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Anybody else ride their TW200 2up with a passenger?



My wife has been coming with me a lot since I bought my 91 (in the scheme of things, anyway) and we have logged close to 300 miles on mixed dirt roads, ATV trails, back roads, and two lane hiways...



THIS IS FUN!



I know people complain about lack of power on the TW200... Mine is geared stock and jetted stock but the previous owner drilled out the airbox and messed with the muffler. This thing has plenty of power for the two of us @320lbs combined to cruise at 45/50mph and hit 55 pretty much whenever we need to.



Riding serious offroad with a passenger is pretty interesting. Great way to build skills and get practice. Nobody wants to tip over with their wife on the bike (would the end of that ever be heard?)





Sooooo does anyone else do this?
 

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What goes on the front rack??




Anything flat that won't block the headlight. Ive put first-aid kit there. extra tubes front and rear.
 

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More often than not. Now we are not real big people at 140 and 90 lbs, but the TW handles the load distribution quite well both on and off road. At times we have been on some moderately technical roads and had quite a challenge, but so far it has been great fun.



Once I find the time I plan to make a box/backrest/luggage rack that will accomodate a rider both for comfort and utility. Little tricky designing something that I would not have some big safety concerns with if we dump the bike in the dirt. Might try to relocate or add footpegs that would assist in off road riding at the same time.
 

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I used to take my gf out on it. Did a little bit of mild off road but I dropped the bike once with her on it, getting a bit too spirited in the corners lol. Oh and I had my 14-44 gearing at that time.
 

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Awesome!



We haven't done any camping trips yet but hopefully soon. Need to get the wife a better helmet and jacket still. She is using my mom's DOT Bell snowmobile helmet and a leather jacket...



Missed a great deal on a modular helmet on craigslist about a week ago so we will probably just buy her a nice new one. Girls like shiny new things
 

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Yes! The wife and I love taking the TW on gravel road tours, and visiting the small towns. The TW chugs right along. It's a nice change of pace from the FZ1.
 

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Watch out. They's sneaky.



This is how it all starts.



They ride with you.



Giggle a lot. Look cute. Sometimes cute enough to marry. Make a dandy back rest.



Then one day you hear through the grapevine that they're sick of looking at the back of your head.



So you buy 'em a TW. They giggle even more. Look even cuter. But you've lost your back rest forever, cuz they're still sick of looking at the back of your head.



After awhile they want their own road bike, too. There goes yer back rest on long trips.



Then comes the gear. Then an even bigger bike, cuz why should you have all the fun? You become insecure, and learn the gymnastics required to check out the back of your head in the mirror. Is it really that ugly?



So you buy a couple more bikes to make yourself feel better. It becomes their strategy. You play right into it. Cuz they're cute.



Life as you knew it is over. But if you die tomorrow it'll take the funeral home a month to wipe the smile off yer face.



The world went to heck in a handbasket once we gave them the right to vote, I tell ya!
 

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Watch out. They's sneaky.



This is how it all starts.



They ride with you.



Giggle a lot. Look cute. Sometimes cute enough to marry. Make a dandy back rest.



Then one day you hear through the grapevine that they're sick of looking at the back of your head.



So you buy 'em a TW. They giggle even more. Look even cuter. But you've lost your back rest forever, cuz they're still sick of looking at the back of your head.



After awhile they want their own road bike, too. There goes yer back rest on long trips.



Then comes the gear. Then an even bigger bike, cuz why should you have all the fun? You become insecure, and learn the gymnastics required to check out the back of your head in the mirror. Is it really that ugly?



So you buy a couple more bikes to make yourself feel better. It becomes their strategy. You play right into it. Cuz they're cute.



Life as you knew it is over. But if you die tomorrow it'll take the funeral home a month to wipe the smile off yer face.



The world went to heck in a handbasket once we gave them the right to vote, I tell ya!






