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    Proud New Owner

    After looking for a TW200 for many weeks, I found the deal of the centruy today!

    2013 with 78 miles. Yep, 78 miles.

    The owner bought it new in 2013 and dropped it the first day. Never wanted to ride again and it sat in his garage for several years.

    The damage was minor; a cracked cowling on the dash cluster and a broken front brake lever. The plastic is in good shape but really dirty as is the fuel tank,. Nothing that can't be cleaned.

    The big hit is the chain. In Florida, any metal that sits in an unclimatized area for many yuears is gonna rust. And, rust it did.

    I think it might be mostly surface and I'll make an effort to clean and salvage but worst case, I'll put a new chain on it. The sprokets look good as does the rest of the bike.

    Cleaned the carb, fuel tank and fuel line and it cranked right up.

    I'm almost embarrased to tell what I paid for this jewel.

    Tommy
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    Ahhh go ahead and tell us...
    Quote Originally Posted by Tjmay View Post
    After looking for a TW200 for many weeks, I found the deal of the centruy today!

    2013 with 78 miles. Yep, 78 miles.

    The owner bought it new in 2013 and dropped it the first day. Never wanted to ride again and it sat in his garage for several years.

    The damage was minor; a cracked cowling on the dash cluster and a broken front brake lever. The plastic is in good shape but really dirty as is the fuel tank,. Nothing that can't be cleaned.

    The big hit is the chain. In Florida, any metal that sits in an unclimatized area for many yuears is gonna rust. And, rust it did.

    I think it might be mostly surface and I'll make an effort to clean and salvage but worst case, I'll put a new chain on it. The sprokets look good as does the rest of the bike.

    Cleaned the carb, fuel tank and fuel line and it cranked right up.

    I'm almost embarrased to tell what I paid for this jewel.

    Tommy
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    He may want to flip it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    He may want to flip it.
    Not a chance!

    I got this puppy to ride!

    Pictures soon...

    And, I paid 2000.
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    Whether or not it deserves a new chain or not that is a good find. Lube it, ride it, clean it...rinse, repeat perhaps?
    Or with some the savings begin spoiling that new baby with a quality X or O-ring chain so sprockets and chain all last well over 10,000 miles.
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    While I rode for years in my 20s, this pirchase is my reentry into the world if motorcycles.

    So, i'll show my ignorance by asking what is an X or O-ring chain?
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    Welcome a board! I've heard of rescue dogs or cats etc but TW?....Tjmay to the rescue!

    I can't even imagine what else went on resulting in abandoning a new bike like this happen. I'm sure there's more to the story. Otherwise that's weak....good find.

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    I guess you would have had to meet the owner to believe the story.

    I met him, talked with him and believe that he purchased the bike new, immediately laid it down and got so scared that he put it in his garage where it sat for several years.

    We’ve all met or heard about people so timid and so easily intimidated that would behave like this.

    His loss, my gain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjmay View Post
    While I rode for years in my 20s, this pirchase is my reentry into the world if motorcycles.

    So, i'll show my ignorance by asking what is an X or O-ring chain?
    O-Ring, or X-Ring (just a different shaped rubber ring) is a sealed lubricant chain. The rollers have grease internally, and the rubber rings between the links keep the lubricant inside, and dirt and water out. You only have to clean them once in a while if you ride mud. Otherwise, no need to lubricate them at all, they last a LOT longer than standard chains.
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