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I first saw a T-dub in 1989 at the local Yamaha shop, almost to this day. Right before Christmas and I was 15 at the time. Back then my parents had this thing where we wouldn't ever really get much, but whatever we got would be cool as hell...that being said I didn't get a TW that year, I got a Yamaha Breeze. No complaints since this was in Northern Michigan and there was plenty of snow in the winter, so the Breeze was fine for that. At that time you could basically ride wherever you wanted as long as you weren't a dick, including the side of the road...that being said the little breeze was my main transportation year round. In retrospect, I think they bought it so they wouldn't have to drive me anywhere at all..which they didn't for the next year.



So...23 years later I "accidentally" bought a used pw50 for my 6-year old last week for Christmas, mainly because my wife said NO and I'm all about going against her. After my victorious score I decided that I needed something as he sure as hell wasn't going to ride by himself so I started looking at KLR 650's. There's plenty of them around here cheap, but then I remembered that the last time I rode one that it was just a tall, unruly beast...then I saw a pic of a TW and I had the exact same feeling as I did back in 89, as in "I have to get that". I found some on CL and as always received zero response from any of the sellers, then three days later my gem popped up on CL. 24 hours later it was mine.



2003, 2700 miles, adult owned, front and rear racks, Clarke tank, rack bag, FSM, hand guards, extra mirrors, original tank, etc. All for $2100. When I picked it up I took it for a spin and was all smiles as soon as I left his driveway, like I just got laid for the first time...you know that feeling. I woke up early today just to ride it, and it was only 22f outside. The absolute best part is my 6-year old saying that he now needs a bike, little does he know.



I do plan on riding it all winter, but I'm going to go completely through it first. Oil, filter, DID O-ring chain, sprockets, plug and whatever else. Once it gets warm out the carb is getting a redo based on everything I've read here.















 

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looks like it was worth the wait, nice score! my son is only 3, but loves to ride loops around the driveway with me. i got a honda 50 when i was 6, i can't wait until he can ride his own.
 

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Congrats!!!



I know that love at first sight feeling. I had it when I saw my first TW in 2005. Everyone I knew said "No! No! She is not for you! You'll never be happy together!" How wrong they were!
 

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Great story, great bike! And, you seem like a cool and funny dude...a welcome addition to the club. I like the racks, they look custom. Similar to other designs but somebody wanted to make their own maybe? I hope you're video recording Christmas because that 6 yr old's reaction should be pretty awesome.
 

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Welcome! like that front rack! I've seen some that go below the headlight but kinda silly to have it there and if you put anything on it, it blocks the headlight.
 

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Welcome Matty. Glad to hear your story. You won't be disappointed. And there is no cure for the TW disease, thankfully.
 

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Welcome. Nice bike, and well equipped too. All you need now is a Jimbo shield, heavy duty bash plate, better front tire, Banshee shock, bigger......................
 

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Great story, great bike! And, you seem like a cool and funny dude...a welcome addition to the club. I like the racks, they look custom. Similar to other designs but somebody wanted to make their own maybe? I hope you're video recording Christmas because that 6 yr old's reaction should be pretty awesome.


I'm curious about the racks as well. Did the previous owner say anything about them or do they have any stickers or identification on them?? Great Score!!!
 

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A former member was selling those front and rear racks at one time. I have a standing PM to him but no reply so far.
 

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GREAT STORY! and i like the way you type, you had me laughing a few times.
 

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I'm curious about the racks as well. Did the previous owner say anything about them or do they have any stickers or identification on them?? Great Score!!!


No markings or stickers of any kind on them. I'll ask the PO.
 

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Nice Bike. The bike does noticably better when rejetted. If you plan on riding in salt, beware the TW likes to rust. Hope to see you at the whiskey creek classic in june.



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good story. last time i had bike or rode was my 91 fzr 600. so like you 20+ years later im back. i found my tw and was looking for pw50 for my son. he wants a blue one just like daddy's.
 

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Great story Matty, and a great looking bike! I do like the racks on yer bike! I am a new TW owner as well.



I see your in Tecumseh! We should hook up for a ride some time! I'm not to far from you!
 
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