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    Junior Member Craig@thecarsons.org's Avatar
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    I'm new to this Forum. I Purchased a used 2004 TW200 with 240 miles on it in July for $2000. I'm having a BLAST riding it. Now that I've got it what can you tell me about it? I have changed the oil and filter. I checked out the forum on changing the oil filter so I do have the correct filter with the holes in it. What else can you guys tell me about my TW? From a maintenance perspective what else should I be doing or looking out for? I see people talking about an O-ring chain. Please tell me about that, what is it and what's the advantage? I'm looking forward to being apart of the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_fly_low View Post
    I'm new to this Forum. I Purchased a used 2004 TW200 with 240 miles on it in July for $2000. I'm having a BLAST riding it. Now that I've got it what can you tell me about it? I have changed the oil and filter. I checked out the forum on changing the oil filter so I do have the correct filter with the holes in it. What else can you guys tell me about my TW? From a maintenance perspective what else should I be doing or looking out for? I see people talking about an O-ring chain. Please tell me about that, what is it and what's the advantage? I'm looking forward to being apart of the forum.


    Welcome! I know you are gonna continue to love your new ride.



    First, O-ring chain: the stock chain is basic chain, nothing special. The O-ring chain has rubber O-rings holding the lube in the rollers & keeping the dust & grime out. They last a LOT longer than a basic chain, and require much less maintenance & fuss. With a basic chain you need to clean & re-lube after most long rides, especially dusty ones, or thru water/mud.



    Look for the Service Manual PDF links here on the forums, Get both the general manual and the supplement for later model bikes. The Owners Manual is available in PDF if you didn't get one with the bike. The Service manuals have a maintenance schedule, and instructions for doing all the basics yourself if you are handy with tools.



    Second recommendation: follow the clutch cable down to the engine, and make sure the coil spring is properly positioned on the lever down there. Proper spring return of that rod makes a big difference in how shifting feels.



    Stephen S.

    '07 TW200:

    15/50 sprockets, O-ring chain, D2Moto foot pegs

    tweaked carb (127.5 jet, 0.019 needle shim, idle screw @2.25),

    Rubbermaid "Action Packer" on homemade brackets

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    Welcome! and congrats on the new bike. I switched over to an O-ring chain and am so glad i did for two main reasons; first is the fact that it doesnt stretch like the standard stock chain so no more adjustments after every ride, and second is the smoothness of the shifts with the chain. This is mostly because it stays in adjustment longer and therefore you dont get the "backlash" when downshifting or easing off on the throttle.



    There are lots of upgrades listed here with pros and cons on most, but mostly its just good info from other TW owners that love their rides. If you cant find what your looking for, just post your questions and someone will give you the answer or know someone that can.

    So enjoy your bike and stay in touch with the forum
    2009 TW200, Jimbo shield, 47&55T rear with DID chain, Maxxis Ceros Rear, Kendra 270 front, extended swing arm, 1"Risers, Rear rack, Raised front fender, XOG GPS.

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    oppps, entered again...sorry
    2009 TW200, Jimbo shield, 47&55T rear with DID chain, Maxxis Ceros Rear, Kendra 270 front, extended swing arm, 1"Risers, Rear rack, Raised front fender, XOG GPS.

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    oppps, hit enter too many times
    2009 TW200, Jimbo shield, 47&55T rear with DID chain, Maxxis Ceros Rear, Kendra 270 front, extended swing arm, 1"Risers, Rear rack, Raised front fender, XOG GPS.

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    Welcome. My advice is to vary your RPMs as your bike is still "new" miles-wise and is still breaking in. This helps to seat the rings properly and minimize cylinder glazing (IMO). Don't be shy on the throttle, but I would not peg the throttle open for long periods of time either - just vary you gears and RPMs so the engine is loaded under differing conditions.



    Also I found small metal particles on the oil filter on my wife's TW up until 1000 or so miles. I changed the oil more than factory says, probably ~300 miles or so during this break-in period - just my preference.



    Enjoy!
    - 2004 TW200 - Jimbo's Shield - Ricochet plate - Cyclerack - SoftBottom pad - wide pegs - siderack for saddlebags - RotoPax - Maxxis 6006 tire

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