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Long story short: We've owned 2 T-dubs over the past 6 years, and despite the fact that I've owned and ridden a plethora of "bigger" and "better" bikes, the little TW200s have always stood out as being the most fun, versatile of the bunch. My wife and I have taken our TWs on 1,000 mile trips, loaded to the hilt with camping gear, riding from MA to Mont Tremblant, Canada and back. I've ridden the little 200 on trails that my bigger and "better" dual sport bikes couldn't come close to handling (at least with me in the saddle). The bikes are so easy to load up into the truck and "deploy" once on location. Oh yes... and the best part: The compliments. People are drawn to the bike and drool whenever they see it. I'll never forget the time that I pulled up to a garage to get my inspection sticker. A younger guy on a tricked out supersport bike pulled up behind me. The mechanics and everyone else in attendance paid his bike no attention while peppering me with questions about the little 200 and how much they'd have to spend to make one their own.

My biggest regret: Selling them. :(

I picked my first T-dub up in 2011 for $3k. The bike was a '10 model with just 123 miles on the odometer. Mint condition. About a year later, I gave into the bigger is better mindset and purchased a DR650 (mistake). The TW became my wife's bike. After realizing my mistake, and not being able to wrestle my former TW back from my wife, I bought a used 2009 model to compliment hers. Pre-kids, we took those bikes everywhere and had a blast. Time constraints and kids eventually led to the selling off of the '09, replacing the DR with a street bike (fun while it lasted, but boring) and, sadly, the sale of all remaining bikes this past fall, including my wife's bike, which had been sitting pretty much idly for over 2 years since our 2nd child was born.

As a father of 2, I have come to the realization that high speed thrills on powerful street bikes is no longer a responsible option. I have also come to appreciate the fact that, when it comes to motorcycles at least, bigger is not always better. In all of my years of owning mortorcycles (I've been riding for nearly 25 years) the TW200 has proven itself time and time again to be the most versatile, simplistic machine I have ever had the pleasure of owning and riding. The lack of power keeps you from doing things that could get you into a lot of trouble and it's ease of use, in ALL situations, from rocky, technical terrain to urban assault, is simply unparalleled.

Yes: the bike is archaic.
Yes: the bike lacks (a lot) of power.
Yes: I just bought a left over 2016 model on Saturday :D

After making the mistake of selling our bikes off (both of which sold for what I paid for them!), post kids, and now being motorcycle-less since this past November, I have been itching to get back out there on the world's best small displacement dual sport. Not wanting to play the used bike lottery, I broke down and picked up a brand new 2016 model for $4,550 OTD (taxes, plated, registered, titled, etc.), a price I'm pretty happy with given the fact that these bikes hold their value like nothing else out there! Although highway commuting on the T-Dub will no longer be as practical, there is a string of fire roads, double track and single track that will now spice up my 10 mile commute from time to time and I'm already dreaming about the day trips up in VT, NH and ME I'll be taking later this summer and fall!

Lesson learned: less is more. I'm psyched to be back on a TW200 and will most likely add a second one to the stable (for my wife) within the next year. Fun times ahead!
 

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Less is more in allot of ways for sure. But especially true when it comes to t'dubbin.. I move between a Husqvarna 701 and a 2010 TW200 but I spend much more time dreaming about slow singletrack fun.
 

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Agreed! My DR650 was a PIG off road, especially on single track. I also owned a HIGHLY modded CRF250L. I put WAAAAAAY too much money and time into that bike. Much better off road than the DR, but still much, much less capable than the TW200, especially around here in New England where the trails are so tight and rocky. I do a lot of mountain biking on very technically demanding terrain. The CRF250L couldn't handle any of it. The T-dub... now that's a different story. The best part: When the going gets REALLY tough, just put both feet down and walk your way through! Gotta love it!

Although the bike is archaic, it's versatility and ease of use trump modern day/superior aspects of comparable bikes (like the CRF250L) such as EFI, dual discs brakes, better suspension, etc. I've always lusted over the WR250r, but I keep coming back to the fact that the TW would even outperform that machine, at least for my intended use.
 

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Welcome back to the fold!! :D
 

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Thanks!

Your tag line: I was just reading about "TWisty" in the forum today. What a sad, sad story :( My heart aches for his wife and family.

A stern reminder about how dangerous this passion can be. You can be the safest, most alert rider in the world and someone else makes a mistake that takes your life.

Every year we have at least 1 - 2 fatal motorcycle accidents in/around my town. Almost all of them involve high speed and the highway. In the past, I have resprocketed the T-dubs with a 15T up front in order to make highway use a little easier. I might actually keep the 14T on this time around specifically to remind myself to avoid the highway and to keep the speeds down LOW when on the road. This was one of my biggest reasons for purchasing the TW again. Crashing off road at 5 - 15 mph is one thing; colliding with a car (at any speed) or crashing at 55+ mph is another.
 

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Be safe out there bro on your new bike and thanks for noticing TWisty. We sincerely value each and every forum member here. The forum's come a long way since you first were here. I personally think it's a better place than it used to be.

And again, welcome back bro!! :D
Thanks!

Your tag line: I was just reading about "TWisty" in the forum today. What a sad, sad story :( My heart aches for his wife and family.

A stern reminder about how dangerous this passion can be. You can be the safest, most alert rider in the world and someone else makes a mistake that takes your life.

Every year we have at least 1 - 2 fatal motorcycle accidents in/around my town. Almost all of them involve high speed and the highway. In the past, I have resprocketed the T-dubs with a 15T up front in order to make highway use a little easier. I might actually keep the 14T on this time around specifically to remind myself to avoid the highway and to keep the speeds down LOW when on the road. This was one of my biggest reasons for purchasing the TW again. Crashing off road at 5 - 15 mph is one thing; colliding with a car (at any speed) or crashing at 55+ mph is another.
 

