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    Hello From Northern Maine - Introduction

    Hi, all! Just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself to the forum.

    My name is Walt, I'm 24 years old, and I'm a heavy-transport truck driver.




    I'm lucky enough to spend most of my time living on the shore of Moosehead Lake in Northern Maine. It's a very rural area, and I've spent a great deal of time exploring the surrounding wilderness.

    I learned to ride on a 2007 TW that belongs to a close friend of mine when I was younger. The open fields and rural roads of Aroostook County provided a perfect place to learn to ride, and I became addicted to two wheels.




    This past summer, I decided I finally ought to have a TW of my own. I stopped in at a Yamaha dealership one day after work to look around. Turns out they had two 2016 TW's in stock. They were sitting unassembled in a crate out back, consecutive serial numbers, shipped together from Japan to Northern Maine. I know it sounds foolish, but as desperately as I wanted a TW, I just couldn't bring myself to separate them. So, instead of passing on the opportunity, I did something else...




    Yup, I bought them both...

    I've ridden the second bike just enough to break it in and complete it's first service, but it mostly sits in the barn.

    I ride the first bike every chance I get, probably about 75% off-road. I spend a lot of time in 1st gear, and use to bike to explore some very remote areas via overgrown and abandoned paths and roads, including some straight-up bushwhacking.








    I love the simplicity of these bikes. I do all of the maintenance and servicing myself. I have a few modifications planned for my primary bike, including a rack, a round front headlight, and maybe some stubby turn signals. I intend to get familiar with and play around with the gearing, maybe even switch to a dual-sprocket setup. I do travel some good distances on the bike over gravel roads, sometimes cruising at 55-60 MPH, and I feel the gearing could be a bit higher for road use to get my RPM's down a bit, considering I'm a fairly light rider at ~150 lbs. On the other hand, I find myself wishing for a lower 1st gear during my off-road explorations. I'd also like to look into a heavier-duty skid plate, as I've bashed the factory one pretty hard a number of times.

    Anyways, just wanted to introduce myself! This forum seems like a great resource for information, and I look forward to contributing a little of my own as I become more knowledgeable with the bikes.

    -Walt

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    Welcome to the forum. Cool on buying both bikes. Maybe you'll find a Mrs that likes to ride.

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    Welcome and good luck from The Emerald Isle
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    welcome to the forum. that 2nd bike is going to make a great " barn find" in 30 years. keep the tank and carb empty
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    Very nice introduction, welcome!!
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    That's awesome!!! the big hauler and the double bike hauler!
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    Looks like great fun. Enjoy


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    Awesome, Welcome to the forum!
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    Welcome from close to Groton, NY!



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    Too cool! Congrats and welcome aboard, great people on here!
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