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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by TDMTAM, Feb 5, 2009.
Here's mine......Very happy with it too :)
What is your tire combo there Wilky?
Wondering how far off this engine is from the new 1200...
I'd like to take a spin on one..
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Kenda 761 on the front, it is labeled as a directional dual sport rear tire, tube type so naturally I put it on the front, backwards and without a tube - so far no problems.<o></o>
The back is a straight forward Shinko 705.<o></o>
They are both affordable and get around pretty good on street, gravel, and sand. Have a little mud experience and they got me through. I don't plan to test them in the mud on purpose. <o></o>
I'm interested in getting a TDM this summer if I can find one close to me in the upper Midwest. I was wondering if any of you could give me an idea of how one might fit someone quite tall, 6'4"? I guess I'm only interested in the TDM850 imported to the US for a couple of years, if that makes a difference.
I'm 6'2" & ride a MkII. The only mods you may need to make would be slightly higher bars, standard ones make my shoulders ache after 500km & a screen to suit. I find the standard screen fine. The ergonomics of the bike are fine for standing too if I get in the poo.
It kind of works for me at 6'4" and 36" inseam. I have added a saddle pad that adds 1" and installed Buell Uly handlebars for a more upright, dual sporty feel.
A custom saddle would do it but I haven't settled on who to have do it. Stock saddle pretty much sucks. If I take the pad off for a ride now I feel like I am some sort of sportbike.
I am 6'5" and the TDM 850 (mk1) fits me just fine!
and 3 beautyful videos,
the first from our passing through Edirne, Turkey:
the second from an off road pic-nic spot search:
and the third from Alps, Switzerland:
I'm 6'5" and have a MkII.
I have personalised it a bit by adding 30mm bar-risers, Renthal 966 bars, and cut the lip off the screen. On long trips I add an AirHawk/sheepskin combo.
Fits like a glove.
Here's my old '93 MK1.
Lots of good memories associated with this bike.
All cleaned up right before a 12 day outing...
Getting some much needed service after a hard summer of riding...
How has this setup been working out for you??? I would love to be able to put something other than street tires on my TDM.
I'm running a Shinko 705 rear & Pirelli MT 90 A/T front. They are fine on the road but I no longer scrape the footrests, they get squirrely on the edge, particularly the Pirelli, combined with the old suspension wallowing like a warthog. Never tried sand (yet) but they offer a significantly greater safety margin on gravel than sports touring tires, you can actually ride the bike properly on the throttle. They are anus puckering on wet clay but then again I would never have attempted that trip on road tires & did finish it un-tumbled.
Thanks! Big help. Unfortunately, I just mounted fresh tires and have less than 100 miles on them. Should have posted the question earlier to this thread.
Now why didn't I find this topic sooner?
Here are a few of my buddy & stable mates:
All a guy really needs:
Would anyone happen to know what the best all-road tires for a 900 are today? I'm looking for something to go in the dirt with occasionally without loosing to much (if any) performance on the tarmac.
New look for my TDM
Flips green to blue burnt orange candy and black cherry candy...... airbrushed decals.
I'm not sure yet, have you got more pics?
Seeing as how you asked nicely :)