Well I wish I were writing about a better topic but here's the deal.
I had my TW at a local shop in Raleigh, NC.
On Friday June 24 at 4:33 a.m. three men broke into the shop and stole three motorcycles one of which was mine. They were caught on video and local police are currently investigating.
On the positive side the owner is a close friend and he has assured me that his insurance will cover the loss. I'll keep you all posted.
I highly doubt it will surface here but for GP it's a 1989 TW200 with approximately 2200 miles. It has a blue frame and fork gators with black body work, hand guards, and tank. It also has a factory rack and a Jimbo windshield. I might post pics, VIN, and tag number later.
Generally I do the maintenance on my bikes but occasionally I'll take it to my friends shop if I'm busy with work. Consequently, I just started a new job on June 20th and I am training/studying so my time is limited for the next month.
The idea was since July 4th (three day weekend) is approaching I was going to do some trail riding/camping. So the bike was up there for new tires, brakes, new chain/sprockets, oil change... total maintenance package.
I'll probably replace it with another TW depending on what happens with the insurance. If not, I may have some TW parts to sell as they never made it onto the bike.
Anyway, for right now I don't have my trail bike/fun bike/grocery getter.
BTW anybody want to lend me a TW this weekend??? LOL
"Better an honest enemy than a dishonest friend."
Puts things in perspective. Here I get a case of the butt when dealing with not so knowledgeable DMV types, and you get your TW stolen! Sorry, to hear about that.
Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?
Sorry to hear that, man, I hope they catch these guys and you get your bike back soon.
Sad to hear this man... Hope they find your bike or get you some insurance cash for another one... Good luck.
I would definitely post pics so we can keep an eye out for it though...
'94 Suzuki Sidekick
I hope they don't find your bike. It's probably trashed by now.
To who ever gave qwerty the -1.
I think he means you'd be better off with a full insurance settlement than getting a trashed bike back.
What ever the outcome I hope you get "a" TW again soon.
Previously it seemed as if no self-respecting bike thief would bother jacking a TW.
So many seem to be reported missing lately I guess we should view it as a sign that the bike is finally gaining some recognition?
I dunno. Just trying to make lemonade. I hope this ends well for you and you're able to recover/replace your TW.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.
Thanks for the all the responses. I just spoke to my friend/shop owner today about the insurance settlement. The adjuster told him that it would be about 30 days until anything would be settled. They need to do their own investigation and so forth. BTW I don't think I'm going to get a whole lot for that bike.
It is a bummer admittedly however...what you don't know is that I was planning on selling that bike about a month ago. Then I came back online here and decided to keep it after listening to some you guys talking in the forums. Beewerks and I also had a discussion about it earlier in June here in the forums. Well then I bought an o-ring chain, 15/50 JT sprockets, new tires/tw34/shinko front, etc. I just started a new job and didn't have time to do the work myself so I left it up at my friends shop and you know the rest...
I guess I had second thoughts as well because although I have more than one bike the TW has a lot of attributes not found on other bikes.
Money. If I were to purchase the same aforementioned components for my VFR it would have been 2-3 times more expensive. Gas mileage. My TW was getting about 70 mpg consistently riding around Raleigh and in the country where I live. It is cheap and extremely reliable transportation. Period.
Durability. The TW is one of the toughest bikes I've ever owned. If you keep up with the regular maintenance the bike will last a long time but even if you missed an oil change or three you probably wouldn't hurt the "Little Beast". When/if something does go wrong it's an extremely easy bike to work on.
Versatility. The TW is very good at adapting to different terrains and environments. This is not the fastest bike I own but it is the one bike that would go just about anywhere. There are a lot of dirt riders around my "neck-o-the-woods" and they used to laugh at my TW until I started riding on the trails around here. They quickly saw that although I couldn't always keep up with there bikes I always made it to where I was going and I never laid the bike down. It also would go up the hills the other guys couldn't or were to scared too! This is relative to ones riding ability of course. Also, there have been many afternoons I would be riding the TW and stumble upon a side trail or old farm path and just take it.
This bikes only weak area (for me) is highway riding. Speed limits on most of the highways around here is 70mph. Even though I was going to install 15/50 gearing I don't know that the TW would have been much better. Yeah, yeah, I know, just get in the slow lane and do 60-65. It's still dangerous. Honestly, the TW is a relaxing bike to ride and it fits the demeanor of the bike to be on two lane back roads where you can find an adventure on some path or road you've never been on before. Highways are purpose driven, cold, impersonal roadways which are not the persona of this bike IMHO. As Neil Peart wrote "The point of the journey is not to arrive."
BTW qwerty is correct. If I do get this bike back it will more than likely be trashed. It would further piss me off to see that some jerk has destroyed what I worked so hard to create and maintain so I hope I don't see it again. The perpetrators stole the three bikes closest to the front door and ran like Hell. One of the three bikes stolen was completely trashed having been in an accident and wouldn't even run.They obviously didn't know anything about motorcycles and therefore their care and use as such will probably follow in suit.
Best case scenario is I get enough from insurance to buy another TW with no money out of pocket. Second best case scenario is that I keep working like I always have, save my money, and buy another TW because I'm an honest law abiding citizen and not a POS thief. Either way I win.
Didn't mean to drone on about it but as you can see the TW meant something to me.
In the meantime I get to do one of the coolest things ever......go shopping for a new motorcycle!
The good news is that I've narrowed it down to the TW200!
"Better an honest enemy than a dishonest friend."
That's seeing the silver lining!
Maybe save a little boot to go with the insurance, and your friend with the shop can maybe hook you up through professional connections with a better TW than you lost.