TWO-WHEEL 2017 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE
Although they only have two wheels, the Yamaha TW200
and Suzuki VanVan 200 sport fat ATV-like tires and are the
only street-legal and single-track-capable ATVs available to
the American public. The Yamaha TW200 has been around
since 1987 and is a road-worthy version of the 1985–1988
Big Wheel 200. Suzuki started its fat-tire RV/VanVan line
way back in 1971 with the RV 50 VanVan and expanded to
the RV 75, 90 Rover, and VanVan 125 and 200. Production
stopped in 1982, but RV 125s and 200s returned in 2002 for
worldwide distribution. They haven’t been sold in the USA for
many years, but the VanVan 200 is back in America for 2017.
2017 YAMAHA TW200
Powered by a 196cc, air-cooled, SOHC, two-valve four-stroke engine with a five-speed, manual-clutch transmission,
Mikuni 28mm carburetor and electric starter, the TW200 can
go most anywhere with its 130/80-18 front and 180/80-14
rear knobbies. For suspension, the Yamaha has 33mm forks
with 6. 3 inches of travel and a box-section swingarm and
single shock with 5.9 inches of travel. Wheelbase is 52. 2
inches, in line with most ATVs, and seat height is 31.1 inches.
The dual-sport ATV holds 1.8 gallons and gets up to 78 mpg
for a range up to 140 miles. Wet, the TW200 weighs a stealth
278 pounds and can carry a passenger or deliver plenty of
body English room for the lone pilot. MSRP is $4599.
2017 SUZUKI VANVAN 200
The VanVan 200 has enjoyed cult status in Europe and
Asia, and now it comes to America in Metallic Triton Blue
or Matte Fibrion Gray for $4599. It’s powered by a 199cc,
fuel-injected, air- and oil-cooled electric-start engine with five-speed manual transmission and EFI automatic Idle-Speed
Control (ISC) start-up system. Spoked aluminum rims sport
the same-sized 130/80-18 front and 180/80-14 rear balloon
tires as the TW200, but the tread isn’t quite as aggressive
for off-road use. The VanVan has 33mm front forks with 5. 3
inches of travel with similar rear travel. While travel is less than
the Yamaha, the Suzuki has a lower 30.3-inch seat height.
Wheelbase is a longish 54. 5 inches, and the VanVan has
rubber footpegs, while the TW200 has serrated steel pegs.
The Suzuki weighs 282 pounds and holds 1.7 gallons of gas.
(“Trail Way”) returns as part
of Yamaha’s dual-sport motorcycle line for 2017,
but its balloon tires make it popular with ATV enthusiasts. It has
disc front and drum rear brakes and tops out at 65–70 mph.
So cool that Suzuki named it twice, the retro VanVan 200 returns to America for
2017. It has EFI with ISC idle control, but less travel and off-road features than
the Yamaha. It tops out at 60 mph and has a fender-mounted tool bag.