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    Be carefull what you wish for .......

    I’ve been looking on ebay at this puppy all week, trying to make a decision.

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    It’s an ’07 TW225 special edition. Once you get past the way it looks (gorgeous), and the fact that the price is a “steal”, you begin to notice other things about this particular bike.

    On the face of it, even with 8k on the clock it’s not that much more than a brand new bog standard TW200, and for a TW225 SE, that’s a nice price (5000 dollars). Then you start to notice the side panels — the gaps where there shouldn’t be any. The side panels normally clip into the air box — except this bike doesn’t have an air box.

    Then you notice the carb — that Keihin FCR must cost a few bob — nice mod. All fitted out and working before you get it.

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    So you do the research — find out what the carb alone is worth (600 dollars — that’s 400 quid) and now the bike really starts to look attractive. A dummy air box can be had for 25 quid to properly support the side panels. Then you sleep on it, and wake up with more questions ……

    What exactly does the Keihin FCR do ?

    It would seem to be popular, in particular with moto-cross riders, for its throttle response. The flat sided slide, vacuum snap opening, and the way it pumps extra fuel into it when you open the throttle, makes it very responsive off the line — a “racing carb” if you could ever describe one. (Here’s a bit of reading if you’re interested, Fixing the dreaded lean bog on Keihin FCR carburetors - All — it describes the carb in detail).

    So, you think about it some more — since when was the TW a moto-cross bike ? — does it really need that throttle response, unless you are riding hard steep trails ? — and when are you likely to take a TW225 SE like this one up such a trail.

    Then you realise that this bike is modded this way for one purpose only — drag racing off the lights.

    At my age ? — on a TW ? — you are having a giraffe.

    So — I’m walking away from the bargain of the century — it’s the right mod, on the wrong bike ………..

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    Under specifications it says: Engine size - 124; Power - 11.

    Don't buy it. Something is very screwed up.
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    You missed the bit that says "2004"

    Generic ebay auto fill on a similar auction - no worries .........
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    I know you said you are walking away, but I have to imagine you are throwing the occasional glance over your shoulder as you do. It's kinda sweet.
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    ad says 7000 miles odometer picture shows 13k+ lol.... can we say SCAM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulfrider View Post
    ad says 7000 miles odometer picture shows 13k+ lol.... can we say SCAM
    Odo may read kilometers. (admittedly that still doesn't make it accurate, only closer)

    A lot of Brits are old school, they still do miles. I think they invented the phrase "do the ton", and they don't want it dumbed down by metrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulfrider View Post
    ad says 7000 miles odometer picture shows 13k+ lol.... can we say SCAM
    I believe that's kilometers. Purple just did the conversion for us non-metric types.
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    Hey - if my Tdub will do the ton - I'll take it - even in kilometers .....

    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    I know you said you are walking away, but I have to imagine you are throwing the occasional glance over your shoulder as you do. It's kinda sweet.
    The yen against other currencies is running at a low at the moment – for instance, 339,000 yen is equal to 1853 Great British Quids – which rather neatly brings up a better example

    https://translate.google.co.uk/trans...ml&prev=search (give it time to load)

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    For that money, you can take your pick – lower miles – tastefully farkled with extras – even with shipping and import taxes it can’t cost more than another grand to do.

    If you want to take 25% off the price and still get a Tw225 – try this one https://translate.googleusercontent....7-O25fu1FgpEGQ

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    I’m not looking back over my shoulder – I’m looking at the horizon ………..
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    And would you really want to have to tell folks you found your bike in Shepard's Bush? ....and I though we yanks had some odd place names.
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    Do you mind - I grew up there for my sins

    Come to think of it - I got most of my sins from the area too ..............
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