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Last May, I decided to get my wife a bike to learn to ride on. It was a TTR125L. She did great on it. Recently while in the car chit chatting, she brought up the MSF classes and said something along the lines of, "I should take that course." So, like the excellent husband that I am, the next day I had us both signed up for classes this May. So, in preparation, I sold off her TTR and began scouting a new, street legal bike for her to ride. You might say, Mike, why the rush, she hasn't even taken the class yet? But, ye must remember, it's winter in Michigan, no better time to purchase a motorcycle. So I began scouting, KLR250's, DR200se's, XR250L's, XT225's, and TW200's, which I assumed most would be out of our price range. I wanted to stay near 1,000 dollars for a bike. I don't know how serious she's going to take it, so I didn't want a huge investment. I was pretty seriously considering a DR200se and a KLR250, when I saw an ad on c-list for an 05 TW200. So I checked the details. 12K miles. Intake valve had been replaced. It had a webcam aftermarket cam (stage 1)and it had a brand new Bridgestone TW204 and tube that came with it. It also has a jimbo sheild and a cyclerack on it. Here are a couple pics the P.O. sent me:











Not too bad. I wanted to check it out. So, I drove 2 1/2 hours to look at it. I walk around the bike. Initially I was a little turned off due to the fact that it looked as though it had never been washed. The swingarm was rusty, I assumed it was due to stones hitting it from the tire, but I now know it's a common problem with the battery vent hose. It needs sprockets pretty badly (He had recently changed the chain, but not the sprockets???). It also had some mismatched or just missing hardware here and there. Oh, and the fork boots were both ripped. I knew from the start that the meter box's tabs had broken off and it was hanging loose, there was a dent in the right side of the tank and the muffler had the spark arrestor removed and welded back up. I wanted to hear it run. The bike had been sitting in a cold barn, so when the P.O. went to put the key in the ignition, it wouldn't turn. There must have been some condensation in the lock cylinder. After a while of looking around, he located some wd40 to dribble into it. Eventually we got the lock turning. Then it wouldn't start and the battery was low. Luckily he had a charger with jump start capabilities. We got it running, so I wanted to take it for a spin down the road. It was reeaaallly cold out. The bike ran great and shifted fine. I got back and we started dealing. I ended up with the bike. ;)



I brought it home and immediately started dis-assembling the bike. I am really anal about cleanliness and this bike was nasty.







I cleaned dirt and mud from every crevice of the frame, and removed what seemed like pounds of greasy dirt from the engine case. I cleaned up the rust on the swing arm and touched it up with some paint, I resprayed the passenger peg brackets, I cleaned up and resprayed the skid plate, cleaned and painted the exhaust, etc. etc. I also removed a bunch of metal mulisha sticker. It was starting to look pretty good. I removed the mismatched hardware and bought new button/allen head bolts in stainless for the passenger pegs and exhaust hangers. I also bought some bolts to hold the seat down since those were missing. I glued the tabs back on the meter box and it's pretty solid now. I also added a set of Tusk handguards and took off the open ended powermadd ones that were on it.











I ordered a bunch of parts the other day, including new sprockets, countershaft oil seals, crankcase gasket, bulbs for the meter box that were burned out, new fork boots, oil, filter, etc.



I also ordered these pegs from ebay since the stock ones are so small:







Tonight, I was bored, waiting for parts to come in, so I used an extra set of reflect rim tape on the TW and I think it turned out pretty cool:











Since she's going to be a new rider, there is nothing wrong with a little extra visibility.



I'll keep you updated with other stuff. I need to have the new tire/tube mounted up on the rim, but I might as well wait until I take it off to change the rear sprocket. Future mods I would like to do include a riccochet skid plate and a Lizrdcooler oil cooler. I like the look of the t-dub, so I don't really forsee any visual or strip down mods in it's future. I am thinking about stopping by the local body shop to see if they could pop the dent out at all.
 

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Congrats. You say no changes now. So have 99% of us. It is my only addiction, and I am proud of it.

The only way to keep yourself from doing numerous things to it is if your wife claims ownership of the TW.

Enjoy it and have fun.



Here is my bike at the begining (Already having put on the Jimbo Shield and cut the back plate fender.





As of this last weekend.

 

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Oh boy, you would hate me. Mine has dirt on it. . .all the time! If I washed it now, folks wouldn't recognize me!




Yours is lookin good. Brings back the memories of what my '05 use to look like.



 

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Oh boy, you would hate me. Mine has dirt on it. . .all the time! If I washed it now, folks wouldn't recognize me!




Yours is lookin good. Brings back the memories of what my '05 use to look like.





Once you get a bike clean, you can get it dirty and it can get pretty clean with just a hose. This bike had dirt built up for so long, some of it was set up like concrete. It was really hard to get it off. I find, too, that its easier to spot leaks if you're keeping your bike and, if you regularly wash your bike, you will notice if fasteners are getting loose or missing. It really helps you stay in tune with your bike.
 

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Congrats. You say no changes now. So have 99% of us. It is my only addiction, and I am proud of it.

