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    Junior Member kev187's Avatar
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    Hello I am new to the forum and a veteran motorcyclist.



    I currently own...



    2008 Buell Ulysses

    2006 Honda Big Ruckus

    2007 Honda Small Ruckus

    1980 Vespa P200



    Been riding since 1995.



    Anyway... I am familiar with small bikes obviously. I have never owned an actual enduro, but the TW200 appeals to me. I had taken the MSF course back in 1995, but in 2012 this past March I had taken the course again with a good friend to motivate him along. I was excited when one of the MSF training bikes was a TW200.



    I am looking at some used ones now, but my concerns are the suspension, overall how well is the Suspension I am 6'3" tall 220lbs. I had to upgrade the shocks on both my Honda Scooters, but I see there are not many affordable options to improve the TW200 suspension.



    What are your guys thoughts?



    Ill be riding around town and doing some off roading.

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    Senior Member Polarpilot's Avatar
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    I am 6'4" weight 300 lbs. I ride mildly but have no problems

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    If you ride the bike within its limits you won't have a problem. I wouldn't recommend jumping it or hitting a three foot deep ditch at 40 miles per hour. Yes, there are times that the bike's suspension limits my riding, buts that fine because it keeps me safe!



    Its a sweet trail bike, not a race rocket. I'm 6'2" and 250 pounds and I have bottomed out the front and rear suspension, but it rarely happens. It happens when I am going too fast for the conditions.
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    you can always upgrade the rear shock for more travel and better tuning. Heck you can even change the front forks. Look around the "custom" you will see lots of ideas.
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    Yeah, it's not a dirt bike, but I am as big as polarpilot and haven't had a problem with the suspension in reasonable riding.

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    Heavier springs would give you the greatest improvement for the least amount of money.

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    The spring ratio from the rear shock is realy good, also for heavier drivers.

    The front springs are a bit too soft.



    You don't have to change the complete fork if you want a better front suspension.

    Progressive fork springs are available from:

    - Wirth

    - HyperPro

    and maybe from other manufactors too.



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    Thanks for all the information everyone.



    So rear shock is pretty much the way it is, but good enough, and the front can be rebuilt with progressive springs as needed.



    I am looking at a good deal on a 2008 model now, looks like a fun bike, and again, i am quite familiar with small engine rides, the 200cc engine will be plenty fun for me. I have my buell if I need to hit the interstate :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinj View Post
    Hello I am new to the forum and a veteran motorcyclist.



    I currently own...



    2008 Buell Ulysses

    2006 Honda Big Ruckus

    2007 Honda Small Ruckus

    1980 Vespa P200



    Been riding since 1995.



    Anyway... I am familiar with small bikes obviously. I have never owned an actual enduro, but the TW200 appeals to me. I had taken the MSF course back in 1995, but in 2012 this past March I had taken the course again with a good friend to motivate him along. I was excited when one of the MSF training bikes was a TW200.



    I am looking at some used ones now, but my concerns are the suspension, overall how well is the Suspension I am 6'3" tall 220lbs. I had to upgrade the shocks on both my Honda Scooters, but I see there are not many affordable options to improve the TW200 suspension.



    What are your guys thoughts?



    Ill be riding around town and doing some off roading.




    Shim it. Im 245 and have a longer swing arm and it works good.











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