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    Yet Another TW200 vs XXXX Thread

    Hello all,


    I have been a long-time lurker here, awaiting the day when I could finally join the ranks of TeeDub owners. I'm not sure why I haven't gotten one yet... Actually, no, that's not true. Here in Eastern Canada, used TW200 command a pretty high price and are few and far in between. In fact, small dual-sport motorcycles seem to be in demand.

    But now, I finally have the opportunity to get one.

    A 2004 TW200, with ~16600km, a Jimbo Shield, hand guards, and a 45T rear sprocket is for sale within about 5 hours drive from where I live. It seems to be in pretty good shape though it's been used almost exclusively in trails for the last few years, and the price is very attractive at ~$2200

    Pics from the ad :
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    But of course, there is a but.

    A colleague's neighbour is parting with his 2006 Kawasaki Super Sherpa (KL250). It has comparable kilometers on it, but was used as a trail machine and so has a few dings and scrapes, though the price is good at ~$1800.

    Looks a lot like this one, but with a few more dings :
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    So, I'm torn.

    The Sherpa has, near as I can tell, everything TW owners wish their bikes had :
    - more powerful 250cc engine
    - 6 gears
    - larger tank
    - stainless steel exhaust
    - disk brakes front and back

    But for all that, I'm still not sure if I'd like it more than the two-wheeled tractor.


    Thoughts ?
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    Gosh Phreadd, that is a difficult choice.
    On the one hand if you get a TW you will be quirky and unique, but will always have friends here on the Forum.
    On the other hand getting the Super Sherpa addresses all the shortcomings of the TW you mentioned but now you would be riding near the bottom rung of a very tall ladder of conventional dual sport and trail bikes of ever increasing displacement, suspension and sticker prices with a seemingly endless array of aftermarket tires, parts, accessories not available to the TW.
    In other words you have to ask yourself if you want the $10,000 KTM riders you encounter on the trail to think "What the heck was that?" or "Why doesn't he get a real bike?"
    Seriously both are good choices depending on the intended use.
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    Id choose the Kawi depending on condition. I couldnt find one when I was looking for bikes.
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    TW.

    Always the TW. Fits my style of off roading.

    Although that two wheel drive Christiani is cool... Not sure of the spelling.
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    Yeah, I love my T-Dub more every day, but that Kawi is definitely an upgrade. If it's in anywhere near comparable condition, I'd be all over it.
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    You hardly never see them up for sale..
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    Hello and welcome! That's a really tough choice to make, I think you should buy both and give us a complete ride comparison report then sell the one you feel is not for you.

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    Easy choice, get the sherpa, that tw is not worth $2200. If you could get him down to $1800 totally go with the tdub.

    Quirky, fun, attracts attention, tractor, did I say fun? It's like a 200cc pit bike that has grown human ergonomics
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    Get both
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I might agree that the TW isn't worth that price, except that in the local (~600km from where I am) market, if you can actually find a TW for sale, they're usually $3000+ almost regardless of condition or year. Now, I would agree that paying that much for a 10 year old bike, when it was ~$5000+tax new is silly, but the numbers don't lie. In the last year or so, I have rarely seen any of them listed for very long, so either people do buy them at ridiculously inflated prices (supply and demand and all that jazz) or the sellers are coming to their senses and keeping the little buggers.

    Just about all of those arguments apply to the Sherpa as well. Very few of them show up for sale, and when they do, they get snapped up quickly.

    I guess what it comes down to is this : Is the uniqueness of the TeeDub sufficient to offset the advantages offered by the Sherpa ?


    Decisions, decisions !


    (And if it were feasible - I'd get both in a heartbeat !)

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