Still Looking for a TW
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    Junior Member tmarshall's Avatar
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    Sep 2011
    I am still on the prowl for my first TW. Wondering if you guys would have a look at this and tell me what you think. I appreciate you input!

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    Senior Member rm_hm's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Near Narrows Bridges, WA State
    I'm doing this from memory so I'm sure someone will jump in and correct any errors.

    It looks like a clean bike and does have the electric & kick start combo

    It uses a different type of carburetor then the newer models. good or bad i dunno

    It also has the pre upgrade wimpy charging system and oem headlight bulb is of a lower wattage. You might add a 12v plug to charge a cell phone but that's about it.

    I believe people have had problems with aftermarket pipes lining up with a mounting bolt.

    Yamaha no longer makes factory brake pads for the front drum (aftermarket ones are still around).

    And I think some part of the cdi or pulser coil is a real pain to find.

    It should have front fork drain screws while the newer models do not

    If I was on a budget and it purred like a kitten I would not let those issues stop me. Any good running TW is better then no Tw.

    Some things to look for

    Check the back tire for sidewall cracks and ask them how old it is. If it's the original tire..... Wait I hear Qwerty somewhere "If that back tire is original, throw it away"

    Inspect the chain and sprockets for wear.

    Look for cracked wire insulation where the wire loom twists in front of the fuel tank around the frame neck.

    See if they have done a compression test.

    And check the tank for excessive rust.

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    Senior Member lizrdbrth's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Desert, SoCal
    Looks clean, but faded. Price isn't out of line for the year. Sounds negotiable.

    Aftermarket rear rack is worth a few bucks.

    Old style carb not an issue. It's actually a bonus, to some.

    Kickstart is not a luxury. Neither are things like decent frame welds, fork drains and a bunch of other stuff that have dissappeared over the years.

    Drum brake is every bit as effective as the disc.

    Charging/lighting system is adequate. Late model charging system is adequate-er.

    You can buy a bunch of stuff with the leftover 3-4 grand.

    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.

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