There are many advantages to the drum brake model – the kickstart, the slide carb, they’re just more reliable in a pinch – late 90’s are the ones to go for, Yamaha had sorted it out by then
Come the 2001 disc brake models – advantages are the disc brake, and the increase in generated capacity, but it pretty much ends there. No more kickstart, CV carb strangling the fuel thanks to increased emissions regs – but hey, you got a disc brake that you cannot use (without care) in the dirt, a carb that clogs if you even look at it, but at least you can see where you’re going when it gets dark
I guess it depends a lot on your personal philosophy, whether you appreciate an “old school bike”, or go for the “modern options” that never quite got there on the TW. The TW, in all its iterations, reaches for something it sees in the future, but when asked to give up its past in the process, refuses to do so
“Identity” – is the one thing that no amount of modernisation can take away, and whilst we wish for more, if we ever got it, we’d also have to have a TW in the garage as well
Out of the two TW’s I have, the 225 is great on the road, and for some light trail use (try getting spares for that one), but the 200 is the one that creates a grin all the way …..
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