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    Older or newer. What's the difference?

    I'm comparing a 1999 to a 2009. Other than drum vs. disc front brakes what are some other differences? all other things being equal which would be better? Thanks in advance for any enlightenment.

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    The 1999 has a kickstarter and an electric starter, the 2009 has only an electric starter.

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    Off the top of my head 2001+ got the front disc brake, a trip meter in the odometer, a green light instead of an amber light for turn signals in the indicator box, a cv carb replacing the slide carb, and some electrical system upgrades.

    All things equal, get the '09 because, well, it's a decade newer. If you can get a '99 significantly cheaper, go for it. All years are good bikes, with the first 1987 being the only year to give one pause. That is only because the CDI unit is more likely than other years to fail, and they are expensive to replace and hard to find. They upgraded the following year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TW-Brian View Post
    The 1999 has a kickstarter and an electric starter, the 2009 has only an electric starter.
    Excellent point by Brian. However, a kickstarter can be added back to the later models , for about $200 in parts + time.
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    It seems like the kick start is an asset. Can they be push started too? I am trying to decide by Saturday if both are available still.It's good to know the consistant quality is there. If it aint broke, don't fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubber2go View Post
    Can they be push started too?
    Yup, if you don't mind the workout.
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    Just buy them both, it will save you the time looking for another one later....ha ha


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    Another difference is the muffler mounting bolt location....both the muffler and frame tab size. The change was in 2002 I believe. A simple flat bracket with a couple holes in it works to adapt between the two tho. There's a thread on it here somewhere showing it. *edit* - found the thread: https://tw200forum.com/forum/technica...n-years-2.html

    I'm not sure if a '99 has a 35W bulb like my '95 but if so that's a difference too. Newer ones are 55W.

    Handlebar controls are a little different....light switch changed from slide to rocker switch. There are slight changes on the throttle control too.
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    Differences worth mentioning:

    1987- One-year-only charging, CDI and electrical system, seperate headlight coil, no front running lights. Generally to be avoided unless you get a smokin' deal and all this stuff still works. Otherwise identical to '88-'00.

    !988-2000- All years identical mechanically. Drum brakes, both ends. Kick and electric start, single-phase alternator, 35W headlight bulb, front running lights.

    2001-up. All years essentially identical mechanically (so far). Disc front, drum rear. 3-phase alternator, 55w headlight, electric start only, resettable trip meter in speedometer.

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    One of the biggest differences should be about $2,000 in the prices of these bikes, depending upon their condition, demand in your area, etc.

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