 TT500. In dire need of some TLC, I set about it. Searching for parts and "farkles", (a term I was unaware of until this site) that I could never afford in the past, I find a 1988 TT600. I call the guy a few different times arranging the purchase since he is 2 hours, one way, away. All set for $1,300, cash in hand and checking over truck for the next day's pick up, he texts me and it started out..."Well I hate to do this and go back on my word, but..."

    And you all know the rest.

    Super bummed, I set out on a quest to find another bike. In doing so, I start seeing a recurring theme about a little, what we called clown bikes. Delving a bit deeper, I knew I NEEDed one. I have the TT tuned up now to a one kick bike, but that thing has broken me in the past and I am not really wanting to relive that. I'm frail.

    Started searching all over. Nowhere. Nothing but new. Placed a WTB ad and got a call. Not yet in my possession, and I hope I do not jinx myself with this, but hoping to pick in up next week. Will hopefully update.

    Never even sat on one of these, but I know I want one. My wife and all my friends think I am straight up nuts for wanting one. And a 200 to boot. They think I am mad. So hoping to prove them all wrong.

    An Iowegian plow boy, my other hobby is Case garden tractors. Here is one I did over the winter.

    1972 Case 644 (not all complete in this shot)

    A pic of the old pig just after carb clean and oil change after 7 years of abandonment. I now find that it needs a base gasket...booo. Obviously, the front end needs rebuilt as well.

    Have I worn my welcome out yet?

    Sorry, just excited.

    Very nice to have found this great bunch.

    Hello, and Thank You.

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    Senior Member 66roadkill66's Avatar
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    Oct 2013
    roseburg oregon
    hello and your pics you will not be disappointed in a tw, I had no idea I wanted one till I happened to find one and test rode it...could not get the money out fast enough
    Last edited by 66roadkill66; 05-08-2015 at 08:22 AM.
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    87tw,08 klr650,00dr200,76tl250,73cl175 scrambler,75tl250,76tl125,1960 cushman trailster,

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    Super Moderator littletommy's Avatar
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    Spokane, Washington
    Welcome Jeff! The TW is a very unique bike. I think you will be pleased. All of them come with one thing that a lot of other bikes don't.

    A smile that won't quit and memories of when you were a kid...

    Enjoy bro!
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    Senior Member evan's Avatar
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    Woodland, California
    Welcome Jeff! Great story and nice tractor! Your wife and friends will definitely think your crazy when they see that huge smile on your face. Fun bikes for exploring and taking your time to smell the roses.
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    Mike Carter. Woodland, California (NorCal). '89 Tw200 (Black Widow Edition). Blood red Jimbo shield, Cycleracks, Nuvi 500 GPS, Kolpin fuel pack jr., D shield bark busters, 55t rear sprocket, Golden boy front tire, Ricochet shield.

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    Senior Member Hekkler's Avatar
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    Tacoma Washington
    Welcome to the forum and I want your tractor!!!
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    Member 1 Bad dog's Avatar
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    West coast of Iowa
    If you want to sit on one, and look it over, I have one. I live near Correctionville. Mine is slightly modified. Send me PM. "Not for sale".
    Last edited by 1 Bad dog; 05-08-2015 at 10:45 AM.
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    2010 TW200
    Dmo Foot pegs
    2" risers
    Shinko 241 front tire
    XT350 steel gas tank
    Jimbo shield

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    Senior Member plumbstraight's Avatar
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    Montesano, Washington
    with me tractors are like TW's, have 3 of each lol.

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    Senior Member longroof's Avatar
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    Crossville, TN
    Was a member of the Tri-State Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Club in my younger years up in Indiana. Still have an International F20 in parts laying around i need ro restore. Anyway welcome to the forum.

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    Senior Member plumbstraight's Avatar
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    Montesano, Washington
    TWilight, we don't want to offend a fellow before he sets roots in here. Not having a hickory is not the end of the world, just one step from the edge.
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    Senior Member Ebbanflood's Avatar
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    I hope that you get a chance to save that TT, if not I know a guy on the east coast that will. There is a special place in my heart for Case. My first real job was running Case 350, 450 and Uni-loader. The 350 is probably my favorite machine of all time. I came into work one day and found that the company traded them in for a Caterpillar 941 and I was heartbroken. (My broken heart went away when I closed the door and turned the heat on in the 941). What a great job, being an 18 year old kid with a Reo deuce and a half with a Case 350 on the is good.
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