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Hi! I am 22 years old and I am looking to start riding for the very first time. What I hope to find out is the TW200 a good bike for a beginner? I have never ridden before and I plan to take a riders safety course and I am hoping to use the bike for going to and from school and work. Also I live in Arizona so there are some pretty nice trails out here and great hunting for Coyote. What I would like to know is it worth getting the TW200 or a different bike? The riders safety course will run me about $300 and I can get a new 2013 TW200 for about $3950 at my local dealer and the insurance will cost about $50 a month for full coverage. But ignoring the low price and overall costs is the bike easy to ride and is it economical to work on by myself?
 

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Hi! I am 22 years old and I am looking to start riding for the very first time. What I hope to find out is the TW200 a good bike for a beginner? I have never ridden before and I plan to take a riders safety course and I am hoping to use the bike for going to and from school and work. Also I live in Arizona so there are some pretty nice trails out here and great hunting for Coyote. What I would like to know is it worth getting the TW200 or a different bike? The riders safety course will run me about $300 and I can get a new 2013 TW200 for about $3950 at my local dealer and the insurance will cost about $50 a month for full coverage. But ignoring the low price and overall costs is the bike easy to ride and is it economical to work on by myself?
You simply cold not find a better bike for this. Yes, yes, yes, and yes!
 

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Hello Cypher,

I am sure many here have great advice and all sorts of opinions. My first tiny advice is I hope you are not thinking well I'd like a cool R6 or CBR RR or Vstar but I'll settle for this TW because it seems as a good learner and I can use it for _____ insert excuse and so forth and so on. Basically convincing yourself why you should purchase it over some other sporty bike and or cruiser or the like. Because if you do that, I wouldn't be surprised if you come to find that you may regret you didn't buy something with a little more power or a little more range or better suited for one riding highway or city vs another option.

With that aside I feel that it is a GREAT little motorcycle and I as well took a motorcycle safety course a long while back and thats the motorcycle they put me on so I feel it's a great leaner... Very forgiving and I don't think it will allow you to get into to much trouble.

I use mine to ride to and from work and I also attend the local community college which I use it for that to. The trip I use it for is about 34 miles round trip and some of it is on I35 here in Texas which I am sure some would throw up there hands in shock because the TW does NOT have a whole lot of power and I usually ride in the slow lane at about 65mph. CAN IT DO IT?... Sure it can but it's sketchy! The trouble with that is that I don't have a lot of UMPH to get out of the way if someone came barreling at me. It's not like having a 600 or 1000cc crotch rocket that when you crack the throttle it lights up like Christmas and gets the hell out of the way. Alternatively I have to play super defensive driver and be on the look out as much as possible because the only thing I have in my tools of safe commuting is to try and watch it unfold ahead of time and leave me *plenty* of space between myself and other cars. Luckily I only travel on that freeway for a very short time but I am sure ANYONE here can and will say ALL I TAKES was that little moment. I also plan on going to a 15tooth front sprocket to help the engine a little bit out on the highway stuff I am also currently trying to install a little bit of luggage storage so that I can haul my books and junk a little easier. I will post my trial and error on that in a little bit to get opinions from these great people here.

For me it is not my first bike, I knew what I was getting. You will have to weigh your options on any bike, do you want it more for highway in the long run? More for city driving, more for off road? Don't full yourself and talk yourself into something you wish you hadn't bought.

To answer your questions, I would say yes it is easy to ride and economical on fuel and to maintain, this forum has got anything you need to darn near build from scratch check out Mr. Brackets posts that stuff is awesome!

For me the bike works. It is limited to what it can do but I feel thats what we grow found of in this little motorcycle. The TW reminds me of the big dog syndrome, It doesn't know its little and it goes just about anywhere! And what I love most is that I don't have to put mine on a trailer and ride it to some trails like pure bred off road dirt bike. I hop on at home drive it to work school and then for fun to some local trails where sure it's not fast like the more adept dirt bikes for that kind of trail riding but I can still make it up that trail just like them and I say who cares if you put your feet down! haha

IMO great motorcycle and fun to have easy to ride and can take a beating. But it still has it's limits. Especially in the cc area

Good luck in your choice,
Izak
 

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Yes, it's a great bike for a beginner. In fact, because of the comparative light weight, low seat height, and fun factor TW's are commonly used in rider training courses. Because of it's simplicity, the TW is also easy and cheap to maintain. It's a great bike in stock form (except for the front tire), but there is a plethora of accessories and modifications you can add to make it even better. I think you would enjoy a TW.
 