The only way to keep yourself from doing numerous things to it is if your wife claims ownership of the TW.

Enjoy it and have fun.



Here is my bike at the begining (Already having put on the Jimbo Shield and cut the back plate fender.





As of this last weekend.



I do like the idea of upgrading the suspension, but that will have to be down the line. I'm nervous that if I ride it much, I'll want to ride it more than my KLX which i have pretty well set up.



 

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welcome...the bikes look great!...i was thinking of putting some reflective rim tape on my bikes as well but haven't pulled the trigger cause i wasn't sure if it would hold up with mud and water...i'll probably put some on my other bike though
 

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It's cheap enough, that if it gets ripped up, I'll just peel it off. I got it here:



http://dx.com/c/car-accessories-799/motorcycle-gadgets-720?sort=price&sortType=asc


true...thanks...there are also a lot of rolls on ebay...even some make specific ones...i'm probably looking at just plain white so i can use it on both of my bikes...

http://motors.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=reflective+RIM+tape&_sacat=&_odkw=reflective+tape&_osacat=0&bkBtn=&_trksid=p4506.m270.l1313
 

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Ok, need some advice guys. Like I said, on the front there is a TW203 with a ton of life on it. It's been on for I assume about 2 years. The rear has a TW34 that you can see the tread depth on some of my pictures. I don't know how old it is, but it actually has decent tread, so I'm assuming its probably not original equipment with 12k miles. I also have a TW204 that is brand new (with a matching tube) and was purchased by the P.O. at the same time as the front TW203. I just assumed that I'd pull the 34 off the rear and put the 204 on so that they match (remember the anal retentiveness?) I tried searching to see how worthy they are offroad. I am thinking for the first year at least, we won't be hitting too crazy of terrain. My though is blacktop, two tracks, and dirt roads. No mud or tight technical trails. However, I live in Michigan where there is sand a plenty. I don't want her going through a sandy patch and losing control. So, what would you do? I could try and sell the new 204 and 203 as a set to fund the purchase of more dirt friendly tires, or I could leave it as is, with the 203 on the front and the 34 on the back. (If I do this though, I want to make sure the tire isn't too old, any info on what numbers I need to look at to tell the age?)



Or I could go with my original plan of swapping the rears so that they match and see how it goes. What would you do?
 

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Just playing devil's advocate. Dirt in one form or another occupies 2/3 of your planned menu ("...blacktop,two tracks and dirt roads....). Downplaying that is false economy. If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. And if mama ain't safe...... not the place to be optimistic about the 203/204 combo. Cut your losses.



Someone out there is probably chomping at the bit for a deal on your street rubber, particularly that new 204.



My wife learned with a 32 front but I'd never make her go through that again. A better tire like the SR244 can be had for as little as 50 bucks,



Use the savings to replace the 34 if it's below par.
 

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I didn't see your post until now Lizrdbrth, but I ended up getting the TW204 mounted up. It'll be ok to start on, and I'll do some testing with it before we do anything offroad to make sure it's suitable. If it's not, I'll get a different set, or maybe get another set of wheels so we could swap them out.




I replaced the rear sprocket, but found out I ordered the wrong counter shaft sprocket, so that part is on hold. I did replace the outer oil seal for the counter shaft. I installed a fuel filter, I changed out the torn fork boots with a set of daystars. A tip. They ends of the stock boots fit tightly around the fork, but the daystars were a pretty loose. To remedy, I cut the very end of the stock boots off and left them the fork. I then slipped the daystars over the piece I left on the fork and the new boots fit tight. My bushings worked! I also replaced the bulbs in the meter box. This bike is going to be like new after I'm done with it.



Just waiting on the new sprocket to come in, luckily my wife qualified for an Amazon Prime trial, so I'll have it on Tuesday. Then I can install the new gasket on the cover, button it back up, and change the oil.
 

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Fine bit of sweat equity, that. Nothing like blowing one completely apart and doing it all.



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I changed out the torn fork boots with a set of daystars. A tip. They ends of the stock boots fit tightly around the fork, but the daystars were a pretty loose. To remedy, I cut the very end of the stock boots off and left them the fork. I then slipped the daystars over the piece I left on the fork and the new boots fit tight. My bushings worked!
Thanks for that tip. I just did the same thing. Works great.




I don't know if anyone has mentioned it before. If so, I hadn't seen it.



What part of Michigan are you from?



Edit....Oops, I did a search and see that Rainman mentioned this tip last march. Oh well, thanks to both of you.
 

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The Kawasaki look mean. Even in Red. It looks great.
 

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Thanks for that tip. I just did the same thing. Works great.




I don't know if anyone has mentioned it before. If so, I hadn't seen it.



What part of Michigan are you from?



Edit....Oops, I did a search and see that Rainman mentioned this tip last march. Oh well, thanks to both of you.


I'm in Gladwin.
 

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Finally got a sprocket last night, installed it, and the new stator cover gasket, adjusted the chain, changed the oil and filter. Should be ready to rock...and it snowed the last two days. So I ran the gas out of the carb and tucked it in with the other bikes. Maybe April will be better.
 
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