Yamaha TDR250 in USA?

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by JB-DTW, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. JB-DTW

    JB-DTW JB-DTW

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    Greetings,
    Is there anyone in the USA that has a Yamaha TDR 250???
    Curious,
    JB
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  2. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    I do!
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  3. JB-DTW

    JB-DTW JB-DTW

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    It looks like we are the only ones who own one! How did you get yours? Is it the black and yellow one? I got mine from Canada.
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  4. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    I rented a TDR on the Greek island of Keffalonia in 1996.

    When I returned to San Francisco, I had to have one, and miraculously one showed up in the Chronicle a couple months later. I bought it for $2500 bone stock from a mechanic at Monroe Motors who had emigrated to the States from Van BC and was allowed to bring it in and title it in CA. I've owned mine for almost 16 years, blown it up many times and done many mods.

    Still my go to bike for around town.

    What's your story, JB?

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  5. Shocktower

    Shocktower Long timer

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    I did not know you had one Jim, that looks like a lot of fun, Hey I have my RD ready to run :D
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  6. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    Bassids! I'm gonna have to drive home with a splinter in my trousers now.

    Like hens teeth, just harder to come by.
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  7. RodT

    RodT Been here awhile

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    Just for a laugh, either of you want to sell your TDR?:rofl
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  8. JB-DTW

    JB-DTW JB-DTW

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    Great looking bike! I have to get a pair of the JL pipes! I hope to this winter! I lived in Canada for a few years and my bike came available through the local paper. I knew of them, but never saw one. When I went to see it, I fell in love quickly. $2,800 later, I took it home. The person I bought it from actually rode it in an enduro, some of the cosmetics need some attention. Like yours, it is my general purpose go to bike. Fun to ride and always ready for a wheelie! I especially love when it gets over 6000 rpms and settles into the turbine smooth sweet spot. I have about 23,000 miles on it and have had it for about 10 years. Last fall I got a Super Tenere, while I enjoyed it, I always found myself going back to the TDR. I sold the Super T last week to rebuild/restore the TDR. I own quite a few bikes, but the TDR is my fav. No, it is not for sale!

    Cheers!
    Jon
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  9. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    I've wanted a TDR since I was a teenager. Every morning on the way to work I would end up "racing" one on dual carriage ways. I was on a 750 Kwaka. I would over haul him on the straight & he would fly past on the round abouts while I was dragging my centre stand. Never beat him.

    Somebody said to me recently that 2t's have personality & moods compared to always the same 4t's. I have to agree.
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  10. KennyV

    KennyV Adventurer

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    I want a TDR 250!!!!! One of the bikes on my must have someday list.
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  11. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Hey JB-DTW welcome to the assylum! How much of a hasle was it to bring the bike across the river and get it plated. I have often thought about buying in Canada but never bothered to get serious. Just lazy I guess, but this is a good example of the kool stuff the Fed wont let us have.
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  12. pdxjim

    pdxjim Two Stroke Terror

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    By some estimates, they only officially imported a few hundred TDR's to Canada, so they are quite rare up there as well.
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  13. JB-DTW

    JB-DTW JB-DTW

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    Overall it was quite easy, especially due to its age. Also, if I go to the Secretary of State near closing time, they just want to get me out the door and go home! They did ask for the custom's form but I just looked at them clueless, so they let it go.
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  14. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    I have friends that race motocross. For a few years, it was favorable for them to buy in Canada. I was told that under 700cc could be brought back duty free. Of course these are MX folks and were only intrested in the off road-non plated vehicles. But, they did buy several bikes in Windsor over the years. I never did persue the idea. I have looked a Craigslist Windsor a few times, but didn't see much in the way of bikes. Bring that thing up to my house and I'll show you some good roads we can thrash. I'm not that far from you at all.
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  15. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    In my hometown, everybody had a TDR and most of those guys still have them!

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  16. 2trally

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    That has got to be the best $2500 spent by anybody, ever.
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  17. murf

    murf Been here awhile

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    might be the forth:1drink, its getting delivered tomorrow

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  18. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    I don't think it is possible for the USA to have cool toys like that. Quick, some post a pic of a cruiser!

    Ultra badass.
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  19. murf

    murf Been here awhile

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  20. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    pdxjim, can I use that photie of your bike on another forum? Pppppleeeeease?
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