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Hello All,

I found a 2017 TW with 200 miles on it last week that was 1/2 hour from home. Got it for $3,500. Bike is like new.

We finally got a break from the rain last night. So I checked the oil level and took it out for my first motorcycle ride last night. Needless to say, it was the best 4 miles on the road of my life. The little TW stole my heart! So fun! Working on a name...

I'll be using this bike to commute a bit on gravel and blacktop roads (15 miles/day, nothing over 55mph). Any and all advice is welcome, but I do have a couple of questions.

1) should I change oil? which oil?
2) any other important checks?
3) below is my list of things to acquire and approximate cost. Any other recommendations?

Bell MX9 Adventure Helmet $210
Ricochet skid plate. $100
IMS footpegs. $80
New O-ring chain. $70
Front tire - Shinko 241 (4.0 X 18) $57
Rear rack - Cycle Rack $200
JNS led black headlamp $120
Jimbo Cafe shield. $71

Fantastic Forum, looking forward to being a part of it!
 

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Welcome and congrats! You’re in for a treat. Also I can’t think of a better first bike that’s just as fun after multitudes of decades of riding experience :)
 

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Welcome!
Yes on changing the oil and filter. I use Yamalube Performance All Purpose 10-40.
I'd check the basics, chain adjustment and tire pressure.
Give the bike a once over, with that few of miles there could still be things the dealer prep messed up lurking about.

Then enjoy the ride!
 

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Welcome ! I agree with the X ring chain and the Jimbo. Change the oil (1qt) and clean the filter often. I would get a correct spare oil filter in case yours get damaged. I have 2 stock air filters that I alternate when changing oil. Clean, oil and put in zip loc for next change.

I feel that the skid plate is not necessary unless you are banging over trees and rocks! The stock pegs are fine. I found that bigger ones are actually harder for me to get my feet off and back on the pegs in a hurry.

I put 7k miles on the stock front tire and only crashed once! ABS would have saved me from that, and probably everyone else that has dumped a bike going downhill around a corner and had to brake hard suddenly!

Take the locking tabs off your fuel cap unless you want to use your key every time you need fuel.
 

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It's your bike and your money so do whatever you like or think it needs to make it how you want it. From your statement 15 miles/ day on gravel/pavement under 55 MPH tells me the TW is perfect just the way it is until you start banging it around off the beaten paths. The stock skid plate should suffice. Wider pegs are in many ways more comfortable. Cycle rack if you need to carry big or heavy loads, Jimbo shield is a major plus and the O/X ring chain will save you $$ and maintenance time in the long run. Yes, absolutely change the oil now and be sure you get the exact right filter and open the top bleeder bolt to make sure the oil is flowing to the top after you first start it up. I highly prefer Mobil 1 4 T racing oil but that is your decision. A better front tire pretty much goes without saying and there are a number of great choices depending on the riding you do most. Bark buster hand guards are a great add on or at the very least a good pair of riding gloves. The stock sprocket gearing is perfect for what you say your riding is and no need to change any of that. A small dose of Sea Foam in every tank will also be a good idea. If you find the seat is more like a 2X6 plank then member Placerload has a great solution in the Seat Concept foam and covers he offers here. I will offer one bit of advice with your new bike, If it aint broke don't fix it. If you plan to do most of the normal maintenance yourself get a set of either JIS or the American equivalent Cross Point screw drivers. The screws on your bike might look like Phillips but they ARE NOT. Six point metric sockets are also a great idea and avoid using the standard 12 point sockets on any tight nuts or bolts.

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1) should I change oil? which oil?
2) any other important checks?
With that low of a mileage it's likely the oil has never been changed. Go with any dino 10W40 that is approved for wet clutches. I stick with Yamalube for peace of mind at the slight additional cost over 3 oil changes.
Don't be surprised at the amount of metal in the filter! Change again at 800 and 1,500. At 1,500 miles change to a full synthetic. Mobil 1 4T 10W40 is a favorite here.
The oil filter is designed to be flushed and re-used almost indefinitely, save yourself some money and avoid the dreaded wrong filter in the right box syndrome.

Depending on your weight, the forks are likely too soft, because the factory actually underfills them with oil. For a 180 to 200 pound guy, 130 mm is about right, and they probably only have 155 mm. Check the tech write-ups for procedure.
Check the chain tension, but if you want long life out of the chain and sprockets, switch to an X-ring chain now. (Not O-ring)
On gravel, I would switch to a Shinko 241 right away and avoid the inevitable crash.
I would also switch to an AGM battery soon as they don't leak nasty acid when lying on their side.

I'd do all of that before the other farkles except the rack and most definitely add brush guards!

I certainly would not take the locking tabs off the cap unless you like the idea of being stranded when some @^&&@*! siphons your gas! :mad:

Welcome to the madness.
 

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Excellent, great find.

Yes, change oil, clean air filter and check/clean the plug.

Your list looks spot on. I've done about half those in my 8 months of ownership. Too bad I've only put 15 miles on mine, geez I need to ride!!!
 

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Congrats! I beat you by 3 days, my 2017 had only 283 km (175 miles).

I just bought these footpegs, the same ones as Tdubskid: https://www.amazon.ca/Krator-FP003-Black-Yamaha-Motocross/dp/B00C3061YE

They're cheaper than the IMS but surely not as tough.
@PacOut I also got these, and they're great!!! And heck, if they break, you can buy like 3-sets of them before you spend the amount of the other ones. These have taken the brunt of a few different falls off-road already, and stood the test just fine.

Congrats on the TW! It looks super clean. It's probably safe to change the oil... unless you know how long it was sitting. I mean, it's not even at the 600mi break in yet, so you could probably get away with it until your 600mi maintenance? I have the MX-9 Adventure Helmet as well, btw, and it's great.

Good luck and have fun!
 

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All,

Thanks a bunch for all the great advice! This has been super helpful and saved me additional search time on the forum.

So, I ordered a couple of extra oem oil filters last week and they finally arrived. They are steel mesh, have 4 slots, and 4 holes. Look good to you?

Sounds like I'll be ordering a set of the correct screwdrivers for the bike.

B
 

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All,

Thanks a bunch for all the great advice! This has been super helpful and saved me additional search time on the forum.

So, I ordered a couple of extra oem oil filters last week and they finally arrived. They are steel mesh, have 4 slots, and 4 holes. Look good to you?

Sounds like I'll be ordering a set of the correct screwdrivers for the bike.

B
That is the correct filter.
 

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I still have the spare oil filter I bought in 2010 because I didn't believe the original would last 16,000 miles......now I think it would go 30,000 easily....but I'll be in the ground before I put 30,000 miles on my 2018. :p
 

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Sounds like they make the filters to last, which is awesome! I'll give the 2nd spare filter to my buddy who also just got a TW.

I hope you get many more miles on that bike and the original filter my friend! 👍🤘
 
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