Yamaha TW200 Review

2009 Yamaha TW200 from United States of America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance689 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL500i Silverwing

Summary:

Fun, nimble and capable bike

Faults:

The factory seat is a little uncomfortable for my "seat", so I purchase a Stearns seat cover for ATVs, and that solved that issue.

On the street, the stock gearing (14 front, 50 rear) was a little slow, especially in first gear. It's not a big deal for most, since off road, that's what you want, but I swapped out the 50 tooth for a 47 tooth sprocket, and that helped a lot.

Also, the stock chain is a basic chain, and most owners say it stretches a lot and is basically garbage, so I upgraded it to an O-ring chain.

General Comments:

Overall, this is a great motorcycle. I originally rode one in a MSF course, and it left a lasting impression on me. I purchased it since my 500cc cruiser was giving me so many issues, and I have since gotten rid of the cruiser, and made this my only motorcycle.

It is a very fun and nimble bike. I get compliments on it all the time. It has a very fat rear tire, and that's what gets people's attention.

Nice thing about this bike is that it is easily customizable. I have added a TW200 specific windshield, luggage rack, larger foot pegs, saddle bags, top box, etc. and the bike is so much more what I want. I am using it for camping, and it can easily handle all my gear with ease.

Going through gravel, dirt, etc. is also no problem for this bike. I have heard that the larger tires makes it harder to ride in the sand, but I have yet to do so. Seems to handle all other off-road conditions just fine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2011

3rd Sep 2012, 19:30

I also rode this Yahama TW200 in a MSF Course, and found it very easy and fun to ride. I would consider purchasing one to use on the local roads, and off road for exploring or camping.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review