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Ive been a motorcycle nut since I was 10 and got my first Honda CT70, then I got another and another and when I was 12 I had three of them in our garage. Two were autos and one 4 speed. So now im a lot older and have always wanted a TW. Everytime I saw one I was intrigued with that big back tire on such a small bike. Anyway, got my first one, a 87, last year for 300 off Craigslist. It didnt run and I had to pay 240 for CDI to get it running. Ive since put a new seatcover, sandblasted and painted some parts, found a near mint rear wheel for it on ebay because mine had rusty nipples, lol.... Now it looks pretty good. Last monthI was selling a car of mine and a guy looked at it.. He saw my TW and said I have one of those with 1200 miles on it. He bought my car and part of the deal was his 97 TW. Then, I ran across the 89 black last week on Craigslist where the guy wanted 3400 for it. I bought it for way way less than that. Although I must say that the condition the 89 is in it might bring 2500 plus for someone wanting a mint black bike. So now I have three of them, just like my Trail 70s when I was a kid . But back than and I had to talk/coerce/whine to my dad to buy them for me. So after looking at all these TW's in the last year I was trying to figure which set of colors and graphics looks best. To me, the 88, 89 black /red is like no other in visual appeal. I dont believe Yamaha has made a black tank bike since 89. The 2006 with silver,blue and black would be my next favorite. Yamaha has made some hideous ones too, i.e, the light blue ones. I guess when you make essentially the same exact bike for 25 years you've gotta change something on it. So what year combo do you think is the best looking.?

 

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Black Widow colors have always been my favorite color scheme. That's why I painted mine black and sand. Oops!
 

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I think black and red is the coolest! The 87 I'm working on has the same color scheme, but has seen better days









What differences are you noticing between the years?
 

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I was looking for a Tw for about 6 months before I came across a low miles (1600) '89 on a motorcycle shop lot. I payed more then I wanted to but love that black widow look. The other colors I like are the 06? blue and the 05 silver/black is cool.
 

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If you ever want to look at the color schemes through the years (as well as some custome colors folks have done) it's hard to beat this website - BikePics
 

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I'm kinda biased to that paint scheme
For the lif of me I don't understand why all the little flowers in the red part of the stripe...looks kinda hippy though
I believe those are gears not flowers
 

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I think its funny myself. All the years of TW's and only 2 (black widow and 06') stand out as purdy. Its like the different color paint would rob horsepower or something.




I would love a factory rino-lined scheme. Cake it with mud and wash it right off. I have that now, but a solid hit from a stick or a saddle bag rubbing it wrong can take it right off. Make the finish as tough as the bike!
 
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