Oldest New Bike: The TW200 Hasn’t Modified in 35 Years


The Yamaha TW200 is the oldest new bike you can buy.
I just lately had the chance to throw a leg over a 1996 Yamaha TW200. Or was It a 2008? Or a 1988? Who cares, they’re all the identical bike. For 35 years the Yamaha TW200 has soldiered on because the funky big-tired carousel horse of the Yamaha lineup, principally unchanged.

No different present bike has the, dare we are saying, panache of the balloon-tired TW200. And, in a bike world the place retro bikes are all the fashion, why not simply purchase a motorcycle that hasn’t modified since 1987?

2023 Yamaha TW200Yamaha has a historical past of holding bikes round previous their sell-by dates. The V-Max and the YZF-R6 remained within the catalogue for many years (with some upgrades). We predict the 2023 TW200 is the oldest new motorbike you should purchase within the U.S., and we’re higher off for it.

Positive, some will remind me that the Honda Cub has been round endlessly, and so has the Royal Enfield Bullet (not with out interruption), and Honda made the CB125 many years, too. In fact, there are mannequin names which have survived for many years, too, just like the Harley-Davidson Sportster. However no one would confuse a 1957 Sporty with a contemporary one, and even an 80s Evo for right now’s bike.

The original 1987 Yamaha TW200
Since 1987 Yamaha’s made this little two-wheeled mountain goat. Aside from including an electrical starter, its fundamentals are nonetheless from the Triassic. It nonetheless has a tiny Mikuni 28mm carb feeding the 196cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine. It’s not highly effective, and in my brief journey round a parking zone, I don’t suppose I exceeded 25 mph. However it felt enjoyable at 25 and that’s not one thing I can say for different bikes I’ve ridden these days.

Just about every thing about this twin sport is designed round enjoyable. It’s not quick. It’s nice off highway, nevertheless it’s no Maico 490. However, for a motorcycle that’s approaching 40 years available on the market, it’s exhausting to fault. Its 31-inch (78 cm) seat top makes it approachable for a newbie, but these huge balloon tires are up for extra shenanigans than you’ll anticipate.


Within the U.S., it sells for $4,900 (€4,530) making it a discount. We hope Yamaha retains promoting the TW200 for an additional 35 years, although we’d prefer to see gasoline injection quickly, please.

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