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Since I am new here, I can only say I like the big fat tires.....I can't say what I will like about them by next year......you guys and gals can.



Please tell me what you liked first, and what keeps you riding them ?



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They are cheap, reliable, very easy to work on, cheap on insurance, killer gas mileage, great road handling, traction in about every situation, can mushroom hunt off of this bike with the granny first gear, light weight, close to the ground for us smaller people and my favorite is the mods. It just seems like the mod list can go on forever with these little bikes. Did i mention that the TW is the most AWESOME motorcycle ever!
 

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What drew me to the TW? I can't ignor the fat tire caught my attention, but it was that it was cheaper than the XT225 at the time. I've learned to like the low seat height, not so far to fall from the lower elevation. I'm also glad it's easy to work on, and goes slow so I won't kill myself as fast! Using it to explore where a jeep can't go keeps me riding it. Any my puppy can ride on the back!
 

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great bike, not much power (less power = more fun), fun to fly by the big pig D.P. bikes on really rough trails and fly by Harleys and Goldwings when the pavement ends, and when the trail ends, so what, get on the hiway and go farther,because it is road leagel which ATV's are not. Enjoy the fantastic gas milage. And ride into town for supplies and people say "what is it".
 

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I agree with all of the above..........the low seat height,tires and the bikes reputation all got my attention.The bike does well on the road but excells off road!.
 

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I followed this forum that gave me a good indicator before I bought one, googled anything and everything on the bike. I am an older person with some kick and trust me the bike lives up to it's rep. Bought a new one 3 years ago and couldn't be happier. 196cc may not seem much but trust me it's enough to get you where you're going on or off road. Respect this bike and skill level and you have a good ride.
 

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Because it's just badass being able to go 70 mph with something that is smaller than your average 198cc push mower. =p
 

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Great exploring bike. I got it to scout out Atv riding places and being street legal was needed. Putting by big heavy Dual sports on rough trails/creek crossings is fun.......
 

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I have ridden dirt bikes since 1959. Most of them were fast bikes built for thrill seeking. As I got older (68 ½) I slowed down a bit but the guys I used to ride with got really old; they got bigger TVs, more comfortable recliners and lazier. Some even had the audacity to up and die on me. So about 1 ½ years ago, after watching my last dirt bike gather dust for a couple of years, I sold it. I tell you, I grieved for my lost youth and my dirt bike ever since; But then a catharsis.

A friend of mine bought one of these fun machines(TW) in January and said he was going to be available for adventures this year. We have ridden together since 1980 but his farming got in the way of further riding in recent years. I journeyed down to his farm in Owyhee County Idaho on my Sportster and checked his new machine out. As the Admiral stated above, I found it extremely manageable, low to the ground and looked easy to work on.

I found a used one on Craigslist, bought it, brought it home and the adventures began. As I am mostly a trail rider, I soon found some mods to enhance the functionality. I put on a front tire that would bite into the corners better. It seems my old butt calluses were now softened a bit so a seat pad was in order. I built a rear rack and installed a set of hand guards. I believe the only way the skid pan could have been any lighter would have been to just spray paint the bottom of the engine with a can of alum paint. Happy Trails had just the replacement I needed. I also rebuilt the foot pegs to provide better purchase.

One of the really great benefits with this bike is the support network found on this Forum. I have found several TW riders in the SW Idaho area who are good riding partners and I have regressed from the edge of senility to have a blast again. Other friends have suggested I should act my age; I tell them that this is my age.

Happy Trails All

Ron in Boise
 

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What caught my attention to this bike? Riding one in my MSF course. I had to have one ever since. The ease of riding it, the abuse it can take and ask for more, and the fact that it's a mule, so I can leave my car in most cases and use the TW to haul what I need to haul. It's just an all around awesome little bike.



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I was vaguely aware of the TW for a long time. My son who was not riding suggested we should look into one and when we found a 2004 in a garage at home for the right price I moved one into my shop. It satisfies all my riding needs. No reason for any thing else just now.
 

