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Don鈥檛 own a TW (yet)?? Couple basic questions to start with

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Hello,58 yr old lifelong off-road motorcycle guy. Kinda intrigued with the whole the idea of building out a TW as a backroad Adv bike. Have a few friends setting up small bikes and I may have to get involved too 馃槀.

Knees are getting in very bad shape so whatever I ride must have tall seat and low pegs. (I鈥檝e seen where Seat Concepts sells a tall seat.)

Does anyone sell low pegs for the TW?

Is the TW kickstand strong enough to stand on the pegs while throwing a leg up/over the seat/rear rack? (If the rear rack is full can鈥檛 just step on).

Kickstand on my KTMs are made for the weight of the bike only,standing on the pegs with kickstand down will bend/brake them. Kickstand on the DR is very strong and I can stand on pegs to throw my leg up/over the rack and seat.

THX for any info or insight you could provide,this riding small bikes In inappropriate places stuff is all new to me.
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Next step might need to be a fold down step.
Mount it on your airbox or ManRack:giggle:
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Tongue-in-cheek of course.
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LOL......I thought it was just me.....no leg swinging for me.......God forbid I am on a hill and below the bike......like skiing, I have to be up hill to get up......I continue to shrink.....used to be 5' 9".....now closer to 5' 7";
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I鈥檝e tried mounting my loaded DR650 that way before,I鈥檓 just not damn bendy anymore 馃槀 View attachment 233447
Love your DR!!

Mine came with an extra set of wheels with knobby tires, just wearing out the DS tire set first. Seeing yours makes me want to go ahead and mount them.

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Thx Speedy,like I said earlier I鈥檓 fairly new to ADV style of riding (dirt/off-road guy) but so far having a blast tooling around backroads and avoiding highways as much as possible. I鈥檝e got low pegs and tall seat on it,thing is def all day/multi day comfortable. That pic was taken right after I prepped the DR for Smokey Mountain 500 adventure route ride. Hotel to hotel for 5 days. I鈥檝e also got a KTM 500exc-f setup for ultra lightweight ADV riding,it too has low pegs and tall seat. A lot more exciting to to ride than the DR but not near as comfortable.
I could envision doing something like that on a TW if my knees aren鈥檛 to bent up on a TW?? I鈥檓 just gonna have to keep my eyes peeled for one at an organized adv ride and bum a test
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Thx Speedy,like I said earlier I鈥檓 fairly new to ADV style of riding (dirt/off-road guy) but so far having a blast tooling around backroads and avoiding highways as much as possible. I鈥檝e got low pegs and tall seat on it,thing is def all day/multi day comfortable. That pic was taken right after I prepped the DR for Smokey Mountain 500 adventure route ride. Hotel to hotel for 5 days. I鈥檝e also got a KTM 500exc-f setup for ultra lightweight ADV riding,it too has low pegs and tall seat. A lot more exciting to to ride than the DR but not near as comfortable.
I could envision doing something like that on a TW if my knees aren鈥檛 to bent up on a TW?? I鈥檓 just gonna have to keep my eyes peeled for one at an organized adv ride and bum a test View attachment 233481
Fine lookin' machine!
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i bought mine as my first bike a couple years back and i couldnt be any happier. i admit its somewhat unseemly for a 58 year old overweight farmer to giggle while doing something as manly as motorcycling... but there ya go.
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I鈥檝e currently got a 500 exc-f, a drz400s, and a TW in the garage. I started with the TW, and I foresee sticking with it the longest. My favorite rides are light ADV with a healthy dose of real offroad riding, and all of my bikes are very much modified in this direction. I have to say the TW does a damn fine job on it鈥檚 end of the spectrum. I got a set of racks and soft bags from a guy here on the site and have done some really fun trips on my TW. I think a rackless setup would be even better.

If you鈥檙e worried about being scrunched up, I鈥檒l say that you are definitely going to need to do some mods. The bike is small in stock form, and it sounds like you will definitely need to find a way to stretch it out. While that鈥檚 not good news on the cockpit ergos, it鈥檚 great news for getting your leg over it. It鈥檚 so easy to get a leg over compared to my other two bikes, which, like your bikes, are VERY tall. But yeah the kickstand is not the lightweight, bendable kind on a KTM. You can definitely use the pegs. I鈥檓 a very average height at 5鈥11, for reference.

On the topic of different tools for different jobs, if I had to choose only one bike to keep in my garage right now, it would probably be the DRZ. Fortunately I don鈥檛 have to do that, so it鈥檚 funny that means my DRZ is sort of for sale (I鈥檝e made my mind up to sell it, just haven鈥檛 tried very hard). I just don鈥檛 use it because the KTM and TW are both so good at what they do and the DRZ is so okay at everything.

I鈥檝e also got a whole group of riders here that have recently gotten TW鈥檚, and I鈥檓 most excited about getting out on some rides soon with those guys after some life stuff keeping me off the bikes the last 6 months or so. I would have thought the KTM would be calling me more. If you鈥檝e got friends with little bikes, don鈥檛 hesitate. Get the TW and bend it to your needs. Hopefully it鈥檚 easier to find one now?
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That above, is a really well done statement.
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Thx Sierra,exactly the kinda feedback I was looking for. I鈥檓 still on the fence about just going out and buying one without a test ride?? I need to be patient and wait till I meet someone that actually owns one I can test ride for a bit. I personally don鈥檛 see myself getting rid of my 500 or 650,just adding another one to the stable.
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Highly advised to ride one before getting excited. Huge step down from a KTM. The TW awesome for what it is, a trail bike. But it鈥檚 carburated and not designed for high speed. There are limited options for suspension improvement. It鈥檚 fun to ride a slow bike hard but sometimes it gets old, especially if you鈥檝e the chops for something better equipped. The Honda Monkey being one alternative if slow is desire, it鈥檚 125 but at least fuel injected and much support aftermarket. The TW market still hot, can鈥檛 lose to try one.
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I鈥檓 trying to be patient 馃槀 but I do like toys
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I鈥檓 trying to be patient 馃槀 but I do like toys
Well then!!馃槀
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I love toys too. 6 bikes and 2 ATVs. I like to have a wide available amount of options. The TW is one of them. Fun little bike.
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