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    Member Revolverman's Avatar
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    I am concerned and need opinions from people who have had their TW200 for a while. I am having some pain in hips and legs while riding. I am 6'4" and about 270.



    Any suggestions on how to make my bike more user friendly such as mods ?



    Foot pegs, bars, seat etc. ?



    I love this bike and want to keep it as long as I can.



    Thanks,



    Revolverman.



    Note: I deleted long post, it was just too much. I will work this out some way.
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    Sorry to hear that! You have been really excited about that bike and I'd hate to see you have to give it up.



    I'm 6' 1", so you are a lot taller than me, but I found Rok risers really helped. They are pricey, but they elevate your bars AND you can rotate them slightly up. It made a huge difference in my posture.



    Also, try rotating your shifter up a notch. That may make your left foot a little more comfortable anyway.



    Good luck!



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    Thanks Dan, I sure don't want to give it up. I want to try other adjustments first. I wondered about gearing to smooth out this jumpy throttle ?



    Does anyone know if I changed something there if it would somehow smooth it out without losing my climbing ability ? I won't be climbing steep but would like to have enough in first to go where it should.



    I figured the seat cover would help a lot, then maybe gearing.....then what ? I sure hate to lose my first gear low but it is impossible for me to use smoothly for some reason. I am beggining to wonder if this thing has been geared even lower...but I doubt it. It just looks to perfect and minty to have been messed with.



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    Hello Again,



    I have not owned the TW very long but have owned other bikes and am starting to get a feel for the TW. My thoughts are:



    1) My TW is very smooth - maybe you have old gas or the carb. needs a good cleaning or perhaps the bike came from a different elevation and the jetting is not right. There should not be lurching except sometimes with a rough downshift. Or perhaps your TW motor is not completely stock and some sort of mods were done that made it less smooth. Or, maybe you need a new spark plug.



    2) The seat height could be increased by adding some dense foam padding under the existing and getting it recovered. I did this to my Reflex. You could probably get 4" of height this way.



    3) I was looking at the pegs today and was seeing that it would be possible to modify them and move them back - I was thinking about that in order to shift a little weight off of the front. They could also be lowered - you would have to make some measurements determine where they should be cut and have a good welder do the job to your specs. You would take the peg brackets off to get the job done.



    4) I concur with the handlebar riser idea - I did that to my Reflex also - much more comfortable.



    5) Be sure to run the tire pressure low when riding off road - helps the traction and smooths out the ride. I have not figured out the ideal tire pressure yet but with 2-up, I've been running 14 in the front and 12 in the rear - thinking about 12 and 10 as that front tire is skittish.



    6) Count the number of teeth on the back sprocket - stock is 50. Then reach in to the front with a marker and mark one of the teeth - rotate and count - should be 14. I don't know what the TW sounds or feels like at redline - have not been there yet with mine. I put a 55T sprocket on mine and still smooth - just slower in each gear. 1st is a big drop from 2nd so you have to rev a bit with the clutch in so the rpms meet the gear speed and then the downshift is smooth. Stock should do 55 at redline but riding at redline is a new concept (ha - to me as it feels smooth at 30 and I'm not yet used to this bike).



    As far as the TW200 doing a wheelie I would not be too worried. I needed to get the front a foot and a half off of the ground the other day to set the bike on top of a log so that I could lift it over - ha, I finally decided to find a way around. But maybe just me as I'm used to the Reflex which has the pegs set back.



    Anyway - just some thoughts.



    Dan

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    If your throttle is twitchy better check the teeth on your real sprocket. Sounds to me like someone has increased the size of the sprocket

    You also can rotate the bars to give a better riding position.

    I am 6'4" and do on hVe these issues

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    As a new rider, the TW was my first bike (recently added a cruiser as well). My attention was immediately drawn to the "touchy" first gear. Even wrote a post thinking I had a worn out gearbox or something.



    Since then, I took a motorcycle class that focused heavily on slow-speed riding... slipping the clutch (friction zone).



    Now if I'm off-road and conditions warrant first gear, I'm slipping the clutch quite a bit and no longer have issues with lurching.
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    Thanks for all the advice and help. I'm not giving up by no means. I figure I will keep it for at least a few months and if by this time it is still wearing me down and hurting me, then I might consider a trade.



    As I said, I love this bike, in time I might get used to it. I dont give up easily. Especially when I have such a nice, well liked bike. I will give it time, I just wanted some opinions in the mean time....boy am I sore this morning............



    Each day I get up and think, oh boy ! I've got a cool bike to ride. That helps.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolverman View Post
    As I said, I love this bike, in time I might get used to it. I dont give up easily.

    Revolverman.




    Raising BOTH seat (by a nice soft Airhawk pad and maybe some extra foam) AND the handlebars by Rox pivoting risers may help a lot. Easy to test with a thick seat cushion. I put my bars up about 1.5 inch and forward about 1 inch and it really helped.....But I'm only 6' 0".



    I still can't ride more than 4 hours without getting sore...maybe you need to build up to it....it never has been the most comfortable bike in the world.



    Oh, and a good back belt really helps, too. I almost never ride without one and it doubles my endurance.
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    Fixed one major problem here,



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/topic/4827-huge-find/



    Revolverman
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    Hi,



    The handlebar risers also really help when standing up on the pegs so that you are not bent over so far. I added some 2.5" Rox Risers to my Reflex. I find that I get less tired if I stand up now and then. The TW can get you there sitting down but I still stand up by habit for the rough and tough spots. I noticed that for my height - 5 foot 10.5 that it feels pretty good standing up but for a 6 foot 4" frame risers would certainly make standing more comfortable. That is a good idea that Rocky had to simply try some thick foam by setting it on top of the seat to see what is the right height before paying to have it recovered. Or, maybe that Airhawk pad is designed to simply go over the seat as I'm not familiar with it.



    Dan

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