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My wife and I started looking at dual sport bikes a few months ago after I showed her the BBC series Long Way Round. She just stepped on a bike for the first time this last Fall so I wanted to get her something she would enjoy learning to ride off-road, and that led me to the TW and this site.

For myself, I settled on a WR250R because a friend had recently purchased one and I liked it. Also, he is planning to ride the TAT this summer and I was loosely considering going with him...

Flash forward a few months to now.

Due to schedule constraints, I am fairly sure I'm not going to be able go with my buddy this summer. Also, I have found that the speeds we ride when I am with my wife (she is fairly timid on the bikes) on her TW, I am perfectly happy and don't really feel the itch for more speed the way I thought I would...

So I'm considering replacing the WR with a TW for myself. I like the idea of doing little dual sport trips on matching T-dubs, just putting along down some county roads here in TX.

Basically this really just boils down to another post musing about how great these little TW's are haha...

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I showed her the BBC series Long Way Round.
So good! Make sure you also watch Long Way Down where they regroup and ride from Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa. (Both are on Netflix for the uninitiated)

Bike wise what can I say, you are here and "thinking about it" so I'd say you are already hooked. Borrow her bike and get some saddle time on it to make sure then do it. It a couple months you can tease your buddy when he also swaps to the mighty Dub. :)
 

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It's funny how these little bikes worm their way into your heart cause they are so much fun to ride, I really have never had so much fun on a bike as I do this one. I can hardly wait to get my wife one. She just started riding so I think she will be better off on the little kd 100 for now, but I think I will buy her a tw for her birthday this year.
 

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I dont think you would be disappointed. The little tw can keep up in most places and its really easy to ride and work on. Its a totally different demon than a wr250. I think the tw's biggest advantage is the fat tires. On curvy pavement it feels more like a little sportbike than a dirtbike. 8,000 miles on my rear tire and still going strong. Any questions just ask us.
 

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I agree with everyone.

Excellent suggestion maddawg. I didn't list it, but we also watched Long Way Down, and Faster, Fastest, One Week, The Fastest Indian and anything else on Netflix that was motorcycle related.

We went and took the MSF course in August because a girl friend of ours was going and didn't want to take it alone. I thought it would be fun, and we had always had on our bucket list (not in the near future) to do a road trip on a URAL. My wife had zero interest in piloting, she just wanted to ride in the sidecar.

Well, 10 minutes into the riding portion of the class I look across the parking lot and see the expression on her face and knew it was over... She's motorcycle crazy now and has a Suzuki TU250X for the street and now the TW for off-road/dual sport. She's the one always looking for motorcycle movies haha.

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I've been riding my Muley (2007 TW) since 2007 and would NOT get rid of her even for a second... However, about 3 months ago I got a WR250R after a buddy of mine let me try his during a ride. I love BOTH... Totally different purposes in dual sporting as far as I'm concerned. For deep sand, narrow canyons, and just putting around and exploring my TW is PERFECT. Now if I want to ride a distance to get to a ride (especially on the highway), go faster during the ride, then my WR is what I take. The 6 speed tranny, the much more state of the art suspension, and fuel injected engine are sweet. I put a cycleracks rack on my WR which allows me to move my bag from one bike to the other and enjoy both. So, the moral of my story - Keep your WR and also get a TW. <grin>
 

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well I will also say the same things.

1. love your wife that rideS!
2. keep what you have and buy the tw
3. if #2 is not possible, then evaluate if the tw will fit you, I read no mention of your size (height, weight or inseam). I am 5'8" 190 lbs and 30 in inseam, and it fits me ok, I will add hwy pegs and a atv high handle bars, and it will be great.
4. If you do not need speeds over 60 then the tw is a good bike, if you want faster of need to jump longer higher, then the 250 is better, of course 100 mph is tenere territory.
5. Enjoy!!

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Robbo, "One Week" and "Closer To The Edge" and this mellow one from 68.
 

