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Hey everyone! My name is Mikey and I recently became the proud owner of a TW200. His name is Lil' Chunk.

I tend to write a lot, so prepare for that...

Quick backstory:
About 2-3 years ago one of my best friends, Joel, was pushing dual sports on me and got me interested in them. After doing some research of my own I discovered the TW200 and basically fell in love instantly, for numerous reasons. I had been riding on the street for years but had never ridden in the dirt before so I knew I had to start slow and work my way up. The idea of a small, low, lightweight and grippy bike really appealed to me since I am fairly short (5'8") and inexperienced. Also the simplicity/reliability/parts availability factor really had me sold.

As good friends often do, Joel shut down my excited aspirations immediately as he felt it wouldn't be a good option for me. He grew up riding dirt bikes and is very skilled at off road riding so he wasn't very convinced by my TW200 praises. I acknowledged my inexperience and trusted his input and advice so I decided to keep looking. I eventually found my heart set on finding a Suzuki DR-Z400 and it wasn't long before I bought one and got some good rides under my belt with Joel pushing me beyond my comfort level through the beautiful Sierra Nevada. I gained a lot of experience during those rides and enjoyed that bike thoroughly, but admittedly I always felt slightly uncomfortable on it since it was very tall for me through the more technical terrain. It just didn't feel like the right bike for me, at least not yet.

Anyways, after some time I eventually sold the DR-Z400 to fund other projects and went about 6 months before the itch to get another bike started creeping up on me. My buried TW200 dreams started resurfacing and before long I was browsing Craigslist. Options were scarce but I had two solid candidates near me and the first bike fell through (seller decided to keep it) so I resorted to Plan B.

Plan B was this 1990 Yamaha TW200 with 5,000 miles about 30 miles south of me. I was born in 1990, so this bike instantly struck a chord with me. I went and checked it out and everything looked good so I brought it home for $1,700:




I'll admit I appreciate aesthetics but I'm not really willing to sacrifice too much practicality in order to achieve it, so I'm always trying to find a happy medium. What follows is my attempt to sport the look that I'm after while maintaining the true performance/functionality of the bike. This is still a work in progress as I've only bought the bike a week ago from today, so keep that in mind. Here's how it sits today:




For the front end, I switched to high bars so that I could comfortably stand up while riding and ditched the stock headlight/fairing/turn signal setup in favor of a large round headlight and smaller turn signals, built the mounts for all of that. Also the bike was sporting a ProCycle High Mount Supermoto Fender kit (see first two pics) but I really didn't like the shape of the supermoto fender so I retrofitted the original fender to work with the high mount kit and then shortened and rounded off the front of the fender for looks:




For the rear, I removed the plastics/rack and built a little bracket to hold the tail light, turn signals and license plate right behind the seat (this whole setup is temporary):




Future plans:
I ordered a new universal 2.5 gallon tank off eBay which looks really cool and will hold more than the original tank, it was supposed to arrive today but didn't. Based off the pictures I should be able to make it work with the TW200 frame and from there I will build a custom seat and rear rack/fender/lighting setup behind that. I've been learning/practicing upholstery so the seat project will be fun. I do metal fabrication and wood work as livelihood/hobby as well so this is all fun for me, the instant gratification is nice compared to all my other long term projects. I'm such a millennial.

I serviced both front and rear drum brakes, adjusted the valves and cam chain tensioner, replaced spark plug and ordered a carb rebuild kit. Tires are pretty new and previous owner changed oil very recently. Definitely have some stuff on the maintenance to-do list but for now the bike runs great and I'm having a ton of fun with it, just feels nice to be on a bike again. I plan on taking it motocamping all over the Sierra's this summer and hope to go back to Moab one day soon with it (spent a few days in Moab on my DR-Z400 and had the time of my life). I'm just trying to have a bitchin summer, ya know?

Thanks for checking out my progress thus far and I'll be sure to keep this thread up to speed on new changes to my lovely Lil' Chunk!
 

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Wow, you've totally embraced TW fever! Talk about hitting the ground running - you've done more in a week than many of us do in years, if ever! I was about to say you're gonna love the TW, but it's obvious you're already there.

Welcome from British Columbia, and enjoy the ride :)
 

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Wow, you've totally embraced TW fever! Talk about hitting the ground running - you've done more in a week than many of us do in years, if ever! I was about to say you're gonna love the TW, but it's obvious you're already there.

