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    New TW OWNER WHAT'S NEXT

    Ok just picked up a 1992 looks pretty much unmolested. Other than the usual stuff you need to check or do like changing oil grease. Fix things PO's have totally hosed That kind of reg maintenance.

    On the TW is there some special and or specific things that should be done to make sure
    On a ride you don't get stranded 100 miles from nowhere?

    Just for an example on the KLR 650. If the dohicky (they actually call it that) is not fixed or changed you can drop a tooth on the timing chain it's got something to do with the chain adjustment.

    Is there any must do's I should be "doing"????

    Thanks in advance
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    Welcome, we now have another Idaho rider!
    No inherit weaknesses in the TW. Simply address good maintenance as you have mentioned and don't forget to fill up with gas.
    As a preventative measure I would remove and ensure cleanliness of gas tank and carburetor and install a small inline right angle fuel filter when re-assembling. Clogged fuel passages seem to be the major source of trail side stoppages as opposed to broken chains or engine components.
    The kick starter is a nice back-up to cover most electrical maladies like leaving the key on, or having a weak 1992 battery.
    A better than stock front tire can help prevent crashes 100 miles from home too.
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    Set the bike up so you feel comfortable on it. Taller handle bars if needed to allow for standing and larger foot pegs make for a more comfortable ride.
    And as Fred mentioned a good front tire.
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    I am in Pocatello where do you hang your helmet?

    It does need new tread, I have been researching that issue pretty limited on rear but I have a D606 that should work pretty good on the front. I want to get more juice from the alt I really like the heated vest and grips but it looks like even with led lights all around I will still be short some watts I have not found a thread yet that tackles a stator implant up grade.
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    Should have said "Fred" where are you? Somewhere in Idaho I take it.
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    I'm about 570 miles SW of Pocotello on lee slope of Sierras straddling California/Nevada border.
    However we seem have to increasing numbers of Gem State riders this last year. Idaho must be good for TWs. First TWs I ever saw were high above Stanley on a nasty single track packing out a bighorn head and cape on cycle racks. "What a versatile bike" I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dman33 View Post
    ... I really like the heated vest and grips but it looks like even with led lights all around I will still be short some watts I have not found a thread yet that tackles a stator implant up grade.
    I'm not sure there is a stator upgrade. However, I replaced my signals with LEDs, and pulled the low beam bullet plug from the headlight, making the high beam switch into an on/off switch. I only turn it on when on pavement. I can now run a heated vest with no problems at low RPMs. The stator doesn't really put out full juice until about 5,000 RPMs and before I did this I could run the battery down while putt putting around at 2,500 to 3,000. If you do the same you will probably have enough for vest plus grips. Another alternative is heated gloves for the TW.

    I use a Tourmaster vest and I have never turned it up beyond 2. I think you could add a short wire to the low beam and get the plug down where you could reach it without removing the headlight. Then if you rode at night just plug it back in as needed. I never ride at night so I didn't bother. I've never been stopped in Idaho and I rather doubt that any cop would care if your low beam didn't work and you just said "Oops, my low beam must have gone dead, I'll get a new headlight right away"....Sir.... Gotta love Idaho!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dman33 View Post
    Ok just picked up a 1992 looks pretty much unmolested. Other than the usual stuff you need to check or do like changing oil grease. Fix things PO's have totally hosed That kind of reg maintenance.

    On the TW is there some special and or specific things that should be done to make sure
    On a ride you don't get stranded 100 miles from nowhere?

    Just for an example on the KLR 650. If the dohicky (they actually call it that) is not fixed or changed you can drop a tooth on the timing chain it's got something to do with the chain adjustment.

    Is there any must do's I should be "doing"????

    Thanks in advance
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    You'll want to get adult-size footpegs and maybe an extended shifter if you are older than 13 years old.
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    A better skid plate such as the thicker and much more protective aluminum Ricochet is a great option, and I'm not sure but I think it and several other TW up-grades and racks are being made in Idaho.

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