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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by BuellDualSport, Sep 28, 2005.
That's bloody beautiful
Ive just recently bought an es tenere and still have my 08 TDM. Its got over the tonne in k's and still gives me a buzz after 9 years. It was my first bike ever and set in stone the things I like in 270degree bikes.
I spent 4 years with an ST1300 and well it did the miles and had plenty of power...but no soul.
back to now and Im really enjoying the Tenere and I was very pleased to feel the bike has what lights my fire.
I'll keep my TDM and convert it back to a road bike. maybe a nice paint job like that one above.
As I see it. Im in a great place with both bikes.
Not sure what "real vertical twins means? or hip. Yamaha have been making these things a long time. If your not happy move it on.
Hello,hello Fayeslane here.............................. Relax blokes the discs are centred in the calipers. The photo is a poofteenth off centre and therefore misleading.
Hey Jim - just considering buying a 95 TDM 850 - how do you (did you?) find your one - planning a trip up north to Ullapool in a couple of weeks - do you find it has enough power on the motorway etc - thanks in advance for any advice :)
I haven't got the 850 any longer, sold it earlier in the year, but yes, IMO there's plenty of power for Motorway riding -it'll cruise at 80, no bother. Check out www.carpe-tdm.net (UK based TDM forum), there's loads of info on there and free to drop me a PM if you want more specific info
Perfect Jim - thank you so much for the info and for getting back to me . Appreciatee it
Would anyone know where I can purchase a tank bag for a MK1 TDM 850 here in the UK? Collecting bike possibly at the weekend and have a big of a trek up the road - thanks again
You could try Saltire Motorcycles on Gorgie Road in Edinburgh, or there's J&S Accessories in Hamilton or Glasgow?
Thanks Jim - will call them tomorrow to see if anything suitable - see they have the Oxford tank bag but looking for something a little smaller initially - many thanks again :)
My low flying TDM's "Jet Stream" through the Flinders Ranges, South Australia.
Masterbrewer's Tour de Europa 2016 ride report
(on a borrowed TDM)
Hey there brewer, , obviously your not very fearful of traveling fast on dirt w/your TDM. I've read that some genius's thought the TDM's ride like shite on dirt/gravel. So what's your tricks for suspension/tyres?
I have a 92 mk1 that I'd like to make a little more off-road worthy.
Thanks for your thoughts, G, in Vegas..
I have always thought that the TDM is a terrific gravel and mixed surfaces bike. Even with street tires...
Wonderful masterbrewer! :)
G'day TDM Gabe
Like Slipchip says, mine was good straight out of the box ..... err shed.
Just be aware of where you push the boundaries.... and who is watching
. ADJUST TYRE PRESSURES FOR ROAD CONDITIONS/SURFACE ( approx average F 24 R 32 ) higher or lower for black top, gravel or sand.
. lowered footpegs (home made) for ease of standing on pegs with dicky knees
. fitted engine protection, side & bottom.
. slight increase in front fork oil level. (with standard springs)
. set up sag etc according to book, then adjust slightly for your own riding preference (ie for slower or faster steering)
. I was fortunate to find a Ohlins rear .... read the appropriate shocker manufacturer's manual (usually available online) not hard to set up for differing conditions.
........... I have 3 settings: 1. Blacktop & easy riding dirt 2. Leading a big bike group 3. Demoralising the young kids
. current tyres F Michelin Sirac 120/80 x 18 R Mitas E-09 Dakar 140/80 x 17. So far 5,000km down and rear looks only half worn.
I personally found the 140 size rear improved directional stability.
I think that should put a bigger smile on your face.
Good luck & Safe riding.
PS I will be uploading more off road TDM videos soon and you'll be surprised where she easily goes
To confirm my status as "The Mad Aussie from Downunder" who rides a TDM Offroad
(Filmed in 1080HD)
Thanks Brewer for the reply. Great videos.
I completely overhauled the front end last year w/great results. The redhead came to me w/an Ohlin rear shock, yeah ! So suspension is good to go. Tyres would be the most obvious upgrade from here.
In the U.S. everything for the TDM is almost unobtainable . Such a shame.
Anyway, I can always go UK for bits if I need to. I love this machine, , brings a great smile to me face every ride. If you know any good aftermarket suppliers, where ever they are located, could you pass them on to us yanks.
And ride safe yourself . Cheers, G.
UK : http://www.wemoto.com/bikes
That should get you started
Good copy on that sir, thank you. G.
I really wish we could have gone for a blast when you visited MB. You've seen our roads..
Concur all of the above for gravel set up. Not only does the 140 add agility it seems to hook up a little better. Suspension defo needs twiddling. I had to adjust my shock when I fitted T30's which was detrimental on gravel, the bike chatters over ripples. Being lazy I compensate by going a little quicker rather than adjust the shock. Some decent footrests would be nice.
The one gravel issue I have never managed to cure is the massive tank slapper I get if I hit deep gravel too fast. It feels like their is a hinge in the frame. Startling. Again, in my low effort style, I compensate by carrying spare underwear.
Oh, engine protection should be considered. I've blasted a lot of paint off mine.