My first test run outing was to Hungry Valley in Gorman, CA with a group of friends that all have 250cc-450cc dirt bikes that are almost race worthy. Needless to say the little TW200 couldn’t keep up when the pace increased, but it always got me there in the end. I quickly discovered the stock setup doesn’t seem to be designed for someone of my size and weight. No lifting the front end over the whoops and powering through; up and down I had to go in true pogo-stick fashion. No power braking; or the front suspension dive might send me over the bars, wash out the front end or both. No using the throttle to correct a drift to the outside of a turn; only slowing in hopes that I can decrease my speed to the point the front wheel will guide me out of the turn safely – throttle response just wasn’t there (It’s funny how more power is more safety, to a point anyway). No long rides; or the low crouched position on that semi-padded somewhat narrow seat might bruise my bum. No lengthy trials riding in a standing position either; or my back might never straighten up again.
You might think this initial test ride would prompt me to give up on the Trail Way and get something larger, but that isn’t what I wanted when I bought it; nor is it what I need for what my intended uses are. Thus, I have arrived here to prep my new adventure toy for this 6’2” 222lb. body in hopes you all can help me and this post will assist others in a similar situation. The following will document my personalization of this “T-Dub” (as I see you all call them) into something that fits me better, supports my weight better, handles much better and has clean good looking lines worthy of a much pricier adventure toy. So off I go on another adventure.
I survived that Hungry Valley pogo-sticking experience on a low hard narrow seat with too low handlebars and crouched sitting position with a smile on my face. Heck, it was my first time on a motorcycle in about 30 years! What’s not fun about that, no matter what the ergonomics turned out to be for my large frame on this little bike? I hope you will join me in my quest for improvements.
Added back my first sticker which seemed fitting for this small, slow moving and “Little Brute”: