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Old 02-27-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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Not a motard but...TW200 question

The fastest and most updated thumper I have real time on is an XR400. I have recently considered a motard but then I saw this TW200.

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How would this thing handle? They use a front hub and a rear rim/tire. I know it is way down on power and uncomparable to a motard. I am only drawn to it because of looks. Anyone ever driven something similar? It seems like it would make potholes and the horrible roads in Houston not matter.

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Old 02-27-2014, 06:22 PM   #2
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Looks like they laced a rear rim on a front hub and then installed a rear tire on the front. It would probably be pretty heavy steering but it's a fairly light bike with wide bars.
Shouldn't be too awful bad. Isn't gonna help with wheelies tho', lol
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Like a miniature Rokon for the street.
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Houston streets arent an issue with motards because we are never on them

But seriously on my XRR pot holes aren't a problem as my suspension is still stock (soft) but on the KTM with stiffer front forks they are a lot more noticeable. U would probably get run over riding that TW200 around Houston.
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It would take a lot of investment to get the forks widened and everything modded to make that front end, then the power is weak as . I have a TW200 and they are fun in mud and trails, but not much else. To each their own though it would be unique.
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It would take a lot of investment to get the forks widened and everything modded to make that front end, then the power is weak as . I have a TW200 and they are fun in mud and trails, but not much else. To each their own though it would be unique.
They make custom triple clamps in japan but you can also use BW200 clamps with stock forks. How fast can you comfortably go on your TW200 on the road? I have a weird fascination with your bike to be honest. No logical reasoning to back up my interest.
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I had a TW200 pass me at 80 once. True story, Katy Freeway. Freaking impressed the out of me.

I like TW200's. The beach bike thingy is a neat exercise, but I wouldn't own it.
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It is more than a rear rim put on a front hub, as the number of spokes are different.
TomballD is correct it would also take a custom (expensive) tripple clamps.
I owned a TW200. It was a hill climbing billy goat but heavy as , and no power. It would not even pop a wheelie if it wanted to. Steel frame, steel swing arm, steel rims, are getting the picture. Slow as but fun in the deep sand and climbing hills.

I love that picture of the one in Japan also. Looks kick , if only it had some power.
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They make custom triple clamps in japan but you can also use BW200 clamps with stock forks. How fast can you comfortably go on your TW200 on the road? I have a weird fascination with your bike to be honest. No logical reasoning to back up my interest.
Mine bone stock would do about 75 max, this could change depending on sprockets and motor mods. They are super fun and very intriguing because of that massive rear tire. I bought it new in 2001 and put about 15k miles learning on it as my first bike. They are very capable but as stated a pig. I could do wheelies like no other and will post some pics of me standing up on the seat doing wheelies. They have potential to be really cool , but how deep are your pockets ? brand new they are like 3k and street legal to boot!
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