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So I broke in my new 2010 TW200 on the streets recently, did a sprocket (added 1 tooth) and oil change, and valve adjustment all in my garage (buy the tools, it's absolutely worth it!). The valves took teh longest at about 20 minutes. I then contacted an old high school buddy and suggested a trail ride. Well, one thing you have to know is that my buddy has been riding his whole life, no joke, 8 bikes in his garage. He's like a ball bearing on a bike. Me, on the other hand, I'm a clumbsy software engineer that just loves to ride, nuff said. So we hit the trails and first thoughts are "this is great, just trail riding..."....well, within 15 minutes he was launching up 45 - 50 deg. inclines on his pumped up 2 stroker and I'm thinking I'm going to die, no joke, but I bravely followed him, many times at full throttle and dumped it twice, encountering painful rocks on one fall......I have not ridden in dirt or on trails in 10 years, and these were rocky, technical trails around San Diego county.



All of that said, I have to say that TW200 made me look like I'd been riding regularly. Yea, the extra tooth on that front sprocket made it a little boggy if you weren't heavy throttled but the bike itself performed like a total rock star. I could not be happier with mine and would recommend it as a city street warrior any day.



Nice work Yamaha, this is an awesome bike. Nuff said.
 

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Welcome.

Glad you enjoyed working/riding your new bike, they are fun!



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i love to see the expression on the higher cc enduro riders faces when they see me launching ahead of them. those bikes are just too heavy!
 

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So I broke in my new 2010 TW200 on the streets recently, did a sprocket (added 1 tooth) and oil change, and valve adjustment all in my garage (buy the tools, it's absolutely worth it!). The valves took teh longest at about 20 minutes. I then contacted an old high school buddy and suggested a trail ride. Well, one thing you have to know is that my buddy has been riding his whole life, no joke, 8 bikes in his garage. He's like a ball bearing on a bike. Me, on the other hand, I'm a clumbsy software engineer that just loves to ride, nuff said. So we hit the trails and first thoughts are "this is great, just trail riding..."....well, within 15 minutes he was launching up 45 - 50 deg. inclines on his pumped up 2 stroker and I'm thinking I'm going to die, no joke, but I bravely followed him, many times at full throttle and dumped it twice, encountering painful rocks on one fall......I have not ridden in dirt or on trails in 10 years, and these were rocky, technical trails around San Diego county.



All of that said, I have to say that TW200 made me look like I'd been riding regularly. Yea, the extra tooth on that front sprocket made it a little boggy if you weren't heavy throttled but the bike itself performed like a total rock star. I could not be happier with mine and would recommend it as a city street warrior any day.



Nice work Yamaha, this is an awesome bike. Nuff said.


I concur 100%.

Fun, dependable, practical, easy to upgrade/customize if you choose and no matter where you go, someone is always trying to figure out what the heck it is they are looking at.
 

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TWs must be ridden differently than typical bikes with skinny tires, and once you figure that out it is possible to surprise a lot of other riders in many conditions.
 

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Y'all are lookin' at this all wrong.



The real test should be whether his bike can be ridden as as SLOWLY as yours can.
 
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