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Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and this is my first Tw200. Currently going through the bike ( I am mechanically experienced and a longtime DIYourselfer) Picking up a lot of great info on this forum, thank you. Planning on a turning it into a personal adventure/utility bike. Using it for daily delivery to USPS - RV camping - Hunting and Fishing - UP North Trail exploration.

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"UP NORTH" is a general term in Minnesota referring to the area above I-94, North of Minneapolis. This could be, but not limited to...the North Shore of Lake Superior....the millions of acres of wilderness on the border....vast boreal forests....1000's of unnamed logging roads...timber company lands...deer and moose trails leading to hidden lakes...etc.
 

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Up-north is a term every state has. But you actual got my hint I see you filled out your profile!
And I'm in the only state the really has an Up North
 

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UP North in Michigan is like my backyard. Until you can boast of a MILLION ACRE plus wilderness of portages and pristine lakes that lead to the Artic Circle, your Up North is just another mistaken "general term".
 

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Thanks, this forum has already been of great help in stored info and had a lot to do with my decision on purchasing a TW200. Will be taken the case covers off today (holding breath) and replacing the gaskets/shaft seals.
 

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Upstate NY is everything north of Rye, like 90% of the area!
 

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Great Lakes State with a up north -NOPE it's my state!
I'm just teasing. My original reply was for profile to be filled out.
But: Michigan so great there's 2 peninsulas
 

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I will pick up the Yamabond today when I pick up the parts. The first bike I rebuilt was a 1976 Harley XLCH and I never was able to get the case covers to stop leaking, but it was convenient in the aspect that I never had to change the oil having to constantly replenish it every 1000 miles. Later on I was told this was normal for Harleys of that era, even that they were "engineered" to leak as to leave a mark that the owner could recognize in case it was stolen.

The term Yankee in my case goes back even further than the name adoption in the New England area. Pointing to the Term Yankee ( given by the British for colonials in general) using the Dutch word "Janke" meaning little brother. To which it is still used by Europeans when referring to Americans serving overseas in the military as I have experienced. In addition, I use the term Yankee to differentiate myself from southerners. Which is still used (followed up by spitting and snearing) by some southerners which I also have experienced first hand when visiting.
 
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I'm a southerner at heart. I grew up in southern Minnesota and lived there until I kick myself out and joined the military. I now live in southern Idaho, and everything is "up north" or "up nord" as we southern's like to say, Though I'm reminded from time to time I don't speak the local dialect fluently. Apparently, everyone gets a kick out of it when I say certain words like; abooouuut, Minnesooota etc. For the record, I never spoke like they did in the movie Fargo!:p.

Luckily I still can get my hockey fix with the local minor league team (Steelheads). My oldest son still plays on a local hockey club team here. Of course we know not "everyone" from Minnesota likes hockey, but I thought it was worth mentioning. By the way, as a former Minnesota North Stars season ticket holder fpalm.gif , I hate the Dallas Stars. I should get over it eh? No attachment to the Wild. I've been NHL teamless ever since. Gopher Hockey was better anyway and you don't have to worry about the team moving to the hockey hotbed of Texas!

I sure wish they made the TW when I lived back yonder. Riding the back roads, trails, anywhere in the area near the old taconite mining towns along the north shore up to Grand Marais, and even on the Gunflint Trail through the BWCA would have been cool back in the day. Instead I did it in a pickup truck!

Hope you can share some photo's/video's of you're TW rides back in the home country. Welcome to the forum!
 

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We call the woods of the Northeast a "park" here in Minnesota....:D The picnic tables are REAL nice.... top notch....
 

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I do like the "south", but I only visit southern Minnesota in the spring for Trout Stream opener. It's just TOO HOT for me down there in the summer can't take the heat. ( I miss the Stars too, nothing will ever beat the rivalry between the Stars and the Blackhawks and now it's gone forever)

Went up the Gunflint trail for some winter camp a couple months ago. Caught some nice lakers with the kids!
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I do like the "south", but I only visit southern Minnesota in the spring for Trout Stream opener. It's just TOO HOT for me down there in the summer can't take the heat. ( I miss the Stars too, nothing will ever beat the rivalry between the Stars and the Blackhawks and now it's gone forever)

Went up the Gunflint trail for some winter camp a couple months ago. Caught some nice lakers with the kids!
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That tent looks mighty familiar!!!! Best Sportsman's guide purchase I ever made. Nice grease balls too;)


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