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Postby HenryJ » Thu May 08, 2008 3:57 am

Motorcycles don't have the roof or windshield issues. Might be a possibility? 45 mpg saves quite a bit on the daily commute.

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Postby 04crewvt » Thu May 08, 2008 4:30 am

It has been in my mind. I have never been on one so the learning curve might take a while. Plus having lots of family on bikes and seeing the number of accidents they have had makes me a bit leery. Not that some of the accidents weren't there own fault but some were just flukes.
I see so many people around here that just seem to not see bikes on the road they, are too d_mn busy talking on the phone or changing there music to see a bike it seems.
I filled up the crew today and I had filled it on Tuesday. for my 300 mile weekly commute I dumped $65 into the tank for a total of 13.22/day so after taxes it costs me close to 1.5hr/day of my take home pay just to get to work which equals almost 1 day a weeks pay just for gas.
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Postby green02crew » Thu May 08, 2008 6:46 am

The Malibu's get decent mileage and are a good size. The two newer style ones are the ones to look at. You could always sit in one at a dealer and see how they feel then shop for a good price.
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Postby JaVeRo » Thu May 08, 2008 7:01 am

Here's my weekend gas saver, warm weather only.
I have never checked the mileage on it but it's supposed to get between 65 and 85 mpg.
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During the winter months it's a Ford escort.

During the workweek it's a Suburban company truck but I don't pay for that gas. Hauling 500 - 800 lbs of equipment, I still get about 16.5 mpg as long as I'm not pulling the 4 wheeler with me. It's a lot of highway driving.

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Postby 04crewvt » Thu May 08, 2008 7:55 am

Malibu is too small, I barely can fit my knees under the dash. I had one as a loaner and was glad I only had to go 2 miles or so.
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Postby bwenny247 » Thu May 08, 2008 1:50 pm

gas jumped to $3.90 here last night. I just filled up tuesday night for $3.63. a 27 cent jump overnight!

Think I outa use my "stimulas" money to buy a bike....maybe something cool with a bannana seat or a card in the spokes :wink:
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Postby HenryJ » Thu May 08, 2008 2:34 pm

04crewvt wrote:Malibu is too small...
Did you try the Malibu Maxx?
It is bigger than the sedan and I REALLY like ours. The power seat is height adjustable. I can ride like a lowrider with plenty of head room, or be crunched into the ceiling as my wife likes to drive it.

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Postby 04crewvt » Thu May 08, 2008 5:04 pm

No but it's worth a shot. I looked at the specs. and there is certainly some good numbers for size. Narrow window for model years looks like they were built from 2004 -2007 so far the used ones I have looked at are in the 10K range.
At that price I can buy a lot of gas for the crew and I sure don't want to get rid of it, just supplement it.
Thanks for the lead I will see if there is one close buy to try out.
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Postby HenryJ » Thu May 08, 2008 5:53 pm

Ours had around 20k miles and we paid almost $13k

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Postby 04crewvt » Thu May 08, 2008 5:56 pm

Sounds about right the one closest to me has 37500 and is at $10995, I might just go take a look at it this weekend what kind of MPG are you getting?
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Postby green02crew » Thu May 08, 2008 6:17 pm

We get 32 winter, 34 summer with our Malibu, not the Maxx but regular. It is rated much lower for some reason.
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Postby HenryJ » Thu May 08, 2008 6:22 pm

Around town it has been 26-28 mpg. On the highway 32-36 mpg.
It is no slouch. That V-6 really has some get up and go. Loaded it pulls the hills easily. We cruised to the coast with some rather spirited driving. Handles nicely and has the power to push the edge a little if the desire is there.
I would imagine that the SS version is a real blast to drive.
I would bet your mileage could be better than ours if you are lighter on the go pedal than I.

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Postby roadrunner » Thu May 08, 2008 6:36 pm

04crewvt wrote:Yea for a car I was looking on line and there is a 2000 Chevy Impala for $3988 listed locally estimated 20-32MPG I can drive them but it's not fun. Problem is most of my hight and size issues are upper body. I am tall in the torso and wear a 62 suit coat so shoulder room and head room are the big issues. With most cars the steep slant of the windshield means I am looking through the top 3 inches or so and fell like I have to be half a block back to see a traffic light. With that price I could have a monthly payment that equals a weeks gas in the crew. If it actually got 32MPG highway it could save me as much as $50/month.

