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    A perfect TW

    What would you change if you were designing the 2019 TW?

    Yamaha made good bike.Its nearly perfect as is. Clearly Yamaha has done something right as it's the same bike since 1987 .There is just a couple things I would change.

    I would put suspension thats adjustable on both ends. Keep the same amount of travel ,just make it more adjustable and better quality. And I might make it a 250 with EFI. And I would add three-quarters of a gallon to the fuel tank capacity. But keep its same basic style exactly the same. Oh, a rear disc too
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    These "what would you change" posts come up every once in awhile. It is fun to dream though. My dream this time is have the engineers re-design the engine for less vibration, self cancelling turn signals, handlebar mounted choke (or fuel injection), a real rear rack, a high/low range sub tranny, and ergonomics more in line with my middle aged body. The fuel injection would be great because in my quest for the ultimate wheelie, the carbed engine always seems to "phart" at the wrong time, prematurely ending some truly awesome wheelies.
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    Really not much I would change. I'm very happy with my little bike. Hell most of the stuff I did change on my bike was just to accommodate for a better fit.

    I think the only things I'd wish for is fuel injection (not a big deal but the convenience and lower maintenance is soo nice) , 14/47 gearing stock (easy to change but the bike just works sooooo much better with this gearing) and a bigger tank (again easy fix with a Clark tank).
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    100 horsepower, 6 speed, 20 liter tank and make it lighter.

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    Higher bars stock...even an umpa lumpa couldn't stand up with stock bars


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    I'd tell them they need to make a tw350 with fuel injection.
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    Adjustable - and better - suspension would be at the top of my list.

    After that, a bit more displacement/power along with a higher 6th gear.

    I would have happily paid $1,000 more for a TW290 with those upgrades.
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    A perfect TW

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxpower View Post
    What would you change if you were designing the 2019 TW?

    Yamaha made good bike.Its nearly perfect as is. Clearly Yamaha has done something right as it's the same bike since 1987 .There is just a couple things I would change.

    I would put suspension thats adjustable on both ends. Keep the same amount of travel ,just make it more adjustable and better quality. And I might make it a 250 with EFI. And I would add three-quarters of a gallon to the fuel tank capacity. But keep its same basic style exactly the same. Oh, a rear disc too
    I would like a fat tire wr250r but I'm thinking the charm of tw200 is in its 1990 simplicity and the huge supply of years of interchangeable parts and aftermarket accessories. That would be lost with updates. It fits a very specific niche, very well as is. Go Yamadog go!!! It's a perfect old mans trail 70!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Howsbentley View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxpower View Post
    What would you change if you were designing the 2019 TW?

    Yamaha made good bike.Its nearly perfect as is. Clearly Yamaha has done something right as it's the same bike since 1987 .There is just a couple things I would change.

    I would put suspension thats adjustable on both ends. Keep the same amount of travel ,just make it more adjustable and better quality. And I might make it a 250 with EFI. And I would add three-quarters of a gallon to the fuel tank capacity. But keep its same basic style exactly the same. Oh, a rear disc too
    I'm thinking the charm of tw200 is in its 1990 simplicity and the huge supply of years of interchangeable parts and aftermarket accessories. That would be lost with updates. It fits a very specific niche, very well as is. Go Yamadog go!!! It's a perfect old mans trail 70!!


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    Yup. Leave her alone like she is. Start a new line if you want, but I thought of it as being the perfect old man's XL125. Guess if you have to modify it, add the 3/4" copper street 45 elbow that I put on at the factory. ?
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    Just 6th speed I think would make it 100% better.
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