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The TW is gone, it was just not my bike, I spent a lot of time fixing everthing to get it right, but there was just something lacking, that was power, and it always seemed like I was on a kiddy bike. When I went on rides I found I always had the throttle pinned, even around town to get the bike to move and at 70 MPH on the freeway, it was scarier, than my ST1300 at 125. I wanted to like the bike but it just didn't fit. I sold it for mor money than I paid for it, thank you TW, a first for me. I got a 96 Suzuki DR650 with only 9500 miles for $1900, wow what a great bike, I now shift from 4th to 5th at 80+ and can cruise all day long at 75 or 80. Great suspension and it seems almost as light as the TW, actually only 50 lbs more. With the left over money from the TW it will be soon a long distance travel machine. Adios, via con dios.
 

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You certainly don't have to go just cuz you got a different bike. I'm pretty sure everyone here just loves bike, no matter what brand. Stick around.
 

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The DR 650 is a nice bike. I am looking at them myself. It works well for most of the stuff I do on the TW--black top, gravel, forest roads and two tracks. The edge goes to the TW in the sand though.
 

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The tw is a great farm bike. It gets me around my farm and property and short runs into town, but I would never try to use it for a highway bike or long distance hauler. I might go the DR route someday since I have property 230 miles north of me and it would be fun having a bike I could ride up there and then ride the property while there, but in reality it makes more sense for me to trailer the tw and 4 wheeler up so I can work on the trails and ride them.
 

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Hi 805,



I saw your posts on the DR Forum. Welcome to the club.



I'm keeping my TW, but I know how you are feeling. I probably couldn't have the TW as my only bike. However, it's ideal for my slow-riding of forest service roads.



On the highway, or trying to keep up with larger bikes on the dirt, the extra horsepower of the DR is satisfying.



Being able to accelerate going up a steep hill, instead of going slower and slower, was a great feeling.



Enjoy your DR.



Jb
 

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Congrats on the new bike. I could see myself getting something like a DR as a second bike. I do love the TW but it does fall short on the highway.
 

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The TW200 isn't for everyone. People who think speed is the only thing shouldn't even consider the TW. People that think style is everything shouldn't consider the TW. People that think dependability and toughness are everything should buy a TW. I am on my tenth standard chain (never an o-ring chain), third set of tires, Second sprocket, and 20021st mile. Yes, I said 20,021 miles. The TW is the Hammer and the Road is the anvil.
 

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The TW200 isn't for everyone. People who think speed is the only thing shouldn't even consider the TW. People that think style is everything shouldn't consider the TW. People that think dependability and toughness are everything should buy a TW. I am on my tenth standard chain (never an o-ring chain), third set of tires, Second sprocket, and 20021st mile. Yes, I said 20,021 miles. The TW is the Hammer and the Road is the anvil.




Good post. I am just curious; why haven't you tried an o-ring chain?
 

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Can't help but think that had you changed your sprockets with the chain you wouldn't have gone through ten chains. But I guess it's cheaper to just replace your chain more often than changing out both. Nice job getting past 20k bro!
 

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The Tw is a rocket compared to my old trail 90. This was all she had on the flat.





[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BPyAYNeauU[/media]





I just wish my RV90 is as fast as the CT 90.



But the RV is like a mini TW and they are much less common then the ct's.

 

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AH the ct's....the ct70 is what i cut my teeth on a few years back. A ct70 clone with a 125cc that would run 65 flat out with my 320lb ( bear in the circus) fat butt. This was verified by gps. the speed that is, not my fat butt. own to 245 now and hope the tw fills my expectation of a "large" mini bikes. Cruisers are nice, sport bike never interested me, but the minis alway made me smile. This is the same feeling i got when i test rode my tw. But i could see a DR in the future that becomes heavily modded.
 

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There are so many great bikes out there. I have an expensive 2011 Husaberg FS570, and it's an awesome machine that has quality components that most bikes dream of.



I honestly never thought I'd like the TW200. Why would I ever want one of those little bikes???



One of my favorite things about the TW is that I'm never afraid to try a new trail or hard hill climb or anything! It's so small I can almost pick it up to turn it around when the trail ends! It's the easiest bike to ride slow when the trail gets nasty, almost as slow as a trials bike! It's so low to the ground you feel super safe, even the nastiest of situations. And if I ever have to bail off, it's not like I'm crashing a $9000 motorcycle! The TW can do anything, it just ain't gonna do it fast!
 

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The answer if you want a sport bike but middle age gets in the way....



[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v4YNkurhLk[/media]
 

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The TW is gone, it was just not my bike, I spent a lot of time fixing everthing to get it right, but there was just something lacking, that was power, and it always seemed like I was on a kiddy bike. When I went on rides I found I always had the throttle pinned, even around town to get the bike to move and at 70 MPH on the freeway, it was scarier, than my ST1300 at 125. I wanted to like the bike but it just didn't fit. I sold it for mor money than I paid for it, thank you TW, a first for me. I got a 96 Suzuki DR650 with only 9500 miles for $1900, wow what a great bike, I now shift from 4th to 5th at 80+ and can cruise all day long at 75 or 80. Great suspension and it seems almost as light as the TW, actually only 50 lbs more. With the left over money from the TW it will be soon a long distance travel machine. Adios, via con dios.


I have a TW, a DR650, and a CB750. Two years ago I rode my DR to Arizona (keep it @ my Moms' house) from Anchorage, [email protected] for 5000 miles. The DR is the most recommended world travel bike by Horizons Unlimited. The 5 gallon after market tank, and the factory gell seat (and cycle rack) are good mods. The stock seat is desperately uncomfortable.



Truth is, I mostly ride my TW in the winter, it currently has Ice Screws installed, and waiting for icy roads which is when the CB750 gets put away for the winter, coming soon.



An interesting thing about Alaska, we use 4WD on Paved roads mostly, traction addendems are the way to go. rw
 

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I have both a 2009 DR650 and a 95 TW200. They both have there advantages and I am having fun with both. I still have the stock death wings on the 650 so the TW gets most of the off road riding.
 

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The TW is gone, it was just not my bike, I spent a lot of time fixing everthing to get it right, but there was just something lacking, that was power, and it always seemed like I was on a kiddy bike.
Maybe its your riding skills that dont fit. The TW is fun because it has a super low center of gravity and zero power. That equals fun for people who know how to ride and take advantage of those characteristics. If you wanna do 80+ mph down the highway and bought a TW...then rip on the TW and buy a 90's DR650...then you really dont have a clue.
 

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I also have an'07 DR650 and a '97Thunderbolt Buell but I like the TW the best. The '87 TW has 19,250 miles on it (2300 miles with I bought it). I am on my third set of tires but have 15K or 16K miles on the non-o-ring chain and sprockets. I clean the chain in kerosene and soak overnight in 90/140 wt gear oil every 300 to 400 miles. Labor intensive and when it wears out I have an o-ring on the shelf to replace it. The front sprocket will need replacing someday soon but I think the chain and rear sprocket will last forever.



I won't attempt single track with the DR but love to with the TW. One of the reasons is the TW is lower to the ground and when I fall the terminal velocity is much less, as is the pain.
 
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