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    New to these. About to pick one up.

    Years ago I was handed a TW200 to complete a BRC on. I kind of sneered at it as I had rode there on a cruiser. Then I hopped on. A rider who had a single year of experience and thought his cruiser was the best thing ever.

    I loved that thing! I never seriously sought one out as I needed highway capable bikes for commuting. I did go from cruisers to sport and now ride a DL650 daily.

    I was picking up a can of chain lube after the Marines sent me out here to 29 Stumps for schooling when I spotted it. Tucked away was a 1996 with 740 miles on it. I left my number in case it came up for sale since it was in for routine service. I guess the owner never really rode it.

    Today I got the call. It will be available Tuesday. I plan to pick it up for riding around town and improving my dirt riding skills. Then I will teach my son on it.

    That will give me a child on a sport bike (oldest daughter), one on a cruiser (other daughter), and my son on a dual sport.

    Needless to say, I know little about dirt riding and this bike. I hope I can find help here. Especially with techniques for riding so I can pass them on properly to him. Maybe even apply them to my DL650.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Welcome!
    These TWs do have a certain appeal. For some it is like eating potato chips, you can't stop at getting just one.
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    Don't take it too seriously as a true dirt bike, or road bike. A little bit of each and then depending on how you are going to set it up, if at all.
    Stupid fun for anyone that likes to ride anything. Congrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stagewex View Post
    Don't take it too seriously as a true dirt bike, or road bike. A little bit of each and then depending on how you are going to set it up, if at all.
    Stupid fun for anyone that like to ride anything. Congrats.
    If your definition of dirtbike is motorcross then yes...it's a fat trail bike when equipt for off road. Most dirt bike riding practices (stances, preloading etc) will more or less apply to the TW if you challenge yourself. Or you can putt around the dirt and pavement with ease if that's what you're looking for. You can get more out of a TW but you've gotta work it a little harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Woman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stagewex View Post
    Don't take it too seriously as a true dirt bike, or road bike. A little bit of each and then depending on how you are going to set it up, if at all.
    Stupid fun for anyone that like to ride anything. Congrats.
    If your definition of dirtbike is motorcross then yes...it's a fat trail bike when equipt for off road. Most dirt bike riding practices (stances, preloading etc) will more or less apply to the TW if you challenge yourself. Or you can putt around the dirt and pavement with ease if that's what you're looking for. You can get more out of a TW but you've gotta work it a little harder.
    I guess I have a lot to learn. I didn't understand any of this. Sorry.

    Thanks for the welcome everyone!
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    Welcome, and you are about to find out what fun really is. Your kids will really love the dirt bike, and they will learn quickly. As was said earlier, they're kinda like potato chips, you can't eat just one.
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    Absoulutely the best modern starter bike made. Not to fast for someone that is not experienced and has enough power to get you where you love to go.
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