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    Trials, tribulations and adventures of a new TW200

    Purchased on a whim one day, as I have trouble just going to 'look' at a bike. Wanted something small and light capable of about 50/50 road and off-road. So far I've had it up to 65mph on the highway (would rather a different machine for regular highway use - though the TW seems perfectly capable), and I took it through a few rocky steep areas (just steadily climbs with ease). The tires offer great comfort on loose dirt, and barely washes out on sandy areas.

    For my liking I outfitted it with new plastics, hand guards, skidplate/engine guard, smaller LEDs signals/brake (attended to the dash bulb and LED relay) got some more road oriented tires (will keep them off for now - but I feel confident I could get good use out of them for some off-road (having ridden larger dual sports with similar tread, and Supermoto), as well as a slip-on exhaust. All fairly easy to do with a handful of tools and limited motorcycle maintenance knowledge.

    The exhaust; I got a rejetting kit but neglected to do anything with it. Ran it a bit hard one day, top speed, light jumps even. Later in the evening it wouldn't start - just a clicking sound. Coasted to speed and push started, was enough to get me home revving at stops as not to stall out.

    Tried a few of the things listed in the forum for starting problems, exhausted my understanding of the bike and took it to the dealer. Quick assessment was the carbs needing the re jetting. How that had an adverse affect and drained the battery is beyond me. I thought it may be a fuel issue as I put on a Clarke tank and had to work a little with the petcock/hoses. Other concern would be battery issue due to a wiring mess up of the LEDs. Turn around is a day or so, I'll just see how it turns out.

    So far I'm totally pleased with the TW :-)

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    A dead battery will not keep it from running. The ignition is separate from all the other electrical system
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    Picked up from the dealer today, they put in new battery and jets. Told me the jets I purchased from Procycle were not the right size. I asked how the exhaust and rejetting related to the battery being drained - he said it's complicated. Anyone care to elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covamotorrubias View Post
    I asked how the exhaust and rejetting related to the battery being drained - he said it's complicated. Anyone care to elaborate?
    He lied to you...
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    Screw with carb enough that bike won't start could lead to grinding enough to run down battery. How simple can it be?
    Stock jets run just fine or Yammie would not sell them. Ride the bike and adjust it later. JMHO. Tom
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    Just seems hard to believe having a slip-on exhaust for one day would kill the battery... and I'm still not sure how that relates to needing to rejet. I'm a Noob. I spoke to another TW owner who put a slip-on exhaust on without rejetting - he never spoke of any issues that arose.

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    I would bet that the battery dying after adding the slip on exhaust is just a coincidence. Two totally different systems.

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    Standard dealership BS, always looking for an excuse to make things right and a way to blame you so they can get in your wallet.

    He was right and it is complicated! Very hard to weave such a tail where changing a muffler will kill a battery. Here is my best attempt at explaining what your dealer is running up your rear. He thinks you are dumb enough that he can hose you and you won't know the difference and just pay the bill. He is the type of dealer who will find something stupid wrong every time you take it for service and present you with a bill. He is the type of dealer most of us buy just one bike from and then find another place to do business with. Run, don't just walk away from him!

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    FWIW, changing exhaust "normally" requires rejetting. Not that it has anything to do with your dead battery.

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    Unless you are intimate with proper jetting of an engine, aftermarket exhausts will cause you way more misery than it's worth. Your battery has nothing to do with running the engine on your TW.

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