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    Will there be any harm done if towing a TW? I know it came up before but don't remember anymore and can't find the topping either.

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    not in neutral, but a good suggestion was to zip tie the clutch lever to the bar so it can't be thrown into gear accidentally.
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    I'd take off the chain or at least take it off the rear sprocket and zip tie it out of the way.
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    I would not tow it but if I had to do so, I would remove the chain from the sprocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcglad55 View Post
    I would not tow it but if I had to do so, I would remove the chain from the sprocket.


    Is the only danger that it gets accidentally thrown into gears while towing? Luckily this time I solved the problem and towing was not necessary (faulty spark plug cap) but I really would like to know for future reference.

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    From what I've read the transmissin doesn't oil properly when the engine isn't running, even in neutral the gears will be turning on the shafts. Check to be sure before you do it.

    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...__1#entry54761
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    Quote Originally Posted by r80rt View Post
    From what I've read the transmissin doesn't oil properly when the engine isn't running, even in neutral the gears will be turning on the shafts. Check to be sure before you do it.

    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...__1#entry54761
    Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know. Guess I should look into the manual once in a while!

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    The gospel according to Yamaha, In times of doubt, seek wisdom from the good book

    My manual says,

    CAUTION:

    Even with the transmission in the neutral position, do not coast for long periods of time with the engine off, and do not tow the motorcycle for long distances. The transmission is properly lubricated only when the engine is running. Inadequate lubrication may cause transmission damage.
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    Like others have said, just take the chan off the rear sprocket and you will be fine. Glad you got it fixed
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    Interesting thread- say could one remove chain, start engine, in neutral and let it idle while towing?

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