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Hi everyone, I just got my first motorcycle this past week. My husband recently bought a KLR and suggested that we should buy me a bike so we could go in the hills together. So last weekend I decided to check out Craigslist and see what there was out there at a reasonable price. I came across this TW and starting researching the bike and found this forum. I can't tell you how much this site helped us make the decision to buy - what an invaluable resource this site has been! Anyway, its a 2003, picked it up for $1500 with 1100 miles on it. It has couple scratches on it and a small ding in the tank from being dropped, but other than that its in great shape.



I'm just starting out as a new rider at the young age of 49! Mid-life crisis maybe? lol. So far I've been familiarizing myself with the bike and its parts. I spent a couple hours in the backyard getting use to releasing the clutch, making turns, coordinating clutch, brake, throttle. I've driven it to our local convenience store and around the neighborhood. I haven't got much over 20 mph, just trying to get comfortable with the bike right now. Since I've never ridden a bike before I was worried I would have problems with getting started, but I've found the bike is pretty easy on a newbie. We live next to a tire shop, so I've been using their parking lot after hours to practice on. My husband is out fighting fires right now, so I'm hoping by the time he gets back I'll be able to show off my progress.



Absolutely love my bike! Makes me wonder why its taken me so long to get on one. Can't wait until I can take it out for a proper ride!





 

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Welcome new rider! I also bought a used 2003 TW 200 in March this year. I'm 60 yrs. young and haven't been on a bike in over 40 years. I took the PA sponsored free beginner's riding course and got my license renewed in April. My bike now has 700 miles on it and is running well and a blast to ride. I too relied on this forum to help in my decision and to find answers to lots of questions!
 

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Yes, welcome aboard and congrats on your fine purchase. I predict that if you keep progressing at the current rate and you "go in the hills together" there may be a day when your husband suggests that "maybe we should head back" and you will say WHY?



Best regards, mac
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome all! I'm looking forward to contributing as I get more experienced.



Planning on doing a service on it tomorrow, so naturally I have a couple questions...



1. I bought a new oil filter for it. I see in the technical section that the oil filter has a screen on it that gets cleaned, but the parts store gave me a Wix paper filter. Did I get the wrong one? Should I take it back?



2. The owners manual says to use a special cleaner from Yamaha to clean the foam filter in the airbox. Do I need to go get that or is there an alternative that everyone else uses?



3. Should I change the spark plug while I'm at it?



4. Anything else I should do?



The guy we bought it from hadn't run it in a while. Wasn't even sure the battery was charged enough to start it, but it did start and seems to be running good. I figured I'd put the battery on the trickle charger just to make sure its fully charged.
 

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The paper filter will catch more particles than the screen filter. I believe there is a filter that you can buy that looks somewhat like the factory filter but doesn't allow oil to flow properly and will damage the engine. Search this forum to find the info.



You could use solvent or wd-40 to clean your filter. Make sure you squeese the excess all out of it and then don't over oil the filter.



Spark plugs are cheap. Go for it. Get the right one from the dealer or auto parts store (cheaper) and don't cross thread it when you install it and don't tighten it too much. Tighten it just enough to compress the spark plug washer and thats all.



I have owned over 100 motorcycles and own a TW200. I love it for the handling, traction, brakes, power (none!), ease of use, and the gas mileage. You chose a great bike for your first. Get the Big Jimbo shield, shim the carb needle (easy), change the oil and filter often (do it yourself), and buy a frame mounted back rack so that you can carry so extra gas
 

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You also might want to buy a new battery because if it is discharged now it is probably on the way out. Batteries for these bikes are cheep but because of their size don't last very long if they are neglected. Keep a battery tender on it and it will be ready for you in the spring. Also use seafoam fuel conditioner to preserve the fuel in you tank and in the carb during storage. Again, the bike will be ready for you in the spring and you won't be like many other bike owners stranded on the side of the road or waiting for their bike to come back from the shop at the busiest time of the year. Why is it the busiest time of the year? Some owners just park their bike in the garage and don't winterize it and then in the spring their batteries are dead and their carbs are clogged. Every year it's the same story.
 

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Thanks tripleted. The paper filter doesn't look like the factory filter. Its good to know its better than the factory, so I'll use it.



