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    Junior Member dcbus's Avatar
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    I'm seeking some feedback and suggestions on additional mods for my t-dub. From seat design, to exhaust set-up, and anything else. Just moved from the midwest to NYC, so I stripped an off-road king down and made a city bike with a ton of gas space.



    My '89 TW before







    My '89 TW after:



    - AF F-16 gunship gray paint match

    - 3" swingarm stretch

    - Bridgestone TW201 / TW202 tires

    - Custom battery tray (not pictured)

    - R1 Shock + custom mounting

    - Pro-Taper handlebars w/ mounts

    - 1972 Suzuki GT750 "Water Buffalo" tank

    - Custom front fender cut from scrape yard find (70s style - bike unknown)

    - Custom rear fender mod from a scrape yard find (70s style - bike unknown - not pictured)























    I customized a single point headlight mount and have a 7" chrome headlight needing to be installed.

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    Cool!

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    Somewhere there's a Buff restorer who wants you dead. lol. There can't be very many of those tanks left.



    If it were me, I'd go with a pseudo-cafe look seat, with the rear "hump" upholstered, either in white with gray piping, or a close match to the gray. Something more ssubstantial than the typical cafe seat, but the same idea.



    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

    Powdercoated '87 frame, extended swingarm, YZ fork legs, ATV tire, 14/55, XT350 tank, spliced quick-release seat, disc brake conversion, beeg headlight, beeger rack, Lizrdcooler, Lizrdventz and bunch of other stuff all covered in invisible ink.

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    That tank looks AWESOME! Was it hard to get it to mount on there? I'm assuming that you had to do some fabrication?



    I also like the color and can't wait to see where you go with this thing. Please keep us updated.
    Check out my custom TW200 build Hidden Content .



    TTR225 SS header, FMF Turbine Core 2 pipe, EK o-ring chain, 15T front sprocket, 50T rear sprocket, 20W fork oil, Drag Specialities speedometer, Victory Vegas headlight, Acerbis universal supermoto front fender, Vintage Yamaha chrome gas cap, Integrated LED rear tail/turn/brake light, Yamaha Blaster shock, Pro Taper SE ATV High handlebar, Western Powersports off-road handguards, Pro Taper Pillow Top Lite grips, Over-sized foot pegs, Maxxis 6006 front tire, seat cover from eBay seller mac32756.

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    Can't wait to see the finished product!

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    I wonder what other larger tanks are compatible with the tw200.



    And I don't mean the huge adventure long range plastic tanks but other metal tanks.



    I'm looking into getting a TW for my first bike and one of the only drawbacks "I" see is the small capacity tank.

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    The Water Buffalo tank is clean, came with the original cap, and was cheap ($10). There's a great jap. bike scrap yard in Columbus, OH called Rice Paddy (http://www.ricepaddymotorcycles.com/). They have a bins of tanks, fenders, and such ripe for mods.



    It was also a breeze to make fit to the frame (minus the TW seat).

    1. Trim some of the rubber on the front TW mounts.

    2. Cut approx. 1/2" off the top of the rear bolt mount where the TW tank was bolted to.

    3. Make 2 simple brackets to hold the rear part of the tank down to the frame.

    4. Drilled 2 small holes in metal on the underside of the tank to attach the brackets to.



    The more complex, but not too challenging part will be making a seat to fit nicely.



    TW's have such a short tank, it's tough to find a good tank to mod to the frame. Here's some other tank ideas I sampled:



    70's Yamaha RD350 or RD400 tank





    mid-70's Honda CL360 tank (this tank was too nice to mod, so I sold it)





    '82-'83 Yamaha XZ550 tank





    I even tried an early 70s Hodaka dirtbike tank & a late '67 Wards Riverside tank but the tunnels were too small.

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    I'm totally digging the XJ tank, but I'm tall enough to actually sit that far back...
    2006 TW200, LED tail & turn signals, Clarke XT350 tank, hybrid YZ80 forks, CycleRacks rear rack, Ricochet bash plate, TTR225 header, eBay pegs, MSR high ATV bars, Tusk bar risers, Tusk handguards & deflectors, Tusk KX250 stainless brake line, XT225 speedo cable, 14/47 sprockets, Mule-pin seat latches, 130 main, 0.035" shimmed needle, TW34/M6006 meats.

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    *Patiently waiting for more pics*




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    Sadly, more pics will have to wait until after the holidays. I'll post as soon as I can.

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