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    Senior Member TW_in_BC's Avatar
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    Crossing my fingers...

    ...going to look at an '08 TW on Saturday.

    Could be back here sooner than expected....problem is, how do you "negotiate" when your giggling like a child on the inside?
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    Went through that today myself, got him down $300 on the phone and best I could do. Fun to be excited about something. Hopfully getting mine tomorrow
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    I hope the sales and bikes work out for both of you. I might be buying a KLR 650 on Saturday, but it is 4 hours away and I will be showing up with a trailer behind my mini-van to haul it home. It may be a dead give away that I plan on buying for full price if necessary. I'm poor at negotiating when I'm excited anyway.
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    Just remember. Your negotiating for 20 year old technology that someone probably only paid $3900 for brand new. My 08 had a total of 450 miles on the ODO, was completely stock, and was owned by a 72 year old man who had the jetting fixed when he bought it in 09 with 150 miles on it. (try not smiling when you learn all that) I checked the inside of the gas tank for rust, which was just as shiny as the outside, and took it for a ride around his back yard. When he said $2500 I wrote him the check on the spot. Never cracked a smile.... But I'm smiling now a year later. I've also put about another $800 to $1000 into it, and have completed the "break in" 1000 miles according to the book. And yes, I'd do it all again if I could make another find like that.
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    OK....so what do you mean he "had the jetting fixed"?
    I never touched the jets on my '01 and it ran like a top from day one to day last....
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    A lot of guys richen them up a little bit to make them run a little better over all since they are leaned so much from the factory for emissions and mileage. I would like to see this topic rehashed a little here. Be great to hear exactly what worked out best for someone that made the changes and hear a description of what the improvement felt like.
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    Depends on the bike and your riding elevation. My bike only needed the mixture screw adjusted to the much used "2.5" turns out from stock. After reading a fresh plug after a few chops and getting no ping when riding in hot weather and a full load, I kept the stock main jet. You may need to go up a size or two or down a size or two depending on your regular riding area (primarily elevation). Although the CV carbs leave a lot to be desired on throttle response, they do have some advantages when it comes to working over a relatively wide range of elevation and temperature compared to a pumper carb.
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    I've heard these things come from the factory a little lean. Mine never needs any choke unless it's below 35 or 40 deg F. I've checked my plug and it's a perfect light tan/brown color on the insulator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDotyTW200 View Post
    ..... I would like to see this topic rehashed a little here. ......
    This topic has probably been rehashed more than any other except oil or tires! Google Search is your friend: site tw200forum.com main jet size.
    Basically, a factory TW200 will run OK from sea level to 9,000 feet, but not optimally. Put it in the Arizona desert at 110 degrees and go up a long technical hill in first gear and you will REALLY need a 130 jet. Put one up at 8,000 feet in the same situation and you will want a 118 or 122.

    I have only changed my main jet to a 122 when I'm in Colorado running above 8,000 feet. I live at 5500 and run from sea level to 9,500 with no changes. However, I only go down to the desert in winter, so never ride above 85 degrees or so there. For me, the stock main jet is nearly perfect at 5,000.
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    Damn....no deal today.

    Bad vibe from the moment I got there...and it was strong enough to offset the giddiness.
    Claimed it was on '08 but the sticker on the frame said '02...
    Claimed the asking price was $300 more than it actually was...
    I couldn't see ANY oil in the window....NONE!

    Damn....
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