I'm not a small guy either and have no room or comfort issues in our 98 Park Ave. It does however have split bench power 6 way seats both sides. I too am proportioned tall in the torso but only take a 58 suit coat. The previous owner of our 98 was much larger than I. Approx 6'3" and somewhere around 400lb. I kinda think if he had no room issues you probably wouldn't either. He had to use a seat belt extender to make em reach also. Nice thing as well in our 98 you can set two seperate driver "memory" positions on the seats and rear view mirrors. On exit you hit the exit button and the seat moves all the way back and down. On entry hit either driver 1 or driver 2 and it goes back to your programmed settings.
I can't speak to the chevy mileage etc but the figures I quoted on the Park Ave are accurate. It has gotten as high as 41 mpg under ideal driving conditions. The 20-25 figure for all short drives consists of startup plus 6 miles one way then end of day startup and same return so I am very satisfied with that figure given the usage. Just my $.02 worth. 8)
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Postby 04crewvt » Fri May 09, 2008 2:29 am

Those are good mileage numbers that's for sure. I suppose I could train my size 13 6E right foot to be a little lighter on the pedal if I had to.Image
It's a pain being in the top percent of size sometimes, at close to 6"5" and 360+ pounds I have to meet close to 500 people to find someone larger than I am (statistic counter I found once) it means I am way outside the bell curve for designers of most products. On the other hand I rarely worry about walking down a dark alley.
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Postby roadrunner » Fri May 09, 2008 4:55 pm

04crewvt wrote: I suppose I could train my size 13 6E right foot to be a little lighter on the pedal if I had to.

Cruise control! :lol:
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Postby 04crewvt » Fri May 09, 2008 5:05 pm

Believe me I use cruise control most of the time even in the crew, that way I can curl my leg under and have some room. I adjust my speed +or- 5 mph using the multi function stalk not the brake or gas pedals. In the winter I can't wear my heavy boots they won't fit in the foot well I have even caught my foot between the two pedals a couple of times.
Maybe I could get an exemption from the DMV to use a hand brake and throttle then I could remove the pedals all togetherImage
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Postby roadrunner » Fri May 09, 2008 5:11 pm

04crewvt wrote:Maybe I could get an exemption from the DMV to use a hand brake and throttle then I could remove the pedals all togetherImage

Yeah, I do a fair amount of "switch" driving with my leg curled back too. Don't remove both pedals just the brake then you can really stomp on the gas and squeeze the brakes like a bike. :wink: :lol:
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Postby 04crewvt » Fri May 09, 2008 5:16 pm

Old stock car family lots of times it's easier for me to left foot the brake right foot the gas ,works great to increase revs before doing donuts in the snow.

Been searching the classifieds today ,I really need a vehicle with a payment plus gas mileage of less than $300/month for another vehicle to make sense.
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Postby roadrunner » Fri May 09, 2008 5:21 pm

04crewvt wrote:Old stock car family lots of times it's easier for me to left foot the brake right foot the gas ,works great to increase revs before doing donuts in the snow.
Been searching the classifieds today ,I really need a vehicle with a payment plus gas mileage of less than $300/month for another vehicle to make sense.

Does that enable ya to do 4 wheel donuts with the Crew? :lol: Good luck and happy hunting! Sounds challenging when you throw in the "size" factor as well. :wink:
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Postby 04crewvt » Fri May 09, 2008 5:25 pm

Put crew in 2wd left foot on brake increase rpm's to 3k turn wheel all the way to left lock drop gas to floor release brake and a crew will spin in it's own track as many times as you can take it. I think 6 was the most I have gotten at one time on a fresh coat of powder over ice.
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Postby roadrunner » Fri May 09, 2008 5:27 pm

Sounds like you're having way too much fun gettin dizzy. :roflmao:
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Postby 04crewvt » Fri May 09, 2008 5:29 pm

Not for mileage but here's one with plenty of room.Image
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Postby ang94541 » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:22 am

