Just got my hands on an '87 Tdub and want to get it running
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    Junior Member tc339's Avatar
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    Hi everyone. This is my first time here, but a family friend is giving me his 1987 tw200 that has been sitting in his garage for the last 10 years. I haven't actually seen it yet, but he says its in great condition besides the fact that it doesn't run. I have restored several cars with my dad so I'm relatively mechanically inclined, but although I do ride a motorcycle (2003 VFR800), I haven't worked on them much so I need to know where to begin.

    Im assuming my first step would be to get the carb in working order. Now I'm not positive, but I'm assuming that fuel was left in the bike, so I'm trying to figure out if I should buy a rebuild kit or something, or just pull it apart and clean it out as best I can. Then probably new fuel lines and what not, but besides that, what should I focus on to just get the thing running? and then to get it street worthy and somewhat reliable?

    Im looking forward to getting it back on the road, I've always wanted a dual sport and the little thing seems like a blast!

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    Senior Member assquatch20's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    For that kinda age, clean the carb, drain the tank and install an inline fuel filter. Carb work is always hit or miss on bikes, but there are plenty of resources to help you avoid missing. It's almost always a lack of diligent work that leaves somebody scratching their head with a carb.

    After 10 years, the tires are gonna have to go, no questions asked. Don't expect a safe ride on the road with them.

    As well, before you even put the bike in gear or try to start it, give it a day with some oil in the cylinder and then slowly roll it back and forth in 5th gear.

    You'll probably need a chain and you should adjust your valves and cam chain.

    It's also gonna need a battery.

    Do that stuff and you'll be on your way. Just read up on the issues of owning an '87 on here. It's a special needs year, but just as fun as the rest.

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    Senior Member peruano's Avatar
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    There is a good checklisst for resurrecting an older bike under techical info. Here is the link so copy and paste it for quick location. https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...an-older-bike/

    You need not do everything, but you need to consider everything. Good luck and go slow on replacing things that ain't broke unless you auntie is the Yamaha dealership. Tom
    Tom - TW200 2002, Kawasaki VN 500 2006

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    Senior Member srs713's Avatar
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    Download the Service Manual PDFs!!!

    Best money you'll ever spend..... oh, wait. They're free!
    Stephen S.

    '07 TW200:

    15/50 sprockets, O-ring chain, D2Moto foot pegs

    tweaked carb (127.5 jet, 0.019 needle shim, idle screw @2.25),

    Rubbermaid "Action Packer" on homemade brackets

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