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    Junior Member albondigas's Avatar
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    Just bought a '91 TW200 from a lady who was having a yard sale. It looks like new. Has 687 miles on it. Has been sitting a long time. She was moving and couldn't find the key, although I got a bill of sale. Any suggestions for getting a key made? The last time it was registered was '96 (in another state) so I haven't registered it yet. Can I bypass the ignition with a on/off switch? I thought I saw a new Yamaha bike that just had a switch on the bars...

    Looking forward to putting some miles on this baby.

    Great forum, BTW!

    Oh yea.... I got it for $200...

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    Senior Member Bagger's Avatar
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    Jan 2011
    Central WA
    Now why don't I ever stumble onto deals like that?

    Welcome, hope you enjoy your newfound treasure. You didn't mention if it runs or not...

    I'm afraid I can't help you other than to tell you that here in WA with a bill of sale obtaining a "lost" title is pretty straight forward. Then it functions as a true title for 3 years.

    Good Luck, have fun and again, Welcome!

    "The TW may be slow, but the Earth is patient" - MK

    "If I'm wrong, and it turns out that you hate it, I'll send you all my Barry Manilow albums." LB

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    Senior Member Rainman's Avatar
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    Ephrata, WA
    LUCKY! I'm with Bagger, how come I can't come across deals like that?

    Any good locksmith should be able to make a key for you.
    If you can't find it, grind it

    1990 TW200

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    Member dakman74's Avatar
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    94 TW200, New Mexico
    Regarding the key issue...a good locksmith can either acquire or make you a key based on the mechanism/VIN. Been there, done that on a few bikes/vehicles. Sometimes you can go to the dealer and with proof of ownership you can order a new key. Not sure if SF Motorsports will do that, especially for a bike that old. Maybe if you buy a case of oil from them. HA HA It's also possible to bypass the switch if you have a wiring diagram and are good at "working on electronics." Sometimes there are perks of owning a "cheap" bike! I've actually installed a toggle switch on a few bikes, some as a key bypass, some as an extra security measure. It's fun when you forget about the toggle switch and try to figure out why your bike won't start though! LOL

    Knowing the NM MVD it might be an uphill battle to get that thing titled, especially since it's got an out-of-state previous registration. I've had some success with the bill of sale when it was an old dirtbike and all I wanted was OH registration, but for putting it on the street it's gonna be a little more difficult.

    The last time I knew of someone who bought a "lost title" vehicle, the previous owner had to go to the MVD and file for a lost title replacement and THEN sign over the new title to the purchaser. And that was an in-state title. My guess would be she's gonna have to file for a lost title replacement from whatever state she has it registered in. :-(

    The saga on MY recently purchased TW was that it was titled in Pennsylvania and was given as a "gift" to my co-worker by his dad (who no longer wanted to ride it). When my co-worker went to transfer it into his name before selling it to me, since it had "gift" under the purchase price, he had to get an affadavit of gift signed by both he and his father and notarized for both signatures. And his dad is still in Pennsylvania, while he lives in SF. Fun logistics for that transaction! All said and done though, I now have a clear title and registration. :-) $1000 for a CLEAN 2300 mile 1994 TW was worth the wait for me.

    Good luck and I hope you get to enjoy that TW on the street sometime soon!


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