Yamaha TDM Riders

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by BuellDualSport, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. nikvuksa

    nikvuksa Adventurer

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    Hi everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Nikola, from Serbia. I ride TDM 900, 2003 year produced. I bought it in January, already had more than 9k. I am in love with this bike! :raabia

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  2. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Long timer Supporter

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    Kia ora Nikola. That is a nicely set up bike. Is that how you bought it?

    Yeah, for quite a few riders TDM's tick a lot of boxes. I haven't found a better replacement which gives the same bang for buck in 15 years.
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  3. nikvuksa

    nikvuksa Adventurer

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    No, unfortunatelly I didn't. Here in Serbia, most of bikes are coming from Switzerland, so as mine bike. When it comes here it is totally "naked", nothing additional on bike.

    This is how it looked like when I bought it.

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    After bying, I bought new visor, double crash bars, side racks, new top case and side cases, repaired seat, plus rear tyre and maintenance...

    But, I am more than happy with it. :-)
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  4. ishmac

    ishmac Been here awhile

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    That's like brand new condition nikvuksa, stunning...!

    Regards;
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  5. nikvuksa

    nikvuksa Adventurer

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    Thank you!
    Greetings to all from Serbia! :)
  6. Eskapada.moto

    Eskapada.moto Adventurer

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    Hello all from Roumania

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  7. Killpony

    Killpony Yung and Dumb

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    Hey y'all I'm thinking about driving a few hours to look at a nice clean TDM850 in the states. Problem is I'm 5'4" maybe 28ish inseam and while I've been riding a while and am not afraid of one footing a bike it's not something I want to be doing at every light. What are your experiences with the seat height/ ride height/ control reach on the TDM? I've seen different figures for seat height from a seemingly manageable 31" and change to 33"
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  8. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Long timer Supporter

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    On a standard bike you will definitely be on one foot, probably the toes. My G/F is approx 5'6" and can support the bike ok but she is a little stretched. I'm not prepared to discuss her inseam, I measure that in time. The seat is quite wide, too. TDM's...
    Having said that. It's relatively easy to lower the bike with different dog bone linkages and dropping the yokes on the forks, a common mod. Quite a few riders have re-profiled seats.
    They are a little top heavy with a decent size tank and overall weight is up there. It would be easy for the bike to get away from you stopping on a camber or dodgy road surface.
    I would suggest having a fossick around Carpe TDM, their will be a lot of info to help you decide.
    Control reach should be no problem, despite being an "upright" riding position you still sit weight forward and they have nice wide bars.

    This may help. Cycle-ergos
  9. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    my experience: the lowering links compromise the rear shock absorber action.
  10. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    I'm 5'8" but only 29" inseam. No problem on mine. I need to do some work on it and then it will be for sale. If yours does not work out, mine is in Queens but likely won't be ready until October.
  11. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    Due to a strange turn of events my TDM900 has been joined in the shed by a Super Tenere. The TDM will get sold which seems a bit wrong to me...………..

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  12. PaydayGabe

    PaydayGabe It's never a DAMN tail wind !

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    Looks good. Where are you located, what's the mileage, and what's your ballpark selling price?
  13. PaydayGabe

    PaydayGabe It's never a DAMN tail wind !

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    Hey Phoebe, what's the status.
    Inquiring minds (nosey) need to know. Lol. G.
  14. Killpony

    Killpony Yung and Dumb

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    My friend who works less than a mile away from the bike is checking it out for me to save me some headache if it turned out to be a dud- The seller has been a little flakey but I'll update with info once I get it
  15. PaydayGabe

    PaydayGabe It's never a DAMN tail wind !

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    Well, , flakey seems the norm these days unfortunately. Good luck and keep us posted. G.
  16. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    Australia :D
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  17. PaydayGabe

    PaydayGabe It's never a DAMN tail wind !

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    Cool. I'm in Las Vegas Nv. USA.
    GLWS . Cheers, G.
  18. Marto71

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    Another 850 mk2 owner here, have it a few years and I will add bikes to the collection but I'll never sell it ;)
  19. Foil

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    Got a 1991 TDM850 a few weeks back.

    Although it's a really nice two up road bike it's doing my head in at the moment with a low throttle stumble and sputter that doesn't make much sense.

    It started sputtering a bit on the way home, and the previous owner said that some junk might have gone trough, since he ran the reserve completely dry by accident.

    Upon buying it, I cleaned the carbs (they were pretty gummed up), set the floats and wacked in a new filter.

    Starts right up, runs well, but leaks from the bowl gasket and pops at about 1/8 throttle - turns out the fuel screw was out by 2 full turns, instead of the recommended 3 full turns.

    The fuel valve also leaks like a january cloud.

    I got o-rings, cleaned everything again, turned the fuel screw out by 3.5 turns (to accommodate the aftermarket can), threw in a replacement vacuum fuel pump while I was at it (they cost 15$ new on ebay, so why not), put in a generic fuel valve and teed both inlets from the tank, until the o-rings for the fuel cock arrive.


    Fired right up, idles great and runs strong up top, but still, at 1/8 throttle around the 1500-2500rpm cruising around town it still sputters. I've even tried 4 full turns on the fuel screw, and it still acts the same.


    Is this just a case of the emulsion tubes being worn out? I mean, they had a few marks on them, but are these bikes really that sensitive?
  20. Steinbergs

    Steinbergs n00b

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    Check choke plungers. I have one bad and it makes unsmooth riding about 2.5 rpm at low speeds