Yamaha TDM Riders

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

  1. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    The new Africa Twin appeals to me as a practical replacement for the TDM but I have avoided riding one to avoid starting something silly and expensive :lol3
  2. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Long timer Supporter

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    Crikey, temptation.. Luckily I'm safe until the T7 comes out. My TDM may have blown a bulb by then and moved on in shame. Or I extend the shed.
  3. vicens66

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    hi
    you should undo that bolt on the front right leg ,and make sure is not space between the spacer and the leg.
    if you don't the disc on that side is not to be center to the caliper ,and when the pads wear down it may touch the disc.
    Happen to a the french guy (french tdm forum)a few years back,when it got a new tyre fitted and they left that gap.
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  4. 6mdx

    6mdx Still learning new things!

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    Mate, I have been there too. Took an AT for 1 hour test ride, lovely bike but not 10k dollars better than my TDM.

    I love it when my mates on 650s use twice as much fuel as the TDM , and i too worry about bulbs.......
    LOL

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  5. rackam_le_rouge

    rackam_le_rouge Adventurer

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    Hi All

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  6. Butters

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    What kind of bike is the one in the middle of the first photo?
  7. AdvRich

    AdvRich Long Time SmugMug Patron/Supporter

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    That's a niner - TDM 900.
  8. Butters

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    Hmmm. I guess you're right. It must be the paint or the angle. I usually don't find the 900s very attractive, but that one looks real nice. The tank/fairing looks more angular to me, but it must be.
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    The fairing is more angular with those faux intakes. Don't remember where, but saw one like that some years ago. Aftermarket add on...?

    The 6 speed, FI, and I think aluminum frame are some nice refinements over the years. Pretty sure the TDM has at least an inch more suspension travel than the FJ/Tracer parked next to it. Wonder what the ground clearance diiference is between them?
  10. Butters

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    Yep - that's it. It looks like it is called something like the Boxer Kit. I think it really improves the look of the 900. Not that it matters for us in the USA as we never got any of them past 1993. But a TDM with 270 degree firing, fuel injection, and that boxer kit - that would likely get me to upgrade my old Mk1! I'm curious how the last gen 900 compares to the Tracer/FJ09.
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  11. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    I am still trying to understand the 270 degree hip... I have an old TDM and a Super Tenere: apart of the bigger displacement I think my Tenere has less torque and personality than the TDM! Don't even start me on the sound quality! Maybe it is too many years on "real vertical twins" (British/Italian/Honda)???? If I wanted a Ducati....I'll have one!! Long live the 180!!


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  12. AdvRich

    AdvRich Long Time SmugMug Patron/Supporter

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    Yeah, I'm a fan of this look too. That would be a comparo I'd like to read up on.
  13. AdvRich

    AdvRich Long Time SmugMug Patron/Supporter

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    I must admit, I especially enjoy the exhaust note of the new AT when I've watched a vid as well as some other 270º layouts. Not sure when Yammie initially started with 270º crank, but we all know that the '95 TDM torque went down a bit over the first gen 180º crank. Not a lot, but some. The sound of my MK1 on the boil though is pretty intoxicating; it reminds me of twins heard in my youth.
    Perhaps what you might be sensing between your TDM and Super Tenere is the smoother power (piston pulse) delivery of the 270 over the 180, final drive ratio, and lighter weight of the TDM. Smoother can be more boring, but it's usually faster with less exertion. That big Tenere is a mile eater for sure.
  14. rackam_le_rouge

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    This is a TDM 900 ABS model 2007, equipped with Boxer design broadcast only in Europe.

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  15. Ralph01

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    What a magnificant bike!

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  16. zuma

    zuma Been here awhile

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    How I feel too. I always say my Niner is a jack of all trades master of none type of bike, in other words a very versatile bike. I keep thinking about something else, but what? A Crossrunner? A Tracer? Ah, I dunno, the Niner is just so reliable and cheap to own. She's done 123,000 k's now, still runs as good as ever, doesn't use a drop of oil. She still feels pretty good when I ride off after a demo on some new model bike. I just can't bring myself to part with her yet.
  17. rackam_le_rouge

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    Thank you all for your compliments on my TDM 900.
    I have owned this bike for 10 years. The YAMAHA Tracer 900 / FJ-09 pleases me a lot but will I find the versatility of my TDM? My bike is reliable, economical and I always have a great pleasure to ride. I will have trouble selling it !!


    Here is a picture shortly after buying it new. Observe the many changes made since !!

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  18. Harvey Krumpet

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    TDM porn Rackham, cheers. Gatherings of TDM's are rare, gatherings of tasty, farkled, TDM's even more so. I just love the Yamaha block pattern.

    Zuma, same same. I get the chance to have a wee ride on all sorts of bikes thanks to a mate who likes to keep up to date. I really enjoy most of them, technology is a wonderful thing, but I have yet to be engaged by a new bike.

    On our local roads (very twisty chip seal road Capital of the Southern hemisphere) the TDM is rarely out of smell, let alone sight, of much faster new bikes. If you have a 115hp bike you need a 115hp road, 160hp..
    I ride a lot of twisty gravel on sport/touring tires, too, and the bike is amazing. You can stand up and steer with body weight and throttle, the bike's a natural. Heavy, but keen and predictable.
    Maintenance is basic and regular, cosseting and personalising is nil, thrashing is mandatory. Not abuse, enthusiasm. A lot of paint has been knocked off the motor from gravel blasting, a couple of wee scrapes here and there but the bike still looks great. Had a big service last year, valve clearances, timing etc checked. That's another 50'000km's in the bank for consumables.

    Do I really want to give this venerable bike away for a scant $3000, at best? Yeah, na. Dreamin.
    I'll wait until the next major service to think about it again, my shed will probably be bigger.
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  19. Cavaleru

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    my baby, unfortunately cause of a medical problem i'm selling it :(

    2006 model with ABS

    - MIVV exaust
    - windshield MRA with adjustable wing
    - topcase & sidecase Kappa
    - Xenon on the low beam
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  20. gateman

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    Well spotted vicens66.
    Similar thing happened to my TDM when a profesional stuffed up a simple fork rebuild. They did the test ride then handed the bike over. I spotted it straight away but the damage had been done and the bullshit started .

    Calling fayelsane to the bat phone.