I had high hopes to autocross this thing. Then wife, house, kids seemed to change all that.
Up until about a year ago I didn't realize that I was only driving this to work during the week. It is now officially my commuter car.
It's a 73 Datsun 1200 with a sewing machine size 1200cc engine.
Best mpg has been 37. That may not sound like much for such a small engine but it has a hotter cam, headers and dual carbs.
It feels like a gokart after driving the CrewCab.
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Postby HenryJ » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:52 pm

I have been watching for quite a while now and making offers as they came around. I finally ran across a seller willing to deal.
Timing is wrong as it is just before Xmas. I will have to store it all winter and wait until spring to ride it, but I bought it anyway-

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It has quite a few additions that are just as I would have done. A small fairing, battery tender, rack, short lights and 1" bar risers. I'll probably add a set of soft bags that I have had for years , a mount for my GPS and maybe some driving lights.
It should make a nice commuter bike and trail bike too.
I love the huge tires and 80 mpg will be nice.

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Postby F9K9 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:08 pm

A one lunger? My hands are already numb. Electric start?
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Postby HenryJ » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:24 pm

Yes, a genuine "thumper".
It is electric start and only electric start. 2001 still had a kick starter and the electric start. That ended in 2002 as I understand it. 2001 was also the first year for the front disk brake. A huge improvement from what I have read.

The TW200 has been built basically the same since the '80's. Small changes made, but basically the same. It is bullet proof and lasts forever. Parts are everywhere. The TW200 is still in production and very popular overseas too.
They are very capable and impossible to stop. That huge rear tire can not get stuck in mud.
I have lots of reading to do as I still don't know enough. http://tw200forum.com/

This is light enough to carry on the hitch. That is my plan. It should make a nice addition and make exploring around camp pretty fun. Not a bad back up plan either.
I have a big bike if I want to take a long ride. This fills a void for the short little trips and as a trail bike.
I am looking forward to spring.

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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby YellowCrewCabber » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:54 pm

HenryJ wrote:Well with rumors of gas going as high as $3 a gallon for daily driven vehicles this year, I dusted off the bike.
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I didn't realize how long it has been since I have had it out. (almost five years) . Still under 10k miles :D not bad for a 20 year old bike.
This is the first vehicle that I ever bought new. It was a "hold over" 1984. I bought it in early 1985 for $2800 and traded in my Honda CB 550 twin. I think new price was around $3600.

Honda's V65 Sabre was the fastest production bike when it came out. It has a 1100cc 121 hp V-4, 0-50 in 2.31 seconds and does the quartermile running in the mid 10's. It is a rush to ride.

If I remember correctly it got around 36 mpg, city and a best of 50 mpg highway. Exactly what is needed with these gas prices.
I know exactly what that bike is. It's a kick ass Honda V4. I have an 83 V65 Magna. Nice bike HenryJ High temp near 60 on Sunday. Just might go for a cruise. :wink:
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Postby HenryJ » Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:04 pm

YellowCrewCabber wrote:... It's a kick ass Honda V4. ...Nice bike HenryJ
Thank you. It is snowing hard here. I am "dun till spring".

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Postby F9K9 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:05 pm

HenryJ wrote:...........This is light enough to carry on the hitch. That is my plan. It should make a nice addition and make exploring around camp pretty fun. Not a bad back up plan either..................
Looks like a CC mod to me. :lol:
I am going to refrain for buying another bike for now. To many acquaintances meeting larger vehicles with bad consequences lately for me. We have idiots here and the local LE agencies do not enforce stop sign and traffic light violations. I have long given up on turning left at a yellow light. Oncoming traffic will keep coming through long after they have gotten a red light.
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Postby Horsehammerr » Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:12 am

Oh well, I guess I'll have to suffer with 23-24 mpg in my ol' CC. 8)
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Postby 04crewvt » Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:33 pm

What do you do to get that mileage, push it by hand half the time? I would love to see 20MPG in mine.
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Postby HenryJ » Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:38 pm

HenryJ wrote: I'll probably add a set of soft bags that I have had for years , a mount for my GPS and maybe some driving lights.
I waited almost 24 hours before the mods began.
The soft bags are MIA. I must have given them away some time ago. I took the 130/90W bulb out of my flashlight and installed it in the headlamp of the TW200. Then I added a 9 LED driving light/strobe that has been sitting on the shelf since the sweeper light joke. Lights are up to par now and visibility improved.
Next up is new handlebars to which I will attach the power port for the GPS and a GPS bracket.
That should about do it for now. It will then be ready to ride for spring.

