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Hello boys, (and meris)



I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Layne, and I am a missionary in Papua New Guinea.



I bought a used 2006 TW200 a few months ago and had it shipped over here.



Just this week, I finished reassembling it and got it registered over here.



There are only a few motorcycles in this province, so it is a one-of-a-kind sight around here, people run out and wave as I drive by, and when I stop everyone wants to know how much it cost and where I got it.



So far, I absolutely love this bike, and I look forward to using it as my primary transportation. The logging companies have been cutting a lot of roads, so access deep into the jungle has increased in the last few years, and I plan on driving back into some extremely remote areas.



I will also have to do a lot of custom modifications because I need lockable storage compartments (here, if its not locked, it's not yours anymore), and if you think it is hard to find parts for these bikes in the states, you should try over here.



I will try to post some pictures here now and again, but for now I just wanted to say "hi"





- Layne
 

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Layne, You have a cohort/fellow missionary in PNG that works on TW's. I've corresponded with him on this forum. He is a mechanically astute because he keeps bike going for others in his community. I'll look for his contact info when I get a chance. I have a metal Halliburton case as a top case and it is locked with a key. Metal side boxes (saddle bags) are also an option for a simple lock. Good luck and ride carefully. Tom



P.S. The PNG guy is known here as Junglebiker. He is apparently located in Kainantu, PNG and part of the linguisticos (sorry thats what we know the group as in S. America where I have worked in areas where they are active. Make a contact if indeed you don't already know him. Tom
 

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Hey Layne, I have a couple of extra rear boxes that could be made lockable. One is a Haliburton unit like Tom's, but I have no key. I would be glad to donate to you. Do you have folks that send you "care packages"? Perhaps I can send the case to them and they can fill it with your goodies and forward it on to you. Let me know. Gerry



 

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Hi Tom,



I don't know junglebiker, but he is a few miles up the Highlands highway from Goroka, and I have quite a few friends in Goroka. The highlands are whole different world, there are a lot of motorcycles up there, and a lot more guys with guns. I am down (or up... depending on if you look at a map) in the Sepik region and it is much more laid back. The people are extremely friendly around here, and nobody is in a hurry.



I work with New Tribes Mission as sort of a handyman for bush missionaries, we translate the bible into new languages, and set up schools and medical clinics, but I mainly do construction and fix generators. If something breaks in the Bush, I fly in and do my best to fix it.



I will definitely have to get in touch with Junglebiker because I do get up to Goroka from time to time and it would be fun to meet. Actually, another guy, Bill, who also is a missionary with New Tribes, has an XR450 and he wants to try to figure out a way to ride from Wewak (where we are) to Goroka which would be a neet opportunity to meet.



Thanks for the "tok save" (Pidgin for "heads up")



Layne.
 

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Hi Mrgizmo,





I was really not at all sure what I was going to do with the luggage rack situation, I have two small ammo boxes, some 3/4" box tubing, a stick welder, and a vivid imagination, but I am open to all possibilities.



Thank you so much for the offer, that is very generous. My parents actually live in Santa Barbara, and there is a none profit down in Camarillo that sends shipping containers to missionaries in PNG. They have a container coming over in March or April and anything I get on it basically ships free for me. I am blown away, that really is so nice, I will send you a PM.



I will try to get a picture up of myself with the bike ASAP so you know I am real, but I am sort of against the wall with work this week, so it might not be for another day or two.



God Bless,
 

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Layne/Gizmow, My aluminum case was without a key when I acquired it for $3 or so a the garage sale. I took it to the local lock man (actually I just pulled out the tumbler) and he was able to make a new key for it for about $6. It tripled the price of my top box but hey price is no object when you ride the best. Good on you for the offer. Tom
 

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Thanks Tom, I pulled the tumbler out this morning and am planning to take it to a locksmith on my way home from work, good to hear they can make a key as the latch is pretty robust. Gerry
 

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here is me with the new to me bike.



hmmm, came out small, I need to figure out how to get big pictures from facebook.
 

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how about a link



http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2115111&id=1231471289&saved#!/photo.php?fbid=1904245085785&set=a.1904244605773.2115111.1231471289&theater



Unfortunately I use a satellite internet provider that bans filesharing websites like photobucket and youtube, so I can't see images that are linked to photobucket or use it to host and post images of my own. I can use facebook, but I don't know how to get the URL for the large version of an image.
 

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Ok, this picture should work



Thanks,



I know it's totally stock but I think it is beautiful.
 

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Layne, case will ship to your Dad's on Monday as United Parcel Service is working Presidents Day. Hope it will meet your needs, it seems pretty sturdy. I replaced the lock and provided an extra set of keys and some graphite lube to (I hope) keep it working smoothly. Take care and post often. Gerry
 

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Layne, case will ship to your Dad's on Monday as United Parcel Service is working Presidents Day. Hope it will meet your needs, it seems pretty sturdy. I replaced the lock and provided an extra set of keys and some graphite lube to (I hope) keep it working smoothly. Take care and post often. Gerry


Thanks again my friend, I greatly appreciate it. I am going to have to start figuring out my rack pretty soon so I can plan out how I will attach it. I have never been a fan of A-symmetry, but right now I am thinking of mounting this on one side, and an ammo box, or two on the other side with a deeper box on top. nobody happens to have pictures of a bike with one of these attached by any chance?



