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From the Land of the Rising Sun...

Postby grandpaul » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:46 pm

I did a "wake up" on this 1992 Yamaha TDM for a good friend who is moving away (same guy that sold me his '98 KLR650). I did the basic tank drain & rinse, carb cleaning, battery swap, and a couple of fuel lines replaced, then took it for it's first ride in about 3 years.

When we got to talking about what all it was going to need to be trusty again, he told me it could be mine "super cheap"

Well, it's mine.

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It's kinda like a Commando in that it's a vertical twin 850cc 4-stroke with dry sump, but it's 5 valves per cylinder, DOHC, water cooled and has tall suspension. Sorta like a John Player, too, as it has dual headlights. I like it!

They're kinda rare, only imported in 92 & 93 as an 850.
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Re: From the Land of the Rising Sun...

Postby davamb » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:36 pm

Europe, UK and Aussie all got its sporty sibling the TRX850. Lovely engines, great bikes, only let down by a cheap front end.
Here's mine (I've put an R1 front end on it):

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Re: From the Land of the Rising Sun...

Postby lcrken » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:54 pm

Great bikes, if a little heavy. A friend of mine has one with very high mileage that is still going strong. He has more exotic bikes, but the TDM seems to be his go-to bike unless he wants to show off.

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Re: From the Land of the Rising Sun...

Postby xbacksideslider » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:01 pm

I was always curious about the TDMs. Looked up the weight, 430ish dry and with 5 gallons, up to 480s wet. Steel perimeter frame. Grandpaul, maybe find a later complete front end with a lighter wheel? And, maybe a rear wheel to go with it? Or . . . . just leave it alone and enjoy it.
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Re: From the Land of the Rising Sun...

Postby grandpaul » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:32 pm

xbacksideslider wrote: Or . . . . just leave it alone and enjoy it.

Too late, header system on the way (dent n' scratch at $100)

I'm not doing any serious trekking with it, so the stock suspension and running gear will be fine. Just a toy for a while, unless it grows on me. May have to sell the KLR that has gotten all of 20 miles on it since I got it put together. Too many projects, not enough time with 2 kids, suburban brake repairs, and home renovations, etc...
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