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Postby Horsehammerr » Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:15 am

The only pushing I do in my CC is on the cd player to change cd's. This Cruzcab of mine has 116000 miles on it and purrs on cruise anytime it hits 45 mph or above. I simply figure out the best medium speed for the road I'm on and hit cruise, no foot work with throttle or breaks. Those are for starting and stopping. 8)
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Postby GeorgesBlazah » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:25 am

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The gas miser. Id like to get a bike one of these days.
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Postby green02crew » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:56 pm

I like the look of that! Not too flashy like some other lowered s10s. I bet it handles well too. What does it get for gas mileage? I'm assuming it has the 2.2?
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Postby GeorgesBlazah » Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:59 pm

Yeah its a 2.2 5spd I get ~24 in town with it, hwy ~30 depending on how fast im going. It handles great, its got the ZQ8 suspension and I lowered it more with spindles and blocks. Id like to autocross it one of these days, but im gonna need some better brakes because of the bigger wheels.
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby YellowCrewCabber » Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:23 pm

HenryJ wrote:
YellowCrewCabber wrote:... It's a kick ass Honda V4. ...Nice bike HenryJ
Thank you. It is snowing hard here. I am "dun till spring".


Image Hit 75 degrees yesteday and just had to take a cruise. I.......couldn't.......re....sist.
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Postby HenryJ » Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:11 pm

Spring had better come soon. I have about modded the TW too death.
The new handlebars arrived and they are much better 2" higher than stock. I filled them with lead shot to help with the vibrations of a thumper. To them I added Emgo hand guards. The GPS mount I ordered was suited more to a bicycle than a motorcycle, so there it went and I modified the spare for the truck to work on the crossbar.
Reading an article , I made some T-bolts for the seat screws so tool free removal is possible. They work great. I went the less expensive route for a trunk and u-bolted a Rubbermaid Action Packer on the back. Those stock Crew Cab rear carpet floor mats fit perfectly in the bottom :mg:
I pulled the seal that prevents adjusting the carburetor and turned it out a little to compensate for freeing up the airflow with the removal of the stock snorkel. I had to make a special screw driver for adjustment on the road and added it to the tool kit. Now that the intake can breathe, I opened up the exhaust a little and added a larger mesh screen to quiet it a little too.
The stock shifter has been replaced by a MSR forged aluminum folder. It sits forward and fits my foot much better. Wider pegs were installed too. The seat got one of the Stearns ATV seat covers, a Wallyworld bargain.
Today the SOLAS reflective tape arrived. The trailing arms front shocks and a few other pieces received some to improve visibility from all sides.
I ordered a taillight modulator to improve the visibility from the rear too.
I found an old style Kolpin fuel can and bracket on ebay. That will get mounted behind the trunk to extend my range.
A new helmet and goggles are on their way and tomorrow I am off to the New Years day sale at Cycle Gear to pick up some summer riding "armor". Actually just a jacket. The flashy Joe Rocket leathers for the Sabre , just would look silly on the TW.
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Postby HenryJ » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:43 pm

My wife is now very sure that I have completely lost it. It must be the cabin fever of the long holiday, or sumth'n. The poor TW has been stripped nearly to the frame and back now.
I modified the front shocks for air, adjusted the rear spring to firm it up a little, installed a taillight modulator and twin tube 'tool or whatever" storage. The chain has been cleaned and soaks in lube for now. The sprockets cleaned up and look good too.
The New Years day sale at CycleGear turned out to be a good one. The jacket I wanted ended up being half off of an already discounted price. $45 for a $140 motorcycle safety jacket is pretty good. Since the jacket was a bargain I picked up a set of discounted Airflow gloves to match.
The bike looks to need a little protection too as the stock tin skid plate will just not be sufficient. A Ricochet skid is on the way. I will feel much better with 1/4" aluminum shielding for the engine case.

