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After posting in the What'd you get for Christmas, thought maybe I'd post the bike here as it is progressed.


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This as I purchased the TW200, been looking for the past three months or so and came close a week early on a 2006 with 4100 miles for $2,400, said I'd take it over the phone hooked up the trailer and call the guy before I left home and "Sorry I sold it!, I said butt we had a deal.........". Then there is one in Troy Michigan on Craigslist; 2006 with just under 300 miles for $2,900, again CL, my emails came back a little on the rude side, the price maybe a little high but I like simple in my dealing and that did not seem like what that owner was inviting me to do, I think the bike is still on CL's Detroit Metro. Michigan site.

Buttttt! I was watching a nice 2011 in South Bend, IN again on CL, asking $2,500 I think but I called and she was gone! Buttt then this one showed on that same evening for $2,500 a 2013 with 520 miles, I called (The bike was there for less than 4 hours) the guy bought her new and was willing to work out a deal, I told him I'd be there in the morning (277 miles away), hooked up my trailer and on the road a 4am heading for the farm lands of Indiana. As always I like to look at bikes and for that all vehiciles cold! There sat the bike running!, I asked for cold but I guess it was his bike. That upset me a little and I wanted to know why he started the bike, thought the battery might be a little low! Butt (Lots of Butt) he told me on the phone he just took it for a ride before putting it up for sale, something wrong with the words I was hearing,
 

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I had just drove 277 miles and now I'm questioning in my mind this deal! I'm down on my knees looking at every bolt to see what this bike had done to it, you know what I'm thinking!, there's not a mark on a screw, bolt, tire, skid pan, single light! none not a mark, butt there it was a mark on the Headlight Bezel! He had loaded the bike to haul from old home to new home and he had strapped across the plastic, this all started because he started the bike!

Really the bike was better than I expected, but some off for the battery and the headlight bezel I got to keep some Benjamin's. It's hard to believe you can purchase these great bikes with low miles for two grand, butt (there it is again) riding a bike 520 miles in 5 years may be a sin that I could not understand either!
 

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Good thing about looking for a single brand and model bike is I also was looking at the mods I had to have to make it feel like mine. Test drove the bike for six miles it all seems to be a great bike, Loaded it, strapped her, paid, got the class A title and down the road 277 miles to home.

I started looking at the add on mods and started placing orders; I'm a bit frugal so I'm not added much to the bike, but in Michigan where we're close to 10,000 miles of trails and this I'm planning on being my last bike I want to upgrade a little,

Here they are; Cycle Racks Front and Back, Concept Seat Kit and Wide Standing/foot pegs (both from Fred here on the site), new Gel style battery, a new hitch motorcycle rack & 2" bar risers.


Spending New Years Eve morning in the garage with the radio turned up and the heat going to take the -5 chill off the bike was coming apart quickly to accept the simple mods.


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In just a little over four hours the bike looked a lot better/tougher if you really can make it look tough!


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I added my battery tender connection, the new battery was a little harder ti install as the battery post were recessed I had tp put a wad of paper towel under the bolt to bring it up so I could start the screw, some rubbing was found on the factory placement of the + wire, taped and tied all new and old wires.
 

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"I started looking at the add on mods and started placing orders; I'm a bit frugal so I'm not added much to the bike, but in Michigan where we're close to 10,000 miles of trails and this I'm planning on being my last bike I want to upgrade a little,"

nice looking bike! you say your a bit frugal, well it has only just begun!! i speak from experience, when your new little bitch wants something, you're going to jump
 

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"I started looking at the add on mods and started placing orders; I'm a bit frugal so I'm not added much to the bike, but in Michigan where we're close to 10,000 miles of trails and this I'm planning on being my last bike I want to upgrade a little,"

nice looking bike! you say your a bit frugal, well it has only just begun!! i speak from experience, when your new little bitch wants something, you're going to jump
lol so true buying the TW is just the down payment!
 

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The other changes are for me more or less:


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I cannot think of another add on that I found to be perfect, but this is how I found the Cycle Rack to be very simple to install and a perfect fit and look, also I wanted to show the stock seat with the rear rack showing a lot of room for the new seat concept, great foot pegs (From Fred here on site) and installed bar risers (Tuck Off-road from E-bay $20), the battery from Walmart on a close-out for just $22 and shipped free!. The hitch rack for Discount Racks.com was just $71 from their Dent Sale and took about 30 mins to put together well build and looks simple to use.
 

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Nice clean bike, I'll spend a day on the fluids and the new seat install and when the weather breaks in 3-4 months ride the back roads and trails here in Michigan load it on the van hitch and explore back roads and trails across the lands, enjoy the New Year! and ride safe.
 

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Lots of MI trails DAR. Just be ready to sit back on the seat in the sand. Pretty much everywhere you ride, you will have sand! The TW is kind of unique in sand, IMO. Wide tires and low power means finding a pace and body position that works vs. throttle input to keep the front tire light.
 

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Moral of this story is folks are still giving TW's away in the Great Lakes area lol
Fred thanks for your help and understanding the best for my needs; seat and pegs are both great improvements, I was going to add one of the stickers you sent but I'll earn it next December when I'm back in Moab, have a great New Year!
 

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Lots of MI trails DAR. Just be ready to sit back on the seat in the sand. Pretty much everywhere you ride, you will have sand! The TW is kind of unique in sand, IMO. Wide tires and low power means finding a pace and body position that works vs. throttle input to keep the front tire light.

Michigan has opened the Arch back up 750 miles of Hell! I rode most of it about 45 years ago and want to try it again this year, Having a place right next to Roscommon County and the Ogemaw Hills I get to ride a lot in the summer. Michigan adding up to 6300 miles of trails back on the list this year, enjoy the ride!
 

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All MI state forest roads are open to ATVs unless posted closed again too. Steadily seeing more traffic on the trails as the economy stays good and people recognize the number of opportunities to ride good trails keeps growing.
 

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The other changes are for me more or less:


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I cannot think of another add on that I found to be perfect, but this is how I found the Cycle Rack to be very simple to install and a perfect fit and look, also I wanted to show the stock seat with the rear rack showing a lot of room for the new seat concept, great foot pegs (From Fred here on site) and installed bar risers (Tuck Off-road from E-bay $20), the battery from Walmart on a close-out for just $22 and shipped free!. The hitch rack for Discount Racks.com was just $71 from their Dent Sale and took about 30 mins to put together well build and looks simple to use.

Shinko 241 front tire:) The next MUST HAVE!
 

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Nice modifications to date. A better front tire would be an excellent idea from just a safety perspective.
Placing front side reflectors on the headlight cowl just seems the logical thing to do, congratulations. I-Dub 1st 036.JPG The reflector's freed up brackets and mounting locations can now be used for auxiliary lights for those without the front headlight blocking rack.
 
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