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After much research and time browsing tons of forums I finally decided to find a TW200 and after several let downs I found the one I was looking for,
While its a 2003, It just turned 2000 miles under my ownership last evening putting around some abandoned areas in my area,
I drive the following as mood suits,
1999 Buell M2, Yes 1200cc Sporty engine with some mods making about 100 HP to the earth,
1972 BMW K60, Yep a 600cc twin just right for commuter traffic and highways,
I really wanted something to go and explore the places which I used to drive my perfectly suited 97 Disco, But back to the subject,
After much reading and checking out several vehicles I felt that the TW would be about perfect for my wants,
Easy to drive, Light, Maneuverable, Fantastic turning circle and yes the big floating tires are great for the sand roads of the Pine Barrens in NJ which I know very well, This skinny tires don't like 5 Mph thru soft sand,
IS there anything goofy I missed about these bikes? They seem pretty well sorted and if I keep up on maintenance, They should keep going and going and going! Right?
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Ill be here reading and I am sure posting a few pics as I will be making some custom parts for the bike as I feel a better bash guard in desired as well as a few smaller items,
I fabricate a few steel tools at work for custom applications and Illl fit a few hours in for some neat stuff for the tw,
40' out my front door I have about 20 acres of hilly state land which Ill be cutting a few trails in, It will give me something to do while waiting for the wife to get ready to get out the door,
"Hun, Ill be access the street. Call me when you're ready to go"
Oh, Ill be getting in a bit of trouble, But Ill have fun doing so.
So fer, Great, Super glean bike with low miles and stored in a garage or basement its entire life,
Good maintenance and its even been waxed a couple times a year since new, The PO even would wipe the engine, Trans and all metal parts down with a light coat of oil before putting away for the winter, Yep, Just the right bike for me!
Hope to meet up with some local TW guys this summer !
Thanks all !! !
Keep up the good work on the forum !
Peter B
 

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Nice looking bike and welcome to the forum. The TW is perfect for those times when you just want to slow down and enjoy the scenery and get deep into the back places if you can find them.
2000 miles is just the break in point for these bikes so as long as it has been well maintained you should be good to go for many miles. Nice to see you found us and hope to see what gadgets you might fab up along the way. I am sure you will be welcomed to our nut house and there is tons of reading to be found here on all things TW.

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Nice find. Totally agree on bash guard! Let us know which one you go with. And welcome from the Heartland.
 

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.....The PO even would wipe the engine, Trans and all metal parts down with a light coat of oil before putting away for the winter, ....
I hope he also drained the tank and the carb or found non Ethanol gas for winter. But even so, isn't it nice to buy a used bike from a maintenance fanatic?
 

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tw5.jpg buell1.jpg tw5.jpg buell1.jpg Went exploring a track of land today for my first day out on the TW and I found this rather large land mover about a mile off the road, Theres been lots or erosion of earth all around it at this time,
For being 42* out it was a nice day seeing how the TW dealt with swampy ground, Rocks and shale plus rutted paths,
In other words,
I had a great time,
Yes the TW is a two wheel tractor with suspension ! ! !
Here two pics,
The Non TW is my Buell.
 

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No bad comments from me,
It truly is an easy cycle to ride,
Smooth enough, That Buell is shaky at idle as you can imagine,
Actually I like the power it has, Its enough to do what I want and not enough to get TOO stupid TOO fast,
For me, Just the right bike for my needs!
Just fun fun fun
Peter
 

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Good maintenance and its even been waxed a couple times a year since new, The PO even would wipe the engine, Trans and all metal parts down with a light coat of oil before putting away for the winter
Wowwee. I think the extent of my cleaning is wiping the dirt of the top of the engine before removing the valve covers and wiping the dust off the seat every morning. Oh, and I hosed it down once.
 

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Wowwee. I think the extent of my cleaning is wiping the dirt of the top of the engine before removing the valve covers and wiping the dust off the seat every morning. Oh, and I hosed it down once.
Just goes to show you we are all so very different. My TW and my XT225 have never really had any serious dirt on them that a good hosing wouldn't knock right off. On the trails I do my best to go around the mud and as soon as I get back from a ride I wash it and dry it and often use some wax if I feel the urge to shine it up. I probably have some sort of compulsive disorder but I do like my bikes looking as nice as they ever can. When I see pictures here of nice TWs caked with tons of mud it makes me cringe because it would take me hours to get it off. I should be banned from this forum simply because I have 2 bikes, both are 2006 models and 10 years old and between them both I don't have 400 miles total on them, one has 175 and the other has 205. I suck!

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One piece of advice: Never call your TW a "stupid little thumper", or any other bad name, for that matter. They do not like it and, if you invoke the "TW curse", it will very difficult for us to remove.
We did have a recent case of this. Although the original comment was edited out, the bike in question had already seen it, and “took the hump”.

The poor guy who was trying to fix it, a qualified mechanic in his own work shop, eventually threw in the towel — after spending 300 bucks at it and as many hours — the bike continued to thwart him.

Just goes to show these bikes have “feelings”, and once upset, there’s no way in hell they’ll ever forgive you.

One “simple thumper” — one qualified mechanic — the best of minds on this forum — and he ended up in tears over what that bike did to him ……..
 

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Welcome.
Glad to have you.

The Buell has a Sportster engine in it?
I had a Harley-Davidson XR1200 2009 model I sold last year.
Really liked that bike but can't have everything I want.

You'll like a T-Dub if you enjoy it for what it is. It's a bunch of fun.

Enjoy!
 

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Welcome.
Glad to have you.

The Buell has a Sportster engine in it?
I had a Harley-Davidson XR1200 2009 model I sold last year.
Really liked that bike but can't have everything I want.

You'll like a T-Dub if you enjoy it for what it is. It's a bunch of fun.

Enjoy!

Yes 99 Buell has a 1200 Evo engine with better heads, Intake and exhaust, Belt drive, all packed in a sport bike that weighs less than 500 Lbs,
Its pretty stink in' fast, Short wheel base and geared well.
Aside from that,
I ran the TW more and absolutely am fond of the little guy !
Peter B
 
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