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I want one with DOT tires and much much lighter weight... I want to build one out of a DRZ400 or something about that size.... I built one a few years back out of a CRF450R, but it was not street legal.... Hmmm, winter project???
Gotta finish my Tdub first!!!!



Here's a link to the one I built: FatCat 450R
 

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It sounds like a wicked bike....you won't have that 15-25mph engine screaming top speed issue either like you do with the Rokon's



One thing though.. No 2WD?? I didn't see it mentioned, anyway. It's gotta have 2WD to be a true badass go -anywhere- bike.
 

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That right there is friggin SWEET!!!



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That looks like a lot of fun! What's up with the TW-esque clearance? I'd ride it for sure. Another bike we'll likely never see...



Btw, nice job bracket, I envy your machining skills.
 

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I want one with DOT tires and much much lighter weight... I want to build one out of a DRZ400 or something about that size.... I built one a few years back out of a CRF450R, but it was not street legal.... Hmmm, winter project???
Gotta finish my Tdub first!!!!



Here's a link to the one I built: FatCat 450R


Nice Fat Cat. Looks like fun.
 

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I hope they hire better welders than the one that caulked their prototype.

I would not want one unless it was two wheel drive, and probably not even then because of it's weight.

Our TW's are near perfect right out of the box. They just need another five or so horsepower so they can easily cruise at 65-70. Then they would be a real "dual sport". Just five more horses. That's all I'm asking for. Just five measley little hp's. Oh God; please. Please. Ahhhhhh.....................







Ride on Daddy-O.
 

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I hope they hire better welders than the one that caulked their prototype.

I would not want one unless it was two wheel drive, and probably not even then because of it's weight.

Our TW's are near perfect right out of the box. They just need another five or so horsepower so they can easily cruise at 65-70. Then they would be a real "dual sport". Just five more horses. That's all I'm asking for. Just five measley little hp's. Oh God; please. Please. Ahhhhhh.....................







Ride on Daddy-O.




5HP..... simple TTR 225 crank and cylinder, YTM225 71MM piston you have a TW230 in lue of a TW196cc.



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5HP..... simple TTR 225 crank and cylinder, YTM225 71MM piston you have a TW230 in lue of a TW196cc.



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Did the 45 tooth rear sprocket and 60 cruising was not an issue if it was not into the wind... faster than that it went into speed wobbles (very scary) Not recommended. recommend some kind of steering stabilizer if ya wanna haul ass on it!
 

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I can actually understand why Yamaha hasn't updated the TW with more power.



I used to have a Suzuki Samurai, bought it with 9" of lift, custom bumpers, YJ springs, 35" tires... trail-ready as they say. My only problem, not enough power!



That stock engine only made 85hp in 1986, so I decided to swap out the carburetor for a 2-barrel off road racing carb that promised a massive horsepower increase.



I never had it on a dyno, but I'd have to guess that I was pretty darn close to the 25% increase promised. Thing is the extra power only took about 2 weeks to chew through the stock rear end.



The good news was that with the air locker and 4.56 gears I installed in it's place, that sucker could pull wheelies out of a dead stop!



The transmission went 3 weeks later.



Long story short, when you significantly increase the power of the engine, you have to significantly increase the strength of the rest of the drive train or else you're in for trouble!



Yamaha has a perennially marketable bike in the TW200, so why would they redesign the entire bike to give it more power and push it out of the new-rider market that has always been the TW's base?



The niche market for a more powerful TW is, well, US!, and I can't see Yamaha redesigning their entire production line for this bike until emissions standards require fuel injection for new motorcycles.



Even then, they'll probably keep it pretty low-powered because if I had to guess they sell more bikes to MSF Ridercourse schools than they do to trail riders!
 

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This would be fun.



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hey ronny,

what's the story on this bike? is that the stock motor, it looks bigger. that tank looks beast on there too. interesting they have the xt225 cowl and fender... i was thinking of doing that.
 
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