I'm pretty savvy as far as doing general maintenance when it comes to cars, but am a bit out of my element when it comes to motorcycles. lol



I haven't done any work on a carb since I was a teenager. So why am I shimming the carb needle? I've seen it mentioned several times in carb related threads, but what is exactly is the advantage to doing it?



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Check the filter threads on the forum. Some filters that are the same size as the one for the TW are not compatible because they do no have hole in a circle around the central axis of the filter. If you still have the paper equivalent in hand or are concerned whether you had the right one, read the threads. You are probably OK but some folks have burned an engine with the wrong filter (sometime even provide by Mr. Yamaha himself. Ride safely, Tom
 

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So, upon further inspection of the new Wix oil filter #57934 (actually taking it out of the plastic bag), its not paper after all. It's fine pleated brass mesh and it has the 4 small holes around the axis and a large hole in the center on the other end. From the old oil changing threads, it looks like this is the right one.




Thanks for all the advice and help...off to change my oil!
 

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Welcome, Mac

I' m a new (two months ago) TW owner too. I've been riding motorcycles for about forty years but there's always something new to learn. This forum has a lot of good information and some very helpful people so spend some time reading the pinned topics. You got a good deal on a good looking bike. Shiny and clean but let me offer one tip. Don't use armor-all on the tires. Very slippery on the street. Practice, practice, practice until they have to pry the grin off your face with a crowbar.



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Welcome, Mac

I' m a new (two months ago) TW owner too. I've been riding motorcycles for about forty years but there's always something new to learn. This forum has a lot of good information and some very helpful people so spend some time reading the pinned topics. You got a good deal on a good looking bike. Shiny and clean but let me offer one tip. Don't use armor-all on the tires. Very slippery on the street. Practice, practice, practice until they have to pry the grin off your face with a crowbar.



Dan




Thanks Dan



I'm really enjoying the bike. Though I'm still having some issues with shifting - I think I'm being too gentle on the shift pedal, I think I've shifted and find I'm still in the same gear.




Yeah, the Armor-all...the guy we bought if from did that. I guess he thought he needed to clean it up a bit before he turned it over to us. No worries though, in the course of changing my oil, I pulled off all the plastics and the seat and gave it a good bath including scrubbing the h**l out of the tires. Then of course since I'd pulled off the plastics, I decided to go ahead and paint them! So its only taken me two days to finish changing my oil!
Cleaned and re-oiled the air filter, changed the spark plug, and cleaned the gunk off the carb. Now it starts without having to use the choke!
 

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Hey thanks Sly Fox!



So here she is after getting cleaned up, serviced and repaint on the plastics. I used Rustoleum Plastic Primer and Rustoleum Satin Finish Black enamel. The plastic primer is supposed to prepare it so you can paint it with regular Rustoleum topcoat enamel. We'll see if it holds up any better than the Krylon Fusion. I'm going to repaint the tank and probably recover the seat, but haven't decided on a color scheme yet. It'll be a winter project anyway.






 

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wow, that is so clean!!! I guess you won't be going off road much?

It's nice to see a mint TW.




Ha!
Oh, it'll be going off road, but while I'm learning the ropes (& gears) I figured I'd take advantage of it and have it clean for a little while anyway.
 

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Welcome you are never too old to start I hope you have a lot of fun. I also hope your hubby gets back safe from fighting the fires.
 

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Welcome you are never too old to start I hope you have a lot of fun. I also hope your hubby gets back safe from fighting the fires.




It's been great fun learning so far! I was hoping to ride tonight but got off work a late. Thanks for the well wishes, he should be timing out in about a week, so I need to get my butt busy so I can show off my brilliant riding ability!
 

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Welcome. The TW should be a fun adventure tool that you will certainly enjoy. Before you get going 'fast' you may want to check the tension on your chain. Seems the quality is marginal and it stretchs out quickly, and yours looks like it could be tightened up a bit. Also, check the spring on the 'clutch-arm' comming out of the case on the right side. The spring has a hook that should be 'under tension' and pushing the arm 'away from' the clutch cable. Take care, have lots of fun. Gerry



http://tw200forum.com/index.php?/topic/431-clutch-slipping-check-spring/
 
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