Yamaha TDM Riders

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by BuellDualSport, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Huge, ugly flying bugs?
  2. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    I am pretty certain I am going to sell my TDm at some point this year. So I have a set of custom oversize JE pistons (used) with new rings that I would sell for $175 if anyone is interested. I am not sure if I know where the circlips are, but they are easily available.
  3. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    Good argument, that's gotta be it :rofl
  4. AJ..

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    well...as for me...i prefered riding in the night...very cooling,less highway traffic...i used to have windshield from GIvi...much more shorter...
    well,if you think its ugly,i m much sorry to hear it from a TDM rider itself...i find it a negative remarks....as for myself,even if i spotted something that is ugly on other TDM,or any other bikes,i rather keep it for myself...
    :cry

    everyone has its own different taste and character for their bikes...so please learnt to be kind with your words Sir...:wink:
  5. AJ..

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    850 has been stop in production since 02...well,the TDM group here is a little busy with other personal commitments...so i dare not say its really a group....there is a few 850s around...but not much....very little indeed...
  6. stevepsd

    stevepsd Been here awhile

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    Here are some pics of my late summer West-Coast Lighthouse Tour I took on my '92 TDM.

    http://new.photos.yahoo.com/stevepsd/album/576460762336943383



    For those of you that are having fuel pump issues, here are pics of my install of a Yamaha R6 electric fuel pump on the TDM:

    http://new.photos.yahoo.com/stevepsd/album/576460762336954578



    And finally, if you like handguards, here are pics of the installation of BMW F650 handguards. These fit just like a glove!

    http://new.photos.yahoo.com/stevepsd/album/576460762336954656



    I bought my TDM in July of 2005. I flew out to Colorado Springs to pick it up. Only 9,000 miles on it! I rode it back and now have almost 25,000 trouble-free miles on it. Added a Corbin seat (great!), a slightly taller MRA windscreen, Laser exhaust, ceramic coated the downpipes, added a SW-Motech centerstand (why don't bikes come with centerstands anymore?!) electric fuel pump, BMW handguards, the euro 'city-light' to replace the blanking plate in the fairing, a Scott-oiler and a few other minor things. I love it, but would like another 25HP!

    At the last International Motorcycle Show last December in Long Beach, CA I spoke with Yamaha (along with my TDM owning riding buddy - there are 3 TDM's in my little town!) about the success of the TDM in Europe, of the V-Strom in the US and did Yamaha have any plans to bring the TDM back to the states. They just laughed, and indicated they are still 'smarting' about what a flop the TDM was in 92-93. I even brought up about selling them like they did with the FJR - sold on a pre-ordr basis only (till this year). Not interested. Very short sited. Seems like most of the mfg's are really interested in only 'cruiser crap'.
  7. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    Well, it wasn't intended as a personal remark, AJ. So please don't think it was meant as that. I just think it's very ugly (yes, that's meant as negative all right), but indeed taste is always different. I had some huge (and according to some also ugly) screens on my PC800 and ST1100ABCTCS, but on a small, slim agile bike like the TDM I don't like it. On a Goldwing, okay... If you feel personally offended by that, I'm very sorry. It's about the screen, not about you. I can understand how it can be comfy on a cold night (if you're small enough to sit completely behind it or so) with bugs flying in your headlight beam. But isn't it warm in the daytime?

    If it will make you feel any better, I do like the cool Japanse (to me) looking characters on that one bike, the Gauloises stickers are also cool, as well as the sumpguard :thumb

    I like you, don't like that screen. As long as YOU feel happy about the screen, I'm happy. I was just wondering what on earth someone in such a warm part of the world would want with a screen I would expect on a bike that commutes in cold winters.
  8. stevepsd

    stevepsd Been here awhile

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    In the May issue of Rider I just received, they have a good 2 page retrospective article, (with pics of a not-so pristine TDM) about the 1992-1993 TDM, and how Yamaha was calling this a 'New Sports' machine - a excellent highway bike with mild dirt-road pretensions. They got most of the story right as well. Yamaha was just 10 years to early in the states to hit the adventure bike market.

    I did not realize that the TDM was so much more expensive than other similiar sized bikes back in 1992. The TDM stickered for $6,600, while a Suzuki VX800 (is that a cruiser?) was $4,900 and a Seca II 600 was only $3,800.
  9. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    I like your mods Steve. Where did you get the Laser pipe? The centerstand? And thanks for the tip on the Rider article, I will have to pick up a copy. Back in `92/`93 I never saw a TDM in a dealership. Never saw one till a few years later when I met a guy at Mid Ohio who had riden down from Canada. Of course I was too cheap to even buy the VX 800 which I had a boner for.
    Here's mine...
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  10. stevepsd

    stevepsd Been here awhile

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    SlipChip,

    I bought the SM-Motech centerstand from twisted-throttle in New Jersey
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com

    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productlist/162/45

    It says it fits only the '95 & up, but it fits the earlier ones as well.
    They have a number of things for the TDM - windshields, luggage, etc.

    I bought the Laser exhaust (very, very well made) from their imported in the US, Foster Rad in New York http://www.fosterrad.com/ It only took 2 weeks to get it in from Holland. This site does not list them, but if you go to http://www.laserexhausts.com/en/module/CATALOGUE_BIKES/bike-exhausts.html
    which is the mfg site, they list them. The ones for the TDM are the 'Pro-Stock' version, part #89.3001A (loud) and #89.3001B (not so loud).
  11. AJ..

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    Flying Dutchman,its alrite dude...no harm done...
    not all think alike...:freaky
  12. AJ..

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    some photos taken today..

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    we're the ugly windshield riders...:1drink
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  13. AJ..

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    i jus love looking at these bikes...yet alone riding one...:freaky
  14. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I would love to get more light, especially that will illuminate the road in tight corners. How well does the Hella driving lamp work that's shown in this pic? Any idea how it was mounted? Thanks :freaky

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  15. AJ..

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    well got to ask the owner how it fair....well,its mounted on the crashbar....
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    well as for mine..here's how the mounting to the crashbar looks like...sorry for the very distance viewing...
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    as for mind,it serves more as a fog lite...as the original beam from the headlite is good enuf to guide me thru the dark lonely highways...:clap
  16. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks for the close up pic. My headlight beam (HID) is also fine for straights. The problem is in tight corners on unlit mountain roads. The bike's lean angle makes the light narrowly focused, leaving much of the corner in total darkness. I probably would have to mount auxiliary lights higher up for them to help in this situation.

    Btw, what brand engine guards are you using? Very nice!

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  17. AJ..

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    wow..dude...dat was fast reply...wat time issit now at where you located?


    eh,i thought we did discussed bout the engine guard before?few pages back on this thread...


    anyway,lets refresh your memory...its from Honda Transalp600...:evil
  18. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    2pm here in Tokyo. That's right... I remember that the bash plate was from a Transalp but had forgotten that the guards were as well.

    How's the Yoshi Tri-Oval sound?
  19. AJ..

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    oops...terribly sorry for the stupidly answer that questions...engine guards...yeah engine guards...its a total different thing with bash plates...must been the pills...i'm on medical leave today...pardon my stupidity...:1drink

    Engine guard was customised from stainless steel at a local workshop...:wink:
  20. AJ..

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    the yoshi sounds extremely superb...bassy sound...but powerwise,i got lots of low end,but lost the mid...i haven't instal and Power Commander just yet...