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Hi all,



I've been wanting a TW for a long time now. It started sometime last year, how it started I don't really know. I have a Kawasaki ZRX1200 which satisfies me for the most part, but somehow I started to feel like the big Kawi was too big and precious to me for just banging around town on. Also I've been having an itch to get back into dirt riding. I've haven't rode in the dirt since sometime in the late 80's- so I started looking at dual-sports; KLRs, XTs, DRs, etc. The TW just kept clicking in my head as something I would enjoy. The first motorcycle I ever rode was my cousin's '79 DT100 which started the whole thing many years ago- I guess I should thank him sometime.




Long story short- I told my wife I bought another bike and she shook her head and smiled. She knows me well. I picked up a new 2013 TW200 yesterday- froze my butt riding it home but there was one point where I was laughing inside my helmet. The only thing that took getting used to was the braking, which is VERY different- I just felt that they should be better.



Usually I buy used bikes- I don't know why I had to have a new TW, hold on.. I had to peek at it again.




Anyways- mods and farkles should come soon enough- glad to be here.





Best/Bill
 

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Buying a bike on a winter day is the sign of an optimist. The one and only disadvantege of TW is the heater. I've never been able to get it to put heat anywhere besides my angle. I ride in the winter anyway. Welcome and enjoy the ride. Tom
 

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Welcome to "The Club". I picked up my second TW last week. Be careful, it becomes an addiction. I do have a problem thou. I haven't figured it out how to ride both at the same time. One always seems to feel neglected when I take one for a ride. BTW, I don't quite understand the hesitations riding in the winter, I ride everyday. Just checked and it was 81 and sunny!!!



Again, welcome and enjoy the ride.
 

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Thanks guys-



It's 38F and rainy here this morning- although I have the gear I think I will wait till tomorrow when it's supposed to be a balmy 42F and dry-er.
 

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Thanks guys-



It's 38F and rainy here this morning- although I have the gear I think I will wait till tomorrow when it's supposed to be a balmy 42F and dry-er.


38F and raining is a piece of cake unless it is on roads of packed down snow and ice, which happens here. The result is water on ice which can be a challenge. rw
 

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Congrats. Layer up and ride. It snowed here everyday this week but not a lot in the way of accumulation. I rode every day to work no problem.

I agree completely. Sometimes less is more.
 

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CONGRATS! have fun there great little bikes.
 

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Congrats! I've done the exact same thing. Just start smiling your laughing to your self while riding it. Great little bike.

Lonesome Dave
 

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Welcome....yea,The TW200 is the most underrated DS bike (folks don't pay it much attention,because it is 'only" a 200cc......until "it" is passing them on singletrack or in tight twisties!).Have a blast!.
 

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Coming from the ZRX, the braking is going to be weaker, but it's not at all as bad as some older bikes (Honda Dream, /5 Airheads, etc.) with its lowish weight. I'd say put a braided brake line on there and use the rear in combination when braking to improve things a bit.



Other than that, look into a skidplate if you ever want to hit the trails. The accessories may continue to grow, but you'll have fun regardless.
 

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Thanks guys.

Yeah the ZRX has twelve pistons up front so I was too quick to remark on that- I have gotten used to the TW quickly though. Lots of fun- just a pleasure to ride.

So you're saying the stock skiplate isn't serious protection? It looks nice..
- it's already on the list to be changed. Not really going to do much to the bike besides that and a rack- for now at least. Oh, & maybe an inline fuel filter. Just want to ride it.
 

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Does anyone else see the wheels spinning in Billmags head as the list is growing? And so it begins.....
 

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