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We only WISH they were a 4 valve motor (of course we're also grateful they never actually had a 24mm carb).



Some of the specs are wrong but the description of the riding experience and the designed intent of the bike still applies.



Thanks for that.
 

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Even way back when, "The front tire, however, doesn't work as well on a wide variety of terrain, and tends to slide out before the rear", we still complain about that pesky stock front tire. Article pretty well spells out what is/was to be expected of our beloved TW. Not many motorcycle models have lasted for 25 years of production with so few changes.



Thanks for posting the article Brian
 

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Awesome read! I like the $1699 list price.
Thanks for posting! I gotta know, Brian... did you have this mag laying around or did you seek it out and buy it because of the TW article?
I just happened to see the magazine posted on ebay and figured it was worth $8 bucks to buy it and share it with you guys on this forum. It was kinda fun to read the entire magazine, especially some of the ads.
 

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Thank you for sharing! That is a really fun trip back in time, oh wait, we all still ride the same bike, it's not like Yamaha really changed it much in 26 years!!! LOL.. I wish I could get a brand new one for $1699!!!
 

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Ha! Thanks so much for posting this!



Except for the few changes over the intervening years (and the aforementioned technical errors), this could be a review of the 2013 TW.



Not surprised to see that I wasn't the only one gobsmacked by the 1987 MSRP!
 

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I wonder what the value of $1,699 in 1987 dollars would be in 2013 dollars, any economists out there?


Found an inflation calculator online: Infaltion Calculator



$1699 in 1987 is same as $3310 in 2011...



Here's another one: Inflation Calc



$1699 in 1987 is same as $3443 in 2012 according to this one...
 

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MSRP for a 2013 tw is $4590. I bet that number will get you closer to the real value of those 1987 dollars, than the $3443 figure that is probably based on us government inflation figures.
 

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Why Howard, you're not suggesting that the government computes inflation without all pertinent information?1?




Brian, very cool of you to buy that for our benefit. Thoroughly enjoyed it!! Thanks!
 

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It's not just the dollar's change. Need to look at the Yen/Dollar conversion rates.

I paid $2400. out the door earlier this year for a 2010, used.
 
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