For sale 1993 Yamaha TDM850, Washington, DC area

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  1. Butters

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    I bought this 1993 Yamaha TDM 850 in 2015 as a bit of a restoration project. What started out as a flyer turned into a bit of a passion. I really love this bike, but the fact is I am just not riding much anymore and have decided to just keep my DS bike.

    I won't go too deep into what a TDM is. It basically is a long legged sportbike along the lines of a Multistrada/Versys/FJ-09. But back in 1992/3, people weren't too interested in a bike like this, especially when it was priced like a BMW. So after a short run in the US, Yamaha stopped US sales. They sold quite well in Europe, however, through three generations. The bike is pretty rare in the US, although I won't try to fool you and say it is particularly valuable.
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    The bike needs nothing. It has 44K miles. It has several modifications/upgrades aimed squarely at reliability and utility. Known weak spots have been addressed. The listed upgrades have all been installed in the last 7500 miles that I have owned the bike.

    - The bike already had a respray when I bought it, but I wasn't happy so it was repainted in 2016 to the desert sand color it is now (it is a Toyota LC/FJ color).
    - The emulsion tubes are a known weak spot with these carbs and they have been replaced with nickel plated Factory Pro tubes which are good for about 25K miles. The barbs have been thoroughly rebuilt and jetted and adjusted properly.
    - The typical shunt type Reg/Rec has been replaced with a MOSFET type for reliability
    - It has a Hyperpro rear shock and front springs set for a 180lb rider. These are about 2 years old.
    - The vacuum type fuel pump was replaced in 2016. The previous pump was working, but these are known to dry out and fail over the years so it was replaced as PM.
    - The Givi racks (very hard to find) and luggage are included.
    - The wheel bearings have been replaced.
    - The valves were adjusted in the last 5k miles.
    - New front discs and pads
    - Recent coolant change
    - Bulbs, to include the headlights, have been replaced with LEDs
    - Heated grips
    - Later gen TDM900 mirrors with extenders
    - Delkevic 2 into 1 exhaust
    - Unobtainium crash bars installed
    - Pilot Road 3s have plenty of life left


    The price is $2750 and I am pretty firm on that price. This bike is certainly comparable to bikes in the high end of the market. But I don't want to wait for the one TDM buyer willing to pay top dollar. Likewise, I feel below some point I should just keep it and store it until my riding situation changes.

    While I have much more invested into it, I don't expect to get that back. But I knew that going in and have zero regrets. I more than got my grins for the money I spent. It was the prefect comfortable sport tourer for me. If somebody can appreciate the bike and ride the heck out of it, awesome. If I have to winterize it and store it, that works too. But I every time I walk by it sitting there, it kills me a bit. I think most inmates here understand that.

    Worst case, people can see pics of an unusual bike. And we all like that.

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  2. imherefortheride

    imherefortheride Rain or shine.

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    Pics aren't working for me?
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  3. Butters

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    They aren't working for me now either. GAHHHHH Front 3 qtr small.jpg
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    Sorry for the single pic posts, but it seems to be working. We'll see . . .
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  7. Graydale

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    I also can only see the photos from post #3 on. You can go back and edit post # 1, possibly delete all first. Very nice TDM!
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    I'll bump this once. Maybe the Motorcycle Gods are trying to tell me to just keep it. :muutt
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  9. jpettit

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    these were way ahead of their time.
    great bikes (still have one).
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  10. blairvt

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    thats nice
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