The 2011 Yamaha TW200’s reputation as a fantastic all-purpose ride is greatly highlighted by the fact that anybody can have a good time with it on just about every imaginable surface. It certainly doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a vet; the TW200 takes care of everybody without bias or prejudice.
One of the more important characteristics of the bike are the big fat tires that deliver great traction and rider comfort over a wide range of terrain. A compact chassis and a low seat configuration also helps in making the bike one of the most user-friendly two-wheeled vehicles in the market.
Quite simply, it’s the embodiment of comfort and versatility, a throwback to a time where both elements were absolute necessities. The bike certainly helps make a case for itself by offering plenty of features that riders want to have in their bikes without compromising the extensive work and laborious detail that comes with building a bike that makes a name for itself in terms of overall versatility.
Find out more about the Yamaha TW200 after the jump.
Built and designed to be an all-purpose utility bike, the Yamaha TW200 is all about ensuring the rider the time of his life. A lightweight, diamond-type, high-tensile steel frame serves as the TW200’s chassis. To ensure a comfortable seating position for the driver, the TW200 has a long, motocross-style seat that creates a balanced riding position, ensuring ease in riding. Durable and wide fenders on the bike serve the purpose of keeping all the mud and dirt off of riders, especially when they’re on an off-road trek with all the earthly elements. The frame-mounted passenger footpegs provide two-up riding capability while a powerful, 60/55-watt, halogen, enduro-style headlight provides daylight clarity at night. The accompanying small fairings greatly cuts down on wind buffeting at highway speeds and adds a styling element to the bike’s overall profile. Instrumentation is also a standard for the TW200, one that includes a speedometer with odometer and resettable trip meter, and indicator lights for neutral, high beam, and turn signals.
The 2011 Yamaha TW200 is a sand king, a medium trail prince, a smooth trail baron, a rough trail pauper, and a street mangy dog. Keep all that in mind and you’ll have a great time!
The Yamaha TW200 carries a 196cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve, 4-stroke single engine that produces torquey low- and mid-range power that are completely ideal for all-purpose riding, be it during off-road explorations or just the casual ride around town. The engine is then mated to a five-speed manual clutch transmission for maximum on- and off-road performance. The accompanying internal engine counter-balancer greatly reduces the vibration generated by the road to make a smooth and comfortable ride. An easy and reliable, push-button electric ignition system allows for a precise spark to keep peak engine performance while an automatic cam chain tensioner was added to substantially reduce maintenance and mechanical engine noise.
Of all the surfaces the TW200 shines in, Yamaha makes no bones about where the bike shines above all else: the deep sand. With the kind of set-up and performance capabilities it has, the TW200 can carry sand rides with absolute ease, laughing heartily at the dunes and riding on top of them with the ease of which its capable of doing on just about every other surface.
Brakes and Suspension
Part of the whole set-up is a box section swingarm that’s fitted with easy-to-use eccentric chain adjusters. Grease fittings are placed at the swingarm pivot points, allowing for easy maintenance while 33mm front fork with 6.3" of wheel travel soaks up the bumps for a plush ride. The bike also comes with rubber fork boots, allowing for extended life. The bike has a Monocross link rear suspension that uses a single rear shock with the rear wheel travel of 5.9" allowing the bike to remain comfortable under all types of terrain. In the front, the bike has a 220mm front disc brake with twin piston calipers that ensure great stopping power and make the TW200 one of the most comfortable off-road bikes on the market. At the rear, you’ll find an easy-to-use drum brake with wing nut style adjuster lightweight, aluminum alloy rims on the front and rear.
The US-spec 2011 Yamaha TW200 retails for $4,350 while the Canadian-spec version is a little more expensive at $5,199 CDN.
|Engine Type||196cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke;|
|Bore x Stroke||67.0 x 55.7mm|
|Fuel Delivery||Mikuni® 28mm|
multiplate wet clutch
|Suspension/Front||Telescopic fork; 6.3-in travel|
|Suspension/Rear||Single shock; 5.9-in travel|
|Brake/Front||220mm single disc|
|L x W x H||82.3 x 32.3 x 44.1 in|
|Seat Height||31.1 in|
|Ground Clearance||10.4 in|
|Fuel Capacity||1.8 gal|
|Est. Fuel Economy||78 mpg|
|Wet Weight||279 lb|
Motorcycle.com ---- "Iconoclasts are everywhere, and sooner or later, you’ll probably see one riding a TW200. This fat-tired wonder has been the darling of campgrounds from Bar Harbor to Pismo Beach. Few street-legal dual-purpose machines are as easy to manage in sand as the TW, yet it remains a fine, versatile streetbike as long as you don’t envision a lot of highway miles or triple-digit speeds (downhill, with a tailwind, maybe...). The built-in luggage rack is handy, the headlight shroud actually deflects some wind at speed and the TW can boast some terrific fuel mileage in everyday riding."
hubpages---- "The 2011 Yamaha TW200 is a sand king, a medium trail prince, a smooth trail baron, a rough trail pauper, and a street mangy dog. Keep all that in mind and you’ll have a great time!"
Motorcycle-Usa ---- "Big fat tires that deliver great traction and rider comfort make the Yamaha TW200 the most distinctive dual purpose around. You also get a durable, reliable engine, electric power start and full street equipment for on-/off riding."
Cycletrader ---- "The gritty four-stroke engine delivers smooth, reliable torque with the push of the electric starter button. Running around town or heading to your favorite campsite or fishing spot the TW200 is always as ready to go anywhere as you are. With a low seat height, superior handling, and unique wide tires, you can get there with confidence and have big-time fun along the way."