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post #1 of 33 Old 05-18-2011, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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To Sell or Not to Sell?!?!?....WEE --> TW200 dilemma

I've had my 2009 wee for about a year now....and i just don't ride it nearly as much as i thought i would. It had 15 miles when i brought it home....it's still under 1,000. I LOVE when i get to ride, but it just doesn't happen as much as i thought it would.
I'm having my first baby....and all that goes with that....so i don't see the situation improving.
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The dilemma is, I'll always want to have SOMETHING to ride....in case i get the chance, etc. My logic is...I've always wanted a TW200....it's cheap....it's fun....and it's something that IF it DID end up sitting for a while, I wouldn't feel like i had this big nice motorcycle that i was neglecting. Just a neat, fun, scooter that I didn't get to ride all that much.

Does anybody see where i'm coming from?!?! is this making sense to anyone but me?!?!

Suggestions?

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ps. If i do sell the Wee, (may list it on here first) i'm considering riding it (last ride) to the buyer anywhere in the states. i'm a teacher so i'll have the summer off. good or bad idea?!?!
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That all sounds reasonably thought out. I don't know about this specific 200, but my 250 will do 90% of what I do on my wee - unpaved not so good, and strained on the I-state, but doable. I would think the TW200 would be an ideal occasional ride.

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makes perfect sense, I'm looking at a TW to add to the garage, for offroad fun. I can get to some fun offroad riding a few minutes from my door, places I wouldn't want to take the Vee, dropping it makes it ugly, replacing the plastic pieces gets expensive... been there, done that.
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I've often thought that a TU-250 or even the new CBX 250R would be great fun to have in the garage. I think you're making perfect sense, if the bike is sitting there, get something to bang around on and keep the change.

About riding "anywhere in the US" Have you done any multi-day rides before? Is the bike already set up for it? You wouldn't want to buy a lot of new gear you aren't going to use again.

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I understand what you are thinking. I am in a different situation that is causing me to think about parting ways with the Wee. I have 2 bikes, the '08 Matte Black Wee and a '98 Honda Valkyrie. My initial thought when I bought the Wee was to sell the Valkyrie. Well, I just couldn't part with it since I bought it new and have put every one of the 94,000 miles on it. So I ended up with 2 bikes.

Now I am thinking that I want to get back to owning just one bike but am not sure how to do it. Do I sell one of the 2 I now have & keep the other? Or do I get rid of them both and buy something entirely different. If one or both of my bikes were problematic, it would make the decision easy. But I have what I think are two of the most reliable motorcycles on the road.

If I sold them both & went for another bike, I think I would take a very hard look at the Triumph Tiger(the 1050) but I'm not sure what their reliability history is. On the other hand, I have wanted a BMW R1200R for quite some time but have not been able to "pull the trigger" on one due to BMW issues. I would think maybe they are getting things ironed out by now.

Anyway, good luck in your decision. You do have a great bike. I think I would keep it and put it on a Deltran Battery Tender, add fresh fuel with Stabil, and ride it when you are able. I was never able to understand why guys get rid of their bikes because a baby is on the way. We had 3, the youngest is now 35, and it never presented a problem for us.

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I've never owned a TW200 but researched them for a winter bike because of the tires. If I remember correctly, they top out at about 50MPH and are rather cumbersome to maneuver. I would look at a small cc dual sport like a KLR 250 or something similar. You should be able to pick one up for around the same price but end up with a much more versatile bike.
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I've never owned a TW200 but researched them for a winter bike because of the tires. If I remember correctly, they top out at about 50MPH and are rather cumbersome to maneuver. I would look at a small cc dual sport like a KLR 250 or something similar. You should be able to pick one up for around the same price but end up with a much more versatile bike.
+1 on this comment. Had a chance to ride a TW200 and although very stable and could go pretty much anywhere it was not the easiest unit to maneuver and it was 'SLOW".

Your thought process is good though - think about the 250 option. Good Luck.
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The TW isn't as dainty as you might think......seems to me you really need a bicycle with some saddle bags and a rack or two. You not only get a little exercise, but you feel great getting around without having to burn gasoline. Which is pretty much what I use to get around my urban/suburban area for grocery, nick nacks, etc, within a 3-4 mile radius at home.

Not really sure if even downsizing to a TW will address your real concerns, and you'll lose out on all the options a Wee provides.

I predict if you get a bicycle for your local needs, you won't feel as if you are wasting your Strom.

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(i'm posting this question on another forum as well.....just to get more input from a wider range of folks.)

I feel like i'd be much more apt to ride the smaller TW to work. I teach in a school that's MAYBE a mile.....about 2-3 minutes drive from where i live. (out of the neighborhood, down 'main' street, turn into the parking lot. repeat to head home)

I think i had ideas of grandeur about month long summer road trips, etc.....and that's just not going to be a reality for me. pulling a family camper with a bike/scooter in the bed of the truck for when we get there is much more feasible.

And i've always got that ''Wish I always had one of my own'' feelings about the TW.

THe highway is another thing that concerns me. We live right off i70 just east of KC, MO. There are plenty of back (read: gravel) roads to get from point a to point b.....but the Wee did so well on the open road. But again, i think that's just the part of me thinking i'm going to be a world traveler.
Realistically, putting around town will probably be it for a while. And a campsite putt around during the summer.

Thanks for the replies guys.

keep any input or experiences coming.

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Msollars, as my comments indicate, my 250cc scooter does most of what I need to do on two wheels and is quite enjoyable. I am almost always grinning goofily at the shear optimization of it all. It can go on the interstate if needed, has plenty of luggage capacity (trunk+topbox), great weather protection, etc. It does not do so well on the unpaved roads that I feel obliged to take since I own a Wee. 250+ maxi scooters should not be overlooked, though I think a 450 or 600cc is a waste, at least until I am closer to shuffling off this mortal coil.

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