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Layne, In my opinion, the Haliburton case would not serve you well as a 'side-case'. Tom has his mounted on top of his rear rack, perhaps he will post another picture for you. If you want TALLER, since I am a man of many cases, I can do that as well:





This is a stout polypropylene case used for a Ryobe battery tool-set. I have it 'hollowed' out and ready to go. It is not as fancy as the Haliburton, and to lock you will need to wrap a lock/chain around the handle so it can not be opened (clamshell design). This has a slightly smaller 'footprint' but is much taller. I will hold off a day to here from you as I will need to find a shipping box. Gerry







 

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Layne, While photos of my bike's aluminum case are elsewhere, I'll post one here for convenience. I like it because the junction between lid and case are ideally waterproof/dustproof etc. Its merely attached with 4 U bolts with holes drilled through the case, but I did pad between the case and the luggage rack to reduce wear and vibration. Its mounted on the standard oem luggage rack which is admittedly not as robust as the after market Cyclerack that so many folks have chosen; hence when I built my secondary braces pictured below I attached to the pax footpegs site and the main frame and not to the more flimsy frame extension and or turnsignal mount that are used by the oem luggage rack.





I've also built some simplistic braces to hold my saddlebags out from the bike using the passenger footpeg attachment point and the furthest back point of the main frame as the second brace attachment point. Its hardly elegant but it has performed well even when I've loaded my saddlebags with rocks and other heavy cargo.







The locked case is convenient when I leave the bike during hikes. I've considered adding some extra attachment points so the cargo net would be easier to attach when I wanted to pile something on top of it. There are many options and I'm sure you will be able to better than I did with my primitive metal mending strategies and welding resources. Tom
 

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Layne, In my opinion, the Haliburton case would not serve you well as a 'side-case'. Tom has his mounted on top of his rear rack, perhaps he will post another picture for you. If you want TALLER, since I am a man of many cases, I can do that as well:





This is a stout polypropylene case used for a Ryobe battery tool-set. I have it 'hollowed' out and ready to go. It is not as fancy as the Haliburton, and to lock you will need to wrap a lock/chain around the handle so it can not be opened (clamshell design). This has a slightly smaller 'footprint' but is much taller. I will hold off a day to here from you as I will need to find a shipping box. Gerry









Hay Gerry,



I am sorry I forgot to mention, with my proxy server I can't see photobucket pictures, or pictures linked from a few other media hosting websites.



It is an issue with my jungle satellite internet provider, they block certain things for bandwidth restrictions. I am grateful I have internet at all, but it is a bummer I can't see most of the pictures from members on this site.



I can see pictures linked from private sites however, so links to Haliburton.com would work, but photobucket won't




I was thinking about welding a box for the top out of expanded sheet and angle iron, almost like a bear box.



do you think the Haliburton case would work as a side case if I securely attached two triangle shaped pieces of canvas to the sides of the case so it would open like a file folder, but stuff could not come out the sides, and the canvas would prevent it opening more then 90 degrees. I think it would take some work, but I think it could be really slick. then I could put lots of velcro straps inside it to hold things in place. I like the idea of it being mounted on the side because it is so low profile it won't stick out too much.



sort of like this







What do you think?



if this wouldn't work I would probably go with the haliburton on top and an ammo box on each side.



I think metal boxes make the most sense here because, in the jungle, anything that maters will break if it is made of plastic. I swear, on this island, Murphy doesn't just make the laws, he is a full blown, judge, jury, executioner, militant dictator with a chip on his shoulder.




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Layne, While photos of my bike's aluminum case are elsewhere, I'll post one here for convenience. I like it because the junction between lid and case are ideally waterproof/dustproof etc. Its merely attached with 4 U bolts with holes drilled through the case, but I did pad between the case and the luggage rack to reduce wear and vibration. Its mounted on the standard oem luggage rack which is admittedly not as robust as the after market Cyclerack that so many folks have chosen; hence when I built my secondary braces pictured below I attached to the pax footpegs site and the main frame and not to the more flimsy frame extension and or turnsignal mount that are used by the oem luggage rack.





I've also built some simplistic braces to hold my saddlebags out from the bike using the passenger footpeg attachment point and the furthest back point of the main frame as the second brace attachment point. Its hardly elegant but it has performed well even when I've loaded my saddlebags with rocks and other heavy cargo.







The locked case is convenient when I leave the bike during hikes. I've considered adding some extra attachment points so the cargo net would be easier to attach when I wanted to pile something on top of it. There are many options and I'm sure you will be able to better than I did with my primitive metal mending strategies and welding resources. Tom


Ah, stinkbugs!



I wish I could see these pictures.



I assume that since I can't see them, they are photobucket links.



Thank you for putting them up, I actually got a lot from the descriptions themselves, even without the images.



God Bless.
 
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