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Cypher, I was in the same boat as you this January! I had my heart set on a KLR650 but my insurance company said otherwise. I was looking at the XT250, CRF250L, KLX250 all of which have their high and lows but the lil' Dub stood out from the crowd. I've owned dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, snowmobiles and appreciate the TW's mechanical simplicity and new rider forgiveness. I took my MSR Course in April and logged over 3000kms. commuting, trail riding and beer runs (gotta love the cyclerack!). Blow a shift at a light, tap the front brake a little hard in the parking lot all you have to do is put your foot down and she's not falling over! I would like something with a little higher top speed, more power, better weather protection but all at a cost of the light weight, simple, get anywhere! Get a TW learn the ropes if you feel you need something more down the road they hold their resale value fairly well or add another to the stable.

I'd do it again!
Cheers Ryan
 

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Our local cycle training classes use dubs "A LOT".. My daughter learned on a dub. She loved it...... Easy to handle and stop and start.... OMM.
 

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Thank all of you for the great advice! It seems that the TW is exactly what I am looking for, I stopped at the dealer today with my dad (he has been riding Harleys since he was 14) and I showed him the bike. I thought he was going to laugh at me because he has a 1200cc 2000 sporster with a screaming eagle kit that he raked out and added apes and what not all himself. He was actually very proud when I told him that I researched all of the costs and information about it and especially sought advice from a community such as this one. And after I explained that I did not want a crusier but something cheap, robust, and economical he actually said it looks like fun and asked if he could have the second ride after I get it! And he being the real mechanic in the family (Almost every ASE cert known to man) he was surprised at how simple it is. Thank you for answering my questions I hope to join the family very soon!
 

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I learnt to ride a bike when I was 55 y.o. and my first bike was a TW200. Easy as, I still got it and ride it everywhere, for long distances I ride a Yamaha FZ6R 600cc. I am still in the category of those who will have a fall...hope never happens!
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Thank all of you for the great advice! It seems that the TW is exactly what I am looking for, I stopped at the dealer today with my dad (he has been riding Harleys since he was 14) and I showed him the bike. I thought he was going to laugh at me because he has a 1200cc 2000 sporster with a screaming eagle kit that he raked out and added apes and what not all himself. He was actually very proud when I told him that I researched all of the costs and information about it and especially sought advice from a community such as this one. And after I explained that I did not want a crusier but something cheap, robust, and economical he actually said it looks like fun and asked if he could have the second ride after I get it! And he being the real mechanic in the family (Almost every ASE cert known to man) he was surprised at how simple it is. Thank you for answering my questions I hope to join the family very soon!
*Warning*
If you let him ride it, he will want one too!
 

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Is the perfect bike for starters. My wife at 65 is just getting on to operating a bike. We have two as I bought one for her to be able to go out and enjoy a ride in the woods. I did go to a 42 tooth on the back of mine as I do make a run to town and it drops the revs a bit. Still has enough power for the logging roads. This is the only other mod at this time.
 

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I have owned and ridden every thing from Cushman scooters, Honda trail 90's, Indians, Harleys, from 70 ccs to a current Honda 1500 Gold wing. I don't think there is a more stable, solid on the ground, predictable clutch type motorcycle to learn on than the Yamaha Trailway 200. It will challenge every other motorcycle in what ever attribute you can come up with for a bike to learn on.
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Someone once said: "It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow." Someone else here also said, "don't let him ride it, he'll want one too." As you've read from this forum, yes we're fond of our "little" bikes. I trolled this forum for about a year before I finally got one and have been happy as a pig in sh!t since. I've ridden everything from old standards, crotch rockets, big bore sportbikes and the TW has kept me happy. I didn't buy it thinking I'd cruise from FL to AK but I think it'd be fun if you had the time (just write a book about it if you do). It has its shortcomings but they can be addressed with the exception of getting 25hp (if 20 is even achievable and still maintaining reliability).
 

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Cypher, you are making a wise choice with the TW - will be everything you describe and more. And your Dad sounds like a great guy!
 
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