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    How to buy a TW?

    Just registered, first post. Thanks for having me! Tomorrow I'm making a bit of a drive to look at a '99 TW200. 39xx miles, said to be in "mint" condition. I have seen very few 18 year old bikes in mint condition. What are some common issues I should be looking for? Basically, other than the normal stuff, is there anything TW specific I should be giving attention?

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    If that is only 3900 miles, I would be most worried about a potential lack of maintenance, and rubber part, and gasket breakdown. Old crappy gas and a gummed up carb. Maybe rust inside the tank. But if it runs good, I'd go back to all the conditions of the rubber and plastic parts. Oh yea!, the grease in the steering head, swing arm, shock mounts and axles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
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    If that is only 3900 miles, I would be most worried about a potential lack of maintenance, and rubber part, and gasket breakdown. Old crappy gas and a gummed up carb. Maybe rust inside the tank. But if it runs good, I'd go back to all the conditions of the rubber and plastic parts. Oh yea!, the grease in the steering head, swing arm, shock mounts and axles.

    Good luck, Welcome, and have fun!
    Good call, I'll be sure to have a good look at all rubber. If I do pick it up, I'm planning on replacing all fluids and lubing everything. 3900 miles... probably have the valves inspected? Thanks for the welcome!

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    Way too clean

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    congrats, looks great!
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    Congrats on the new ride!
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    Does appear to be in as close to “mint condition” as one could ever expect to ever find.
    Very nice.
    If the tires are also of museum grade and age they might be best left in a museum, new rubber seems so much more flexible and safer in my opinion. The wet season is approaching and I would not want to trust an old Death Wing TW31 front tire to keep that pristine TW upright on a wet road.
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