Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Big Wheels Keep On Turnin': 1987 Yamaha BW350

There are a lot of interesting ideas that manufacturers have come up with that didn't pan out littering Craigslist.  Back in the 80's, a few manufacturers thought that if big wheels worked on ATV's and Quad's, why not on two wheelers.  The results didn't exactly define a new category of motorbike.  Find this 1987 Yamaha BW350 for sale in Kirkland, WA for $3,600 via craigslist.

The Yamaha BW (Big Wheel!) series was the Shizuoka bike maker's entry into the large wheeler derby.  It was built from 1985 to 1990 in a couple different displacements.  The thinking behind the big wheelers was that the large, squishy tires would float along the terrain, giving the nervous novice an easy ride.

That theory worked to a certain extent, but on muddy, slippery surfaces, it lead to unfortunate circumstances like falling down in a straight line.

This bike looks to be in good shape for being 30 years old. It's been maintained by a certified Yamaha Tech and comes with a ramp and hitch along with a few accessories.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.  He's planning to ask Stan (not that Stan) to write his taglines from now on.


  1. Yamaha came out with the TW200 at the same time - a slightly toned down version of the same idea. And those are still made today, almost unchanged.

    1. Are you sure? In my 5 minutes of internet research for this post, I didn't see them on the US Yamaha site and the source of All Truth, Wikipedia, says they discontinued BW's in 1990.

    2. It's the TW200 that is still in production - got to watch my pronouns there. :)

    3. The TW200 looks like it could share tires with a fatbike.


    4. I missed the T and saw B. I should pay more attention to our dear readers.

  2. Wasn't Rokon already doing this in the early 70s?

    1. Rokon's were all wheel drive. I did a post on one a couple of years ago.

  3. Wow Gianni, had no idea you and Count Floyd were related.

    Been a while since I've seen Tip O'Neill's 3-D House of Representatives...(starring Doctor Tongue...)

    Very scary stuff.

    -Stan (who watched SCTV while he was waiting for the next epi of Monty Python to come through on the Canadian channel...)

    PS While I'd be flattered to write your taglines, I must confess to only occasional brilliance and much more frequent stoopidity. Kinda like a Citroen with a Jag engine and Fiat brakes: When I'm on, it's a fun ride.

    But most of the time, I'd leave you sitting at the side of the road, questioning your choices...

  4. These are incredible in the snow. The guys in Alaska do some really ridiculous (and awesome) things with them.

    Key with a fat tired bike, most of the time you just ride over something you would have dodged on a regular dirt bike. It takes a very different riding style.


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