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    Question South African new owner (if you think I should!)

    Hey there!

    Didn't know the TW had it's own cult forums, overjoyed!

    So I'll do a proper intro elsewhere, and will keep this to the point. A post that will hopefully get the sort of responses that will help me decide this one out.

    I want a TW200. Simple.
    My fiancee has one, using it as a commuter and sometimes play bike here in the western cape mountain ranges. This means, I know the TW's OK.
    I am only 1.7metres, so a shorty, and my previous bikes intimated me to the point where I could not use or enjoy them.
    My XR650L was too heavy and tall (even with a lowering link), apart from scaring me in the sand, the cape town wind wanted to push me over while waiting at traffic lights all the time (haha?).
    My CBF600F was, smooth, and easy, but I am not one for dordling around the road much. I want to ride around the place and take dirt roads and trails when I feel like it.

    So here I am, a dude in his 30's, wanting a TW200, thinking that it's the ultimate damn adventure bike. Short, easy, reliable, cheap(ish) and can fit the two of ours on a simple trailer.

    What's holding me back? Well, I don't know, maybe it's just that most of my friends with the 900 ktm's and big bikes will think I am being an idiot. Maybe I should not care.

    For guys that can relate to my situation, any advice or gotchas?

    Cheerios!
    Marlon
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    "So here I am, a dude in his 30's, wanting a TW200, thinking that it's the ultimate damn adventure bike."

    Words alone cannot describe the reason(s) you should get a TW. Here is one good reason why you should get a TW. Adventures await you, I swear!

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    Welcome to the forum Marlon! Don't listen to what your friends say. Get a TW and pretty soon, they will want one too and you will have friends to ride with!! You will enjoy the forum here, lots of helpful people!
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    You know the bike — you know your riding style — and you know what you’re “friends” will think

    Who cares what your friends think — send ‘em on here — we love a bit of fresh meat to play with

    You’ll soon be poking fun at them for being on such ridiculous machines

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    Since your fiancé rides a TW it only makes sense for you to have one also. Then you two can share similar riding experiences together...she'll be happy, you'll be happy, 900KTM friends should understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Since your fiancé rides a TW it only makes sense for you to have one also. Then you two can share similar riding experiences together...she'll be happy, you'll be happy, 900KTM friends should understand.
    That's my excuse. The real reason is because I just plain like it!
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    I've heard some say KTM require maintenance every 30 mins and aren't reliable enough to go too deep in the woods.

    I drive with an xr250 and a crx250. They sink in soft ground and dig trenches. You won't have this problem nearly as much with a TW. The others can do higher speeds without sliding as much but accidents that happen fast hit hard. I'm not a teen anymore and can't afford a serious injury. Best thing about them is when exploring or scouting you can go slow enough to take some time to look around without stalling you engine or having to clutch too much..

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    Def sounds like a good choice since your fiancée has 1, that will make for a fun time together
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    Awe, thanks dudes!
    This is pretty much what I thought. Coming up here to justify something you all know...
    In South africa they are selling for around R45000, that is according to google conversion, $ 3380 - steeo...
    But with the itch getting heavier, and summer on me, I guess if I can't find a used one soon, then Ill just do it (unless you know any reasons a new one is a bad idea)

    I appreciate the responses, was overwhelmingly nice and funny
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    Screw what the others think. Get your TW and enjoy it. It's a neat little bike.

    Like I've told the others... I used to look down my nose at the TW. I thought it was the stupidest thing I've ever seen. Then I bought one because it was stupid cheap, with the intention of fixing and flipping it. Then I rode it. I sold my KLX250S instead (well, I was selling it anyway). So now I have the TW, a DR650 and a V-Strom.

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