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congrats on a new TW! I got my 2015 with 25 miles in Nov of 16 - I was always a bigger is better type of person and bought this bike to strap on the hitch of my motorhome. Well, now it gets a lot of use here at home.....I have skipped street group rides on my Victory Cross Country to get out in the woods on my Dub. I really enjoy this lil machine, this surprised me! I'll have this bike for many years. Smaller is better in this instance.
 

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More validation that I made the right (somewhat informed) choice of bike. The only one I've rode.

The xr250 and crf250 rider I roll with are slowly coming to the realization that leaving me in the dust on the more groomed logging roads is loosing it's appeal. Seems to me a TW is a more mature choice that some pick up on and others grow into.

Welcome back!:)
 

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Thanks! Is that your bike in your profile pic? I love the round headlight! Do you have any additional pics you could share? Call me crazy, but part of me is thinking of purchasing a used TW at some point and converting it over to more of a classic mini "scrambler" (round headlight and all) for in town,road use only.

Speaking of scramblers: I road the Ducati Scrambler about a year ago. Was not impressed. I'd take a t-dub over it any day! Once again, there is simply no bike out there that possesses the t-dubs versatility (IMHO).
 

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A hearty "Welcome back" from the middle of the earth,,,,,well, the middle of Kansas. I love my TW's. That doesn't mean I don't love my Guzzi's, but for off road, and commuting to work, the T'Dub is the bike that is chosen most of the time.

I just have to laugh at the "bigger is better" theory when I think about those big block chevy engines crammed into a motorcycle frame. They think bigger is better, I guess. I don't even want to try to ride one of those behemoths.
 

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The DR was bad enough! I can't even imagine trying to ride a GS off road... give me a small displacement bike any day - even for gravel roads!
 

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Thanks! Is that your bike in your profile pic? I love the round headlight! Do you have any additional pics you could share? Call me crazy, but part of me is thinking of purchasing a used TW at some point and converting it over to more of a classic mini "scrambler" (round headlight and all) for in town,road use only.

Speaking of scramblers: I road the Ducati Scrambler about a year ago. Was not impressed. I'd take a t-dub over it any day! Once again, there is simply no bike out there that possesses the t-dubs versatility (IMHO).
Yep. Thanks. The link to my TW is in the bottom of all my posts. I've yet to update the thread with my front rack, custom tool tube or flag but I will once I get a new camera USB cable.
 

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Now just have to wait for the rest of the snow to melt...
Why wait? I've been sloshing around the mud and snow all weekend with my kids on their dirt bikes. The Tdub holds itself pretty well in the mixed bag of conditions we currently have, and you cant beat the 50 degree temperatures being its mid February. Ride it in the snow, its a blast!
 

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Why wait? I've been sloshing around the mud and snow all weekend with my kids on their dirt bikes. The Tdub holds itself pretty well in the mixed bag of conditions we currently have, and you cant beat the 50 degree temperatures being its mid February. Ride it in the snow, its a blast!
Well... none of the trail systems in my neck of the woods (northeast MA) are exactly considered "legal" areas to ride motorized vehicles. Despite the fact that most of our trails are NOT posted, it's generally frowned upon to ride on them (lots of hikers, mtb, etc.). As a big time mountain biker, I'm also concerned with erosion on those trails that I like to sneak around on from time to time. I wait until conditions are dry and my impact is minimal to non existent.

That all being said, I wish we had some open areas to ride around here because, trust me, I'd be following your lead for sure and having a blast in the snow!
 

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Well... none of the trail systems in my neck of the woods (northeast MA) are exactly considered "legal" areas to ride motorized vehicles. Despite the fact that most of our trails are NOT posted, it's generally frowned upon to ride on them (lots of hikers, mtb, etc.). As a big time mountain biker, I'm also concerned with erosion on those trails that I like to sneak around on from time to time. I wait until conditions are dry and my impact is minimal to non existent.

That all being said, I wish we had some open areas to ride around here because, trust me, I'd be following your lead for sure and having a blast in the snow!
I hear ya. Not always easy finding appropriate riding areas in eastern MA. I have come to find Southeastern MA is loaded though. With Google maps/satellite overlay and the Tdub, I have found plenty. Google maps/research at home and the Tdub are two good friends of mine.

Out the back door with the kids, we softly ride the shared trails to the powerlines and take them to the well fields. The powerlines are sloppy year round wet or dry and the wooded well field trails drain quick down here with all the sand, so not so bad. Me and the kids aren't exactly 'tearin' it up anyways and these areas are considered 'established' ATV domain.

Down here we may have more open space, and each discipline - equestrian, hiker, mountain biker, and ATVer generally tend to the respective 'established' areas. But it may be well worth it to you to open google maps/satellite on a pc or tablet screen and look around, you may find more combo riding in your locale than you ever imagined.

PS. Have you ever mt biked Otis? Some of the best riding in the east, intersection of Routes 151 and 28, ask me how I know! Come on down and leave some tracks anytime, we don't mind!
 

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I have never MTB'd at Otis. I've watched a lot of videos of people riding both MTB and dirt bikes/dual sports down there though, and am jealous. There is very, very little legal riding up here despite the fact that we have A TON of trails. The North Shore is really changing - these days, I even get dirty looks from gentrified hikers when I'm on my mountain bike!!! That all being said, there are most certainly some really nice spots to ride (motorized vehicles) where the powers that be turn a blind eye and would never know that you were in there anyway. Probably a good thing in that if the areas were officially opened up, people would be trailering bikes and quads in all of the time.

I'm looking forward to some day trips up to VT for some Class IV road exploration this summer if you are ever interested!
 
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