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HI, I have been thinking about buying a TW200. We have miles of back roads and seasonal roads where I live. They look like they would be a lot of fun! I'm not sure if one would be too small for me, I'm 5'11" 260#. I have in the past competed in hare scrambles, enduros and Trials. I currently compete in vintage trials. I'm looking for a simple easy to maintain bike I can putt on the back roads with. I would also like my wife to try it, maybe we would end up with two! What's the pros and cons of the bikes? For a used one what are the better years (if any) to look for? Thanks
 

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A motor-cross high speed racer they are not. Exploring logging roads and single track trails I think they are awesome. I bought mine specifically for hunting but am morphing into more of an expedition bike use. Don't over pay. You can buy a brand new one for around 4 grand. I've seen some heavily mileage used ones in the high threes. Mine is a 2001 and had 600 miles on it when I picked it up 2 years ago for $2,200.00. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
 

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You're not really too tall (bar risers help) but you might find the suspension a little soft. You can upgrade the all springs if you like. One of the best things about a TW aside from fun in the trail is it's very modable.
 

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Oh and I'm a smidge under 6' 3" and used to be about 245. I just added 2" ROX handle bar risers and added a 4.1 gallon xt225 Clarke tank. Bike feels like a completely different beast- for the better.
 

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HI, I have been thinking about buying a TW200. We have miles of back roads and seasonal roads where I live. They look like they would be a lot of fun! I'm not sure if one would be too small for me, I'm 5'11" 260#. I have in the past competed in hare scrambles, enduros and Trials. I currently compete in vintage trials. I'm looking for a simple easy to maintain bike I can putt on the back roads with. I would also like my wife to try it, maybe we would end up with two! What's the pros and cons of the bikes? For a used one what are the better years (if any) to look for? Thanks
The TW is 30 year old technology and there is nothing wrong with that! It's made for low and slow... If you're planning on riding more than 50mph most of the time.... I would recommend a bike with more horsepower. Most people's lawn mowers have more horsepower than the TW :D
 

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I'm often standing riding slow through technical terrain. Definitely not hard enduro or trials but a fun easier mix of the two.

It really is a simple easy to maintain bike which is part of why I bought it. It's my first, and I'm no mechanic, but I've even adjusted my own valves.
 

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You will enjoy a TW 200 they are a lot of fun to ride. Easy to maintain low cost to operate and a very dependable motorcycle. It's also a great family bike your wife will like it with its low seat height (31.1in.) There are a lot of Pros to the TW I do not have any cons with it at all and I keep my TW factory stock. The wide tires make it sure footed on the trails as well with pavement. Don't be to concerned at the price of a TW these motorcycles hold there value very well. As far as the better years they are all good. Yamaha started making the TW in 1987 and have not changed very much, I think Yamaha added a front disk brake around 1991.I have a 2014 TW200 with 18,000 miles on it and still can't get enough of it. If you have any questions about Your TW once you have one, members on this forum are more than helpful. Enjoy
 

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I'm 6'2" and 230.
Perfect no-nonsense/no-frills fun little bike.
You can make it more serious for dirt or street depending on which way you want to go. But pretty much able to do what you describe right out-of-the-box, really "needs" nothing.
Of course those are famous last words depending on what "needs" means to you, Ha.
 

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from 2001 on up they are the same except for colors. its a low power putt-around bike good for forest roads and 2 lane back roads. just gotta watch the gas, use no-ethanol fuel if you can get it, and use Seafoam, keeps the carb clean
 

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HI, I have been thinking about buying a TW200. We have miles of back roads and seasonal roads where I live. They look like they would be a lot of fun! I'm not sure if one would be too small for me, I'm 5'11" 260#. I have in the past competed in hare scrambles, enduros and Trials. I currently compete in vintage trials. I'm looking for a simple easy to maintain bike I can putt on the back roads with. I would also like my wife to try it, maybe we would end up with two! What's the pros and cons of the bikes? For a used one what are the better years (if any) to look for? Thanks
I'm 6'2" 220 and love this bike. Bought it back in June and use it on my daily commute (2miles) through my small town. After work I head out for the surrounding forest roads and trails and have a blast. Take it camping with our hitch mount carrier and got my 5'2" wife to ride it. She had never ridden a motorcycle in her life. Regular maintenance is really easy, fast, and inexpensive. It will do 65mph on the highway but its buzzy and trying hard to do that. As long as you know what the bike is then its great. Don't try to make it something its not. The more I ride it the more I love it. Unfortunately I don't see too many used ones that are priced low enough imo. I see a lot of high miles older models for prices nearing 3k, just assume buy a new one for that price. Been thinking of getting my wife to ride this bike and get myself a bigger/faster bike but am not so sure I won't just buy another TW200. They are extremely utilitarian. Moreso than any bike I can think of. Great for hunting, running to the store, camping, daily commute.
 

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Sounds just what I’m looking for! I haven’t found too many deals here yet on used ones. Might consider a new one after I sell my KTM.
 

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Everytime I see a posting by "EatElk" I get hungry for some reason?
 

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I received a quote on a new 2018 TW200 from a local shop, $4500. after tax and fees it's over $5000. :(
 

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You should be able to buy a 2018 for $4k plus sales tax, title and reg fees! About $4400 max
 

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I just purchased one and love it. If you're not interested in going much over 60mph they're great. Backroads, trails and around town they are perfect. Super easy to work on, and mod. I would test drive one before purchasing.
 

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I'm planning on a test drive, I'm pretty sure I will like a TW. I'm not interested in going fast anymore, I just want to ride around the back roads and trails. Stop on the trail and have a cookout,that kind of stuff. A friend I compete with in vintage trials wants to get one and my brother in law is thinking about one too!
 
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