Reader Question: Some Bike Advice?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Sam writes: On Wednesday I saw a guy riding a green and white Kawasaki Super Sherpa – decked out with a rack and a couple big saddlebags (probably for BO); pretty cool bike! Bet you would have liked it.

You know anything about Yamaha TW200s? I tried sitting on a Kaw KLX650 (the dealer didn’t have the older KLR) and a Suzuki DR650, but I had a heck of a time getting my leg over the seat on both. It wasn’t too bad after I was on it, but their seat heights didn’t inspire confidence in the “jump on and go” department. I asked the salesman about the TWs and he said he hoped they had some coming in a “month or two,” but he did say they had a lower seat height. I hope to see one when they come in. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t have the dough for a new one. ūüôĀ

My reply: The T200 is very Sherpa-like and for that reason I think you would like it. It does have a lower seat height and it’s air-cooled (a simpler, less-maintenance design). It also has really fatty tires, which makes it fun as hell to rooster tail with. It used to have a kick starter – but now is electric start only. It still has a carburetor. No EFI!

The thing is really cheap, too – about $4,500 sticker which I would bet means you could buy one for less.

But try finding a used one – ideally with a kicker. I bet you could pick up one for around $2,500-$3,000 in excellent shape with very low miles.

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