My wife just shakes her head. "You haven't even rode it yet." How do you reply to that? :crazy:

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Postby F9K9 » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:07 pm

HenryJ wrote:.........My wife just shakes her head. "You haven't even rode it yet." How do you reply to that? :crazy:
You can't! :lol: I trust you have had a thumper before. Commutes to work would be my limit unless isolation technology has come light years since the 80s.
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Postby 04crewvt » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:10 pm

Care to let us know how much the accessories have cost vs the actual cost of the bike? Then we will know how crazy you really are.
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Postby HenryJ » Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:08 pm

f9k9 wrote:I trust you have had a thumper before. Commutes to work would be my limit unless isolation technology has come light years since the 80s.
It has been a very long time. I rode a CB450 from Vancouver ,WA to Ontario, OR. That was a twin and may not vibrate quite as much. It was still a "thumper" in that it was not exactly a comfortable ride. I hear all sorts of talk about numbness from the vibes. hopefully I will have quenched some of it.

I have done as much as I can to reduce vibration transference. Aluminum bars filled with lead shot. Cushy grips. Padded gloves. Much of these tips have been gleaned from guys who are riding them long distances. One has traveled from Utah to Alaska. Another is prepping for a trek from the state of Washington to Minnesota. I have no plans to go to those extremes, hence the carrier for the crews hitch.
I have done more than most, and most are not complaining. Hope I got it right.

04crewvt wrote:Care to let us know how much the accessories have cost vs the actual cost of the bike? Then we will know how crazy you really are.

More than 10% and less than 25% the purchase price would be my guess. I really haven't taken the time to add it all up.

Lots of it is simple stuff similar to the low buck mods we have done to the crews. The airshock mod cost me $0.00 as did the rear spring lift. Snorkel removal, carb adjust, chain conditioning all "free" mods, if you consider I had the supplies already and my time is worth nothing. The tube storage was $8 and the trunk with all the hardware under $20. I already had the SilverStar bulb from my flashlight , so that doesnt count, right? That light has since been replaced with one of the Power-on-board HID flashlights.
Handlebars needed to be done as stock was tweaked. Add the handguards and they were just under $80 together.
The modulating light was a big item. I see it as a safety thing though as I do not have the power of the big bike to move when I need to move fast. The same can be said for the SOLAS reflective tape. Both of those were under $70 together.
The skid plate may be a frill. It was on the bottom of the list. I have read way too many scare stories to avoid getting one now. Insurance, I guess :roll:

Thank goodness the guy before me did quite a few things to the bike before I bought it :whew:

The biggest part of the expense has been in the new riding gear. The helmet and leathers I wear on the Sabre would just not be right on the TW. I have invested about $160 in the helmet, goggles, jacket and gloves. I am not sure those count as bike mods though.

I am sure I have gone in deeper than I expected to. I try not to do things half way, but I do try to get the most for my money. I could have done something worse with the $$. I am still in it all together less than these bikes have been selling for. I am sure I could sell the bike this spring for everything I have into it and break even.

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Postby HenryJ » Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:30 am

Finally had a clear day to bring it out for some "after shots"

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Postby F9K9 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:32 pm

Looks great! I like the thought of real "spokes" but, I am sure I am a minority! :D
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Postby roadrunner » Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:48 pm

f9k9 wrote:Looks great! I like the thought of real "spokes" but, I am sure I am a minority! :D

Right in there with ya on that one Reed! :thumb:
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Postby JaVeRo » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:54 pm

Brule,

Warm weather is here, still waiting for a report on how you like the TW200.

I finally dusted mine off and serviced it for the summer.

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Postby HenryJ » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:42 pm

JaVeRo wrote:Brule,

Warm weather is here, still waiting for a report on how you like the TW200
I like it. Around town and on the commute I seem to be getting about 60 mpg.
The kick start I added has been a blessing. The brighter headlamp too. I installed an oil cooler and that is working now. Regeared to hold 60 mph comfortably. A M606 front tire and dynabeads in both. It is a smooth ride. I can feel a little buzz in the pegs, but nothing like the nightmare vibrations that I had been warned about. I have it where I want it now.
I have put around 800 miles on it now. Not enough time offroad. A great commuter. Really nimble.
I can see why these quirky little bikes have such a cult following.

The V65 is going to sit out this summer. As Reed says, the plate is full.

