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    Senior Member Cascade Rider's Avatar
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    Buying two TDubs: one electric AND one kick?

    I have been on the hunt for a used TW for the last three months.

    Now I have decided it best to own two TWs. In this way I will be able to offer the second bike to others without one and thus have more frequent joint rides in the mountains. Plus not riding alone = happier wife-unit.

    I am fortunate that Placerlode is on the case and is scouring the retirement parks and estate sales of Arizona and Caifornia looking for underpriced, never-taken-off-road gems (well, maybe that’s how he does it. His business model Is as much a mystery to me as the Lost Dutchman Mine).

    My question is, would there be a valid reason to own two differnt starting configurations?
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    If I had a choice, I would want kickers on both. Why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    If I had a choice, I would want kickers on both. Why not?
    I agree with Littletommy. Second choice would be one with a kicker, and the other with a tow rope !

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    "My question is, would there be a valid reason to own two differnt starting configurations?"

    Kick start is nice but I will take the disc brake over a kicker any day.

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    Yes but you may be able to have it both ways. It looks like you could get low mile newer units and add the kickers like I did. Maddogi was just able to order all the parts from boats.net.
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    To me a kicker is absolutely necessary, plus I see little to no difference in drum or disc brakes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peterb View Post
    "My question is, would there be a valid reason to own two differnt starting configurations?"

    Kick start is nice but I will take the disc brake over a kicker any day.
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    I rarely get off road, so I like my front disc. I would, however, trade it for a kicker. In large part because I’d get a fork oil drain bolt to boot.

    Either way, two TDubs is a problem I’d find a way to deal with.
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    Is not having kick-start really that big of a deal? How hard is push starting? ...This is a serious question - I've never had to push start any of TW200's yet.

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    You'll realize how big of a deal it is the first time you need one and don't have one. The've saved my butt many a time.
    Conditions don't always apply where you can push start a bike. What if you're stuck going up a hill? What if you're too old, broken and winded to push a bike... like me?
    You might want to practice push starting yours so you will have it perfected before you have no choice but to try for the first time. Believe me, you want a starter...
    Quote Originally Posted by imlost View Post
    Is not having kick-start really that big of a deal? How hard is push starting? ...This is a serious question - I've never had to push start any of TW200's yet.
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    For $250 total, a quart of oil and a couple hours you can add a kickstarter to a TW so don’t let having it or not affect your decision too much. Batteries fail and die, that’s a fact of life and physics. Kickstarters don’t.
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