BW200 Big Wheel - TW's Brother From Another Mother
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    Senior Member TW-Brian's Avatar
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    BW200 Big Wheel - TW's Brother From Another Mother

    I sold one of my TW's this week, so I had some motorcycle money burning a hole in my pocket. Saw this 1986 Yamaha Big Wheel BW200 on craigslist and went to take a look at it. As you can see, it followed me home.



    TW's clearly share much of the DNA from this bike, however there are a number differences on the BW that I have noticed so far. Besides being for offroad only:

    -There is a compression release linked in with the kickstarter.
    -Different carb with a single cable throttle.
    -Has an even smaller tank that is plastic.
    -Lightswitch has Off-Lo-Hi positions.
    -Has much bigger tires that are also tubeless. Front is 25x8.00-12. Rear is 23x12.00-9.
    -Has smaller wheels. Front is 12". Rear is 9".
    -Dual, adjustable rear shocks.
    -Jackshaft drive.
    -More that I haven't noticed, I'm sure.

    I have only been able to ride it illegally around the block a few times but those beachball tires seem like they would roll over just about any rut. It feels like it is geared lower than a TW so I am sure the top speed would be less.

    I don't have much use for a strictly offroad bike like this, so it probably won't become part of my permanent collection but it sure is a fun little bike to ride!

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    Senior Member PalmStateCrawler's Avatar
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    Wow! That looks like it just came out of the crate! Pretty amazing for a DIRTbike 25+ years old.
    '13 690 Enduro R too many frickin farkles...
    '07 KLX250 farkled (wife's bike)
    '86 BW80 farkled to size
    '10 TW200 you will be missed

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    Senior Member joeband's Avatar
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    norcal nutjob
    very clean brian! where was it?
    might it make a showing at the cow mountain round up?
    1994 TW226- 6spd. 10w-40 synthetic, XTHidden Content , XT225 stainless header, +2" Joemama swingarm, lizrd cooler, +20% fork springs, +25% rear spring, 2001 speedo w/ trip odo, pro taper atv bars, bark busters, shinko 241 front tire, front fender w/ mr bracket bracket, Hidden Content , o-ring chain, ricochet skid plate, Hidden Content , XT225 rear brake cam lever, folding-tip shifter, cycle rack, kolpin 1.5 aux tank & 1450 pelican case. Hidden Content or Hidden Content

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    Member tuhinuhi's Avatar
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    coolest little bike, bet it would be fun as.

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    Senior Member maddawgj's Avatar
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    Yeah I would have had to taken it home too, and I also don't really have a use for an off road only bike.
    Forever grateful for all your help brother
    2005 TW wrecked in ‘14 and rebuilt in ‘17. ‘06 donor parts and new OEM, Carb jetted & shimmed, ‘04 XT225 gas tank, UNI air filter, Shinko 241 front, modded Krator pegs, IMS folding shifter, JT 14/47 sprockets, huge car horn, tool tube, DR8EIX plug, short rear signals, Cycleracks rear, All Balls steering bearings, Protaper ATV High bars, OEM Kickstarter with more to come...

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    Senior Member Wingnut's Avatar
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    Like it!

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    Senior Member Mr. BigWheel's Avatar
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    Going fatter is always an upgrade.

    You will not regret going fatter.

    Unfortunately, you will suddenly feel an irresistible urge to find yourself a 350.

    Get on CL and get a BW350. It is the ONLY way to go wide.


    Mr. BigWheel

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    REALLY clean...I like!.

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    Senior Member Leisure Time Larry's Avatar
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    Isn't it from the same mother...Mother Yamaha? Nice looking bike Brian, too clean though.
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    2004 TW200, 13-54 gearing, Shinko 241, Race Tech Emulators, Procycle front springs, Works Performance rear shock, Emgo handguards, Luckybike mirror risers, Ken Sean DS foldable mirrors, 30mm Tusk bar risers, Seat Concepts, Kick Starter kit, Plasti-dip camo coat, Cycle Pumps, Ricochet Skid Plate, flood and spot LED pod lights, Sena, Garmin etrex 20 GPS, IMS 313114folding shifter

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