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    Is it Possible/Safe

    I have a 2014 TW200 that I bought as my commuter/hunting rig. When I bought it I only had a 12 mile commute each way. We sold our house today and for the next year we will be living where I would have a 40 Mile commute each way ranging from 45-65MPH speed limit.

    Is that too much for my little TW? I will try and ride it to work 3-5 days a week. I will obviously need to buy a bigger tank, re gear and some street tires. There will be one stretch of road that is 8 Miles long at 65MPH. The rest is 55mph and under because of traffic.

    With Regular maintenance is that fine for my TW200?


    Thoughts?
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    your bike is fine doing that all day, 40 miles each end isn't going to hurt it none.
    45-50mph is a real sweet spot for the Tdub, it can hit 65 or 70.... but that's not super cozy. truth be told i'd rather be at 10-30 in the dirt than 40-60 on the road.
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    it sounds like you are going to turn the t dubster into a street bike with the smooth tires and all. I changed my front sprocket to a 15 this winter and after a few rides this spring, I really like the change, it is much smoother. if I was to only ride pavement, then I would change the rear sprocket to a 47, which is the same as you going to a 45. that change will make a much more comfortable ride for you and the bike at highway speeds
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    Will Probably end up just wearing out the stockers, will order a new tank. I have a 47 tooth rear sprocket just need to put it on, we will see how that works at higher speeds. Looking at Maps, most of my stuff will be back roads and 55 mph. Also will get an oil cooler
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    you should be good if only going to 55. my feels good to 60 now
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    I was going to say those stock tires are not that bad for street use. Wear them out.
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    Yeah my stock tires have a whole 200 miles on them so I will wear them out for sure. My only worry is the stock tank. Pretty sure even with a 47 tooth sprocket, going 55-60mph could only net me 90 miles per tank. Could be running on fumes as I pull in the drive way. Having the extra gallon of the clarke tank will be a nice Peace of mind. Or I guess i could carry an MSR fuel bottle just in case.
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    You aught to get like 10-15k miles out of the stock tires. I changed to Tw203-204 at 8600 miles and even my rear tire had lots of tread left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldjbuff View Post
    Yeah my stock tires have a whole 200 miles on them so I will wear them out for sure. My only worry is the stock tank. Pretty sure even with a 47 tooth sprocket, going 55-60mph could only net me 90 miles per tank. Could be running on fumes as I pull in the drive way. Having the extra gallon of the clarke tank will be a nice Peace of mind. Or I guess i could carry an MSR fuel bottle just in case.
    I tried the extra fuel bottles and found them to be one big pain in the a......! first off, when I had to use one, I all was smelled like gas.....next, it's a pain to have to stop and put fuel in. I now have a clark and it is nice to go the same amount of miles I did before on a tank and now I still have 1/2 a tank left. my msr now carries oil and I sold my 1 gal strap on tank ( and it is nice to have that gone)
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    Great feedback Thank you. Since you have a 2014 TW as well, what color clarke tank did you get?
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