Welcome to the forum, Nerdrock!
Just wanted to pop in and thank everyone so far for really sparking my interest in the TW200. I saw one on craigslist last week during a casual "i kind of want an enduro" search... did some homework that landed me on this forum, and decided to pull the trigger. So now, I have a 2004 with 2500 miles, with a 42 tooth on the back. First order of business was to take it to the spot I and a buddy used to ride dirtbikes as a kid :
This is quite an adjustment (I haven't ridden any sort of dirt bike in 20 years, and have since put my 2 wheeled miles on my '09 Buell 1125r, and '07 Softail FXST.)... next step is to put the 50 tooth back on and maybe explore some more suitable off road riding gear. So long as I can maybe still hit 60mph on occasion with the 50, I should have everything I need.
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Anyways : yeah. just wanted to thank you all. The wealth of information and conversation here is what convinced me to buy the TW and join your ranks. Thank you!
Welcome to the forum, Nerdrock!
New guy sound kind of smart to pick a TW and the plan to change sprockets sure is wise for most off-road riding. Existing drive chain may be (50-42)/2 links too short for the 40 to 50 tooth swap.
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I went from a 50 to a 45, and am still happy for the most part. Yesterday I did the 'hmm, I wonder if I can get through that trail..?'....and then on the way out the 'That trail seems better than the trail I came in on..(But oh man, it turned out to be wayyyy worse)' thing yesterday (first good ride with the 45)....and aside from that trail, I loved the 45.
Our highways are mostly 110km/h, so everybody's going at least like 73ish. I got the 45 because I wanted to be able to take the highway for a few miles if no other option was available. Honestly, it didn't gain much on the top end because it runs out of schnutz a little sooner but it'll do 110 and be revving a little lower, plus it's brought each other gear up a little so they seem more 'useable'.....and glomming through rutted, rooty trails and bushwhacking around fallen trees, I'd have removed the rear wheel right there in the woods and put the 50 back on if I'd had it with me. I'm likely a pretty crappy rider anyway, and more than once the clutch was telling me that it was time to take a little break. I had never had the TW through that tough of a trail before, but the way it felt, there would have been less clutch-riding and heat with the 50.
Yeah, the 50 should be interesting once I get the chance to swap. I'm relatively ignorant but back when I was a kid it seemed my average use case off road (on a yamaha 100) was 1st being the "granny" gear for nothing but getting started or negotiating REALLY treacherous stuff, and 2nd being the gear with the most use cases. As it sits with the 42 on the back, it felt like 1st was still "granny-ish", but 2nd flat out lacked the power to get me through anything... and only had the speed to get myself into trouble.
Welcome! I'm a stock 14/50 gearing fan myself. I've tried a 47 and a 48 in the back and didn't really care for the slight loss of offroad performance.
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Welcome to the forum! We are building a decent size motorcycle "TW" gang here in NY. Where abouts are you located in western NY? If it were me I would put a 48 on the back and call it good. First gear with a 50 tooth just seems too low for our topography. Many, many opinions about gearing though so choose what works best for you.
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ya know with that TW, you are never going to ride that Buell anymore. How about I "store" it for you?
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