I wanted a dual sport bike to explore some off highway areas. After looking at all the options out there, I chose a TW due to it's reliability and for the fact that it's basically a 2 wheeled tractor when the going gets tough. But, I'm the kind of guy that likes to buy beaters and refurbish them to make them suit me.
So, I found an old beater 92 model on Craigslist. I think the previous owner had parked it under a tree behind his trailer house while he cooked a batch of meth and he must have went to prison or something, because it obviously sat there many, many years. The bike was rough and rusty but seemed to have solid bones. Fortunately, despite it's obvious checkered past, it came with a clean title.
List of mods and parts used:
-Everything powdercoated. There is no paint on this bike anywhere.
-Ceramic coated exhaust
-All new Yamaha OEM plastics
-Every seal, bearing and o ring replaced. All of them. I hate leaks.
-New tires and tubes
-LED bulbs throughout
-Tusk hand guards
-Cyclerack rear rack
-X ring chain
-Seat Concepts seat
-Moose skid plate
-All Balls steering bearings
-All BelRay fluids throughout
-All new socket head screws throughout
Along the way, I did all maintenance including rebuilding forks, valve adjustment, carb rejet, cam chain adjust, etc.
In this picture you can see how the powder flops from deep red to bright orange in the sunlight. It really pops in the light but I can't seem to get pictures to show it. I'm not a photographer.
I still need to get a gas cap vent tube, some better footpegs and a folding shifter, but other than that, it's finished.
Your bike looks frickin' awesome! Your bike on day 1 actually looks very good though...but I do like the end product much better!
If you can't find it, grind it
Amazing work and attention to detail: top notch!
There's just one thing I don't understand. Where's the mud?
Thank you for sharing, I think you've got a lot of envious on-lookers at this point.
1997 TW, well loved, a bit modified.
I am one of them. I really like all the little touches like the tappet and cam covers in red. You have me wishing that I ran a powdercoating shop!
'13 690 Enduro R too many frickin farkles...
'07 KLX250 farkled (wife's bike)
'86 BW80 farkled to size
'10 TW200 you will be missed
Someone is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry good at powder coating ......Cool results. I like the seat cover real well. Enjoy the end product. OMM.
Dang thats pretty! Excellent work on the powdercoating, love the red.
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