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    Since I am a Zilch, advice needed to get my TW back off the road, please

    Due to my ignorance of my TW's maint needs, the last time I rode my chain came off the sprocket. It was bouncy washboards going uphill and that is when it happened. Also I did not have a tool roll other than the stock bits. Keep in mind, dear reader, I am a new rider at 44 yrs. with a TW I have that was my Dad's fishing buddy bike. It sat for years in storage rusted tank and so forth. I have fixed the TW with a tank chem process and coating (sent it off locally) and refitted the carb with innards (it was gummed up and I dissolved some sensitive parts with carb dip overkill but did fix that myself).
    Back to the narrative, I worked the chain back on with some roadside help, turned around to carefully head home. Rode downhill a bit more, chain was soon off again, coasted a bit and the chain caught up for the final stroke and I skidded to the stop.
    When you're in Idaho perhaps you should expect a nice couple to stop - who were from LA and just out in their Prius with their lapdog - to stop and offer you a ride. But I did NOT see that coming.



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    1989 TW stock chain (wrinkled and ruined a bit), my Dad changed a sprocket to have a lower gear for climbing to fishing lakes, or descending, Zilch that I am I don't know if it was front or rear sprocket that he changed. The outcome was a lower first gear for those situations I don't know which would have that effect


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    I would like to order some parts from ProCycle to get the bike ridin dirty again. I would like advice for being more aware of my motorcycle's maintenance needs. I do understand that I flopped on the maint of the chain tension and caused my own problem.


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    Change sprockets and chain together, that's the safe side of doing this maintenance so I am cool with that as the sprocket isn't expensive. I think I want an X or O ring chain (though at my low miles level of riding a stock chain would do me for the next 2000 miles as I learn some riding technique).
    Also I had in mind the dress up kit which would serve to transition from the JAV screws to allens - and I can see the benefit there. I don't want to fuzz with stripping engine cover screws or any of the others.


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    I know there are great resources for this info in Idaho - practically in spitting distance from my new Shinko 244 ...


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    Since...pictures
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    If you ever want a helping hand (I have hammers) let me know. Except for weekends from March through the end of October. I'm usually gone riding. And holidays which again, I'm usually gone riding. But between those times I can help, and I mean that. Need help, let me know.
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    We all learn by our mistakes (or someone elses) – welcome to the club ……

    First up – I’d start with giving that bike the once over – that’s a ’91 with under 2k on the clock if I’m not mistaken. That makes it nearly 25 years old. Take one area at a time and it’s not that bad to deal with. A good place to start would be to download the manuals, and take a look at the service intervals and what should be done. https://tw200forum.com/forum/technica...r-manuals.html

    I’m not sure there will be a “25 year” list for maintenance, but you’ll know what the bike needs, and the manuals will show you how to do it. For various tasks there’s more information on specifics jobs in the “stickies”, which are here - Technical Write-Ups - these “stickies” contain more pics and information than the manual, and often cover a lot more besides. Anything you’re still struggling with, ask for help and it will be given freely.

    The first thing you need to address is the chain and sprockets. While you’ll definitely need a new chain, you may (at 2k miles) not need sprockets. There’s only one way to tell, and that’s by sight – post up a nice full size picture of your rear sprocket please – we’ll be looking at the condition of the teeth (not counting them yet).

    As for the number of teeth on the rear sprocket, now would be a good time to count them – if the gearing has been changed on this bike by altering the number of teeth on the sprockets, we should be able to tell from the tooth count.

    “O” or “X” ring chains are good, but come in various lengths – let’s work out what size sprockets you have on there first (which may affect the chain length).

    While all that is going on (and we’re arguing among ourselves over teeth like a Dentist’s convention) – look at changing the oil and doing your valve clearances. Everything you need to know is in the manual and the “stickies” – re-use the old filter (which on that year should be designed to be re-used) and all it will cost you is a quart of oil. Make sure you use the right oil (10w 40) and look closely to see that it’s meant for use with a wet multi-plate clutch. If it has a picture of a motor cycle on the bottle, you’re good to go. I’d recommend old fashioned dino oil at this point, synthetic can come with its own problems on a bike of this age.

    Sounds like a right pain in the butt – but it’s only three things – chain and sprockets – oil change – and valve clearance. The three things most important to the bike.

    I’m guessing this bike has some sentimental value to you – so let’s get her done right …….

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    And....valves are adjusted cold. (overnight or cooling off to room temp)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWilight View Post
    Purple, I would have added a "like" to your post, but you got the year wrong. Zilch stated it is a 1989 bike, not a 1991
    Nope - he said the chain was '89 - not the bike (I checked the colour scheme on the "colour by year" thread)

    The sprockets may not be knackered, which may yet save a lot of aggravation - wait and see ..............
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