While not marketed as a retro bike, the 2018 Yamaha TW200 fits the bill. However, that’s simply because it hasn’t had any significant changes in decades.As a result, the 2018 Yamaha TW200 still has a 28mm Mikuni carburetor, an air-cooled motor, a rear drum brake, and non-adjustable suspension. Be that as it may, the TW200 still fits in the modern world. The low seat height welcomes almost everyone, and the 278-pound wet weight is relatively low.
The fat tires provide lots of traction on- and off-pavement, though they prefer a sedate pace. Ridden properly, the TW200 can go just about anywhere you point it, thanks to the easy torquey motor and huge rubber footprint.A favorite RV rear bumper bike, the 2018 Yamaha TW200 is great for short commutes and errand runs, along with fun off-road excursions.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2018 Yamaha TW200 Specs:
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 55.7mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve train: SOHC, two valves
Fueling: Mikuni 28mm carb
Transmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable fork; 6.3 inches
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!