Yamaha TW 200




Make Model

Yamaha TW 200


1995 - 98


Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 2-valve


196 cc / 11.96 cub in.

Bore x Stroke

67 x 55.7 mm

Cooling System

Air cooled

Compression Ratio


Fuel system

Mikuni 28 mm carburetor





Max Power 16 hp / 11.7 kW @ 8000 rpm
Max Torque 15 Nm / 11.1 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm


Multi-plate wet clutch


5-Speed, constant mesh

Final Drive


Front Suspension

33mm Telescopic fork

Front wheel travel

160 mm / 6.3 in.

Rear Suspension

Single shock

Rear wheel travel

150 mm / 5.9 in.

Front Brakes


Rear Brakes


Front Tyre

130/80 -18 in

Rear Tyre

180/80 -14 in


Length 2090 mm / 82.3 in
Width 820 mm / 32.3 in
Height 1120 mm / 44.1 in


1326 mm / 52.2 in

Seat Height

790 mm / 31.1 in

Ground Clearance

264 mm / 10.4 in

Wet Weight

126 kg / 278 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

6.8 Litres / 1.7 US gal


Being referred to as “Yamaha dirtbike on steroids”, this odd beastie is a versatile machine usable on any kinds of terrains but most of all, ridden by any kind of rider. The term “workhorse” might not be the best way of introducing a motorcycle, but it does sum up the TW200 perfectly. Officially labeled as an “agricultural machine” it is also the preferred choice for weekend trips with many finding the TWs unthreatening package the perfect family companion.


1991 Yamaha TW200

This is a great little bike with a rich historic heritage.

The TW200 Adventure Trailway appeared in North America in the early Eighties and was launched on the Japanese market in 1987 when Shinji Kazama reached the North Pole on it. It was equipped with a 196cc 4-stroke single cylinder engine that already could be found on Yamaha XT and SR series (125 to 650cc), known more for its simplicity and extreme reliability than for its performance in terms of speed and acceleration.

Known as a “beach bike”, like its other ancestor Yamaha Big Wheel, the TW200 suffered big changes along the way but they were made in a single year: 2001. A disk replaced the drum brake in front and they also went to a CV carb, higher alternator output with a 55 watt headlight instead of 40 watt, and a no maintenance cam chain tensioner together with an electric starter. These features can also be found on the 2008 model which means that the bike didn’t suffer any other changes since its rebirth in 2001.

1994 Yamaha TW200

2008 Yamaha TW200

I’ve always wondered if the beach buggy has a 2-wheeler equivalent and now I am convinced it does. Like the beach buggy, Yamaha TW200 has big, wide tires which are meant to gently guide the bike through various kinds of terrains but that isn’t all, is it? Of course it isn’t! The idea of this vehicle is a job well done, fun included, and this reflects on the design: everything is positioned exactly were you would expect to find it. Yamaha TW200 has always been characterized by its aggressive, “I can do anything” look although the engine doesn’t deliver a great amount of power. I wonder what it reminds me of.

Another thing that catches my eye is the square shape that ended up characterizing this little beast. I’ve noticed that apart from mirrors and wheels, everything on this beauty has edges which give the bike its unique design: aggressive and wide front fender, headlight cover, headlight itself, rear fender and let’s not forget the cube-shaped torque engine that is ready to take you anywhere.

2003 Yamaha TW200

I first tested the TW in-town and I have to tell you that it is an admirable motorcycles. The thing I like best about this bike is that the controls are light and small. Shifting doesn’t involve any effort and this means you can ride the bike in city traffic without getting fatigued. After clunking into first, I was off to face the first part of my journey to the dirt. The first gear is extremely short and is testament to the TW off-road intentions with a real surge of power kicking in after engaging second. The tall riding position places you way above the rest of the traffic, offering you a panoramic view of the road ahead. However, despite the TWs high center of gravity and perched seating position, it is suspiciously accurate in lane-changing shenanigans. It might not have the commuting credentials of a scooter, but the TW was comfortably diving into small gaps. This makes the TW a perfect alternative commuting machine, while still being able to tackle the rough stuff along with the open road, to a certai
n extent. I believe that you’ve already drawn your own conclusion about the bike not being a supermoto.

The TW won’t help you win the traffic light battle as it has low-down pull but it won’t embarrass you either. The power is enough to make the TW an exciting prospect although it is clear that it lacks top-end punch. The needle jumps up with ease as you race through the gears at low revs but as soon as the speed begins the climb significantly, the TW hits the doldrums and the needle slows considerably until it hits the 60mph roof. The unrestricted space provided by the low, narrow tank and wide seat instills rider-confidence that should make the TW a hit with novice and experts alike. The pace of the TW might not be fast and frenetic, but its smooth delivery is only offset by the very mechanical five-speed transmission which in my opinion is very adequate for this bike although some people need a six-speed transmission but maybe they also need another bike.

TW200’s low, thick seat, sport/plush suspension and those distinctive fat tires all work together to serve up a smooth ride over all sorts of surfaces. You only need to gas up and go.