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    2018 TW Adventure Build

    I finally took the plunge and bought a TW after years of wondering what it would be like to ride one. I sold my CRF250L a few months back as I was never really happy with it so when I saw a crazy deal on a 2018 with a few hundred kms I had to buy it. This thing is an absolute blast to ride. I had no expectations of it being something that its not. I knew it wasn't going to be fast. I live only a few kms from a few logging roads so I aired both the front and rear tires down to 10psi and have left it there. Man can this thing climb! With zero wheel spin! My favourite thing is that the tires absorb the rocks. On my 250L I was constantly bottoming out the front rim on rocks at 12psi. Hasn't happened once on the TW. When I'm out exploring I am constantly looking left and right for anything cool. Trails, lookouts, animals, mine shafts, etc. I find that exploring with the TW is so much easier because I don't have to worry about the front tire being deflected off rocks. I've always had to pay attention and pick the best line when climbing rocky trails. With the TW I can just point and shoot and it will climb. As I'm maturing my adventures are becoming more about the journey and less about how quick I can get to the destination. And the TW is perfect for that it seems!

    I've spent a lot of time looking at other peoples builds when modifying my bikes in the past so I hope that by making a build thread of my TW it might benefit someone who is in the process of modifying theirs.

    I plan on doing:

    1.) JNS Engineering Led Headlight-Done
    2.) Pro Taper Handlebars-Done
    3.) Seat Concepts Seat
    4.) Hand Guards-Done
    5.) Rear Rack for Rotopax
    6.) Bigger Foot Pegs-Done
    7.) Tail tidy with LED Brake Light
    8.) Led Front Blinkers
    9.) Heated Grips
    10.) Lithium Battery
    11.) Oil Cooler
    12.) 55 Tooth Rear Sprocket
    13.) O-Ring Chain
    14.) Auxiliary Lighting
    15.) Windscreen
    16.) Skid Plate
    17.) Better Front Tire-Done
    18.) Foldable shifter lever-Done

    Still not sure if I want to do any performance mods as of yet. I'm enjoying the "low and slow" for now.....

    Here's a picture of the bike on my first ride completely stock.

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    Last edited by Diesel; 04-02-2019 at 08:22 PM.
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    -It’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow.

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    1.) JNS Engineering Led Headlight

    I finished installing the headlight today. Would have taken less than 2 mins but I had to come up with a solution to block out the glare that was now reflecting off the fairing.

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    Since Ive been doing some extensive weather stripping repair on my house I decided I would use some extra I had laying around. Works good. I attached some on the inside of the front fairing and also around the edge of the headlight itself. Time will tell how well this holds up.

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    I am very happy with the result. Won't know how much better the beam pattern works until I can take it for a test drive. Snow on the ground right now so it will have to wait. Regardless, I know the light output is better than stock, it looks badass, and it uses less power which will be of benefit when I run heated grips and auxiliary lights.

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    I've heard that the lens scratches easily so I plan on getting a screen protector for an ipad and cutting it to size to fit the headlight.

    Specs:
    Low: 1,100 Lumens @ 20 Watts
    High: 1,800 Lumens @ 15 Watts (35 Watts Total)
    Last edited by Diesel; 04-02-2019 at 08:41 PM.
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    I'll be watching with interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel View Post

    I've heard that the lens scratches easily so I plan on getting a screen protector for an ipad and cutting it to size to fit the headlight.
    I love that idea!
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    Nice comprehensive list. Maybe think about a beefed up skid plate like a Ricochet too.


    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel View Post
    I finally took the plunge and bought a TW after years of wondering what it would be like to ride one. I sold my CRF250L a few months back as I was never really happy with it so when I saw a crazy deal on a 2018 with a few hundred kms I had to buy it. This thing is an absolute blast to ride. I had no expectations of it being something that its not. I knew it wasn't going to be fast. I live only a few kms from a few logging roads so I aired both the front and rear tires down to 10psi and have left it there. Man can this thing climb! With zero wheel spin! My favourite thing is that the tires absorb the rocks. On my 250L I was constantly bottoming out the front rim on rocks at 12psi. Hasn't happened once on the TW. When I'm out exploring I am constantly looking left and right for anything cool. Trails, lookouts, animals, mine shafts, etc. I find that with the TW it's so much easier because I don't have to worry about the front tire being deflected off a rock. I've always had to pay attention and pick the best line when climbing rocky trails. With the TW I can just point and shoot and it will climb. As I'm maturing my adventures are becoming more about the journey and less about how quick I can get to the destination. And the TW is Perfect for that it seems!

    I've spent a lot of time looking at other peoples builds when modifying my bikes in the past so I hope that by making a build thread of my TW it might benefit someone who is in the process of modifying theirs.

    I plan on doing:

    1.) JNS Engineering Led Headlight
    2.) Pro Taper Handlebars
    3.) Seat Concepts Seat
    4.) Cycra Hand guards
    5.) Rear rack for Rotopax
    6.) Bigger Foot pegs
    7.) Tail tidy with LED brake light
    8.) Led front blinkers
    9.) Heated Grips
    10.) Lithium Battery
    11.) Oil Cooler
    12.) 55 Tooth rear sprocket
    13.) O-Ring Chain
    14.) Auxiliary lighting
    15.) Windscreen

    Still not sure if I want to do any performance mods as of yet. I'm enjoying the "low and slow" for now.....

    Here's a picture of the bike on my first ride completely stock.

    IMG_0223.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweaker View Post
    Nice comprehensive list. Maybe think about a beefed up skid plate like a Ricochet too.
    Thanks, I forgot about the skid plate. The stock one does seem kind of flimsy. I have added it to my list.
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    That dirt looks good on it.
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    Don't forget the front tire, the Shinko 241 is amazing off road, and really likes to stand up on the pavement.
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    A very very wise man once said “it’s more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow”.

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    That's a good list, it will always.... be added too
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    unless I did something incorrectly trying to install the screen protector ,I couldn't get it to stick to the slight curve of the JNS light.
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