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hey guys - i've just recently discoved this bike - i was looking for a scooter to drive around town - 2 mile commute from home to office - but I think the tw200 will be a much better option for me.



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i can get a new 2010 from the dealer for 3K (this sounda like a great deal).



there is also a guy near me selling a 1995 with 2000 miles on it for $1600 (i think he will take less) now I know the '95 has a front drum brake instead of disc - how important is this? the bike is pretty light right.... it also has a kick start, which I would like...



what else does the new bike have that the '95 doesn't?



I don't mind spending 3K on a new bike - especially if i sell my bonneville (anyone want it?)....
 

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hi drift,



the new bike will have a better carburetor, but as for the rest it's pretty much the same! If your commuting is in a busy place with lots of traffic, I would recommend the disc brake. Otherwise, the drum brake is okay, and as for the kickstarter... well, there are no words to say how useful it is! The T-Dub is light and you can always push it, but kickstarting it is a joy
 

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I'm just thinking about the numbers here.

$3000 for new and say $1500 for a fifteen year old hack.

Does a TW depreciate at $150 a year?? That is incredible!!!



If you can afford it go new.

You don't want to be relying on a fifteen year old wiring loom and electrics.

(If you can afford it)



Me, I could only go to $1500 and have to rely on my mechanical skills to make up for the rest.

(I don't use my bike for work)



The TW is a rock solid little bike, tried, tested and great fun.

Good luck!!!



P.S.

Welcome to the forum and post a picture if you buy one!!!
 

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yeah sly fox - 3K new is a great freakin deal. I guess it's the kick start that i keep thinking about... and the fact that I can make modifications to the old bike - but you wanna know what? I'm not a freaking bike mechanic and even if i could figure out how to fix stuff - i don't have any time to do it.



I need the new bike.
 

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I have three 15-year-old TW200's in my garage and one of them did 2,500 km in nine days, all the way to Paris. They are probably as reliable as a new one... BUT if you're not ready to get your hands dirty, get the new bike! I would have done the same if only Yamaha hadn't stopped selling it in most of Europe back in 1998.
 

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You can always add the kick start later, if you really feel the need for it.
 

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Wade through my verbose and ill-informed post on the basic pluses and minuses:

http://tw200forum.com/index.php?/topic/674-best-or-worst-year-tw/page__p__5181__fromsearch__1#entry5181


Great post!



Here new ones were over $5000 Cdn this spring so the choice was much easier.



In this case there's not much spread. A 15 year old bike can mean 15 year old tires that need to be replaced, 15 year old chain and sprockets that need to be replaced, 15 year old carb boots that shrink and.....etc. Could narrow that gap considerably, especially if someone else does the work.



And, with the old bike it appears you're probably stuck with that spot welded shock.
 
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