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I happened across this fresh trade in at work the other day and snatched it up right away. Just waiting for our tax returns to hit the bank so I can finish the paperwork up and ride it home. Introducing my soon to be new-to-me 1999 Yamaha TW200.....

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I can't believe it's 15 yrs old. It looks almost brand new other than a little wear on the tires. It's even got the kick start kit along with the stock electric starter. :D

I've owned street bikes for years but this will be my first off-road bike so I wanted something light and 4-stroke to get my feet wet in the world of trail riding. I also love the fact that it's street legal so I can ride it over to my buddies place for our weekly neighborhood bike night and not have to worry about getting my 700 lb Honda ST1100 sport tourer home after a long night of wrenching and beers.:p
 

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For a bigger bike, it is great in the trails! But I HIGHLY recommend getting a new front tire unless you want to wash out every turn onto your face. The Kenda K270 works great for me :D Have fun and prepare to find yourself looking at mods!
 

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The kick start is not a kit, all TWs from 87-2000 came with both kick and electric start. In 2001 they swapped out the kick for the disc brake in the front.

You did not say the miles on it so hard to tell what it could need or what should be done if not done already. Chain, sprockets, tires, Valve adjust and such.

More info once you get it home and give it the 100 point inspection will guide us much better. Look inside the tank for rust! Change oil immediately! Check chain and sprockets. Lots of little things might need some attention before you put it in daily service and make it your dependable bike.

Congrats, looks like a nice bike.

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It has 4952 miles on it. I bought it from one of the guys at the motorcycle dealership I work at. He bought it last year, barely rode it and decided he wanted something bigger this year. It had a full service done on it last fall before he put it away for the winter and the only miles since were put on it by me riding it back to the shop. I scored it for $1400.
 

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If you are not a wrencher yourself then you are fortunate to work at a shop where more qualified eyes than us from behind our keyboards can guide you. I would simply ask a trusted mechanic co-worker to do a complete and thorough inspection and advise you of his findings. A well maintained TW has a long life span.

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I've been wrenching on my own bikes for 7 years now. In fact the TW is by far the newest bike I've owned. I currently have a 1974 Honda XL175 torn down on my work bench fixing a stuck wrist pin on the piston. If and when I run into trouble with any of my projects I have several highly trained mechanics with decades of experience at work to draw knowledge from.
 

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I've been wrenching on my own bikes for 7 years now. In fact the TW is by far the newest bike I've owned. I currently have a 1974 Honda XL175 torn down on my work bench fixing a stuck wrist pin on the piston. If and when I run into trouble with any of my projects I have several highly trained mechanics with decades of experience at work to draw knowledge from.
My mistake here and I guess I read more in to this. Usually with most new TW owners they come asking some basic questions about maintaining or accessorizing. You did not so I was out of line.

As a new TW owner and one familiar with bikes and wrenches you are going to love the pure simplicity of this noble steed. Have fun and I hope you find your ventures to Dirtville on a bike as pleasing as most of us here. The TW is dual sport and then some.

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