Yamaha TDM Riders

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

  1. AJ 900

    AJ 900 Adventurer

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    Ok, just registered and thought I would put up a pic of my beauty... :raabia

    It's a 2006 mod., bought brand new with full touring kit (topbox and hard case bags), mudguard and main stand and stock Yamaha touring screen (the tall one...) in September last year.
    While winterized I fitted new Laser Duo-Tech cans, Powercommander and MRA Racing (double bubble) screen.
    The tall stock screen sucks (lot of buffeting/turbulence)! The DB screen is a lot better and I think it also looks better!

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    I'm from Norway BTW... :thumb
  2. Ruff Ride

    Ruff Ride road worthy dirt hack

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    I had an 850 in Japan I loved that bike. Wish they sold them here. The 900 looks so cool. I got mine used from Red Barron in Hachiogi. Tanaka-san the manager was fantastic.
  3. ADK

    ADK ____

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    Yamaha should bring it back in and price it halfway in between the stroms.:deal
  4. stevepsd

    stevepsd Been here awhile

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    I'd buy 1, no, better make that 2. Right now. Cash money. Yamaha USA are you listening?
  5. AJ..

    AJ.. Long timer

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    :rofl
  6. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    More light? You could go the xenon way:

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    Three times the amount of light (so longer and wider light pattern), less heat, twice as little power consumption and extremely long endurance (should outlast the bike itself). And nowadays it's pretty cheap, and easy to install on the TDM (just the headlight adjustment which I haven't been able to adjust yet is hard).
  7. Gnrnr

    Gnrnr Adventurer

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    Wouldn't that just be the Super Tenere and not a TDM at all?:dunno
  8. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Recheck that post you quoted and you'll see I've already got a xenon HID low beam :evil I'm happy with the lighting on straights but in tight corners on dark mountain roads too much of the road still stays unlit. I solved that problem on my 1100GS with a couple PIAA 110 watt 910s, but the TDM doesn't have the juice for that. Maybe a couple Phids in the future.

    http://www.blm-accessories.com/AuxLights.cfm
  9. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    Check, disregard... :mully
  10. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Btw, have you installed HID in your high beam as well? Was thinking of doing that myself but one guy at a bike shop told me it wasn't a good idea because constantly turning it on (and then off when there's oncoming traffic) puts a strain on the battery. Any truth to this or is it :topes ?
  11. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    I haven't got HID (just in my Renault Safrane), you didn't read correctly either :wink: . Was thinking about it for the low beam, as giving pass signals is hard with HID.

    The starting voltage is only as high as the regular voltage of a normal bulb, that should not really be a problem. While running it is significantly lower than a regular bulb. Somehow lots of people asssume it is a high consuming device, but the high voltage only comes from the converter which turns direct current in alternating current. It's not in the DC part to the battery. It shouldn't be more different than turning your low and high beam on and off.

    How do you experience the difference in low beam? And what is your trick to adjusting the low beam (mine doesn't want to move).
  12. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Hmmm, you're right, you posted a bunch of pics and a great recommendation of HID but you didn't actually say you had converted the TDM :evil :lol3

    I bought my bike used with the HID already installed in the low beam and haven't bothered to adjust it as oncoming cars seen fine with it -- none have ever flashed me. It's very bright, makes the stock high beam seem like a flashlight in comparison. Thanks for clarifying how the voltage works, I'm heading to the shop today to get the high beam converted as well:jump :jump :jump
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    When I bought my TDM900 new the previous owner had already installed an HID conversion kit in the low beam. Works great but made the H7 high beam look really pathetic in comparison. So today I had an HID unit installed in the high beam as well. Very bright and the flash function still works perfectly. Will take a pic once it stops raining outside and post it up :evil
  14. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    Did you install the ballast units in the same way as on the page earlier mentioned? So under the dash and in the right fairing part?

    Reasong for asking is that the space in the right fairing is already filled with a Stebel Nautilus compact airhorn :evil .
  15. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The high beam ballast is tucked in on the inside of the right side of the fairing and the low beam ballast is tucked into the same space on the left side. Will try and post pics tomorrow :wink:
  16. G-Funk

    G-Funk That ... Umm ..... "Dude"

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    Greetings .....

    Just to let everyone who may be subscribed to this thread .... I'm selling my 93 TDM. I just posted the ad in the flea market section.

    She's damn near mint, and has a little under 15,000 miles on her.

    Take it easy everyone and ride safe. :1drink

    G.
  17. AJ..

    AJ.. Long timer

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    its a holiday yesterday for us in Singapore...so we crossed the border...ride for bout 100km...then we had a little ride off the tarmac.

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    good to have a new set of tourance tyre for the rear...
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  18. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    I was finally hoping for a nice splashy watercrossing picture after this pic, that would show advrider the TDM potential... ah well... I guess I would have been too afraid as well to make a spectacular roadtire-slide on that slick mud, falling over and getting stuck in the middle of the puddle.... which actually would have presented some nice pictures too :rofl
  19. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Discretion is the better part of valor :rofl
  20. AJ..

    AJ.. Long timer

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    we actually made the decision to trun back after figuring out thats not the rite way....front tyre was a bad ass....rear wasnt so bad on the Tourance tyre...