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    The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything to do to an Off-Road TW200

    Blast from the past but this thread addresses many a suspension & Trailer Wheel mods by an awesome build by Davedyno back in 2010.
    Prepare to disappear down the rabbit hole of knowledge, a fascinating build for those interested in custom suspension work etc.
    http://tw200forum.co...4/ShowPost.aspx

    Stars with trailer wheel mod and then moves to suspension front and rear until "then things gets weird".

    EDIT: I had been doing some research figuring someone must have already invented the wheel I sought. Thought it was good enough to share and perhaps entertain, if not inspire others.
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    Just out of curiosity, why has the old content not been migrated to the new forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Blast from the past but this thread addresses many a suspension & Trailer Wheel mods by an awesome build by Davedyno back in 2010.
    Prepare to disappear down the rabbit hole of knowledge, a fascinating build for those interested in custom suspension work etc.
    http://tw200forum.co...4/ShowPost.aspx

    Stars with trailer wheel mod and then moves to suspension front and rear until "then things gets weird".

    EDIT: I had been doing some research figuring someone must have already invented the wheel I sought. Thought it was good enough to share and perhaps entertain, if not inspire others.
    DANG... there's all kinds of goodness in that thread!

    We were just talking about the XT/TW hybrid seat mod... I have an XT350 seat pan that I'll donate to anyone wanting to try that!

    Plus the wheel mods, fork mods, and the front (rear) tire question, that I'm pretty sure just popped up here recently...!

    What was old, has become new again.
    Last edited by CJ7Pilot; 03-07-2019 at 07:30 PM.
    Now I must hurry on... for there they go, and I am their leader!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Blast from the past but this thread addresses many a suspension & Trailer Wheel mods by an awesome build by Davedyno back in 2010.
    Prepare to disappear down the rabbit hole of knowledge, a fascinating build for those interested in custom suspension work etc.
    http://tw200forum.co...4/ShowPost.aspx

    Stars with trailer wheel mod and then moves to suspension front and rear until "then things gets weird".

    EDIT: I had been doing some research figuring someone must have already invented the wheel I sought. Thought it was good enough to share and perhaps entertain, if not inspire others.
    Very interesting. He did some great mods.

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    I remember this thing going up for sale on ADVRider some years ago. I wonder what became of it.

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    this is the text from the pdf i saved of his ad. comedic genius.

    TW200 Mutant Thingy in Michigan - Yamaha TW200 Trailway Discussion Forum 3/25/13 3:40 AM
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    TW200 Mutant Thingy in Michigan
    Are you looking for a nice, unmolested shiny example of Yamaha's finest bike? If so, you're in the wrong place. Leave now, before the Zombie's arrive. Run!

    TW200 Mutant Thingy in Michigan - Yamaha TW200 Trailway Discussion Forum 3/25/13 3:40 AM

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    If you're still here, then you probably realize that you'll need a machine like this to survive whatever cataclysmic event

    you're preparing for. This is a machine of action. You'll be ridiculed for riding it to Starbuck's. Not that they'll be serving up any Latte's
    after an EMP wipes out the electronics on the Frappamachismo machine. Feel free to taunt the BMW pilots stranded there with dead
    brained engine management systems as you thump gently by with this 197cc icon of Japanese superiority.......

    TW200 Mutant Thingy in Michigan - Yamaha TW200 Trailway Discussion Forum 3/25/13 3:40 AM

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    This cockroach won't mind whatever disaster you drag it through! It sneers at the concept of Nuclear winter. It will run
    on Zombie
    spittle. It is the Honey Badger of motorcycles.

    TW200 Mutant Thingy in Michigan - Yamaha TW200 Trailway Discussion Forum 3/25/13 3:40 AM

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    Years ago, I arrived at the conclusion that my wife was not going to ride this fine motorcycle. So rather than admit

    defeat, I decided to prepare for the upcoming Mayan Prophecy. To prepare, I rode this poor beast through many Michigan winters. I
    fabricated a rear axle that allowed fitment of an ATV tire onto a 12" trailer rim. It uses the standard TW200 bearings, drum brake and axle. The benefit is that the rear tire is now tubeless, mounts and dismounts easily, an you could probably drive if home with a flat. Possibly from
    another continent......

    TW200 Mutant Thingy in Michigan - Yamaha TW200 Trailway Discussion Forum 3/25/13 3:40 AM

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    The front end underwent several iterations, but I eventually settled on a Suzuki DR650 front end. The Forks are used in
    the factory "short
    people" configuration, which shortens the stroke 1.5" from the standard configuration. The triples have a custom Stainless Steel stem to
    allow them to fit the TW200 frame. After fitting a Ricochet skid plate, I realized that it was sitting too close to the ground. The only solution was to add a Banshee rear shock and stiffer spring to the rear. More fuel was clearly needed, so on went the Clarke Fuel tank from a Yamaha XT350, and part of the seat to make it match. Some of the
    details are located here:
    http://tw200forum.co...4/ShowPost.aspx (https://tw200forum.com/forums/83474/ShowPost.aspx)
    and here:
    http://tw200forum.co....3-dr650-forks/ (https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...3-dr650-forks/)

    Some of the boring minutiae that should be mentioned:
    The motor is stock and has never been opened up. The Odometer is from the Suzuki front end, it says around 8200 miles. The actual is probably closer to 3000 miles. It is a 1995, clear Michigan title. Everything works, even the horn and turn signals. It's had some oil changes, and the air filter normally gets changed when it gets dirty.

    TW200 Mutant Thingy in Michigan - Yamaha TW200 Trailway Discussion Forum 3/25/13 3:40 AM

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    The not so purty: The paint on the engine, swingarm, exhaust and axle are showing signs of corrosion. The carb bowl gasket seeps slightly, and the rear brakes probably need the pivots cleaned. Brake and carb gaskets are in this pile:

    Did I mention that there are enough spares to keep this thing running until civilization is rebuilt? There is another trailer rim and ATV

    tire, the stock TW200 rims and axle are there, plus all the original parts removed. There are bits and pieces of a trashed, disassembled
    engine from eBay, because I apparently was planning on doing something or another with the transmission from it. There is a set of TW200 triples bored out to fit a rebuilt set of NX125 forks with stiffer springs. There are some NX125 parts in there too. Now that the world's not ending, I don't need any of it.

    Includes Cyclerack modified to fit a DR650. Grind the DR650 Brackets off, weld the TW200 bracket back on, toss some flat black on it and you too can haul Mule Deer out of the hills. In a brief moment of clarity, I realized how many pending projects I have. The first person who shows up here at my secret testing grounds 50 miles north of Detroit, Michigan with cash gets to take it all home with them.

    -- SOLD --
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    I wanted that bike when it was For Sale but couldn't get excited about driving to Michigan, thus missed a great mutant opportunity.

    After riding the MrGizmo variant for awhile I am a firm believer that suspension upgrades greatly improve the TW experience off-road. A plusher ride which absorbs more trail irregularities is less fatiguing and thus more fun. Whoop-de-dos and waterbars become fun rather than tiring obstacles to be avoided.

    Similarly in my opinion the more aggressive ATV tire adds enough benefits to outweigh the negatives for my riding style and destinations. Why not have enough traction to avoid getting stuck in snow, mud, deep loose sand, rocky ledges, etc? Completing a challenging ride is a lot more fun than walking away from a 300 pound bike mired in the mud.
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