You forgot the closest competitor - TW200 - Suzuki Van Van 200 Forum
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-24-2018, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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You forgot the closest competitor - TW200

TW200 Specs.
Engine
-Engine Type : 196cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke; 2 valves
-Bore x Stroke : 67.0mm x 55.7mm
-Compression Ratio : 9.5:1
-Fuel Delivery : MikuniŽ️ 28mm
-Ignition : CDI
-Transmission : Constant-mesh 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
-Final Drive : Chain

Chassis
-Suspension / Front : Telescopic fork; 6.3-in travel
-Suspension / Rear : Single shock; 5.9-in travel
-Brakes / Front : Single disc, 220mm
-Brakes / Rear : Drum, 110mm
-Tires / Front : 130/80-18
-Tires / Rear : 180/80-14

Dimensions
-L x W x H : 82.3 in x 32.3 in x 44.1 in
-Seat Height : 31.1 in
-Wheelbase : 52.2 in
-Rake (Caster Angle) : 25.8°
-Trail : 3.4 in
-Maximum Ground Clearance : 10.4 in
-Fuel Capacity : 1.8 gal
-Fuel Economy** : 78 mpg
-Wet Weight*** : 278 lb



RV200 (VANVAN) Specs.
ENGINE
-Engine : 199cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC
-Bore x Stroke : 66.0 x 58.2 mm (2.59 x 2.29 in.)
-Compression Ratio : 9.4: 1
-Fuel System : Fuel Injection, 26mm throttle body
-Starter : Electric starter
-Lubrication: Wet sump
-Clutch : Wet multi-plate, manual actuation
-Transmission : 5-speed constant mesh
-Final Drive : Chain, DID 520DMA4, 112


CHASSIS
-Suspension Front : Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
-Suspension Rear : Link type, single coil spring, oil damped
-Brakes Front : Disc brake, single rotor
-Brakes Rear : Drum brake
-Tires Front : 130/80-18 M/C 66P, tube type
-Tires Rear : 180/80-14 M/C 78P, tube type

DIMENSIONS
-Overall Length : 84.3 in.
-Overall Width : 33.8 in.
-Wheelbase : 54.5 in.
-Ground Clearance : 8.46 in.
-Seat Height : 30.3 in
-Fuel Tank Capacity : 1.71 US gallons
-Curb Weight : 282.2 lbs
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 08:08 AM
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We picked our VV over the TW 200 based on it's awesome retro 70's look alone. I know the TW is a well established model that has a reputation for being a bullet proof trail bike But, I've owned 4 Suzuki's (GT 380, GSX-R 750, GSX-R 1100 & RM 250) in the past & never had a lick of trouble out of any of them so I had no reservations going with Suzuki.

I've been meaning to search youtube for TW vs. VV comparison videos but, haven't gotten around to it yet. My big question is if TW & VV suspensions are swappable? The TW has been around forever & has a loyal following so there may be some after market upgrades for it. Haven't gotten around to looking that info up yet either. We're taking our VV in for the 600 mile service today so I plan to ask the parts guy/mechanic if they know anything about potential suspension & break upgrades or TW compatibility.

Haven't had our VV in the woods yet but, I suspect the TW will do better in the woods & the VV better on pavement but, that's just a hunch & I could be way off. I'm sure the TW hasn't been around so long for nothing.

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We picked our VV over the TW 200 based on it's awesome retro 70's look alone. I know the TW is a well established model that has a reputation for being a bullet proof trail bike But, I've owned 4 Suzuki's (GT 380, GSX-R 750, GSX-R 1100 & RM 250) in the past & never had a lick of trouble out of any of them so I had no reservations going with Suzuki.

I've been meaning to search youtube for TW vs. VV comparison videos but, haven't gotten around to it yet. My big question is if TW & VV suspensions are swappable? The TW has been around forever & has a loyal following so there may be some after market upgrades for it. Haven't gotten around to looking that info up yet either. We're taking our VV in for the 600 mile service today so I plan to ask the parts guy/mechanic if they know anything about potential suspension & break upgrades or TW compatibility.

Haven't had our VV in the woods yet but, I suspect the TW will do better in the woods & the VV better on pavement but, that's just a hunch & I could be way off. I'm sure the TW hasn't been around so long for nothing.
Good luck getting any information out of the service tech. If they are an enthusiast they are going to know about SS bikes, or MX bikes. All they can do is look in the parts catelogs or online like we can.

The VV is great in the woods if your goal is exploration and not doing a hare scramble.
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