The other night I got home and she said "I thought maybe we could go for a ride now that you're home
" -- We took a nice long ride in the woods but I neglected to tell her about the 60mile detour on the way home




-- Warning, Bridge UNSAFE







(They weren't lying. Luckily we aren't in a 7000lb pig of a vehicle)
 

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MAKE NO MISTAKE. I AM THE MAN IN THIS HOUSEHOLD!



SHE'S AWAY ON BUISINESS RIGHT NOW AND AS A MAN I FULLY INTEND TO EXERCISE MY RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER MANLY THING I DANG WELL PLEASE WHILE SHE'S GONE!



Right after I adjust the valves on her Vulcan.



Nice detour pics. Where are you located?
 

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I actually bought this TW for my wife, hoping she would get back into riding after her motorcycle accident some years ago.

She kept up her motorcycle endorsement but has deciced she enjoys being a passenger on the street more. She does ride the TW on our acreage, but no street driving.
 

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I'm in Upstate NY. Should probably update the profile.





An amusing anecdote:



My wife grew up raising/riding horses, and refuses to get on the TW unless she is on the proper side that you would mount a horse from. (left, I guess?) This seemed odd to me at first but now I hardly notice her walking around to the other side of the bike to get on
 

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"The left side's the right side and the right side's the wrong side".



Horse sense.
 

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I have been packing my wife around on the back of my bikes long as I can remember....even before she was my wife. Hmmmm... all started back in grade 7 with a Gemini SST 50cc minibike(dumped her over in a swamp showing how fast i could cross it NOT ). Then I got a Honda XL125 and a driver license, and still she was hanging on back there. For grad I bought a CM400 with the raised back seat and a back rest and she hung on back there for a few more years. We made a few trips after we were married on that bike, but three years later it was time for kids and the toys had to go. Two girls later and a few more years I talked her into letting me get them a bike, a ZR 50 - brand new out of the crate. What a blast, but one mini bike and two girls didn't work, so we added a PW80. By now they were riding faster then I could run, so I got an old YZ 125....all for the girls you know! I knew she missed riding, so I bolted some pegs on the YZ and took her along for our weekend rides. Well then our girls got bigger, so the PW80 became a XR100 and the ZR50 became an outboard and boat as Katrina didnt want to trail ride anymore. Then my bike became college funds for the oldest and once again i had to part with all my toys .... all for the girls you know! Well time has past as has their schooling needs, so during one of her weak moments I talked her into letting me have a brand new TW200. As history repeats, she is once again hanging off the back of the bike as we travel the hundreds of miles of logging roads and trails we are blessed with here. No falls, only laughs and giggles and a flood of memories for all the years of her hanging on as we pass thru this life together. Our oldest girl, now married with two boys of her own, saw the fun the TW200 had brought back to us and got her husband to dig out that old XR100 (she kept it all these years) and she now goes out for rides again with us. The younger daughter, not to be outdone now has a TTR125 and she too comes home to trail ride as a family once again.



So the simple answer to your question is YES, we go 2up always and love every minute of it!
 

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I have been packing my wife around on the back of my bikes long as I can remember....even before she was my wife. Hmmmm... all started back in grade 7 with a Gemini SST 50cc minibike(dumped her over in a swamp showing how fast i could cross it NOT ). Then I got a Honda XL125 and a driver license, and still she was hanging on back there. For grad I bought a CM400 with the raised back seat and a back rest and she hung on back there for a few more years. We made a few trips after we were married on that bike, but three years later it was time for kids and the toys had to go. Two girls later and a few more years I talked her into letting me get them a bike, a ZR 50 - brand new out of the crate. What a blast, but one mini bike and two girls didn't work, so we added a PW80. By now they were riding faster then I could run, so I got an old YZ 125....all for the girls you know! I knew she missed riding, so I bolted some pegs on the YZ and took her along for our weekend rides. Well then our girls got bigger, so the PW80 became a XR100 and the ZR50 became an outboard and boat as Katrina didnt want to trail ride anymore. Then my bike became college funds for the oldest and once again i had to part with all my toys .... all for the girls you know! Well time has past as has their schooling needs, so during one of her weak moments I talked her into letting me have a brand new TW200. As history repeats, she is once again hanging off the back of the bike as we travel the hundreds of miles of logging roads and trails we are blessed with here. No falls, only laughs and giggles and a flood of memories for all the years of her hanging on as we pass thru this life together. Our oldest girl, now married with two boys of her own, saw the fun the TW200 had brought back to us and got her husband to dig out that old XR100 (she kept it all these years) and she now goes out for rides again with us. The younger daughter, not to be outdone now has a TTR125 and she too comes home to trail ride as a family once again.



