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#1014814 - 07/18/18 12:00 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: elkroeger]  
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The best first time dirt bike for us that don't wanna fall over is the Yamaha TW 200.

Not even close


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#1014819 - 07/18/18 12:56 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: elkroeger]  
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So what's the big difference between the skinny and fat tire dirt bikes, like that TW200? What's all that extra balloon do for you?

Seems like it would be specialized for soft ground. There must be a down side to them?


I'm a man, and I can change, if I have to, I guess.

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#1014820 - 07/18/18 01:26 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: elkroeger]  
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While they have higher rolling resistance and wouldn't be the choice for higher speed riding, there are really no down sides to the TW's tires when mounted on the TW.

Don't dismiss the capability of the little TW.

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#1014822 - 07/18/18 02:15 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: eddd]  
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Yup....those little TW's are great. I think the extra tire just adds to the forgiveness of the bike.......little extra cushion, traction, and stability. I learned how to ride motorcycle on 2 fat tire bikes.

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And a Honda Fat Cat......this was my Dad's mid 80's toy while the rest of the extended family was still ripping around on 3 or 4 wheelers. We eventually converted them all to 2-wheeled riders
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#1014823 - 07/18/18 02:16 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: elkroeger]  
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[Nothing worse than trying to upright a relatively heavy bike at 12000 feet where footing might be sketchy


fixed it for you.

I thought I was going to have a heart attack picking up the DR 650 at the top of a big hill in Colorado a few years ago. At least WHIP was at the top on his back taking a nap.


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#1014826 - 07/18/18 02:38 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: elkroeger]  
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I'm following this thread because I've been trying to decide on a MC that is easy to load onto my trucks hitch carrier, and still be big enough to be freeway legal. This, of course, eliminates the Honda Grom and its competitors. I recently had the TW 200 positioned side by side next to an XT 250. Oddly I could barely determine a height difference, and the weights are almost the same. I think the XT wheels would be better for freeway use. My friend swears by the TW because he can retrieve large game animals from remote locations.

This little guy would be perfect for me, but they don't make it yet:
https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/honda-bulldog-concept


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#1014833 - 07/18/18 06:18 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: lawnchairboy]  
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Originally Posted by lawnchairboy
At least WHIP was at the top on his back taking a nap.


You mean like this ... ???
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#1014849 - 07/18/18 09:02 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: elkroeger]  
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Yup


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#1015068 - 07/22/18 05:08 PM Re: cheap little dual sports? [Re: elkroeger]  
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Originally Posted by elkroeger
I'm 6', but I also want my wife to be able to ride the thing. She's 5'2", currently riding a lowered 650CS. I half expect it'll just become hers when I decide to move up.


Yeah, that'll be a problem. I'm 5'11", 32+" inseam, and I can barely get a leg over my KLX250S from the ground. I usually use the left peg with the bike on the sidestand, the way a horseback rider uses a stirrup to mount, especially since I usually have a tailpack on the bike. Once I'm on and the suspension has compressed (more under my 185 lbs. than what your wife likely weighs), I can put toes down on both sides, or easily put a flat foot down on one side. I don't know whether suspension lowering is available, but of course, it will compromise off-road ability. The stock suspension seems pretty good to me, at least on the road. I've hardly ridden the thing off road, other than the dirt road on my commute to my volunteer job. It's a lot of fun, though, especially in tight twisties. Kinda like riding a bicycle with an engine. And it can keep up with freeway traffic, although it can't accelerate away from it. Passing on two-lane roads is similarly horsepower-challenged.


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