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OK I am a newbie, this is my first post. I am 48 yrs old and have many bikes in the past, (from 90 cc to 1100cc)then took a 18 year break (when I had kids)



I bought a 2003 TW for my 17yr old son, who gets his M license in 1 month. Long story short, either he gets another TW or I get another bike in 30 days! I mean I LOVE this bike



(I have a DR350S that I dont drive since getting the TW). I now drive the TW daily, seldom off road, but about 150 miles a week. It really struggles with 55 or 60 mph. Today my friend stops buy with a TX225. These look like almost the same bike and engine! But I drive his, it seems twice as strong! It will hit 70 mpg with ease, lots more torque!

Now, I dont go over 60mph, but boy, the TW is struggling to keep 60 (I weigh 275). TX225 seems to be relaxed at 60mpg. Can 25 CC make that big of a difference?



Kind of wish the TW200 was a TW225....
 

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OK I am a newbie, this is my first post. I am 48 yrs old and have many bikes in the past, (from 90 cc to 1100cc)then took a 18 year break (when I had kids)



Can 25 CC make that big of a difference?



Kind of wish the TW200 was a TW225....


Yes, it can. The XT225 also has a longer stroke.



In a TW this makes a night and day difference.
 

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I concur. Stick a XT crank, rod, piston, clutch, and 6-speed in a TW. Add a mild cam and springs. Polish and match the ports. Rejet the carb. It's would be a great commuter build with factory reliability. I'd expect a 40% torque gain idle to redline. It would also be a relatively cheap build if one could come up with a wrecked XT or TT-R. I may do that, but if I'm going through all that trouble, might as well look at streeeeeetching it out to 265cc. No replacement for displacement.
 

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The xt 225 is also nearly 50 lbs lighter with the rear tire a 120 instead of a 180. The tw front tire @ 130 is fatter than the xt rear.
 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Ronny outweighs me by some 80 lbs. His TW225 will walk off from my TW200. No contest. Same monster tire, same gearing. 8,000 ft. or at sea level. The torque increase is in fact linear.



And I like to think I keep my TW running well above average.



That said, I'd rather ride a stock TW than a stock XT around here.
 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Ronny outweighs me by some 80 lbs. His TW225 will walk off from my TW200. No contest. Same monster tire, same gearing. 8,000 ft. or at sea level. The torque increase is in fact linear.



And I like to think I keep my TW running well above average.



That said, I'd rather ride a stock TW than a stock XT around here anywhere.
FTFY
 

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My 2003 TW200 has 700 miles on it. Could it just be "not broke in"? I mean I have currently three bikes to compare, the TW200 Xt225 and DR350. In terms of road speed, The Tw200 is more like a CB125 I used to have, the Xt225 feels more like the DR350 than the TW200. When I was young I had a CB200T Honda that, if you laid on the tank, would tickle 80mph any day. the XT225 hit 75 with ease. The TW200 MIGHT hit 65 if you stay in it long enough and you dont have a head wind or hill.



I would like to take a few short trips on this bike, but with wfo speeds of 60 mph, and slowing on the hills, I could see other drivers getting "upset" and "aggressively" passing me in less than safe maneuvers...



The bike seems to run smooth and steady, but I also read about re-jetting the carb. Would I really see a difference? I really like to ride this bike on the dirt roads and trails. I am a big guy, 6'2, 275. Am I better just trailering it to the trails and mountains to ride off road?
 

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The TW is what its, a good back roads commuter and fun in the dirt. Thats why I dich my F650GS(also sold The Ruckus) I find myself with The CT 110 and The TW so I went ahead and bough a 1100 Honda Shadow Spirit when long haul and speed is need it.

Now Im glad that I pick The TW over the XT.
 

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You don't give your location or elevation, but proper jetting can help. Keyword "proper". "Proper"=compromise if you still want it to run acceptably once you hit the mountains.



Sort the postings here carefully. You have the new-style CV carb as opposed to the early carb. Often posters here don't differentiate, leading to buckets of bad info and worse running bikes.



I don't give a rip what anyone claims, shimming needles and fattening jets will kill your bike in the mountains, unless your mountains are under 3,000 ft.



If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
 

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My 2003 TW200 has 700 miles on it. Could it just be "not broke in"? I mean I have currently three bikes to compare, the TW200 Xt225 and DR350. In terms of road speed, The Tw200 is more like a CB125 I used to have, the Xt225 feels more like the DR350 than the TW200. When I was young I had a CB200T Honda that, if you laid on the tank, would tickle 80mph any day. the XT225 hit 75 with ease. The TW200 MIGHT hit 65 if you stay in it long enough and you dont have a head wind or hill.



I would like to take a few short trips on this bike, but with wfo speeds of 60 mph, and slowing on the hills, I could see other drivers getting "upset" and "aggressively" passing me in less than safe maneuvers...



