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The following is aimed at new members – but some of the older ones could do worse than read this “sticky” – and it comes in the form of a “request” …..

Please update your profile to reflect your location, and your signature line to tell everyone what kind of TW you have

It will save lots of questions, such as “what year do you have, how many miles on it, where do you ride” etc – and even if you’ve added just a mod to your bike, the same questions apply

Introducing yourself and your bike is always welcomed, but after you have a dozen posts or so, we either end up going through all of your posts trying to suss this out, ask the inevitable, or just shrug and move on

This is one of the most “inclusive” boards on the net – and it achieves that by sharing information

So, please – take a couple of minutes to update your profile and your signature ……
 

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Copy 10-4! Updated!!!! uh, no, but I tried! hehehe lots of offensive words in there...

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Hi I just joined this forum & look forward to gleaning the knowledge, tips & experience of other TW owners. I bought my 2016 off Craigslist about a year ago. I scored! The bike had only 850 mi on the clock, had been used as a camp bike hung on the back of the prior owners RV & was in like new condition. I have a winter home in the Southern California desert, Borrego Springs, & the TW is the perfect tool for accessing the hundreds of miles of dirt/sand roads in Anza Borrego State Park. I had considered larger dual-sports like the 650 KLR, but the TW was a better choice, old-school simple, light, low seat height so my wife can use it, enough power to two-up & still cruise at 45-50 mph on the pavement & adequate torque to putt along in 2nd or 3rd gear through the beautiful cactus gardens & badlands of Anza Borrego. I have been riding motos for 60 years & own a 500cc sport bike as well. Cheers to all
 

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Hi I just joined this forum & look forward to gleaning the knowledge, tips & experience of other TW owners. I bought my 2016 off Craigslist about a year ago. I scored! The bike had only 850 mi on the clock, had been used as a camp bike hung on the back of the prior owners RV & was in like new condition. I have a winter home in the Southern California desert, Borrego Springs, & the TW is the perfect tool for accessing the hundreds of miles of dirt/sand roads in Anza Borrego State Park. I had considered larger dual-sports like the 650 KLR, but the TW was a better choice, old-school simple, light, low seat height so my wife can use it, enough power to two-up & still cruise at 45-50 mph on the pavement & adequate torque to putt along in 2nd or 3rd gear through the beautiful cactus gardens & badlands of Anza Borrego. I have been riding motos for 60 years & own a 500cc sport bike as well. Cheers to all
Welcome to the forum!! :D
 

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Hello all,
I have recently picked up a 2001 TW, got it running which a simple matter as how basic and fantastic these bikes are. I am looking forward to teaching my wife and kids how to ride a motorcycle on this bike. I figure this would be the perfect learning bike out there. I live on the Central Coast of California. Also trying to get my Dad to purchase one of these so we can go exploring. Currently though just my wife and kids, and especially my kids are excited about riding with me. I have done basics to my bike so far, new tires, oil changes. Replaced the carb instead of purging the old one. Looking forward to learning from this forum and seeing some cool mods I can add to my bike.
 

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Welcome to the forum!! :D

Where along the coast are you located? You probably have forum members who would ride with you all over the place... ;)
Hello all,
I have recently picked up a 2001 TW, got it running which a simple matter as how basic and fantastic these bikes are. I am looking forward to teaching my wife and kids how to ride a motorcycle on this bike. I figure this would be the perfect learning bike out there. I live on the Central Coast of California. Also trying to get my Dad to purchase one of these so we can go exploring. Currently though just my wife and kids, and especially my kids are excited about riding with me. I have done basics to my bike so far, new tires, oil changes. Replaced the carb instead of purging the old one. Looking forward to learning from this forum and seeing some cool mods I can add to my bike.
 

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I am around the San Luis Obispo area. I would like to find some new places to ride. I do not know of many trails that allow a motor bike on around me.
 

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Sig updated. Intro overdue (Sorry)

Been looking for a T-Dub for about a year. They really don't pop up too often this part of Florida.
Finally found an almost like new 2016 for $3400 in August down west of Daytona with 840 miles and made an offer of $3,000.
Deal! So my daughter drove me down and I rode the 140 miles back with 100 in the rain. No regrets and now only 1600 miles on it.
Still stock but a few mods in the near future. Remodel work on a house my daughter bought keeps me busy.

Love the forum, full of tech info, great people and ride stories. A diverse group of interesting, funny, sincere and down to earth members with HUNDREDS of years combined experience.

Best regards from the edge of the Osceola National Forest,

Marty
 

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That's great Marty...you're rockin' and a rollin' now!
 

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Thanks Darth, sometimes I'm a slow learner but always a fast forgetter.

Not comfortable telling 'bout self, not much to tell. Hell, I'm only 5'6"!

I hate resumes.

Therefore, I abhor, and never filled one out before.
 

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I once got asked to re-apply for my existing job.

I replied “You know who I am, and what I can do, so the ball is now in your court, not mine”

My employment continued uninterrupted …..
 