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I second (or third, etc.) the above.



As far as I"m concerned, the TW is the VW Beetle of the motorcycle world. Same concept. Small and lightweight. Fun and easy to ride/drive. Simple. Cheap to operate, easy and cheap to maintain. Very capable as is, but if you want something more there is a bunch of modifications you can make.



I do think it would be fun to ride in some of the races like Rainman and Rockpile have shared with us, but for the most part the TW is my freedom machine to get out and explore. I've found there is so much more to see off the pavement, or on backroads. I also feel the faster you go the less you see. So cruising along on trails or dirt roads at about 35 mph or so works well for me, and the TW is almost the perfect machine for what I want to do.



The TW has personality. I just love Small's story of hauling his buddy to the top of 13,000 ft.+ Imogene Pass in the Colorado Rockies. It's the little bike that could, and did, and does!



When I got back into motorcycle riding I lusted after the WR250R, and I would still like to have one for giggles, but I'm confident it would sit in the garage more than the TW. In my mind both are dual sports. The TW has the edge in the dirt, the RR has the edge on the pavement. I prefer the dirt.



The bottom line is, the TW is FUN!!!
 

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I have ridden dirt bikes since 1959. Most of them were fast bikes built for thrill seeking. As I got older (68 ½) I slowed down a bit but the guys I used to ride with got really old; they got bigger TVs, more comfortable recliners and lazier. Some even had the audacity to up and die on me. So about 1 ½ years ago, after watching my last dirt bike gather dust for a couple of years, I sold it. I tell you, I grieved for my lost youth and my dirt bike ever since; But then a catharsis.

A friend of mine bought one of these fun machines(TW) in January and said he was going to be available for adventures this year. We have ridden together since 1980 but his farming got in the way of further riding in recent years. I journeyed down to his farm in Owyhee County Idaho on my Sportster and checked his new machine out. As the Admiral stated above, I found it extremely manageable, low to the ground and looked easy to work on.

I found a used one on Craigslist, bought it, brought it home and the adventures began. As I am mostly a trail rider, I soon found some mods to enhance the functionality. I put on a front tire that would bite into the corners better. It seems my old butt calluses were now softened a bit so a seat pad was in order. I built a rear rack and installed a set of hand guards. I believe the only way the skid pan could have been any lighter would have been to just spray paint the bottom of the engine with a can of alum paint. Happy Trails had just the replacement I needed. I also rebuilt the foot pegs to provide better purchase.

One of the really great benefits with this bike is the support network found on this Forum. I have found several TW riders in the SW Idaho area who are good riding partners and I have regressed from the edge of senility to have a blast again. Other friends have suggested I should act my age; I tell them that this is my age.

Happy Trails All

Ron in Boise
I don't have any trouble acting my age. I'm a 17 year old that was born in 1952. and the TW makes me act my age.
 

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Yeah, I'm kind of amazed how many people smile and wave when I ride by. They can't see my funny face inside my helmet, so it has to be something about the TW.
 

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I love that fact that no matter how many Harleys or big bikes are around me, everyone ignores them and wants to know what the heck I am riding.



Not what i was going for when I bought the TW, just a happy unintended side effect.
 

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I was stopped pulling out of my driveway the other day, the last place before the mountains by a man who said he had two Honda 90s he loved, but he wanted to know all about the TW. I just played the recording of all the virtues of a dual-sport already mentioned; most people can hardly believe it will do 70. What a source of practical pleasure. -GB
 

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Call me sentimental but I think the best thing about this bike might be this forum, I haven't looked around much but I can't think of any other group out there that took such a humble little bike and became so interested in customizing and helping others keep their bikes running. Here is what you have inspired me to build, thanks for everything:



 

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Wow ! VERY nice bike !



Thanks everyone for all the great stories and opinions......I never realized.



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