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EXCELLENT.

The TW is, as discussed many times, the ideal ride for an older rider. Or a small female rider. Or a new rider. For ANYONE who doesn't have anything to prove; who's just out there to enjoy the ride.

Good way to get your father out of the house and enjoying life. Seriously.
Well Said! My wife and I definitely fall into this discription and was one of the major determining factors in getting our Tdubs(not to mention the rugged fat tire look!) IMHO, one of the best, no regrets purchases I've ever made! With an aging body & dealing with old injuries, riding moto-x & fast trails is a thing of the past. However, the Tdub enables me to enjoy & continue to engage in a little trail riding from time to time. ....... and the beauty of it at the same time is, I can just hop on it and ride directly to & from(no need pack/load the truck or trailer)

Anyways, a "BIG" congratulations 2x on the 2016's Now, go out & have fun!
 

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How did you get those bikes to sit there going down that steep of a hill? :D Just kidding and I have a hard time getting some pics in the correct orientation too.

Real nice to hear you are riding with your dad and both on the same bikes. Spend some time in the Tech section and watch for the normal pitfalls many who have gone before you have had. You want to make absolutely certain you or the dealer always use the exact correct oil filters in each bike. Keep the chains clean, oiled and adjusted and just go have some fun.

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Where in Forestburgh do you live? I lived on plank rd by the swimming hole. Graduated from Monticello HS.
Oakland Valley Road just down from the 42 blinker light and 4 miles from Plank road and Rio. I would have graduated from Monticello in 1970 but in 10th grade we moved from Wurtsboro down 209 toward Summitville and I had to transfer to Ellenville.

Will send you a PM with some details.

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90 miles.....and have you done the first oil change yet? Whatever you do DO NOT replace the oil filter!!!!!! Just clean it in kerosene and you will avoid the dreaded wrong oil filter in the right box syndrome. And don't freak out at the amount of metal on the filter....that is why we recommend several changes in the first 600 miles.
 

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90 miles.....and have you done the first oil change yet? Whatever you do DO NOT replace the oil filter!!!!!! Just clean it in kerosene and you will avoid the dreaded wrong oil filter in the right box syndrome. And don't freak out at the amount of metal on the filter....that is why we recommend several changes in the first 600 miles.
I would disagree with that. The first oil AND FILTER change is the most important.

All the manufacturing shavings and crud are washed out with that one. And, before the oil change, where do they go? The filter.

Which, IIRC, is paper. If it's not washed out, it will clog and then the bypass will just circulate unfiltered oil. If it is, the paper element will be compromised.

What the owner needs to do, is be DOUBLY SURE the filter is THE right one - IDENTICAL to the filter that came out; and installed with the right end going in (another common blooper) And then...remember, I had some problems with this. Open the bleed screw at the top of the engine, after the change is done, to verify that oil IS being pumped up there. Most people don't bother; and I did over-tighten it and nearly strip it out...but that's the way to be doubly-sure.

Get a good small torque wrench that measures inch-pounds and get the proper torque values. But, I'd change that filter and verify that oil's flowing, and then it's all good.
 

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I would disagree with that. The first oil AND FILTER change is the most important.

All the manufacturing shavings and crud are washed out with that one. And, before the oil change, where do they go? The filter.

Which, IIRC, is paper. If it's not washed out, it will clog and then the bypass will just circulate unfiltered oil. If it is, the paper element will be compromised.

What the owner needs to do, is be DOUBLY SURE the filter is THE right one - IDENTICAL to the filter that came out; and installed with the right end going in (another common blooper) And then...remember, I had some problems with this. Open the bleed screw at the top of the engine, after the change is done, to verify that oil IS being pumped up there. Most people don't bother; and I did over-tighten it and nearly strip it out...but that's the way to be doubly-sure.

Get a good small torque wrench that measures inch-pounds and get the proper torque values. But, I'd change that filter and verify that oil's flowing, and then it's all good.
Well, Disagree if you like but the original oil filters that came on most TWs is in fact a very fine metal screened affair with no paper and an easily washable/reusable filter and NOT a pleated paper type which I would toss out. I am not sure if when you buy a new OEM filter direct from Yamaha if you can even get the original type but I would certainly want that exact one when I do get a bug up my rear to replace it rather than just clean it.

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....Which, IIRC, is paper. ..
No, the OEM filter is most definitely NOT paper, it is a brass screen. All the crud ends up on the OUTSIDE of the filter, which makes it really easy to clean in less than one minute. THERE IS NO REASON TO EVER CHANGE THE OEM FILTER!!!!! PERIOD!!!!
How many times do we have to say this? :mad:

I do, however, agree with the torque wrench recommendation, provided that it is a 1/4 drive and THE VALUE FOR THE OIL FILTER BOLTS IS REDUCED TO 70 INCH/LBS. !!!!! There have been WAY too many stripped bolts with the values in the manual.
 

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I am doing an oil change tomorrow at 275 miles...I got two factory replacement filters..(my dad got 2 also) all are brass...so I'm covered on filters as I will be cleaning my filters as per owners manual.
 

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Came home for lunch today to boxes on the porch. During my lunch hour I installed a cyclerack, cyclops led headlight , led taillight bulb and 2 pairs of hook eyelets (bottom fork bolt and lower bolt on cyclerack)....when it gets dark I will re aim headlight and put headlight cowl back on....and dropped off the seat to upholsterer to put my seat concepts kit on...I am excited for a hopefully a big improvement in comfort...I have 275 miles since Thursday and the stock seat is rough...slightly better than straddling a 4x4 post
 

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Picked up seat put it on at lunch... So glad I purchased this... seat concepts made a HUGE improvement over stock...very comfortable... I now must use restraint to buy no more farkles until after my Jamaica trip....then it will be deciding what combination of Handlebar/riser /grips/barkbusters to get
 

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It will be tough ... But I also have two whitewater trips planned before Jamaica so budgeting is a must...I will be heavily utilizing the TDUB as a shuttle vehicle for river trips...opens up alot of boating opportunity for me.. just recieved my hitch rack today for the car...will be upgrading my rear suspension with air coil bladders...it already has 3.5" lift livery overload coils and h-d air shocks and 235/75/16 tires....on a 2001 Grand Marquis...will post pictures soon of the bike loaded on the car
 

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Upgraded some more with 3"powerMadd riser,protaper Windham contour bars,rally grips,highway dirtbike
handguards, krator footpegs and im 20160709_183923.jpg 20160709_183935.jpg s yz250 shifter.....the results? .... Incredible! like a completely different machine, the control improvement from the bar setup is huge and the pegs which are 3x larger than stock give you alot more comfort. Next up my Dad's will get the same treatment all parts in transit will be on next week
 
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