Mine was, the stock photo is correct. Thanks for the reminder, I forgot about that.Can you be 100% sure your front fender was not swapped? Nice touch on the exhaust guards but otherwise the bikes look the same from here.
After 33 years of production of the same basic model there are just so many combinations of the white colors they can do. Mostly just in the graphics but they also do frame and engine color swaps and then mix and match fenders and even go back and forth between black and silver wheels. It is becoming increasingly harder to ID a year model simply by colors since almost all the parts are interchangeable throughout the full 33 years. Natural disasters could play some part and also over runs in parts left over from previous model years could cause some differences. I collect and restore vintage Altec Lansing audio speakers and often find the same model of a particular speaker cabinet does not contain the same guts and components as previous years.Wait a second..
Looks like the 2009 and 2012-13 are the same except the 2009 has a black fender, 12-13 has white fender. Could that be? Why would they do that?
Maybe some people listing their 2012 or 13 as a 2009 because they don't notice the difference in fender color? I dunno. It's strange.
Maybe it has something to do with the disasters in Japan in 2011?
Maybe they went back to old new stock part from 2009 to then create the 2012-13 because some factory was destroyed in Japan after the Earthquake, Tsunami, Floods, and Nuclear disasters as Fukushima?
I seem to recall something about motorcycle factories getting destroyed but can't remember if it affected Yamaha or what the outcome was.
I wish we could've gotten some of these variations in the states. I'm really into these and jealous of the Japanese market. Then again, Yamaha is a Japanese company, so it definitely makes sense that they'd have unique offerings there.Meanwhile — the Japanese domestic market has its own history - (thanks to TWrider for the original post)
It’s quite hard to pin down the exact year to a colour, for instance, my ’98 is shown as a ’96, so I’m just going to lump them in together. You can reference the original post - https://tw200forum.com/forum/general-discussion/10362-tdubs-year-photo-collection-2.html - if you want to look them up, but the exact years are subject to confirmation
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About the 2009 on page one:If you look at the 2009 TW posted on page one, the tank graphics are grey – while the 12/13 graphics are blue
No idea what happened to “your” bike, could be a lot of things, but all this thread aims to do is designate year and colour according to Yamaha …..
Hellz Yeah!I agree 100% on that, but maybe with an anniversary edition or some major to the bike. Like a 300
A 300 6-speed with just a little more compression & cam.
Aluminum swing arm & rear wheel.
Paint it any damn color you want..I'm in!
But yellow & black would be cool...