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hey yall its time for me to do this thing



im looking at a used 2006 (2900miles) for 3600.00 can or a new from the dealership 2010 for 5199.00 minus 800.00 discount..



pretty much a 1000.00 more for a 4 year newer bike-





any reason why i should go used? other than the price break?



p.s. im pretty well sure what i want, just need a second opinion (from a TW200 owner/enthusiast)
 

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IMO 3600 is too much for an 06. I'd say that 06 isn't worth more than like 2800 TOPS, even if it's in excellent condition with a clean title and all. If I were in your position, I would wait for a better deal on a used bike. You can probably get a 2010 used with super low miles for 3500. In 2010 Yamaha fixed the cylinder base gasket oil leak issue (very common with the TW). So I'd go for that over an older model. But you can still get a used 2010 or 2011. I'd say it's worth waiting a couple months for if you don't see one right now.



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thanks kj7687, i cant wait to post adventures in the near future!





as for the price, i should have mentioned im in canada, so that'll account for a bit of a difference (even though the loonie has been doin alright lately
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the idea of a brand new bike with warranty and gear discount is almost too much to pass up... especially at 4600- financed



p.s. the moment i saw the TW200 i knew it was the one for me.. its like someone turned my brain into a motorbike
 

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Drapes: Ah yes, Canada. I was gonna say that price seemed a bit over the roof lol. Well 4600 in Canada for a brand new one hell I'd go for that then! Oh and umm, I ASSUME that Yamaha would have fixed the base gasket for TW's exported to ALL countries, and not just on the U.S. bound bikes, lol. Yea man I was the same way. The TW was my first motorcycle after my little Honda Ruckus moped. I grew up with Jeeps. The TW is sort of the Jeep Cherokee of the motorcycle world. That fat tire just begs to be buried in sand and mud
There is TONS of valuable information about the TW on this forum; be sure to read up!
 

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well im going to take my motorcycle test today- if i pass, thats my signal to get the bike- wish me luck!
 

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I bought my 2008 brand new for $3400 out the door. $3600 sounds like too much. Just my opinion. Unless it looks brand new inside and out. Maybe find a shop in the US that has a new one...make a nice road trip and save some money.
 

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I suggest making a few more calls. I bought a brand new 2010 TW200 2 months ago for $3253.80 plus tax & license. That came to $4000 exactly out the door. It's identical to the 2011 model. I've seen TWs with under 2000 miles in the $2500 to $3000 range. If I could save a $1000 dollars on a late model with the disc brake that only had 1500 miles on it that would be a good deal. Buying a new bike is always cool if money is available. It's always good to be the first one there!




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a road trip is out of the question :/ (this is my first vehicle
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i can easily finance the price, and build my credit score at the same time....



the only thing is my peers are suggesting a bigger/faster bike- "i wont be comfortable on the road"



why is it that everyone short of a TW200 owner has crap to say about the bike? Human nature perhaps?



im 99% sure this is the bike for me, can anyone think of a reason why it isnt?



im 5'11' tall and 150 pounds soaking wet- i spent two summers beating the hell out of a 1987 CBR125t- crossing rivers, chasing ktm's up hills and racing kids on tty125's (and winning)




the TW200 feels identical in seat height, has more power than the ole 125, and has a huge cult following (big indication of quality)



im a laid back guy who wants to get his confidence back on the road (scooter accident in 2004, broken leg
) whilst being able to explore thousands of logging roads in the area



all feedback is appreciated
 

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a road trip is out of the question :/ (this is my first vehicle
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i can easily finance the price, and build my credit score at the same time....



the only thing is my peers are suggesting a bigger/faster bike- "i wont be comfortable on the road"



why is it that everyone short of a TW200 owner has crap to say about the bike? Human nature perhaps?



im 99% sure this is the bike for me, can anyone think of a reason why it isnt?

im 5'11' tall and 150 pounds soaking wet- i spent two summers beating the hell out of a 1987 CBR125t- crossing rivers, chasing ktm's up hills and racing kids on tty125's (and winning)




the TW200 feels identical in seat height, has more power than the ole 125, and has a huge cult following (big indication of quality)



im a laid back guy who wants to get his confidence back on the road (scooter accident in 2004, broken leg
) whilst being able to explore thousands of logging roads in the area



all feedback is appreciated


I feel comfortable on any road. At 300 lbs. and 5'11" I ride the TW all over the Atlanta, GA area. Even on the freeways. I can move along at 65 easily and not worry about traffic. On other roads the bike has enough torque to get moving fast enough at stop lights, that no one has ever honked. And the bike is just odd looking enough that people notice it, instead of ignoring it. I've seldom had people try to pull into my lane. A lot less than when I was riding my big full dress XS850SG.



