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The Yamaha TW200 has been one of my favorite bikes and recently I've come across a 2004 for sale. Best looking and best price (most are ridiculously high) of any other one I've seen. They are asking $2300. They're price is $700 more than what KBB says, not sure if they'll negotiate but I would like to take a shot at it. I'd love to hear what you guys think. This would be my first bike and I plan to drive back roads, no major highways. I do want to modify it as well so I'm open for suggestions to make it better for the road.
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The Yamaha TW200 has been one of my favorite bikes and recently I've come across a 2004 for sale. Best looking and best price (most are ridiculously high) of any other one I've seen. They are asking $2300. They're price is $700 more than what KBB says, not sure if they'll negotiate but I would like to take a shot at it. I'd love to hear what you guys think. This would be my first bike and I plan to drive back roads, no major highways. I do want to modify it as well so I'm open for suggestions to make it better for the road.
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How many miles? Does it look as clean in person as the photo? No mods done to it that I saw so probably an around town bike. Offer $1800 if the miles are reasonable and walk away if not. Patience is your friend since you will be modding it anyways.


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I've been incredibly patient.....for years....I saw this one for sale and fell in love. I haven't seen it in person yet, going on Friday if it is still available. just curious why you say walk away if they don't take $1800?
 

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Ive been searching for a while and if its all good, Clean and does not need a new chain or tires I think asking $2300 it will sell to someone,
I would offer $2000 and be happy,
While they do show up relatively often, They will sell at $2300 often as well.
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I've been incredibly patient.....for years....I saw this one for sale and fell in love. I haven't seen it in person yet, going on Friday if it is still available. just curious why you say walk away if they don't take $1800?
When I was typing my post I did not know the mileage of the bike. Secondly if the seller is asking $2300 he does NOT expect to get $2300 so $1800 is a fair starting point. The "walk away" is part gamesmanship part business savvy. You will drop $200 dollars in new rubber front and back and that is IF you mount and balance the tires yourself. Chain, sprockets, oil change, new fork oil and brake fluid etc etc. My goal would be to acquire that bike plus bring it up to speed for about $2400. Your needs and desires are your own so mine is only a suggestion. I wish you luck either way:D


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I found this 2001 tw as well. listed price is $1950 has 2,999 miles, have not yet seen it in person but plan to soon. any idea what to offer this seller if bike is a good buy?
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I found this 2001 tw as well. listed price is $1950 has 2,999 miles, have not yet seen it in person but plan to soon. any idea what to offer this seller if bike is a good buy?
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$1500 cash in hand. Will still probably need all the same work I listed above and you can use the work I listed above as a reason for your offer.


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When I was typing my post I did not know the mileage of the bike. Secondly if the seller is asking $2300 he does NOT expect to get $2300 so $1800 is a fair starting point. The "walk away" is part gamesmanship part business savvy. You will drop $200 dollars in new rubber front and back and that is IF you mount and balance the tires yourself. Chain, sprockets, oil change, new fork oil and brake fluid etc etc. My goal would be to acquire that bike plus bring it up to speed for about $2400. Your needs and desires are your own so mine is only a suggestion. I wish you luck either way:D


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I definitely appreciate your suggestion since I pretty much have no idea what I'm doing haha. trust me I would never pay asking price, I've just been told many different things about the tw when it comes to pricing that I wanted to get as many opinions as I could so I could offer a fair/good price and know I didn't get screwed. good thing I have 2 motorcycle mechanic friends that will help me do whatever needs to be done and teach me along the way.
 

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I definitely appreciate your suggestion since I pretty much have no idea what I'm doing haha. trust me I would never pay asking price, I've just been told many different things about the tw when it comes to pricing that I wanted to get as many opinions as I could so I could offer a fair/good price and know I didn't get screwed. good thing I have 2 motorcycle mechanic friends that will help me do whatever needs to be done and teach me along the way.
That is good information to know;) You could probably add a few dollars to your offer knowing you won't have to pay someone to do ALL of the work. What type of mods are you considering?


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You know what they say about opinions....so here is mine: It really all depends on your wants/needs/perceptions vs. the market. Putting myself in your shoes from what I've read, I would be all over that 2004, and I wouldn't have any problem paying the full $2300 if it's mechanically sound and looks as good as it does in the picture. Of course, negotiating is part of the game, but in my market, that thing is a great score at asking price. The '04 is gorgeous, and the black rims alone are worth a couple of Benjamins to me over the silver ones, plus the tank and seat colors are better to me on the '04 vs. the '01.

If they're not consistently easy to find in this price range in this shape, then it's a no-brainer to me. Time is worth money too. I'd also pay hundreds to be riding NOW than to still be shopping a month or two from now, but that's me. I don't disagree with Tom often, but in the case of patience I will. Selling a bike in Spring, to me gives the seller the upper hand in the game of patience. There is a whole riding season to wait to get your price if you want. Sometimes, good people just want to sell their stuff at a fair price and not jack the price up. I would bring a truck/trailer and cash when I "looked" at it.

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thanks so much for all the awesome advice, I definitely feel more comfortable going to look at them now. Isn't it possible that the sellers Have changed the tires? or is it that obvious in the pictures that I cant tell? How about y'all come to Texas and come look at them with me? haha
 

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I will add, now that I know what you are going to do with the bike get the 2001. a few years older with fewer miles. Plastics and color will have no bearing if you are going to do a hollow mod anyway. Furthermore Houston is not exactly hill country so if you are going to be primarily road and light trail riding you will want to change the gearing to something better suited to those needs. New gearing means new sprockets and chain. You could sell the plastics to recoup some of the purchase price maybe even the seat depending on how far you go. No matter your choice enjoy the bike once you get it.



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It is all about condition and the miles on each of those bikes. A 2001 and a 2004 are virtually the same exact bike other than color. IMO both are worth the same amount which of course is how little you can get them for. If the 2001 is in nicer shape then I would pay more for it than for the 2004. The year means absolutely nothing between these 2 bikes. Condition, Condition, Miles and miles is what to look at. If you don't know what to look for then take someone who does. How each runs and how each looks and most important if the titles are legit.

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Don't know if this helps you or not but I'll throw it in there....I bought my 2001 TW with 2,000 miles for 1800; and that was back in 2010.
 

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I did take the time to search in her market "Houston TX" from what I gather. There are precious few to choose from down that way which could drive the price higher. I would look further out from there but I have no idea how far she is willing to travel:(


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thanks so much for all the awesome advice, I definitely feel more comfortable going to look at them now. Isn't it possible that the sellers Have changed the tires? or is it that obvious in the pictures that I cant tell? How about y'all come to Texas and come look at them with me? haha


The tires will have a "date code" stamped in th sidewall. It's goofy to read, the week manufactured as a two digit number and then the year as a two digit number. So 2407 would b the 24th week of 2007. I think I have that right but you can google go pics and better explanation so you know what to look for.

Edit to add black rims are nice.
 

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The tires will have a "date code" stamped in th sidewall. It's goofy to read, the week manufactured as a two digit number and then the year as a two digit number. So 2407 would b the 24th week of 2007. I think I have that right but you can google go pics and better explanation so you know what to look for.

Edit to add black rims are nice.
thanks! I had no idea. :(
 
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