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Yamaha TDM900

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Manufacturer Yamaha
Model TDM900
Price 6,500
Top Speed 135
Insurance Group 12
Engine Size 900
Engine Type Parallel twin
BH Power 85
Gears 6
Average MPG 55+
Tank Range 200


A proper "Adventure Tourer"

Check out the TDM-Carpe forum for all things TDM related

User reviews

Average user rating from: 3 user(s)

Overall rating: 
 
8.2
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.3   (3)
Off Road Capability:
 
3.3   (3)
Around Town:
 
8.0   (3)
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
8.3   (3)
Reliability:
 
9.7   (3)
Handling:
 
9.0   (3)
Engine:
 
8.3   (3)
Value for Money:
 
9.3   (3)
 
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TDM 900

Overall rating: 
 
8.1
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
4.0
Around Town:
 
8.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
8.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
8.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful

I am very happy with it even after all these years. I have looked around for a substitute but nothing has come close yet. I have ridden BMW GS 1200 (2013), Guzzi Stevio (2013), Ducati Multistrada (2013) and may more and not have impressed me that much or been so outstanding to allow me to justify selling it to get a newer bike. Yes, it's not the quickest around the block, but it does all you ask of her without complaining and it's never let me down to date. My only complaint, I would love a taller windsheild that looked nice and didn't cost too much ( I do have an aftermarket one on but it's just a couple of inces to short). If you ride it sensibly you will get easyly over 210 miles out of Tank.

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Time owned Bought in 2002 had 600mls on the clock
I liked Easy to Ride and very reliable
I Disliked Could do with a better screen, but I am 6.3ft tall
Would you buy again Yes
In one line One Bike for all purposes
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 9
 

Triumph Trophy 1200 Mk1

Overall rating: 
 
7.8
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
1.0
Around Town:
 
7.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
8.0
Reliability:
 
9.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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Reviewed by David
October 16, 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

I run a 1996 1200 Trophy,after Honda NTV,Yamaha FZR,BSA Bantam(many years ago)and I would strongly recommend it to anyone wanting a tourer.I dont know why we didnt hear more about them in the past, fashion I suppose, sports bikes dominated and shaft drive was preferred for tourers but this really was very short sighted.The bike is heavy like all tourers but a doddle to ride and enjoyable,comfortable,well protected and even nimble once on the move.Anyone wanting an economical touring bike will find phenomenal value for money and reliability,dont hesitate.

 

A true adventure tourer

Overall rating: 
 
8.6
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
10.0
Off Road Capability:
 
5.0
Around Town:
 
9.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
9.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
8.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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nav18tor Reviewed by nav18tor
August 13, 2012
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Last updated: November 01, 2012
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful

A surprising bike, dismissed by many as it does not fit neatly into any specific catagory but actually better than most bikes for the UK (or European) roads

Very comfortable and can be ridden at a decent pace, but is no sports bike. Saddle is good for a tank of fuel and that will be around 200 miles

Easy to work on, good quality components that seem to stand up to all round use

A little to quiet with standard cans, but lots of aftermarket choices to give a bit more growl

Mine is used for commuting and pleasure and does both very well

I am comparing this with recently owned Ducati Multistrada and Aprilia Caponord, both great bikes, but both have various issue's with the Aprilia having the most numerous, but was a great bike

Don't dismiss the TDM900 until you have ridden one, you may be very pleasantly surprised

Review Information Motorcycles

Time owned 4 months
I liked Riding position and fuel consuption of 55mpg minimum
I Disliked Too Quiet, but I have now fitted Fuel cans and it sounds perfect
Would you buy again Yes
In one line All the bike you actually need
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 
 
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It's no sports bike
julian.
It is a great tourer & all round motorcycle. I can agree with all that navi8tor says except his last comment, oh you will be surprised and dissapointed. I know I read all the reviews and purchased a new 2010 TDM 900A with scottoiler taller screen & center stand in 2011.
My previous two bikes are BMW1100gs great bike but getting old and the grearbox was wearing out, and a Harley-Davidson 1450FXDXT not such a great bike but you have to try these things don't you.
It was a wet day in Sheffield that I took possession of my new bike, over the next few weeks discover a few problems which wohld dissapoint many a new owner.
#1 You would not think Yamaha would go to the trouble of building a bike & then fitting such lousey tyres
Tha TDM would not settle on long bends, on low speed roundabouts the front end woulw roll around and was quite unstable,I tried differant tyre pressures raised and lowered the suspension but to no avail, after 4K I fitted BT23's what a differance a tyre makes.
#2 Being an X Harley owner,when I think of a V twin, I think of low down power. Yamaha make the point that the TDM is rather like a Vtwin,that may be but, low down power it has not,drop the revs towards 2000rpm and don't use the gear box at your peril,things become very snatchy & very easy to stall.
I'll not go into the whys & wherefores,just visit the JBX's excellent web site where he will explain all!
I took his advice and removed wire #8 from the ECU plug, now I can drop down to 30mph 4th gear and pull away no problem.
#3 The TDM is a little quiet, like a couple of Honda 90s ticking over. I fitted a pair of Beowulf stainless oval silencers, the bike sounds much better & as an added bonus removed a lot of weight from the rear of the bike and feels easier to flik through bends now.
Please don't be put off by my moaning with these mods it's a good bike,look at second hand TDMs, many are older & high mileage always a good indicator of reliablity.
I took mine from Zeebrugge to Narbonne this year on a two day ride via Mons,Rethel,Troyes, Auxerre,Moulins,Clermont,Lodev,Lunas,Roquebrun,Cuxac-d-Aude to Coursan. D&N roads 55-75ish, 65/70+mpg!
A75& Belgian m/ways 75/80 55mpg, weather, not good till Lodev!

julian. , October 31, 2012
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nav18tor
My TDM is now fitted with a set of Fuel exhaust cans, has also had the mod ala JPX web site as well as a K&N air filter. MPG is fantastic and rideability is improved

Oh, and handgaurds from a Suzuki DL1000 V Strom make a huge difference in the colder weather
nav18tor , October 31, 2012
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julian.
K&N is next on the list,did you have the bike's fueling adjusted after fitting the K&N?
julian. , November 01, 2012
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nav18tor
Julian

No I have not adjusted the fuelling, I figured the cans, K&N and airbox mod, all worked in unison

Are you aware the fuelling can be adjusted through the very clever dashboard/clocks?

Pipes are the right colour so will leave alone
nav18tor , November 01, 2012
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julian.
I do know about the fueling can be adjusted via the dashboard, however I'll leave that to the experts.
with the JBX mod & pipes fitted the colour ofmy pipes is on the dark side (black/darkbrown) however after a major service & iridium fitted looked much lighter after a blat up the M1 home. I think once the K&N is fitted I'll have it checked on a rolling road to be on the safe side.
julian. , November 02, 2012
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nav18tor
Don't forget to post the results of your rolling road. Check out the Carpe Tdm web site, it's one of the more active and informative

http://www.carpe-tdm.net/ipb/index.php
nav18tor , November 02, 2012

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