Honda TLM200

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Pete-NZ, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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    Hi...
    I'm looking at a couple of older trials bikes...
    What can you guys tell me about these
    1988 Honda TLM200... is it a Montessa ?

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  2. Brewtus

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    Nope. Honda did not buy Montesa until the early '90's. LowPSI could give an accurate date of that.
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  3. norton73

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    Hmm...interesting.
    I've never seen or heard of a 2 smoke Honda trials bike before. I'd be interested to learn more.
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  4. Brewtus

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    Rare, but they did exist. Tony Down has a nice example that I saw at the Sandia Classic some years ago. :thumb
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  5. roadholder

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    There were a couple out at events in these parts back in the day, but never very popular.
    Made into the early 90's (as a 260) along side the fourstroke RTL prior to the Montesa-Honda era.

    While they apparently worked well enough I would be very concerned about the parts situation...
    as common Hondas over 20 years old can be hard enough!

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  6. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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    You maybe right.... Parts could become a issue...
    Pitty its a nice bike...( Theres also a Honda TLM50 for sale)
    I'm also looking at this..91 TY250..

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  7. welder

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    lots of parts for those tlm's in england. Check out ebay uk
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  8. LowPSI

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    Hey Kiwi Pete, the TLM's are great bikes. The TLM 260 was more a a Pro bike and the TLM 220 was a great clubman bike. I do believe parts are still available in the UK and Japan (Mitani). Honda purchased the majority share of Montesa (only one "S" please) in 1984. They each kept producing their own line of trials bikes until 1994 when they combined their efforts and produced the Cota 314. Cheers M8
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  9. Brewtus

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    And.......I learned something today.

    Thanks MB! :thumb
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  10. Thumpermeister

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    I had to look twice myself, initially confusing the bike with the 250/260 models, which are a different bike.
    I think the 200/200 models, while similar, did double duty as a Japanese market trail bike.

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  12. PSchrauber

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    The TLM 260 is really competitive, but as expensive as a RTL nowadays.

    The TLM 260 models have some followers here I believe parts .. in Europe no too big problem.

    To the clubmen TLM's ... I don't know certainly in Japan ...

    The TY 250 Mono is defiantly the better choice :1drinkdepending parts and fun factor.

    Avoid the TY 350cc model it's not as good and lame. :flush
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  13. lineaway

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    We have a guy from Colorado that rides a TLM220 in our vintage club. Beautiful bike, that he bought while in Japan. Nothing wrong with the TY350, just took some work. I`ve been looking for a broke one. I do happen to have a 250 motor waiting to bring back to life.
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  14. PSchrauber

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    As the TO found a fair looking TY250 mono I would suggest to try to get that one, parts for the engine are too easier to find.
    The engine is very good - a bit loud - but with lot's of torque and very controllable through throttle.

    The 350 engine simply isn't, it's reaction to throttle is slow even my SWM TL.NW which is known for it's minute's silence while reeving up in any occasion will be outperform by a TY350 in that matter, to get more live there is some deep going labour necessary. (And as I might forgot in post #12 and for this post too it's just my 2 cent opinion).
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    I never had a problem with the 350. This was taken by my wife in November `86 on my 4 month old bike. In fact the Ty was my favorite bike of all time. And yes a few mods were needed.
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  16. Brewtus

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    Wow. This one came up out of the grave! :grim

    Nifty scooters though. Love to have one! :thumb
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  17. Brewtus

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    2 things I love about this pic. One is the historical value featuring my friend riding it when I was drag-racing back in college. Two is the fact we ride that very same obstacle today! :thumb
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    Speaking of graves, got one of Willies `76 Sherpa T`s running today.
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  19. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Speaking of graves, I found this pic of you and some of your spare parts... :lol3

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    IMG-20151111-WA0002.jpeg IMG-20151111-WA0004.jpeg IMG-20151111-WA0006.jpeg IMG-20151111-WA0008.jpeg Hello everyone
    Have a 1984 Honda TLM 50 in DIY restoration work, finished the front fork, still does not have spark, maybe CDI, have to change tires, fenders and others.

    George
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