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    Best year?

    I remain hopeful about acquiring (soon) my latest TW....but I'm curious about something. I keep seeing a lot of older bikes on CL and Kijiji....and by "older" I mean in the 90's and 00's....so is there a "best year" for this model?

    67 Mustang....70 Challenger...55 Vette Roadster...which is the "vintage" year for the TW?

    I know there are small changes at some point in time...2000 was the last year of the front drum-brake...another model year (can't remember which) was tough on CDI's....any other changes thru the years?


    I instinctively pull back when I see ads for anything under 2001...am I just being silly?
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    1994. They are the fastest and best looking.

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    87's The First and Fastest TW ever made.
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    The best year of TW is whatever one that you want and can afford to own !

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    Find a really cheap one with low miles and don't even consider the year.
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    The best year for a TW is the year you get one. If you are anything like so many of us here it could also be the worst year for you wallet when you start doing all the upgrades and farkles.

    Some like the pre 2001 models that came with drum brakes and the kick start & electric. Others like the post 2000 ones that have front disc and no kick start. Those who own the 1987, first year models always say they are the fastest but I say they are FOS.
    Some of the years in the mid 1990s had an inherent leaking base gasket which is pretty easy to see so do your inspection and if you find a leaker negotiate accordingly. It should not be that costly to get the new and redesigned base gasket professionally installed and can be done yourself with instructions found here. In all honesty any TW that has been well cared for, not abused or molested and has low miles while being kept out of the weather is a great choice. The ones parked for years out behind the barn are great candidates to avoid unless you can get them as parts only donors and at very low prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty Blackstone View Post
    1994. They are the fastest and best looking.
    I am partial to the 1988 Black Widow and the 1991 Black Onyx color schemes but the 1994 & 1995 Rainbow warriors are pretty. I also like the 2006 and the 2014 Blues and so far am still undecided on the silver or black wheels. Some of us act like 17 year old girls with all this color matching garbage but under the dress they are all pretty much from the same genes. Which year is the fastest is a non issue because fast and TW should never be in the same sentence. I had one do 100 MPH once, it was behind my truck on a trailer but right around 70 MPH is where they all top out and only if you are going down hill with a tail wind and light load.

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    As the owner of a 1999 and a 2012, I can say the brakes are only marginally better with a disc...and the 99 has kick and electric start so I like it better.

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    I forgot about the Black Widow colors.... Nice.

    And of course, Gary is correct. None are appreciably faster than others.

    And I agree about the disk brake not being better than the drum.



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    Gee Gary... I can do almost 70 before shifting into 5th. And I only shut it down because I saw a new donut shop in town and had to pull over and try one of their fresh hot glazed.

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