Welcome from British Columbia, and enjoy the ride :)
Thank you Elvesus, yes it's just in my nature to "hit the ground running" in my new projects/endeavors, I get infatuated and highly motivated. I'm loving the TW for sure, it does an excellent job of keeping a big dumb smile planted on my face :)

British Columbia! I spent 3 months solo road tripping all over the western half of the US and parts of Canada last year and loved Vancouver but looking back now I wish I explored more of BC. From there I ventured over to Alberta to Jasper/Banff and couldn't get enough of the Canadian Rockies. I hope to spend a lot more days exploring Canada in my future. Maybe Lil' Chunk will come along with me!
 

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Congrats on the new to you T-Dub. Sounds like you're makeover is going well. Also welcome to the forum from another Canuck although I'm in eastern Ontario just 10 miles from the Quebec border.
 

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Congrats on the bike and making it yours. Also, thanks for sharing your pictures and story. Welcome to the forum =)
 

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Welcome CubbyChowder!

Do you have a link for that headlight, or at least can you tell what size it is?
 

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Welcome CubbyChowder!

Do you have a link for that headlight, or at least can you tell what size it is?
Sure thing, for some reason this forum won't allow me to post links since my post count is so low. Here is the name of the listing which you can copy/paste in the eBay search bar: 7" Custom Side Mount Motorcycle Headlight w/ Grill - Matte Black - Clear

I would also recommend visiting that sellers page (4into1motorcycleparts) and checking out all the other styles/finishes of headlights they offer, they have some really cool options on there!
 

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Sure thing, for some reason this forum won't allow me to post links since my post count is so low. Here is the name of the listing which you can copy/paste in the eBay search bar: 7" Custom Side Mount Motorcycle Headlight w/ Grill - Matte Black - Clear

I would also recommend visiting that sellers page (4into1motorcycleparts) and checking out all the other styles/finishes of headlights they offer, they have some really cool options on there!
Thanks!
 

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My maiden voyage with the TW200 was an absolute success! I am in love with this bike.

Spent a few days riding around in Sierra National Forest near Shaver Lake. Mostly off road but some road riding as well getting to different areas/trailheads (dual sports are a beautiful thing).

The most technical/challenging for me was the Bald Mountain trail where we encountered some snow patches, big deep puddles that looked deceivingly shallow and some steep rutted out bouldery climbing and the bike handled it all like a champ! I laid it down a few times but that's because I'm still a beginner.

Me in my element! My helmet is blocking the big dumb grin on my face:



Some pictures from Bald Mountain trail, unfortunately I didn't take too many pictures of the trail itself, was too busy trying to get up it!





You can see the bike lurking in the shadows, ready to take on another snow patch (my first time riding in snow, it was definitely tricky):



Hit some gravel around a turn and my bike washed out from under me, luckily the only casualty was my clutch lever which completely snapped off. Fortunately, my dad's buddy is prepared for every possible emergency and had some vice grips handy! Clutch lever restored:



My awesome dad and I got to spend some quality time together, it was our first time riding together! We had a really fun weekend:



Caught an amazing sunset on the ride back to our home base:



Lil' Chunk did awesome! He's ready for more adventures. But first I need a new chain/sprockets and want to install a beefier skid plate and bash bars.



Thanks for reading!
 

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Welcome welcome. This is a great community. I too am a new TW rider/owner as of the end of February, and I too have fallen in love already. I'm diggin' the look of those bars btw. Have fun and be safe!
 

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Started mocking up my new fuel tank this evening. This is a 2.4 gallon universal tank from eBay, so slightly more fuel capacity than the stock 1.8 gallon TW200 tank. I actually really like the shape and detail of the tank and think it suits the bike nicely. It is requiring some pretty extensive modification to fit properly though which I will go over in more detail at a later time once it's all finished.

Also received a few parts in the mail which will be going on shortly. New sprocket set with x-ring chain (kept stock 14/50 gearing) and a Ricochet skid plate!




Rode for 3 full days last weekend in and around Yosemite with my good buddy Joel. Rode a ton of fire roads and some single track stuff. Hit a bunch of cool spots, it was super fun.

Joel was excited:



Yosemite Valley was insane! So much water. The Merced River was pumping and all the falls were going off. Really cool relaxing day riding around in the Valley and jumping in the freezing ass river:



Rode up to Signal Peak fire lookout which made for some awesome views:

 

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Hi Cubby,

Cool bike!

I really like the look of the high mounted stock fender. Was it difficult to attach?
Thanks!

When I bought the TW200 it came with the ProCycle supermoto high mount fender kit installed. I liked the high mount style but didn't care for the edgy shape of the supermoto fender itself. Luckily I got the stock fender in with the deal and was able to modify that to work with the high mount bracket. I just drilled some holes in the metal bracket on the fender and cut the mounting tabs off the sides that mount it to the forks (not entirely necessary but just makes it look better). I then rounded off the front of the fender just cuz it looks cool. Took it through snow, mud, puddles, etc and it worked great!
 
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