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Hello, I found this forum today by chance and started reading. I got my TW200 a few years back to teach the kids how to ride. They've all moved on to bigger/better. Now I find this forum and I see guys taking long trips on the tee dubb. What's the longest trip taken by you guys. I was thinking about using mine to go to a fishing hole about 50 miles away and was having second thoughts but then I see guys taking trips for months at a time. Amazing. I took a long road trip on a klr 650 and it was a hoot, but I guess there's nothing saying the T- dubb can't as well.
 

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Except for trips involving long stretches of Interstate, the TW has all but eclipsed, my KLR and is slowly crowding out my road bikes.



It'll carry just as much gear and get almost twice the fuel mileage in the process. Ain't nuttin worth seeing on an Interstate, anyway, but I'm not even adverse to a hundred miles or more of that, if need be.
 

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Check out this RR. A former member TheMule took a TW200 to Alaska from southern Utah (6100 miles). It gives you an idea of what has and can be done on a TW200.



Hope you enjoy it.



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The original RR on our old Forum was better but the pictures on the Old TW Forum are no longer linked.



Mike



PS- My longest trip on the TW200 is just over 4000 miles.
 

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Just knocked off 1,050 Trans America Trail miles thru Arkansas & Oklahoma then an additional 550 pavement miles back to the truck, in 6 riding days. AWESOME!!!!
 

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Just knocked off 1,050 Trans America Trail miles thru Arkansas & Oklahoma then an additional 550 pavement miles back to the truck, in 6 riding days. AWESOME!!!!




Kelly where's that ride report?? Any problems with the trail and the TW?
 

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Thanks for the replies all. To be honest I've had my 1991, (I bought used) for nearly 2 years and I've just used it to run down the road to the store, and just kept it in town, I've never taken it over around 40 mph. After I read the replies I rigged up a holder for my fishing rod, with some PVC pipe, and loaded it up a went to my spot. I kept it around 50 mph, and I weigh a little over 200, and it seemed I could have got it to 60 mph if I wanted to. I even went up a few steep grades, the whole trip was about 75 miles, the longest I've riden it in one day by far. It does great, I've been missing out. I think I spent more on night crawlers than I did on gas. It was a real kick in the pants.
 

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1000+ miles in 19 hours, almost all interstate. Many 400-700 mile days on 2-lane highways, usually through mountains and deserts. Countless 300-400 mile round trips on secondary roads for BBQ. If you can do it, your TW can, too.
 

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Kelly where's that ride report?? Any problems with the trail and the TW?


I was riding with Kelly on this ride. The tw's were perfect except for 3 rear flats on my bike. I picked up a nail in Clinton Arkansas which we easily fixed but later in Oklahoma the temps were 107 and the patch meleted 2 times. We were in a long desolate section the second time the first time the patch failed. I ran out of water fixing the flat and thought I was going to die. LOL We did learn a few lessons on this ride. Carry spare tubes and don't trust patching a tube. I was using scabs which I have used several times on other bikes successfully. I can't wait for the next leg. We will do New Mexico and Colorado next session I am sure. We have discussed renting a truck to haul the bikes back to where we leave our truck. The trail requires 10 hours plus a day to do 200 miles so after 1000 miles of trail out butts were on the sore side.
 

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I was riding with Kelly on this ride. The tw's were perfect except for 3 rear flats on my bike. I picked up a nail in Clinton Arkansas which we easily fixed but later in Oklahoma the temps were 107 and the patch melted 2 times. We were in a long desolate section the second time the first time the patch failed. I ran out of water fixing the flat and thought I was going to die. LOL We did learn a few lessons on this ride. Carry spare tubes and don't trust patching a tube. I was using scabs which I have used several times on other bikes successfully. I can't wait for the next leg. We will do New Mexico and Colorado next session I am sure. We have discussed renting a truck to haul the bikes back to where we leave our truck. The trail requires 10 hours plus a day to do 200 miles so after 1000 miles of trail out butts were on the sore side.


any tricks you might have for changing the rear tire on the road. How did you break the bead? I'm thinking ride on Qwerty talks about may be the thing for a trip like this. My son and I have talked about getting a U Haul truck and taking it to Southern Oregon and riding the OBCT up to Wash. I now have found that Wash. has it's own route from Oregon to Canada, and it's free to download the route. I'm working on finding a 3 day route for my son and 2-3 other TW riders in Aug. Unless for some reason I find a JOB.
 

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any tricks you might have for changing the rear tire on the road. How did you break the bead? I'm thinking ride on Qwerty talks about may be the thing for a trip like this. My son and I have talked about getting a U Haul truck and taking it to Southern Oregon and riding the OBCT up to Wash. I now have found that Wash. has it's own route from Oregon to Canada, and it's free to download the route. I'm working on finding a 3 day route for my son and 2-3 other TW riders in Aug. Unless for some reason I find a JOB.


Hi The rear tire was not really that much problem to fix. I used a stump or a stick to jack the bike up under the foot peg. The bead I just broke by putting my knees on the meat of the tire and using tire irons to pry the bead from the rim. This did take 5 or 10 minutes to get the bead to break down but it will. I then just used the tire irons to pull the bead up over the rim. It is an easy job really. You may want to practice one time at home if you have not changed many tires. Make sure you have a spare tube or atleast some heavy duty patches and test your tire pump before you leave to make sure it will pop the bead.
 

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Haven't done any long trips yet, but doing lots of 30-50 miles trail rides and some local commuting amounting to 300-400 miles a month. It's fairly amazing what a little 10 mile loop run up a dry creek bed or forest service road before work will do for your whole day.
 
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