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    A New Bike With a 30 Year History

    Love my new TW - blows my mind that this bike has been around for 30 years basically unchanged! I say "basically" because some things other than the paint job must have changed over the years. Is there a list somewhere of what exactly the differences are between the original TW and the one sold today?
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    Upgraded electrical system, auto timing chain tensioner, disc brake on the front have all been added. Lost the kick starter.
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    Worth saying that all of those hard part changes took place in 2001. I am also a bit foggy as to how many revisions the electrical system along with the hand controls had and what years.
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    2016, stock'ish and a 2003 Starting on a 225 or bigger 6 speed build as a spare for now and install later when done and ready on this bike.

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    I don't believe there have been any changes to the electrics except the cdi system. They were weak the first couple years. Also the speedo was changed. The early ones didn't have the ability to reset. I like that as when I hit about 65 mi, time to start looking for fuel before going to reserve. Since 2001 I think the only changes is the color of plastic. Other than the changes mentioned above, that is about it.
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    Don't forget the slow responding CV carb on the newer bikes.
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    We need to compile a list – any volunteers ?

    You may wish to add fork drain bolts – disc brake – loads more I can’t think off right now …..
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    Other changes include periodically updating the MSRP although in constant dollars the cost has remained somewhat comparable over the years.
    I believe dealer support and maintained part inventory levels for our TWs have decreased over time. Understandable as when folks buy more parts over the internet and have them shipped directly to their homes there is less demand for dealer sourced parts, thus why maintain inventories?
    When I ask my local dealer about price and availability I am not hesitant to say I will pay their mark-up if they have the part on hand, but will not pre-pay a significant markup to have to wait until they special order, receive, unpack, and get around to notifying me I can drive down and pick up that part. My qualified loyalty statement lands on deaf ears though, other than a spark plug they have never had in stock a part I needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    We need to compile a list – any volunteers ?

    You may wish to add fork drain bolts – disc brake – loads more I can’t think off right now …..
    Fork drain bolts? Did they put those on the new one's? LOL that sure would be nice.. Thought someone said the new ones had a different rear shock now too?
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    Sadly no...none on mine. The few gains on newer TWs came with some terrible losses....like the kick starter and fork oil drains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    My qualified loyalty statement lands on deaf ears though, other than a spark plug they have never had in stock a part I needed.
    The Yamaha dealer where I bought my '13 didn't even have the stock spark plug when I decided to change it at 10,000 miles. They did say they could order one for me though. Yea, whatever.
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