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I like the way you guys think... But we already have 4 bikes, plus 3 cars... If you add in all the other machinery and toys (we live on acreage) and my head is already spinning trying to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs on everything haha.

I am really enjoying her being excited about this hobby. The one I came from before this (corvettes), she went along with it "because I liked it" but wasn't really that excited about it on her own..I'll find her shopping online for gear etc for the bikes. Too cool.

Thanks for the movie recommendations. We'll check them out!

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I have considered doing the opposite but the tw is so relaxing to ride. It's like your riding a scooter but you don't have people laughing at you!
 

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Tdub2 will darn near stay up with a WR-R on the straights and eat a WR-R for lunch on any curve that doesn't have berm. Traction has its advantages. The WR-SM with a good set of knobbies will still smoke Tdub2 about everywhere, for about 50 miles, or until the rider's seat goes on strike.
 

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Just sold a wr 250 r that I had bought new in 2012. Really liked the bike for fast dirt roading, and street riding. Never was comfortable on rough trails because of the height. I sold the wr last Tuesday, bought a 04tw with 500 miles on it. I have already had more fun on the tw than I ever did on the wr trail riding and backroading. Not nearly as fast on top end, but I caught myself going 80 a few times on dirt roads with the wr, I imagine that would leave some nasty road rash.
 

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Just did the opposite kinda. Well I still have my Tw but I'll be on the wrr for the most part. Once it dries up I'll be able to really work it offroad and see what its made off but for now its been mostly street and I love it. The girlfriend is going to learn on the TW and maybe do some light trails with me to start. Dont think I'd give up the WRR to ride a tw with her but I do a lot of solo stuff.

The WRR can be dropped pretty far from what Ive seen. Some guys get 4 inches lower with no major issue. I guess even then though some people might struggle. Thankfully Im tall enough to walk it haha.
 

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"So I'm considering replacing the WR with a TW for myself. I like the idea of doing little dual sport trips on matching T-dubs, just putting along down some county roads here in TX."

Like this.

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Yep can't help but liking this! Usually, you hear the opposite( someone leaving the TW world for something else). It is what it is and you gotta go where the heart points you to. In the far off past, I've always had very fast two stroke dirt bikes/ street enduros and they were definitely a blast on the track or trail. Yes, how I wish the TW came from the factory with a 250cc, 6spd. and all the other upgrades, most strive for. Yet, even though without them, my 2014 is very enjoyable to ride and without a doubt, a keeper till death do us part. .....and just like your vision, the biggest plus is riding with my wife on her TW- PRiCELESS!!!!!!!!! Best wishes, take care & aloha! ....renny
 

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I own both and ride both. The WR will smoke the TW in a race. I easily do 70 mph on gravel roads with the WR, my TW has only reached 60 mph down hill on a paved road. The TW is a go anywhere bike, just don't plan on doing it fast. The WR will go any where the TW will go, it just takes more finesse some times and it hurts a lot more when things go wrong.
I enjoy both, each one serves a different purpose.
 

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I'm still into Corvettes. I'm an NCRS judge and have a 66 convertible.



I like the way you guys think... But we already have 4 bikes, plus 3 cars... If you add in all the other machinery and toys (we live on acreage) and my head is already spinning trying to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs on everything haha.

I am really enjoying her being excited about this hobby. The one I came from before this (corvettes), she went along with it "because I liked it" but wasn't really that excited about it on her own..I'll find her shopping online for gear etc for the bikes. Too cool.

Thanks for the movie recommendations. We'll check them out!

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I did the opposite lol, the TW is great off road but the WR is too. It's def scarier loosing control of the WR in comparison to the Dub due to ride height and the WR being much faster. I'm just glad your sticking to Yamaha, none the better!
 

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It's like your riding a scooter but you don't have people laughing at you!
I'm not so sure about that statement. Whenever I see a TW on the road I snicker at those fat tires...but I do understand even if it is funny.
 
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