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My wife worked a switchboard job at a hospital for almost 10 years then resigned in good standing after maternity leave to stay home for a spell with our new daughter. We did not want to leave an infant in daycare.
2 1/2 years later she re-applied after being told her old job was opening back up. Then just before they hired her, they required a letter of recommendation. Go figure!
 

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I once got asked to re-apply for my existing job.

I replied “You know who I am, and what I can do, so the ball is now in your court, not mine”

My employment continued uninterrupted …..
New HR Director fired!
 

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Searching for the correct bike.

Hello all,
I just joined as a way to find the correct bike for me at this time of life. I live in western Montana and ride with a bunch of guys a few years younger than myself (mid 70's). I have gone to three wheels when we ride the highways ( a 2011 Can-am Spyder RT) and can keep up with them on most of the curvy roads around here. However now those guys with adventure bikes are talking of riding the Backroads Idaho route next summer. That is about 1500 miles of dirt roads and fire trails. There is a 400 mile road trip to the starting point and a 300 mile road trip back home.
Here is the problem, at 74 my knees are mostly shot. I am 6'1" tall and am about 265 lbs at present. However, I have very short legs for my size at a 29 " inseam. Yeah, gorilla.
I have ridden all the other guys bikes KLR, BMW's and much larger Yamaha"s. They are too tall! I cannot manage them at slow speeds in the dirt. So- I find myself looking at lower powered, lower seat height, and lighter bikes. The TW 200 and the XT 250 Yamahas seem to fit this category.
My friends are cautious riders, but do like to open it up in the highway curves. I know that I will never keep up with them on the highways. Luckily, most Idaho highways we will ride are 55 MPH, but how about the dirt roads and trails? We each ride our own ride but I still would need to reach the next stopping point in a reasonable time.
After 60 years of riding motorcycles on the highway, I now want to get out and explore all the magnificent dirt back roads within a hours ride of my new home.
After a long build up, my question is, will I be hopelessly out of place on a TW200. I do not need to keep up, but don't want to be a complete drag on the group.
Any one else in a comparable situation? Solutions, comments?
Thanks, Bob
 

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hey everyone im relatively new to the forums and i need some assistance, in doing a complete rewiring of my 87 TW where i have taken out the entire guts of the electronic wiring and battery and let only the essentials to start it on motor power alone with the kickstart , ive gotten it to the point where i get a spark coming out of the plug and it sounds like it wants to fire but it doesn't and i feel like it has to do with having no killswitch if anyone knows some info about what im doing it would be a great help
 

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Hello all,
I just joined as a way to find the correct bike for me at this time of life. I live in western Montana and ride with a bunch of guys a few years younger than myself (mid 70's). I have gone to three wheels when we ride the highways ( a 2011 Can-am Spyder RT) and can keep up with them on most of the curvy roads around here. However now those guys with adventure bikes are talking of riding the Backroads Idaho route next summer. That is about 1500 miles of dirt roads and fire trails. There is a 400 mile road trip to the starting point and a 300 mile road trip back home.
Here is the problem, at 74 my knees are mostly shot. I am 6'1" tall and am about 265 lbs at present. However, I have very short legs for my size at a 29 " inseam. Yeah, gorilla.
I have ridden all the other guys bikes KLR, BMW's and much larger Yamaha"s. They are too tall! I cannot manage them at slow speeds in the dirt. So- I find myself looking at lower powered, lower seat height, and lighter bikes. The TW 200 and the XT 250 Yamahas seem to fit this category.
My friends are cautious riders, but do like to open it up in the highway curves. I know that I will never keep up with them on the highways. Luckily, most Idaho highways we will ride are 55 MPH, but how about the dirt roads and trails? We each ride our own ride but I still would need to reach the next stopping point in a reasonable time.
After 60 years of riding motorcycles on the highway, I now want to get out and explore all the magnificent dirt back roads within a hours ride of my new home.
After a long build up, my question is, will I be hopelessly out of place on a TW200. I do not need to keep up, but don't want to be a complete drag on the group.
Any one else in a comparable situation? Solutions, comments?
Thanks, Bob
I think the TW is under powered for that much highway riding. I am one who will run it full throttle but 300-500 miles on the freeway, I would say is crazy. The most I have ridden the TW in a day on the freeway is about 125 miles. My hands and feet were numb from the vibration with the knobby tires. Most TW will maintain 55 mph ok but that is about it with maybe 60 on a downhill behind a semi. I would recommend something bigger for the treks you are taking.
 

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Thanks Ken.

I had a feeling that might be the answer I would get. I will start moving up the line looking at larger bikes until I find something that fits my body and needs. Thanks again for your reply. If a TW 200 pops up on Craigslist I may just get one for local fire roads.
Bob
 

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Hi. Just joined this forum. On the search for a tw. I live in the middle of NJ, right about at the northern tip of the Pine Barrens in Manchester. Oldish guy, not new to riding, but last dual sport I owned was a KLR 650 back in '05. Soooo, anybody no of a great deal before I buy new and are there any local groups? Colliers Mills, Assunpink, Wharton???

Yes, Assunpink is a REAL name!
 
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