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Hey Charlie from Arkansas here :wave:

Just picked a 09 TW last week and then joined the forum :D
1st TW but not the 1st Yamaha though

The TW had 700 miles on it & had never had it's first service :eek:
So I took care of that (valves loose & chain dry ) and cleaned the pilot jet too :lol:
Today I added a Moose skid plate, UNI airfilter, BatteryTender brand Lithium battery :D
and have Emgo handguards and EBay pegs coming

I am also waiting on a new clutch lever too :eek:
11 old grandson stalled it on a steep hill and let it tump over, only hurt his pride & the lever :D
1st of many to come I'm sure :happy6:

I'm a slow typer so I won't post much.

Just wanted to say hello & thanks for all the awesome info here :sunny:

I did fill out my profile, so check it out for a little more info on US :usa2:
 

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Hey Charlie from Arkansas here :wave:

Just picked a 09 TW last week and then joined the forum :D
1st TW but not the 1st Yamaha though

The TW had 700 miles on it & had never had it's first service :eek:
So I took care of that (valves loose & chain dry ) and cleaned the pilot jet too :lol:
Today I added a Moose skid plate, UNI airfilter, BatteryTender brand Lithium battery :D
and have Emgo handguards and EBay pegs coming

I am also waiting on a new clutch lever too :eek:
11 old grandson stalled it on a steep hill and let it tump over, only hurt his pride & the lever :D
1st of many to come I'm sure :happy6:

I'm a slow typer so I won't post much.

Just wanted to say hello & thanks for all the awesome info here :sunny:

I did fill out my profile, so check it out for a little more info on US :usa2:
Welcome to The Forum Charlie.
 

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Welcome. It looks like you have had a possibly fun career. It's great that you have been married 30 + years, what a blessing and very rare these days. Are your sons and daughters into the bike scene as well?
 

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Welcome from NY.
 

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Hey Charlie from Arkansas here :wave:

Just picked a 09 TW last week and then joined the forum :D
1st TW but not the 1st Yamaha though

The TW had 700 miles on it & had never had it's first service :eek:
So I took care of that (valves loose & chain dry ) and cleaned the pilot jet too :lol:
Today I added a Moose skid plate, UNI airfilter, BatteryTender brand Lithium battery :D
and have Emgo handguards and EBay pegs coming

I am also waiting on a new clutch lever too :eek:
11 old grandson stalled it on a steep hill and let it tump over, only hurt his pride & the lever :D
1st of many to come I'm sure :happy6:

I'm a slow typer so I won't post much.

Just wanted to say hello & thanks for all the awesome info here :sunny:

I did fill out my profile, so check it out for a little more info on US :usa2:
Welcome Charlie. Sounds like you have a ton of experience. We can’t tell how fast you type so no need to worry ‘bout that. Haha. I also detect a slight sense of humor. That’s always good. I too like things ending in ing. I’m very fond of “napping” now that I’m retired. Gotta get your before and after riding rests in.

Anyway, welcome again.
 

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Hey
littletommy, Darth, Rickhem, & admiral

Thanks for the welcome :icon_thumbright:

Hey Ken
Only the boys ride :(
They all rode as kids :)
The boys ride them HOGS, but they were eyeing the TW!

Hey stagewex
Nice to see a familiar face/ handle here :)

I bought this sickle to flip, $2k
very clean, extra low miles, needs a TLC in the maintenance area. Prefect candidate for me
BUT the power/coolness of the TW got us
and the grandson loves it & so do I :)

Replaced that clutch lever & added the emgo barkbuster/ handguards today :)

Ready for the grandson now!

Thanks again for the Awesome info, hope to see ya'll on the trail!

Charlie
 

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New member here as well!
Will from Alaska!

I have had a KLR650 for 7 years and rode all over Arizona and Alaska. New job is taking me to Prince of Wales island, which has 1000 miles of logging roads and 300 miles of pavement with a max speed limit of 50 mph. I realized my KLR would be overkill and I bought a TW200. I bought a 2009 TW with 1700 miles in Seward Alaska.
 

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Welcome aboard Charlie. Nice to see someone with a powersports tech background here. Were/are you a brand specific tech or versed on most of the major brands? With your experience I will suspect the TW will be a pretty boring platform as far as wrenching on it because they really are pretty simple and near bulletproof if they are maintained. There is not much you can do to get more power out of the engine so just sit back and do whatever farkling you think it needs and be satisfied with 196 CCs of raw power.:) It is also a great bike for teaching the grandkids about riding and maintaining simply because of its simplicity.

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Welcome from your neighbor on the NW corner of our states. You'll love your TW, but eventually you'll wish you had found an '87 as they are the fastest of all TW's..hahaha.. Best of luck with all your kids and grandkids riding.
 

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Hey
reddave, Badgerflorida. jtomelliot49
Thank for the welcome ��

Hey AKTW
09's seem to be a newbie favorite ��
Sounds like the prefect bike for the island, enjoy ��

Hey GaryL
I have always worked on bikes, mine & my friends
but I worked at a Yamaha-Kawasaki dealer until it was bought by the Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Nissan dealer I use to worked for :(
so I went to Honda, but the owners are :(
so I ended up at a independent shop until he moved out of state
then the Suzuki-Polaris dealer until the owner of the shop where I have worked for the last 13+ years
recruited me :)
It's Cateye Customs, we no longer build custom bikes :( that time has gone (at leas for us)
and now only service and repair Harley's and custom's

I have worked on a few TW's in the past and rode them around the shop
but yesterday I went on a 60+ mile ride (30 on the tar)
in the Ozark National Forest along North Fork of the Illinois River :) :) :)
I made several! water crossings (1 was 2-3ft for 30-40 yards)
some had the killer green slime in them ��
miles of sand with softball to baby head size rocks!
mud and wet logs!
I would not have made it on any other bike!
without going down at least once
This little sickle is AWESOME!
and it easily pulled me & my pack (250lbs) through the mountain trails
and on the hilly roads there and back @ 50-55mph ��
I went swimming (on purpose) saw 2 deer and a BEAR with a orange collar
what a great day!!!
Thanks to the TrailWide!!

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... yesterday I went on a 60+ mile ride....

several! water crossings ...This little sickle is AWESOME!...

saw 2 deer and a BEAR with a orange collar...

what a great day!!!...
Hi Charlie: You already know TW's & Ural's can play well together. :rolleyes:

Appears you and the boys are discovering why the TW is my favorite among a couple dozen motorcycles thru the years - can't help but grin just thinking about it. :)

I, along with a new rider Matt on his TW, plan to be back at the Rich Mountain Rendezvous again this year. Plan is to arrive Thursday afternoon, with a Friday ride East to the Wegner Crystal Mine, and our customary Saturday ride into Oklahoma. Brad may also bring a couple of Honda Helix scooters as well. :cool:
 

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Good day Charlie,
Welcome to the forum, the people on this forum are the best.
I'm curious how did the Ural do on the sections of the TAT that you rode?
I imagine the tw is more capable on trails, but maybe I'm wrong.
 

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Hey bad luck
Thanks for the welcome :)
We have been lucky, when we have ridden on the TAT it has been dry :)
The rough spot in AR was War Loop Road


and leaving NM there was this :)

the TW is WAY more trail friendly :)
but it won't haul that load :(

Hey SwampFox
Glad to see another familiar face/handle here :)
and thanks for the welcome too
I plan on being there :)
I'll be on the Ural though :(
Kofi isn't comfortable ridding on the back of the TW
and I haven't finished the hack for it yet :)

See ya soon!

Charlie
 
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