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Some of you will have noticed that I’ve been drooling over the TW225 Special Editions for some time now. They were made for the Japanese market in two colours, for one year only in 2007, to celebrate 20 years of the TW – just one thousand of each colour.

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Far from rare in Japan, they have been subjected to just as much customisation as any other TW over there, to the point where finding one in good clean original condition is getting more and more difficult. Over here in the UK, they’re like rocking horse shit. To give you some idea of just how rare, here’s a chart of TW225’s in the UK, and this is both TW225’s and Special Edition models lumped together (the log book/registration makes no distinction between the two).

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Of the two SE’s I’ve seen so far in the UK (both orange), one had been “messed with”, and on enquiry, the other had several cosmetic problems not shown in the pictures, to the point where it was a “shaggy dog” story.

So I went “hunting” on Japanese bike dealers web sites instead. The first thing I found out was that the Japanese language does not lend itself to “digital translation” – to the point where was looking at pictures for information like a comic book. Despite this, I managed to find a TW225SE for sale in near enough perfect original condition.

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Having now spotted my quarry, there was just one small problem to overcome – it was in Japan, and I had no idea how to communicate with the seller. The UK dealer I bought my imported TW200 from over a year ago was basically an idiot, who had sold me a bike that had a few “teething problems”, to the point where there was no way I was going to trust him with this one. So after a bit of searching, I found a bike dealer in London who was importing stuff from various auction sites in Japan, largely sight unseen (he has had some absolute dogs in the past).

Still, he had a healthy turn-over – so I figured “who dares wins” and gave him a call. I emailed him the link to the bike, and basically said “Fetch”. To my utter amazement, he actually agreed, and sent his Japanese counterpart trotting off to get it, carted it half way across the Island to his holding pen, waiting for the next container load to be assembled. Four figure deposits changed hands, and we settled down to wait. There was no “tracking” on this, just a lot of mutual trust from both sides, and equal amounts of patience.

Three long months passed, until he finally said “it’s here”, then another two months while it was registered in this country, a rather lengthy and involved process that I was relieved not to have to go through personally. All the bike need to get it through its MOT (road worthiness certificate) prior to UK registration was the steering head bearings, and a front tire – other than that, it was reported to be in “pristine condition”.

The delivery van was booked last week for collection yesterday morning, with delivery set for late last night.

It’s here – after the long wait – I’ve finally got her ……..
 

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And just for the hell of it (for those who haven’t seen my TW200)

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As always, right click, “open in new tab” for the bigger pictures …….

The frame is dark blue, and the base paint purple (or grape as Yamaha likes to call it) — and it is indeed in “pristine original condition”. The moment you mess with the SE it loses value, so I’ll be keeping it “as is”, and just stick to the farkles already on it. The bike just looks better the closer you get to it, not a mark on her, and with all decals intact. Chain is standard and looks fairly new as does the rear sprocket — might put an X ring on there fairly soon — but other than that, she’s good to go.

11000 kms on the clock — just under 7000 miles — looks like it’s never been dropped.

I know there’s little difference in performance between the 225 and the 200 — another 2 horses — that’s about it. The standard sprocket set-up is 15 front and 49 rear, which should get you to 70 in more comfort than the 200. Never seen an SE with knobblies, which should tell you something. It’s a road machine with looks to kill — and that’s exactly why I wanted one. If I want to get in the rough, I’ll use the TW200. The best of both worlds.

Figure financially I’m up about 25% on the deal, and as long as the number of these machines keep diminishing, that’s only going to get better.

I’ll post a ride report once the weather cheers up a bit ……….
 

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Well done! It is gorgeous! You 200 is quite a looker as well. It's such a good feeling when things actually work out.
 

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Sweet Dude!! :D
 

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There are a lot of "catchy" one must have patience phrases out there, but the one which fits you is an extreme patience phrase. This TW 225 I hope is well worth the wait for you. Enjoy the new purple!:icon_thumleft:

Oh, and this was funny as Heull! (they’re like rocking horse shit.):p
 

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Congratulations on the new acquisition! Would you mind posting a picture of that rack please? Tom
The rack is known as a “Rally 591” – two mounts go under the seat, so it’ll take a fair amount of weight – but from the reviews / experience of others, the welds seem to be the “weakest link”.

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You never know just what ridiculous loads these were put under to fail, but I’m guessing it’s the lowest weld nearest to the exhaust that’ll give way – looks to be a “stress pinch point” to my (admittedly untrained) eye.

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What I do like about it, is the three raised parts to the rack are all bolted on – eg removable …..

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Sort of correct - the de-compression/TDC valve only comes into play in conjunction with the kick start – it is not individually operated, nor is it invoked by the electric start. In this respect, the process is entirely mechanically automated by using the kicker.

All TW’s intended for use in the Japanese market come with a kick start - regardless of year of manufacture – (read it and weep)

All TW225’s are 5 speed boxes – don’t trust anything you read on the interweb - (only on forums like this one, when the post is made by someone who has actual experience of one of these bikes) – way too much dis-information out there

Wheels – well they went all out to make this thing look good – just keep “standard” tire irons well away from my bike – lol ……………….
 

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"If ya can't start it - you can't handle it running" ..... :p
 

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Very nice.

you are very patient.

Congrats!
 

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congrats on the find... persistence pays off!

is that the dealer website on the rear plastic, under the seat? it doesn't look like yamaha, but i can't make it out. www. XXXXXX.com.jp ?
 

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Nope – that’s original from Yamaha – all the purple ones have it

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The tail of the orange one is slightly different

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While I do actually quite like the “225” decal of the orange one, vanity has never really been my thing – you’ve either got it, or you haven’t. A strange thing to say given the context, but I’m more a “smug look on my face” kind of a guy – not the “in your face” type.

My days of being “Captain Testosterone” are long since past ………
 
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