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    How much can our Dubs handle?

    Ok all, I have a serious question... I commute 11 miles each way to work at 55+mph every day (weather permitting). I also venture off on the weekends traveling the same speeds and frequently drive 196 miles to vacation in Southern Ohio in the summer averaging 55 mph and sometimes hitting 70+ mph on my Dub.

    I currently weigh in at 165 lbs and usually drop down to 155 in the summer due to more activity. I know our bikes were probably not designed for 55+ mph as often as I'm hitting those numbers?!

    So, my question is... Am I damaging or over stressing my dub? I'd really hate to see this bikes life span decrease or prematurely end. It's a 2015 that I put over 1100 miles on in less than 3 months. Would I better off trading it in for a WR250R due to the speeds I travel or will this mule handle the abuse? Any input would be much appreciated; I'd really hate to see her go!

    BTW I do all the proper maintenance and she's well taken care of outside of traveling 55 +
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    Hey Yamahauln, I'm 250 & I commuted by freeway for several years and my TW is still going strong. In addition to my weight, I have front & rear cycle racks, front panniers & an auxiliary fuel tank and I carry a loaded backpack. As Twilight pointed out, I re-geared my TW for the freeway and I highly recommend it unless you need the stock "granny low." Although, now that I no longer commute by freeway I have stock sprockets in inventory for the next chain replacement.

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    If you got the money buy the WR250 if your primary use is the pavement with just light duty off-road. You will be able to travel in the 65-75 mph range better. Maybe even consider an XT250 instead of a WR250 to save a little money with a little better speed than the TW.

    If you really like the TW and don't really want to get rid of it...
    The TW can handle what you're asking for it right now as well. This summer I tried a 45 tooth rear sprocket. I absolutely loved it when riding on the highway. Much lower rpm's made the vibration ride much more comfortable. Though I didn't check it as much, I believe my fuel mileage was better as well. I also took it off-highway on a forest service road above Boise (Boise Ridge Road). There were some pretty steep sections and I had to downshift to 1st gear, but it did just fine. Obviously, a 45T wouldn't be a good trail gear if you have to go slow.

    As TWilight mentioned, a 47T would be going in the same direction as the 45T with just a few more rpm's than the 45T.

    If I rode a TW mostly on highway, I would use a 14/45 gearing combo or equivalent as there are other sprocket combination ratio's you could go with.
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    Awesome! I'm extremely glad to hear these bikes can handle the load, I'll be sure to change the rear sprocket out when the weather starts to sustain decent temperatures. I really, really like these bikes and it'a paid off, so I really didn't want to go back in debt for another bike!

    Honestly I know I'd miss the Dub as soon as I handed over the keys. What this bike lacks in power it makes up in personality!

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    Given that the TW motor is air-cooled, the best things you can do for its longevity are synthetic oil and frequent oil changes. Other than that, don't worry about it.

    And TWilight's sprocket suggestion is worth considering too.
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    I've been changing the oil every 500 miles (Yamalube). I've noticed since I've been riding Yamaha's (16 or 17 years now) the clutch plates always stick once the bike sets awhile. Does synthetic oil prevent this? It's annoying to say the least!
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    I was in the same boat, either TW or wr250R. I will be commuting 12 miles each way to work and home, plus will be using it for hunting and trails. The WR is awesome but sits so high, when I am hunting with a pack on and gear, I like to be flat footed on the ground when I stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yamahauln View Post
    I've been changing the oil every 500 miles (Yamalube). I've noticed since I've been riding Yamaha's (16 or 17 years now) the clutch plates always stick once the bike sets awhile. Does synthetic oil prevent this? It's annoying to say the least!
    Synthetic or semi can help - but the effects (of the oil change) diminish over time - mine came back from the shop a while back with semi, and it was noticeably better - but over time the plates are sticky again, maybe not as much, but give it a couple of months ......
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    The WR is a sexy machine but it does have a rather tall stance. I also like to be flat footed when coming to a stop or riding on rough terrain that calls for some footwork. I'm 6ft but my weight doesn't suppress the springs to the point I feel confident. I really want to keep the Dub I just don't want to wring it out to the point something catastrophic happens. Id rather make a small monthly payment than to be stranded on the side of the road. However, from the sounds of it this mighty mule can take the abuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yamahauln View Post
    I've been changing the oil every 500 miles (Yamalube). I've noticed since I've been riding Yamaha's (16 or 17 years now) the clutch plates always stick once the bike sets awhile. Does synthetic oil prevent this? It's annoying to say the least!
    mine started sticking when I started to use full synthetic. it's no big deal to just break them loose before the first ride. the benefits of using synthetic far out way the sticky clutch plates
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