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Postby WVHogRider » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:40 am

I can't believe I haven't posted in this thread yet. Yeah, you probably seen it before, but here's my prefered commuter: Image
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby HenryJ » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:24 am

Still riding the TW200 and loving it. What a wonderful trail bike and a good daily commuter. It has saved a bunch on fuel for sure.
The plan all along has been for my wife to ride this and eventually my son. I have been watching for another bike so we can ride together. My friend at the parts store has been a bad influence.

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I came home with a 2000 KLR650 a couple days ago. The bike was on its second owner. The first let it sit in the sun way too long. It took me a couple days to clean up the plastics. I added the rear rack as the one on the TW200 has been fantastic.
This was a real spur of the moment thing. I wasn't seriously looking. John said one showed up on Craigslist that morning. I found the ad and had email back pretty quickly. We had a one hour window to see it that day so I made the trip to Meridian that evening. Looking it over it was pretty poor looking from all the oxidation, but otherwise in decent shape and not beat. I made him an offer he could refuse and he didn't. Home I came with it. BTW a KLR650 does fit in our bed :)

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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby HenryJ » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:34 pm

Here is the original Craigslist photo:

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Kind of a lousy photo, but you can see the oxidation on the fairing and front fender a little. It was terrible looking! :!:

Well I have spent this weekend fixing up the KLR. I installed the shorter windshield, ditched the California Emissions stuff. That was about ten feet of unneeded tubing.
I wired in two power ports so that I am ready for the GPS and have a place to charge the cell phone , or plug in the Ipod.

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Added driving lights. The red switch on the fairing dash, next to the right power port activates them. They make huge light at night. Great trail lights.

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Removed the kickstand kill switch. Cleaned and waxed the chain. Added Solaris reflective tape to a few side parts. I had a new Stearn's ATV seat cover so I installed it.

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The cooling system got some Redline Water Wetter and I sealed the side cowl.

This thing has been apart more times than I care to count now. I'm done for a while. Time to go watch the fireworks!

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Postby HenryJ » Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:00 pm

GPS bracket arrived today:

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Things are finally getting together on the KLR. I mounted a little clock above the instruments. That is the little orange thing.
I added a flap on the rear inner fender to protect the shock from mud and debris. The dune flag mount is on the rear rack. Now I just wait to add a trunk and I'll be where I want it.

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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby HenryJ » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:00 pm

The new larger Clarke 2.7 gallon tank for the TW200 arrived today.

Here is a comparison photo.

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The bolt at the front is the mount. It does not rely upon the rubber mounts for the stock tank. Instead it bolts through the hole on the frame. Tow spacers allow the long bolt to tighten and the grommets isolate it.

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It does not feel bigger, but it definitely is bigger. The full stock tank of fuel left the level down about four inches.

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I think they really did a pretty good job. Turning the bars lock to lock, they took advantage of every bit of space. There is reasonable clearance. Well engineered. The stock petcock required opening the holes for the fuel tubes slightly. I used a 11/32" bit to pull the hole out slightly. This allowed the raised portion at the base of the screens to clear for installation. A rubber gasket and new bolts are provided.

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I added our BLT Offroad decals to finish it off. Right now the "rose colored glasses" of a new mod, are still on. Thus far...I like it.

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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby border man » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:36 am

Is it still street legal, due to the fact that you changed the metal tank out for a plastic off-road one? :?: Needs a vent tube, you gonna get fuel spit all over you.....
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Postby HenryJ » Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:36 am

I do not believe there are restrictions on the fuel tank composition in Oregon. I do not know what the regulations are for this sort of thing though. I'm not worried. This will hold up to more than the stock tank.

I was in a hurry to get photos taken. It does have a 1/4" vent line that passes forward and under the tank to the rear. The cap is internally baffled. That will reduce the fuel spray out the top. I did want to be sure that it would not pee fuel if the rider lays it over.

The plan all along has been for my wife to take over this bike. Day before yesterday was her first lesson. She is doing pretty good. I can't wait to hit the hills as a family.

What are you riding at work these days? Still on two wheels or four with doors now?

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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby border man » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:06 pm

Too hot for two wheels.... Traded the CRF-450 for my new 3/4 ton silverado with A/C.
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Postby HenryJ » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:10 pm

Wow, it must be hot down there. We are sitting at 95 waiting on 102 today.

Is the Silverado pushed by a gas engine or diesel?

