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So I woke up this morning with the itch to ride and try out my new tw in the mountains. One of the reasons I bought the tw was because I wanted a bike with a low seat height to ride single track and in the mountains.

The area is called bee canyon above Hemet and it leads to a bunch of different places including idylwild. One of these trails is 4S21 which absolutely killed me last year when I rode my KTM 500 EXC. I swore I'd never do it again. It's really steep, rutted, with off camber climbs and just plain miserable.

Well fast forward a year and trail has gotten way worse. But since I went all that way I just went ahead took the tw up it. I couldn't believe it, that little tw climbs like a mountain goat. I dropped to 1st, stuck my feet out, and easily climbed areas that I'd never dream of doing on my ktm. The rear tire never slipped or slid and the front shinko 241 felt like it was glued ground. My biggest concern was how on earth I was going to be able to get back down all that stuff to bee canyon trail again. But of course it was a piece of cake on the tw. Man I really love this little bike, it may very well be the best bike I've ever owned and I've owned a lot.

I also realized today that the tw is pretty good stock except a few small things. My rear was really sore after this ride so I'm going to have to get a seat concepts seat this week. Next the pegs are to small so I'm going to have to get ims or similar, and I need a fender bag. Some of the other changes / upgrades that I've done and love are-

• Shinko 241 front tire. This tire is worlds better (to me) than the stock tire and the kenda 270. It tracked way better in sand and loose stuff and feels likes it's glued to the ground in sandstone and hard pack at 14psi. The kenda 270 wanted to push to much in the turns and didn't perform as well in off camber stuff.

• raised the fork oil to 128mm. This made a little difference, but not huge.

• 10w-50 Amsoil engine oil. This helped my clutch and gear shifting dramatically. It's funny, my service manual only says up to 40w, but my owners manual says up to 50w. Not sure why the two are different.

One more thing, I noticed no difference in performance at 5000 ft compared to sea level.

 

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Nice. I did Army recruiting duty in Hemet. Wish I'd known about the tw200 then, cus it would have made living in Hemet less awful :)
 

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Nice. I did Army recruiting duty in Hemet. Wish I'd known about the tw200 then, cus it would have made living in Hemet less awful :)
Yeah I don't really like going there other than to ride, or pick up my new seat concepts seat this week! I live in Temecula so it's only a short ride, wish we still had riding around here. To many people now.


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Does look gnarly. There are even times it seems difficult (read you can't put your foot down and feel the earth) when riding the TW. I can't imagine what this would be like with a motorcycle like your KTM with even higher ground clearance. Oofta! Do you have to ride in between the signs or off to the right of the signs? I don't see any tracks except the ones in the lower part of the picture.

I always chuckle when I hear a TW gets someone through a tough trail condition better than a bigger off-road bike. Not having owned a motorcycle for off-road use other than the TW, I usually don't know any better that I'm not suppose to go some places I do. Of course, I've found myself in some "I had to turn around" predicaments!:D
 

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But elime, haven't many Californians pledged to move to Canada since Trump won? This might leave more trails available for you and me to go ride on.:p
But wait until they see how hard it is to actually emigrate to Canada...legally! ;)
 

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But elime, haven't many Californians pledged to move to Canada since Trump won? This might leave more trails available for you and me to go ride on.:p
From my youth I remember trails in the hills behind Palo Alto that I thought would be there forever. They are virtually all now off limits to motor vehicles if they even still exist.

When it clears out, someone let me know, I'm going back!! :p
Will do but don't hold your breath. Promises made to leave if Trump wins will be broken. The people that made those promises have no character.

But wait until they see how hard it is to actually emigrate to Canada...legally! ;)
These people are "Open Border" people. Anybody can go anywhere anytime and it is all OK.
 

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I'll help pay their transportation costs if they will move out! Especially the likes of Miley etc. But it won't be first class air fare, but rather a box car. Let 'em go. They will love Canada.
 

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I've done all the upgrades with the exception of the 241 which I have in the garage but waiting till the stock front tire wears out. Again and again it seems folks are really impressed with it both on and off road.
Great ride report.
 

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I've done all the upgrades with the exception of the 241 which I have in the garage but waiting till the stock front tire wears out. Again and again it seems folks are really impressed with it both on and off road.
Great ride report.
The 241 tire makes it feel like you're cheating.


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Peterb, that is the funniest response I've heard/read in a long time. After I typed my statement, then posted it, I hoped I didn't offend any of our Canadian friends. None was intended.:)
 

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Peterb, that is the funniest response I've heard/read in a long time. After I typed my statement, then posted it, I hoped I didn't offend any of our Canadian friends. None was intended.:)

No offence taken and I hope I did not offend anyone either. Its all in good fun. I saw that pic on the net a couple months ago and have been saving it for just the right opportunity. Anybody out there offended?... cause I got more lol
 
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