So the simple answer to your question is YES, we go 2up always and love every minute of it!
Let me translate this for everyone else: 2-up is great, but buying her a TW of her own is best.
 

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I have been packing my wife around on the back of my bikes long as I can remember....even before she was my wife. Hmmmm... all started back in grade 7 with a Gemini SST 50cc minibike(dumped her over in a swamp showing how fast i could cross it NOT ). Then I got a Honda XL125 and a driver license, and still she was hanging on back there. For grad I bought a CM400 with the raised back seat and a back rest and she hung on back there for a few more years. We made a few trips after we were married on that bike, but three years later it was time for kids and the toys had to go. Two girls later and a few more years I talked her into letting me get them a bike, a ZR 50 - brand new out of the crate. What a blast, but one mini bike and two girls didn't work, so we added a PW80. By now they were riding faster then I could run, so I got an old YZ 125....all for the girls you know! I knew she missed riding, so I bolted some pegs on the YZ and took her along for our weekend rides. Well then our girls got bigger, so the PW80 became a XR100 and the ZR50 became an outboard and boat as Katrina didnt want to trail ride anymore. Then my bike became college funds for the oldest and once again i had to part with all my toys .... all for the girls you know! Well time has past as has their schooling needs, so during one of her weak moments I talked her into letting me have a brand new TW200. As history repeats, she is once again hanging off the back of the bike as we travel the hundreds of miles of logging roads and trails we are blessed with here. No falls, only laughs and giggles and a flood of memories for all the years of her hanging on as we pass thru this life together. Our oldest girl, now married with two boys of her own, saw the fun the TW200 had brought back to us and got her husband to dig out that old XR100 (she kept it all these years) and she now goes out for rides again with us. The younger daughter, not to be outdone now has a TTR125 and she too comes home to trail ride as a family once again.



So the simple answer to your question is YES, we go 2up always and love every minute of it!


Ok.. just have to say: seriously cool story, and I have a lot of personal ties to this sort of thing. If it wasn't caught in another thread, operose and I are brothers (about 2.5years apart). Well, when growing up, my dad bought us an ATC70 to play on.. he was way too young to ride it, but as he got old enough, dad did The Right Thing and bought a ~86 or 87 ZR50 for me. Ultimately, the same story held true and I outgrew the Z50R and operose grew into it.. so dad bought me a PW80 (damned thing was purple/pink, though.. oh well, I had a blast on that little 2-stroke). After the PW80, we ended up with a ~91 blaster, and thus ended our bike riding days until a few years ago when I bought a suzuki road bike. Dad sold the ATC70, and the PW80.. we got the PW80 back, and both of those two little bikes are still stashed away in his barn waiting for an inevitable carb rebuild. Maybe if my daughters play their cards right, theres a ZR50 and a PW80 in their future years




By the way.. fast forward a few years: I did The Right Thing and got rid of the Suzuki for a TW200.. managed to get my brother bit by the TW bug, too.



Thanks for the great photo and story.. you have every bit of an idea what it meant to me
 

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My wife likes riding on the back of the tw better than my 01 naked sv650. Every time we going riding she wants to take the tw. But be careful because lizardbreath is right! My wife was fine on the back of the bike for a while and now she wants to "try" to ride it. I'm guessing I will be buying another one before to long.
 
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