The bike seems to run smooth and steady, but I also read about re-jetting the carb. Would I really see a difference? I really like to ride this bike on the dirt roads and trails. I am a big guy, 6'2, 275. Am I better just trailering it to the trails and mountains to ride off road?
It takes about 2000 miles for Tdub to break in. You're just getting to the point where you'll start noticing slowly improving performance.



A properly tuned carb can also make a noticeable difference.



You don't give your location or elevation, but proper jetting can help. Keyword "proper". "Proper"=compromise if you still want it to run acceptably once you hit the mountains.



Sort the postings here carefully. You have the new-style CV carb as opposed to the early carb. Often posters here don't differentiate, leading to buckets of bad info and worse running bikes.



I don't give a rip what anyone claims, shimming needles and fattening jets will kill your bike in the mountains, unless your mountains are under 3,000 ft.



If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Exactly why I try to avoid giving part numbers to specific individuals. Go to the "Carb Tuning" sticky and pay attention to the Butt Dyno Diagnostics listed therein. I listed the common rideability issues for poorly tuned carbs. This applies to any carbed, spark ignition engine, not just TWs. Understanding what to look for and how to eliminate those problems is the key to keeping any carbed engine operating it's best. With a little experience, it is possible to plan in advance when and where to stop for a rejet to keep the engine happy.



lizrdbrth is also right about fattening a mixture being the wrong thing to do for riding in the mountains. The stock EPA-mandated 49-state North American tune was just about perfect on the 12,000-foot passes in the Rockies, and slightly rich (slight off-idle bog) at 14,000+ feet atop Pike's Peak with 40*F temps. The exact same state of tune resulted in surging, pinging, and poor throttle response at 1100 feet riding through Carter, TX, a week later, with temps touching 100*F. A 10-minute roadside rejet cured the poor drivability in Carter, but the resulting tune probably would have resulted in a fuel-fouled spark plug long before reaching the top of Pike's Peak.



Point is, learn to listen to what your engine is telling you, and make adjustments based on the conditions you expect to be riding through. Carbs balance air and fuel by volume. Engines need oxygen and fuel balanced by particle count. Learn to work within the physical limits of a carb--don't expect more than the technology can deliver. Only an electronic air/fuel mixing system responding to a lamda sonde reading in the exhaust can do that.
 

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Forget what I said, I have had the time to take the Little TW out a ring it out a bit. I guess i was in a head wind or something. seems nw, in the evening when it is calm, 65 mph is attainable. Down hill close to 70mpg. But I have been running the hell out of this little bike, and clocked a few miles up on the Interstate and found a trick. Drafting! drop back 100 feet or so behind a semi and she will hold 70 mph all day!



I was looking at the KLR650 as my next bike, and might still.. next year. But I can see the TW200 becoming the best bike I have ever owned! I need gel grips, windshield, and a rack on back (bad need a rack!) Maybe even handle bar risers.



Guys' this TW200 bug is getting bad....



 

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Forget what I said, I have had the time to take the Little TW out a ring it out a bit. I guess i was in a head wind or something. seems nw, in the evening when it is calm, 65 mph is attainable. Down hill close to 70mpg. But I have been running the hell out of this little bike, and clocked a few miles up on the Interstate and found a trick. Drafting! drop back 100 feet or so behind a semi and she will hold 70 mph all day!



I was looking at the KLR650 as my next bike, and might still.. next year. But I can see the TW200 becoming the best bike I have ever owned! I need gel grips, windshield, and a rack on back (bad need a rack!) Maybe even handle bar risers.



Guys' this TW200 bug is getting bad....

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Drafting pays off well, but be careful with the risk. Practice getting out of the way at those speeds when roadkill, trash, potholes, loose items come unexpectedly from the vehicle 100 feet in front of you. The TW responds well to drafting but were just exploiting its inability to safely hold those speeds.



I have the 1.8 inch risers, they are a very nice upgrade!



The Jimbo shield (custom windshield from a local TW forum member) is available. Riders with different bikes have added streetbike windshield to theirs, like this drz with a gsxr windshield...



 

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And Today, A new DOT/Snell 2010 helmet (inside the crate)

Three 4 pound Mineral blocks for the Horses (inside the helmet)

and a new 15" front tire for my tractor....

and my 50 year old, 275 pounds....



 

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I have really been looking at the Jimbo shield! and the hand guards. I riding this bike well into the fall, when it cools off. I have the big diesel trucks, but I have not started one in days!



As for the drafting, 100 feet might be closer that i really was, as I bet it was at least two semi trailer lengths, or 15 car lengths between us. I did have to Dodge a few rubber pieces!



I dont plan on too much interstate, but it is nice to know if I need to, it is very possible! The speed limit on Illinois Interstates is 65 MPH anyway!
 
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