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    The TW200 was first introduced in the U.S. in 1987. This model year has been reported to have a failure prone CDI unit and a unique one year-only electrical system.

    I recently acquired my third 1987 TW200 and wondered which of them was the oldest. I then thought it might be fun to see which forum member has the earliest bike, approximately how many bikes were distributed that first year, how many have experienced CDI problems, and what is the current condition of these original bikes.

    Serial# - Forum Member - Model - CDI Problems? - Status

    00281 - TW-Brian - California Bike - No - Parts Bike - Being cannibalized for parts

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    00360 - TW-Brian - California Bike - No - Stock (Sold)

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    01126 - TW-Brian - California - No - Given to son - Converted to hollow mod style

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    If you own a 1987 TW200, add your info to the list. (I tried to import a table but it didn't work. Maybe someone more computer savvy than me can format this better than I have).

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    00168. Lizrdbrth. Dead CDI (No spark, high RPM)

    00614. Lizrdbrth. Dead CDI (no spark at all)

    01050. Lizrdbrth. Dead CDI, (intermittent)



    Two of the above were converted to the '88-'00 system and are still on the road (One of these was the basis for my green bike). The earliest will be the LSR bike.



    These are all "C" models. I've wondered if 49-state bikes were numbered seperately. In other words if there are duplicate numbers on non-"C" models out there or were they all numbered consecutively in the aggregate of U.S. models.



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    Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    These are all "C" models. I've wondered if 49-state bikes were numbered seperately. In other words if there are duplicate numbers on non-"C" models out there or were they all numbered consecutively in the aggregate of U.S. models.
    I was wondering the same thing. We'll have see if some 49-state owners report in and see if that sheds any light on this.



    So far you've got the earliest bike. Any guesses on the total number sold the first year?
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    Those 87's really seem to be like potato chips, you can't have just one!
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    No clue on production numbers. This has come up a couple of times over the years, as well as on the old forum. I think there were some members with single digit numbers.



    I converted a couple others to the later system and sold them. I found one of the old threads. Apparently one of them was in the 900's and someone had #11.



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...d-early-bikes/



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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    -I have an '87 here in Pennsylvania- #00956...had a bad CDI but replaced it and it's running great now...I like it more than my '04, but not sure why...probably because I've ridden it more in the dirt so I feel more comfortable with it's carb and front shoe brakes, which have a unique, and to me, better 'feel'..?
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    I agree. The slide carb is "snappier" and the drum brake definitely has more "feel" in the dirt. When it comes to a bone stock bike I'd rather ride an early model offroad.



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    California model. 851. I found a used CDI, but have a new one as backup.
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    Just bought #3015
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    Congratulations!



    Looks like you found a very nice survivor. With that high of a serial number, I wonder if that means Yamaha made over 3,000 TW's in their first year? That seems very high to me.



    How's your bike run? It looks to be very complete and original.



    Brian



    p.s. Welcome to the forum. Where are you located?

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