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Hi all, My name is Patrick, live in Cape Town, South Africa and I am going in the next few days to sign and buy my new TW200. really keen to get it and having not ridden bikes for the last 15 years, more excited than a kid a xmas.

Been doing my research and come across your forum. so you now have a new member from Cape Town.

will let you know when I have it at home.
 

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Hi Patrick

I have also just bought my 1st TW though its only a 125cc version as i'm in england and its the one we have most commonly available.

Will get some photos posted up as soon as i pick it up on saturday, hopefully some 'before' and 'after' pics as i have big plans for it.

happy riding anyways mate.

JT
 

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Hi Patrick

I have also just bought my 1st TW though its only a 125cc version as i'm in england and its the one we have most commonly available.

Will get some photos posted up as soon as i pick it up on saturday, hopefully some 'before' and 'after' pics as i have big plans for it.

happy riding anyways mate.

JT
Hey Pat,

You should hold out for a 200. You'll be glad you did. Be patient. I guarantee one will come up for sale, and probably for about the same price. Give it at least a month or so, and keep watching for one. Do a daily Internet search for "TW200's for sale". That's how I got my like new '03 a couple of years ago, and for only $1,300. You've just got to be patient. Good luck.

Welcome to the site.
 

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Hi kwizard. I am getting the 200. You mistaking me with JT. I do agree though. The 125 will be a bit flat. I have being doing so much research lately and have opted for the 2013 model. Although we still in 2012, that does confuse me a little.

Is the first vehicle in my 42 years that I am buying out the box, so double excitement.
 

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Welcome to the forum and the you good choice. I was in Cape twice back in the early 70s aboard of a fishing vessel from Cuba if you can belive that.

I have a 2010 fresh from a dealer, you up to love this little thang when you start having fun on it!!!



Saludos!!!!
 

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Welcome PhatRat - love that handle BTW. Great site with great info.
 

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Hello and congrats! I too am new to the TW ownership and loving it for the most part.
Laughing... Someone's still black and blue, huh?



Phat, congrats on the purchase. Buying a new vehicle is exciting, I've only done it a few times. Welcome to the forum from half-way around the globe!
 

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Welcome PhatRat - love that handle BTW. Great site with great info.
 

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Hi Patrick

I have also just bought my 1st TW though its only a 125cc version as i'm in england and its the one we have most commonly available.

Will get some photos posted up as soon as i pick it up on saturday, hopefully some 'before' and 'after' pics as i have big plans for it.

happy riding anyways mate.

JT
Hi Jimmy - will do same when I get mine - how you enjoying it?
 

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Sick Ute! They don't sell anything like that here in the States anymore. Subaru tried a crumby 3' short bed/4-door version of their Outback wagon a few years back, but there hasn't been a real deal cartruck for sale new here since the 1980s. A shame really. One of these days I'm gonna scrape together the dough to restore a '72 El Camino, but until then I'll be enjoying my TW as I'm sure you'll be enjoying yours.



Congratulations on your new bike!
 

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Welcome! She sure is pretty! We can't wait for the ride reports!
 

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Hey Patrick, that's my second name you got and my bike on the back of your bakkie!





Welcome to the club.



What deal did you strike on the bike? They seem a bit overpriced compared to the competition in Pietermaritzburg and Durban so are not even on the showroom floor anymore. Honda are offering the Bushlander CSX 200 for 30% less and including racks and protection brackets. There is a nice old TW in town going for R8000 that some Underberg farmer traded for one.



My TW is an old government employee that cost R5000 on the auction and R1000 to jack up. It's a 95 with 22000 km mostly on dirt and going strong, so you've got miles of smile ahead. My missus and kids love it and cut their biking teeth on it. There are quite a few around my neck of the woods. I thought of Cape Town and TWs this morning on the way to work and school with my daughter in my bakkie past Cedara where mine came from. The freeway was closed and traffic diverted onto the old road. The traffic reminded me of Cape Town am and when this guy came past on a TW while I queued I thought that's what you need for Cape Town. I use mine on the freeway when no kids or animal feed to cart and its fine, just a tad slow coming up Town Hill. The Cape winters being cold a wet might not be much fun though!



Enjoy



Malcolm
 

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Sweet! Looks good.
 

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My 1st Trail Ride.I live in Somerset West, so I followed the train track up Sir Lowry’s Pass. The picture below shows us about half way up. I consider myself very lucky to be living in such an awesome place. This pic was taken not even 15 km ride from my home. Below is False Bay (Gordons Bay on left hand side).







Initial thoughts of T-Dub.

On the road she is a pleasure to ride. Not fast, but I did not buy her for that. Nice and tight in corners and nippy.

Off road: Honestly, first thoughts were disappointment. Please bear in mind I have not riden a bike for the last 10 years and only started again a month ago on an old XR200 that I picked up for R2500 ($300). I rode this bike as if I stole it. No fear, no trepidation – flat box and over anything.

Now I have bought my T-DUB out of the box so I am having to ride her in. So going slowly as is and petrified that I am going to drop her. These 2 factors put a whole new dimension on first trail ride.



I found that she floated quite a bit on soft sand and very hard ride on rougher terrain. Will need to do something with exhaust. As much as I like the fact that she is nice and quiet, I could not hear her yesterday evening. All I could hear was Jason’s XR.



Now the good stuff. I found her to be tight on gravel and very responsive. Once I got used to the wider tire and floating on soft sand, I found I actually had good control on her. When I did make a mistake, a simple kick down on the floor with my foot rectified the situation. Electric start – wow wow oww – nomore kicking until your leg dies and falls off.

I need to go this morning and check pressure on rear tire. I think it might be a little low.

Standing and riding a little uncomfortable in the beginning but I soon adopted a ‘bent’ stance that was comfortable and confidence started returning.

I think as soon as I get over my fear off dropping her and getting a ‘slightly louder’ exhaust so that I can hear the engine it will be much better. 1000 km of running in and I will then experience her full potential.

Definitely no buyers remorse. Looking fwd to next trail run this weekend – but this time longer. Going to see if we can find a trail that takes us right over the mountain to Grabouw.

(Any Cape Town peeps out there keen to join me??)
 

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Hey Patrick, that's my second name you got and my bike on the back of your bakkie!





Malcolm


No deal Malcolm - I paid a round four zero, but I was prepared to do that to get a bike that intend to keep for many years and hopefully trouble free
 

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Welcome to the forum Phat! There is a world of information here and it's all delivered up WITHOUT attitude, the members here are great and I think you'll find that folks here don't argue as much as on many other sites. I really don't understand it... but I sure do appreciate it... maybe it has something to do with our choice of rides that makes us all easier to get along with(more laid back)




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how do I move from Newbie to a member.

Also, I must agree with you zardoz - we might be all more chilled than normal people and our bikes show it.

I can not explain (and I am sure you all understand) how excited I am to get this bike. My friends cant understand why I bought only a 200cc - they have not ridden a TW



cheerz all, have a good weekend. It is Friday afternoon in Cape Town. Off home to light the braai (bbq) and welcome the weekend into my home.
 
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