I am going to put more lights on it... LED running lights... to make it stand out at night a bit more. But I did the same with the 850.



 

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thnx srs713.. u have confirmed my suspicion, that people actually have no idea what these bikes can do until they ride one- as with most things in life




im going down to the dealership in a couple hours- thanks for the input all, watch for pics of new bike!
 

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thnx srs713.. u have confirmed my suspicion, that people actually have no idea what these bikes can do until they ride one- as with most things in life




im going down to the dealership in a couple hours- thanks for the input all, watch for pics of new bike!


Well people tend to talk crap on a bike just because it's got a small engine. It is true that with stock gearing, I don't think the TW is comfortable at more than 55 mph. It will certainly go faster than that, but the motor starts to stress quite a bit above 55. You can gear it a little taller and it will be good for a comfortable cruise at 60, but any taller gearing than that and it just won't have enough power to pull fifth gear. And with highway gearing, the off road performance will suffer considerably. Lower than stock gearing is actually optimal for off road, but that of course makes it terrible on the highway. So there is some truth to the "get a bigger bike for highway" philosophy, I suppose. But you CAN do highway all day if you change the gearing (in fact, Canada TW's might even come with a 45 tooth sprocket stock? Not sure, but I know they do in Australia), as long as you don't mind sacrificing off road performance. You certainly don't need a freakin 800cc bike to cruise the highway. I would say a 250 is about the minimum that you need to COMFORTABLY cruise at 65 mph in the slow lane. If you want to comfortably cruise at 85 mph, I'd say a 400-500cc engine is about what you need (although again, smaller bikes will do it, but they'll be stressing a bit much IMO).
 

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thnx srs713.. u have confirmed my suspicion, that people actually have no idea what these bikes can do until they ride one- as with most things in life




I'm going down to the dealership in a couple hours- thanks for the input all, watch for pics of new bike!


Drapes,



I ride some pretty rugged country and getting from area to area often requires riding on public roads. I have 7 motorcycles in my garage including some new high end water cooled dirt bikes. The TW is my off road mount of choice as it provides amazing off road capability and fine street legal manners as well. It takes me places that would be very difficult for modern motocross bikes to follow and the low seat height allows me to put a foot down on side hills that, were I riding my CRF, my foot would find only air and the first thing to actually touch down would probably be my face. I don't give a damn what anybody thinks of the TW, it kicks ass off road. Many members here can afford to ride whatever they want and they choose the TW. There is really nothing else like it.



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i keep forgetting to mention that i live on an island- the only highways we have (above 100km/h) are an hour's ride away.. and are all complimented by older coastal highways (two lane roads) perfect conditions, no?






thanks everyone for the input, I just got home from the dealership- got a deal on gear with purchase and all that good stuff.. Rockin a new helmet, gloves, jacket, boots and googles.



gunna wait on insurance till monday, go for a ride off the beaten path tomorrow with buddy.. that being said, im aware to take it easy- its got 3km on it




How much is too much? Ive never had a brand new motor of anytype- and would appreciate an opinion or two aside from the schpeel from the tech guys at the dealership (tho im sure their hearts are in the right place)



Im guessing this bike will need a few less oil changes than my buddy's ktm250mx




Do i need to change it after first ride to lose all the engine crap? or does this sounds totally newb
 

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i keep forgetting to mention that i live on an island- the only highways we have (above 100km/h) are an hour's ride away.. and are all complimented by older coastal highways (two lane roads) perfect conditions, no?






thanks everyone for the input, I just got home from the dealership- got a deal on gear with purchase and all that good stuff.. Rockin a new helmet, gloves, jacket, boots and googles.



gunna wait on insurance till monday, go for a ride off the beaten path tomorrow with buddy.. that being said, im aware to take it easy- its got 3km on it




How much is too much? Ive never had a brand new motor of anytype- and would appreciate an opinion or two aside from the schpeel from the tech guys at the dealership (tho im sure their hearts are in the right place)



Im guessing this bike will need a few less oil changes than my buddy's ktm250mx




Do i need to change it after first ride to lose all the engine crap? or does this sounds totally newb


What Island?

Fill out your profile so we know where you are from and there maybe others near your area with TW's to ride with.

Thanks
 
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