2012 Yamaha TW Review


Yamaha’s 2012 Yamaha TW is a perfect entry-level bike for anyone who wants to get the feel of riding before moving up to a more powerful machine. This bike invites you take to the road or dirt as you’re laying your foundation in the world of dirt bikes. Full street equipment, a reliable engine, and incredible traction assure that any rider can switch to off-road riding and back again with ease.

The TW sits low with wide tires, creating easy handling and maneuvering. These traits, combined with a compact chassis give the motorcycle one of the more distinct looks, whether you’re on the trail or just running errands around town. And, as it is geared toward those who are just beginning to ride, the low chassis will inspire confidence in those who might be a little wary getting on the bike for the first time.

At a relatively light 279 pounds, the Yamaha TW is quick and easily mobile, especially for not having much by way of power. It might not be a bike that will compete with some of the top-end models, but if there you’re looking to get into the hobby of dirt biking or street riding, this bike is a great jumping-off point.

New For 2012

  • Nothing new for 2012

2012 Yamaha TW Specs

  • Model: Yamaha TW 200
  • Engine Type: 196cc air-cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: 67.0mm x 55.7mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC 4-stroke; 2 valves
  • Induction: Mikuni® 28mm
  • Ignition: CDI
  • Transmission: Constant-mesh five-speed; multiplate wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 1.8 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 78 MPG
  • Brakes (Front): 220mm single disc
  • Brakes (Rear): 110mm Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork; 6.3-in travel Suspension (Rear): Single shock; 5.9-in travel
  • Wheelbase: 52.2 inches
  • Rake: Unavailable
  • Trail: Unavailable
  • Seat Height: 31.1 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 279 pounes
  • Tires (Front): 130/80-18
  • Tires (Rear): 180/80-14


  • 33L Top Case by SHAD: a sturdy and modernly designed removable top case featuring 33 liters in storage capacity, enough to hold one full face helmet and additional accessories including a rain coat and a pair of gloves. The SH-33 features an incorporated carrying handle for easy portability and offers SHAD""s easy to use ""Press Down"" locking system.
  • Garmin zumo 665 Navigation Module: Mounts to Stratoliner Deluxe GPS Mounting Kit (2C5-F15F0-V0-00) to be integrated into the bike""s audio system for navigation direction prompts right through the fairing speakers, even while listening to an iPod. Can also be mounted with various universal-type GPS mounts.
  • Yamaha Half Cover: This universal half cover fits virtually any sport bike and is great for short-term protection from the elements. It is compact when folded and fits inside of its own built-in pouch, making it easy to carry in a backpack. Quickly unfolds to help protect your investment from the sun, dust, and wind. It's also water resistant. Includes the Yamaha Tuning Fork logo on the front.
  • Dual Split Ring Mount by Marlin""s: Marlin""s classic adjustable Dual Mount Handlebar mounts with both clock and thermometer. They""re made with a triple chromed billet aluminum housing and quality clock and thermometer movements. Spilt ring mount for easy install and head swivels and rotates to adjust to most positions. All units are waterproof, shock resistant and have glow in the dark elements (glowing elements require exposure to light for activation).

Key Competitors For The 2012 Yamaha TW

  • 2012 Zero X
  • 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650
  • 2012 Husqvarna TE 250
  • 2012 Honda XR 650