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Wow, this thing is cool! It's a 1987 with about three thousand miles on it and it runs great! I've owned somewhere between 30-40 various motorcycles/atv's and I have super high hopes for this one. It really seems like a catch all, do anything type of machine. I'm notoriously bad about loosing interest in all my toys and I have had to promise my wife that I will keep this one and ride it for at least six months. It really seems like it will be more like six years before I truly get tired of this bike if I ever do. Pure, un-adulterated FUN! No worries about too much power. No worries about too little power. No worries about it being too small. No worries about it being too big and bulky.



This is truely a Goldie- Loc's motorcycle. Not too hot and not too cold....... It's juuusssttt right!



Of course, I have big plans on making it look different, and pull out a little bit more power, but I will definitely have fun in the meantime. Can't wait to take this thing out tomorrow and really see what it can do!



Oh, and by the way- I got it for $600. I feel like that's a great deal- runs like a champ.





 

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U will love it. I've had my 89 about a month and fun to tinker with and improve. Mike
 

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I dont need another bike, but I would not be able to pass on any good conditioned TW for that price. I'm glad it wasnt in my area or i'd be out $600.
What a steal...
 

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Welcome to the club. That looks a classic example of a classic bike. If you go to the T-Dubs anon thread and read you might want think carefully about selling it to someone on this forum before you get in too deep. . . .
 

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Well, I just got back from my first real ride. No disappointments at all. In fact, it was much better than I expected it to be off-road, and I had high expectations! At first I was having a blast riding the trails quickly, but then it became a game of "how slow can I climb that hill". Not sure which was more fun. Suspension seems fine, as long as you aren't trying to skim the whoops or get more than six inches of air, it doesn't mind jumping so much as it has a heart attach when coming back down to earth. I ended up wrecking it in a turn at about 5mph. Everything is fine, bent shift lever and clutch lever. Bent them back as best I could and kept on going- only without so much trust in the front tire.



Speaking of tires, I know mine are old, dry rotted and need to be replaced- but for god's sake, man- they are the noisiest tires I've every heard on a motorcycle. Is this normal? Sure, I expect them to be a bit noisy but man they whine a lot both front and back.
 

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The front tire is really noisy, vibrates, and wears fast on pavement. Kenda K270 and Shinko 244 seem to be the dual-use tires of choice these days, available from low$50s to ~$70 shipped frpm online vendors. There are many others that lean more towards the street or more towards the dirt ranging from low$40s to >$150.



The TW34, not so noisy, vibrating, or fast wearing. Can be had for a bit under $100 shipped from online sources.
 

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Well, I just got back from my first real ride. No disappointments at all. In fact, it was much better than I expected it to be off-road, and I had high expectations! At first I was having a blast riding the trails quickly, but then it became a game of "how slow can I climb that hill". Not sure which was more fun. Suspension seems fine, as long as you aren't trying to skim the whoops or get more than six inches of air, it doesn't mind jumping so much as it has a heart attach when coming back down to earth. I ended up wrecking it in a turn at about 5mph. Everything is fine, bent shift lever and clutch lever. Bent them back as best I could and kept on going- only without so much trust in the front tire.



Speaking of tires, I know mine are old, dry rotted and need to be replaced- but for god's sake, man- they are the noisiest tires I've every heard on a motorcycle. Is this normal? Sure, I expect them to be a bit noisy but man they whine a lot both front and back.
I have the tw34 tires and raising them from 20 psi (both) to 22 front and 25 rear made them sing more evenly but they still are loud!..LOL. I think that is just the way enduro or dualsport tires are. I drop them to 15 psi for dirt/gravel roads and alot better ride/grip. I carry one of those slime compressors to air them back up when ready to head home on the pavement again.
 
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