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Thread: XT250 or TW200?

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    Junior Member syspig's Avatar
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    XT250 or TW200?

    Ha ha ha...click bait. I've seen most of the discussions here and elsewhere. However, there's really no debate to be had over the correct answer. It's obviously...one of each.

    After picking up a 2014 TW200 a few months back for my wife, I found myself incredibly jealous every time I went out with her on my WRR. On the days I was riding solo, I'd quite often steal her bike. On the days I'd go riding with a bud who's temporarily without a street legal trail bike - I'd do him a "favor" and let him ride the WRR.

    It quickly became clear the WRR just wasn't for me. It's going up for sale shortly. However, a replacement needed to be in hand before putting it up for sale - ain't no way I'm going through the best time of year without something to ride once it sells.

    Much as I like my wife's TW - there are two things I wish were different. A little more comfortable at 55-60, and...fuel injection. I've mostly eliminated carb issues by sticking with non-ethanol fuel, but I've grand plans to ride at high elevations. Both of these concerns are less of an issue with the 2013+ FI XT250, so...I tracked one down.

    Having ridden both bikes for a few days now, side by side - I'm stoked to have both at my disposal. Similar in some ways, very different in others, but both of them give waaaaaay bigger grins than the WRR ever did.



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    Ha ha! I saw the thread title and before I even opened it I thought: the answer has to be both! Great little story
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    Hey - Nanaimo guy! Howdy, neighbor.

    Been itching to ride up by you. I'll swap you some favorite spots in the Olympics for some local island knowledge.




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    I kind of wish I went with your plan- I love my TW but the streetability and long-distance travel are very limiting.

    Soooo I had to add a Dr650 to the stable
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    Quote Originally Posted by syspig View Post
    Hey - Nanaimo guy! Howdy, neighbor.

    Been itching to ride up by you. I'll swap you some favorite spots in the Olympics for some local island knowledge.
    Good idea. Your pics could easily be Vancouver Island too - very similar look and feel to the OP. What valley is that in your bottom pic?
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    The good news is that if you shop around for good used bikes, you can own a TW AND an XT and still spend less than a new WRR or sport bike or cruiser or 1/4th of a Goldwing.
    However after owning a TW and an XT both for the last year I have purchased a KLR 650 and will be selling the XT as it fills too similar a niche as the TW, but can't match the KLR for long higher speed trips or passenger comfort.
    But I plan to always have a TW in the garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvesus View Post
    What valley is that in your bottom pic?
    You can't see it from that vantage, but the Elwha runs through that valley. Directly behind the bike, down in the valley, is the site of the former lower dam and Lake Aldwell.

    The mountains beyond are the northern edge of Olympic National Park.
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    Gotcha. I've driven the 101 several times but it's been 10+ years since the last visit. Nice area
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    I have a TW and bought an XT for my son, but since he doesn't have his license yet, I ride it more than he does.

    I like the XT a lot more on the street, and in the dirt I like the TW a lot more.

    But since my entire goal in buying dirt bikes was to get away from idiot drivers trying to kill me, I ride in the dirt a lot more than on the street, and therefore love the TW more than the XT. But both are great bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefecious View Post
    I like the XT a lot more on the street, and in the dirt I like the TW a lot more.
    Succinct summation!
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