This forum, as is the case with most specialty forums, is a lot of fun and has been a big help. Thanks to all who contribute!
I've always wanted a TW200 as unique is something I like. Bought an Aprilia SR50 scooter thinking a) the wife would ride it around town (yea, that never happened) andI'd use it as a townie ride. Long story short the scooter was not for me and it was sold. A used 2002 appears on Craig's List with just over 1200 miles. Now it's mine. This will be my townie bike and I am really lovin' it. A couple of things bugged me though. A first gear so low I started in second and again gearing so low I felt like I was flogging the poor thing to death at 50mph. Witth the advice found here I decided to go for the 42T sprocket. Man the parts for these bikes are everywhere and affordable. Install was a snap, had to knock a couple of links out of the chain but no biggie. It should be said that this will be almost 100% a street machine and economy is a big deal to me. I drive a 2003 Honda Insight and have averaged almost 70mpg for the whole 140,000mi that are on it so getting less mpg out of my TW200 would bother me. Well, today was the first ride. First gear is usable and the revs in fifth are noticably lower. Net effect? Much better for me and my use. Most of my fifth gear use is at 35 to 45mph and not being able to pull really high speed in top gear is not important. Will report back on gas mileage.
I've always wanted a TW200 as unique is something I like. Bought an Aprilia SR50 scooter thinking a) the wife would ride it around town (yea, that never happened) and