Same as any other motorcycle.
With average riding and average manintenance what would you experienced TW riders say the bike is good for mileage wise before you start having equipment failures or maintenance issues?
Most motorcycle owners underestimate the machines. With U.S. average annual mileage under 5k we don't ride them enough. They are equal to automobiles for lifespan or durability. Except that stock tw 200 chain.
Count on rider error before machine failure. The weakest part of the system is the loose nut behind the bars. How hard you gun it, how much attention you pay to PM, how you store it, and how often you ride and lube it are such important factors the answer to your question could range from 500 mile to 20,000 miles. Ride carefully, and treat the machine like your well being depended on it. It does. Tom
Tom - TW200 2002, Kawasaki VN 500 2006
Central New Mexico
It's kind of like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. You won't know until you actually get there. Now get out there and ride and report back when it fails.
I wondered the same thing when I first bought this little bike. I now have over 21,000 miles on her (about 5,000 year as mentioned), and this is what I have experienced so far, in terms of "parts replacement"...(in chronological order, as best as I can remember)
4. Rear sprocket and chain
5. Rear brake shoes
6. Front sprocket, rear sprocket and O-ring chain.
7. Both tires
9. Rear brake shoes
8. Stator coil
9. Fork boots
These are the "major" components that I have needed to replace because of breakdowns. I have not included the gallons of oil (I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to oil), spark plugs, Stearns seat-covers, rear axle (stripped on account of my stupidity, not an actual "breakdown"), oil and/or fuel filters, hand grips or levers.
It's like they say...the harder you treat it, the more likely you are to break stuff.
I really pamper mine; partly because I want it to last and partly because I'm a big chicken!
Southwest corner of BC Canada
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I got mine used with 20,000 miles on it and it has had nothing major done to it. Sprockets, chains, tires....that's all. I have no doubt that with regular maintenance and care it could easily do another 20k. I don't really have anything to back that up, I just have a strong hunch.
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2009 Triumph Street Triple R
2006 TW200 (SO's)
missus got her's with 24,000 Km on it - she's taken it to 38,000 Km in 18 months (?)
so far - new front brake pads..
cosmetically we swopped the brake hose for a steel braided one,,
oil changes x 3
new battery- ( at 35,000 KM )
got an oil filter I'm planning to put it in and a new spark plug..
only faults ;
the afore mentioned battery ( past sell by date )
the side stand switch causing cut outs - ( now bypassed )
and a few light bulb..
(edit forgot about the tires- replaced with TW302's which seem very good on the streets - even in the wet! )
more or less a daily ride for her.. see's wet and dry roads..
2001 TW200 - supertrapp stubby exhaust
1996 CRM 250 - 2 smoker - FMF exhaust
1998 Honda CB600 Hornet - ( a.k.a Honda 599 ) - micron , ohlins rear - CB600F3 front forks..