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Postby border man » Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:53 am

A very loud diesel. Right now at 4:50AM my patio thermometer says its 84 degrees. Nice and cool... We topped out at 111 yesterday.
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby dozer1530 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:13 am

if you like honda civic look at the link below thats what i drive every day. my cc is for the weekend lol
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby HenryJ » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:40 am

border man wrote:Right now at 4:50AM my patio thermometer says its 84 degrees. Nice and cool... We topped out at 111 yesterday.
Woof. Dog days.
Do you get the big swings? We can vary about 40 degrees in a day. Low around 60 and high at 100.
Hows the humidity? We are single digits.
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby HenryJ » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:44 am

Getting "L" broke in on the TW200
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby green02crew » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:41 am

This is very Mad Max, I love it!
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby LMs10CrewCab » Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:19 pm

It's funny, the first post in this thread said there was a rumer that gas was going over $3.00!
And everyone was like "probably not real soon".

My brother and I saved up our money and we both got Honda sprees 90+ mpg with the petal... I mean throttle to full the whole time - it only goes 28 mph, but one time I held, yes held, 40 miles per hour for ten minutes down the back roads. That felt like a dragster. But we only do city driving anyway so it's perfect.
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby ApproachMedium » Wed May 01, 2013 2:27 am

I might as well add mine in here. I drive this for the gas milage.

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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby _STUCKY » Wed May 01, 2013 8:26 am

Let me know when you get to the middle of Illinois. We will go grab a bite to eat, or go for a jeep hell ride, or shoot guns. Haha. I'm about an hour south west of Springfield. If you are into history, there is a ton of Lincoln stuff in this area, most of which I have not seen. Not much in the way of car museums, though. But if you can finagle it into the schedule, there is a very good Duesenburg museum in Auburn, Indiana. Hannibal, Missouri has mark twain cave, and another that I can't recall the name. Both are nice in the summer since its like 60 degrees year round in the caves. Mark twain cave is rather, uh, modernized, whereas the other one, they give you a flash light, and you better not get lost or you may just die in there lol. There's some nice drives through state parks here too. I believe Pere Marquette has a road called "scenic view road", and while I have only gone down it in the dark, my lady friend was about to cry thinking we were going to fall off the cliffs. It over looks the Mississippi River. And if you get a chance, land between the lakes is a good drive too, but might be out of the way.
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Postby ApproachMedium » Wed May 01, 2013 7:36 pm

How about I just stop and spend a day or two with you maybe on my way back to Chicago from Kansas? The schedule is very lax, and I am sure I can incorporate some time to stop by and hang in my travels.
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Postby _STUCKY » Wed May 01, 2013 7:43 pm

My free time just depends on what we have going on at that time. We always seem to have about 25 projects going on at the same time. :D
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Postby ApproachMedium » Wed May 01, 2013 7:51 pm

Hahaha gotcha. Well It will be the first two weeks of june. Figure the end of the first week ill be heading your way. We will just have to keep in touch via text. I intend to enjoy every minute of this trip and see as much as I can see. Its gonna be a very very long time before I get a two week vacation, and maybe a very long time before I get another vacation period.
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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby hegel » Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:34 am

Just read this whole thread. It's a great read for someone like me. I have been described as obsessive when it comes to recording mpg. My friends even played a trick on me in highschool a couple years back by adding fuel to my tank to make me think i was getting better mpg then a month later switched to taking some out... drove me nuts trying to figure out how i was getting 70mpg then 20 a month later.



1) Nearly 5 years ago I bought a 1999 Jetta TDi diesel. I have averaged over that time 45mpg combined (pure highway trips i net about 51mpg) this covers 120,xxx miles.
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2) other than my jetta I have a 2008 triumph rocket 3. its pumped up to about 180hp and gets about 22mpg if I'm stomping on it. It has never been about mpg with this bike though. I had it painted to pay tribute to a WW2 vet i know who flew in a B17.
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3) and then there is my 2001 crew. I've filled it up 3 times since last friday. 1st tank 17.9mpg 2nd tank 15.6 3rd tank (all highway) 20.8mpg

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Re: What are you driving for gas mileage?

Postby ApproachMedium » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:34 pm

One of my friends has a Manual version of the same jetta, but 2003. Its well over 320k on the clock now. He averages 50-60 mpg. Mostly highway.
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