The TW200 is a bit of an oddball with it's unusual tire/wheel sizing.
I'm guessing we're not going to see you posting much in the joke of the day thread.I was right with you in your otherwise excellent response until the last sentence. You really think a first-gen FZ-09 is "well behaved and good handling"? The bike is infamous for being the exact opposite of that.
That's good to know about the tw200. Would the DR400 be a better choice. I'm definitely interested in keeping it around. On/off roading sounds fun. I guess im just looking for something that I can push to it's limits and learn crucial skills on something that's a bit more forgiving than the FZ 09.Yeah, my wife started on a TW200. It was fine - for a couple of months. She outgrew it right quick and got an SV650, which was great. The TW has its uses, but as a starter bike it’s kind of a waste of time.
A DP bike in the 300-650 range would be a lot better to gain experience without breaking the bank, and they’re a lot of fun to ride anyway, so it’s something you might want to hang onto even after you start riding bigger street bikes…
That's awesome. Alright I'll look into getting one or something similar.DRZ400’s are awesome. I haven’t ridden one, but I have a buddy that had one, and he would ride it on group rides in the canyons, off-road playing in the desert, even raced it in the Elsinore Grand Prix (not terribly competitive, but he finished!)…
Not sure which comment gave you that impression, but the FZ - with a few tweaks - is perfectly suited for carving up corners. However…eventually I think carving up curves would be fun so if this bike is really only suited for wheelies and blasting off at the speed of light maybe I outta get something else?
Stick to this plan! Get some experience and take some classes. It will make the FZ much more satisfying to ride when you know what you are doing…So my plan going forward is to pick up a dual sport in the spring and do the msf course and put a ton of time on that on both the dirt and st.
👇You already have some riding experience
That doesn’t exactly scream to me, “Hey, you should go jump on a liter bike!”My experience is pretty minimal. I had a 2001 CBR 600 that I rode for a summer, but it was very conservative and cautious at best, and probably lacking in basic fundamental skills.
That doesn’t exactly scream to me, “Hey, you should go jump on a liter bike!”
I’m frankly tired of hearing people suggest that MT09’s make good beginner bikes, because “you can just ride it in B mode”. What a crock. I’m sure there has been the occasional 16-year-old whose first bike was a Hayabusa, and they didn’t die on it. Does that mean it’s a good idea???
What is the rush? For a new rider who’s exceptionally skilled and mature, I would say it’s going to take at least a year of serious riding to get to the level of being able to exploit what the MT has to offer. For the average rider, it’s going to take a lot longer, and some folks will never reach that level. What’s wrong with spending a few seasons on a lighter, easier-to-ride motorcycle that doesn’t have enough power to exceed highway speed limits in 1st gear? Even in B mode, an MT can get you into trouble in a heartbeat if you don’t know what you’re doing.
The OP, to his credit, seems to understand that, but this is for others who may reference this thread. For all those who continually encourage newbies to buy freakin’ MT09’s, just stop.
I have a 2015 fz09 I bought new I now have 49K miles on. I bought mine new from a dealer in April of 2015 and it already had new fuel mapping flashed by the dealership to smooth the throttle response. Yours probably had that flash also. My advice is setup the suspension for your weight and work your way up from B mode. Sit forward on the seat and hold on. you will love that bike before you know it. I eventually upgraded my rear suspension to Ohlins and I’m currently upgrading the front suspension to K-tec cartridges.I was thinking a tw200, so I could get it on the cheap, ride the hell out of it, and really learn some shit. To be honest though, I don't know anything about duals. I see they have a DR400, so maybe that might be a better option.
I am also located in Iowa, south east. Bought my fz09 new in 2014. I am 6’ and 200 lbs. if your in my area we can cruise!Alright so I'm getting some responses different than what I expected.
Is getting a dual sport a waste of time then?
I'm located in Iowa. Not sure where vcyclenut is located but I have heard about the ECU flash and suspension adjustment being helpful. I'll look into that some more for sure.