A much-misunderstood dual sport motorcycle, the 2017 Yamaha TW200 is the ultimate go-anywhere bike. With its fat ATV-like tires, the TW200 gets as much suspension from the high-profile rubber as it does from its old-school non-adjustable, shortish travel suspension.The secret to the TW200 is to not be in a hurry. If you’re patient, it will take you almost anywhere you care to go in the dirt. The engine has torque, the gearing is enabling, the Bridgestone Trail Wing tires get more traction than you can imagine (that’s a 180mm rear), and the seat height makes the TW200 it possible to ride the toughest trails.
The Yamaha TW200 also works as a fun street bike, though speed and handling are limited by the dirt-focused design.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Yamaha TW200 Specs:
Engine: SOHC 2-valve 4-stroke single
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 55.7mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel delivery: Mikuni 28mm carb
Transmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed
Clutch: Multiplate wet
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension: Telescopic forks; 6.3 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Single shock; 5.9 inches of travel
This week Teejay chats to Tyler Poppe. Tyler works on the TV show Mayans MC–and yet he doesn’t ride an American V-Twin. Wassup with that?? Also, Arthur finds out from friend Mike Cardillo about his thoughts on the full-size version of the Kawasaki KLX 140R F trail bike.