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    Finally, picked up a T-Dub and cheap

    I joined this forum in April of 2015. I never found a TW200 that was affordable when I lived in Michigan. Anyhow, I have kept Craigslist searches going for a few years with the hopes of finding a T-dub for $1000 or less. Today one came up and I jumped on it (even though I had to drive about 2 1/2 hours each way).

    I picked up a 2001 with 2004 miles on it. It needs a little TLC (but not a lot) as it sat outside in Wickenburg, AZ most of it's life. I picked it up from the original owners' son who inherited it. Fortunately, AZ is pretty dry but it does have some sun fading on some of it and just a little surface rust but no paint bubbling at all. He had the seat redone with new foam and a new cover. It has a clean title He did throw the old carb away a couple of years ago and put on one he bought online (I'm guessing China carb). Anyhow, it's all there and runs...all for $1000. No negotiating needed. I asked him to promise not to sell it out from under me and he kept his word. I'll try to post more detailed photos when I unload it out of my van tomorrow.

    Here's a screenshot of the Craigslist email:
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    Previous rides:
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    various others I don't remember the models

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    Congrats on the new TW, I am glad that your patience has finally paid off!
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    Good find Jaydub....congrats on the new ride!
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    That’s a great deal for a runner with a title. I’ll take faded paint and plastics over rust any day. Congrats!
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    Your lucky cause I offered the guy 1250 and he wouldn't sell it. Nice score.
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    congrats, good deal. now enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Your lucky cause I offered the guy 1250 and he wouldn't sell it. Nice score.
    That's funny. When I got ready to leave home I asked him to promise me he wouldn't sell it before I got there. He promised and he held his word but at one point when I was driving I called to ask him a question and he reiterated $1000 FIRM...with emphasis on FIRM.

    Here's a couple of quick photos I took today. I didn't get a chance to do any work on it as I started changing the timing belt on our minivan tonight and should finish it up tomorrow. The T-dub needs the valves adjusted as well as the carb is a bit rich (partly due to altitude). The thing fires up the first time the piston comes up on TDC. That surprised me but it is rich.

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    Current rides:
    '01 TW200 bone stock
    '06 Honda CRF230F lighted & plated.(KISS where less is more)
    '01 BMW R1100RL with Russell "Day Long" saddle, Aeroflow screen, heated grips, throttle lock, modulating headlight & tail light.

    Previous rides:
    '87 BMW K100LT, '03 Honda XR650L, '95 Honda XLR250R "Baja," '71 BMW R60/5, '81 Honda CM400C "Custom," '82 Honda ATC 185S, '79 CR125 Elsinore, '79 KE175,
    various others I don't remember the models

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    I can't get a good view of the carb but it does appear to be a stock carb as best as I can tell. A better close up of both sides is in order. Some guys have had good results with the after market "China" carbs while others Not So Much. New OEM carbs are still available for both the new and the older TWs.

    Nice deal and the bike looks pretty decent considering being left out to bake.

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    i think the 2001 is one of the better looking years, but plastics and tank are easy swaps. 2004 miles is barely broken in, some handguards, a new front tire, and you've got years of great adventure ahead of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryL View Post
    I can't get a good view of the carb but it does appear to be a stock carb as best as I can tell. A better close up of both sides is in order. Some guys have had good results with the after market "China" carbs while others Not So Much.
    The PO did say he threw the old carb away and got a carb off ebay for under $40. It is a CV carb and looks like all the ones on ebay.

    Now, 2 questions on the carbs (same question for my CRF230F carb too). How in the world do you get to the fuel screw on these carbs to tune for best idle when warmed up without 3rd degree burns? And, what kind of shorty screwdriver do you use? My CRF230F is worse for burning and access but this thing aint no piece of cake either. Was the stock carb any easier?

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    Current rides:
    '01 TW200 bone stock
    '06 Honda CRF230F lighted & plated.(KISS where less is more)
    '01 BMW R1100RL with Russell "Day Long" saddle, Aeroflow screen, heated grips, throttle lock, modulating headlight & tail light.

    Previous rides:
    '87 BMW K100LT, '03 Honda XR650L, '95 Honda XLR250R "Baja," '71 BMW R60/5, '81 Honda CM400C "Custom," '82 Honda ATC 185S, '79 CR125 Elsinore, '79 KE175,
    various others I don't remember the models

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