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Old 03-19-2014, 01:05 PM   #2986
Harvey Krumpet
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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen;
Just purchased a 93 TDM 850 from Texas. Haven't picked it up yet as I am in Arizona and can't get over there for a bit.
The bike has 10K on the Odometer and looks very clean and tidy. Close-up pics were provided of all areas. Not perfect but very nice for its age.
My plan is to fly to Houston, get the bike, spend a few days with old friends and then embark on a back road trip along the coast, across S of San Antonio, along the US side of the border then into Big Bend for a few days. On to El Paso, across S New Mexico and then via the Arizona BCDR from Benson to Globe, then home to the E Valley of Phoenix.
I'm new to the TDM, not to bikes in general, and especially not dirt or ADV bikes.
My question to you of the TDM persuasion is what items peculiar to the TDM should I change before departing, and what should I carry as spares, again peculiar to the TDM.
Thanks in advance for your advice, it will be heeded. Cheers, Frank
PS. If anyone is along the route and wants to meet for coffee in the am or beer in the pm, let me know. F
Oil. Most 850's use oil with sustained big throttle openings. Nothing to worry about. A flexi necked funnel makes life a lot easier for top ups. I use a 40mm bit of wood under the side stand to get the bike close to level when checking the sight glass. AKA the window of mystery. Don't over tighten the chain, IIR it should have 30 - 50mm free play but double check, I'm old. Maybe something to cosset your bum, sounds like a fair bit of saddle time.
Otherwise just your standard fluid & mechanical checks before you hit the road. Coolant, tires, brakes etc. If the bike has been loved it will probably just thump along quite happily. It's what they do.
Enjoy your trip.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:03 PM   #2987
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Oil. Most 850's use oil with sustained big throttle openings. Nothing to worry about. A flexi necked funnel makes life a lot easier for top ups. I use a 40mm bit of wood under the side stand to get the bike close to level when checking the sight glass. AKA the window of mystery. Don't over tighten the chain, IIR it should have 30 - 50mm free play but double check, I'm old. Maybe something to cosset your bum, sounds like a fair bit of saddle time.
Otherwise just your standard fluid & mechanical checks before you hit the road. Coolant, tires, brakes etc. If the bike has been loved it will probably just thump along quite happily. It's what they do.
Enjoy your trip.
Thanks for the advice Harvey. How are things shakin' down under? And do you look like Harvey? Kidding aside, good advice. Thanks, cheers, frank
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:51 AM   #2988
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Thanks for the advice Harvey. How are things shakin' down under? And do you look like Harvey? Kidding aside, good advice. Thanks, cheers, frank
I'm not in the shaky bit, we has cyclones instead. I hate to say it but me & HK do have similarities. Beyond naturism & Ugg boots.

If your looking for specific info pop into http://www.carpe-tdm.net/ipb/

Bring cake.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:01 PM   #2989
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I don't like Pavlova, too sweet fo me. And I doubt anyone wears Ugg boots here in Phoenix, kaboy boots are a different story.
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I'm not in the shaky bit, we has cyclones instead. I hate to say it but me & HK do have similarities. Beyond naturism & Ugg boots.

If your looking for specific info pop into http://www.carpe-tdm.net/ipb/

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Old 03-22-2014, 09:38 PM   #2990
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Welcome Wah64, I'm just in the process of actually going on a ride tomorrow on my TDM for our first real shakedown together other than a few tests as changes have been made. I've put a Michelin PR 4 on the rear and still have the BT06 on the front as my Michelin for that end hasn't shown up yet. Since I have had it I have put on a Givi wing rack a Kerker exhaust that came with it and Pro Taper SE bars. On the short rides I've taken I am very impressed with how it goes. My main bike is a KLR 650 so it doesn't take much.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:42 PM   #2991
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Welcome Wah64, I'm just in the process of actually going on a ride tomorrow on my TDM for our first real shakedown together other than a few tests as changes have been made. I've put a Michelin PR 4 on the rear and still have the BT06 on the front as my Michelin for that end hasn't shown up yet. Since I have had it I have put on a Givi wing rack a Kerker exhaust that came with it and Pro Taper SE bars. On the short rides I've taken I am very impressed with how it goes. My main bike is a KLR 650 so it doesn't take much.
What are your thoughts on the Kerker? I have a 2 - 2 and it's rather fruity. Definitely improves mid range & bottom end, too.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:21 AM   #2992
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I took on a 200 mile poker run this weekend with very mixed riding from free way to super tight twisties. Wow. I'm very
pleased with the kerker which amounts to basically straight
pipes with shiny cans. I like it a bunch just loud enough 1/2 the weight of the stocker.

cans.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:50 AM   #2993
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My question to you of the TDM persuasion is what items peculiar to the TDM should I change before departing, and what should I carry as spares, again peculiar to the TDM.
Thanks in advance for your advice, it will be heeded. Cheers, Frank
PS. If anyone is along the route and wants to meet for coffee in the am or beer in the pm, let me know. F
When you first get there, make sure the owner starts it from cold for you. If it has to crank for a bit then the vacuum fuel pump is probably weak. Normal mod is electric fuel pump to fix.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:09 PM   #2994
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Take a voltage meter with you and make sure it's putting out more than 12 volts after it's running
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:17 PM   #2995
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Fuel pump replacement

Thanks, I understand that the FZR electric fuel pumps from the early 90's are a good fix for the weak vacuum pumps. Cheers, Frank

I was asleep at the wheel here, I was thinking of my MG Quota that I replaced the headlight with an early 90's FZR item. F

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Old 03-31-2014, 05:20 PM   #2996
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TDM charging system

[QUOTE=scout18;23789250]Take a voltage meter with you and make sure it's putting out more than 12 volts after it's running[/QUOTE

Scout, is the issue the Voltage regulator/rectifier or the stator? cheer, frank
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:33 PM   #2997
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Scout, is the issue the Voltage regulator/rectifier or the stator? cheer, frank
The R/R is the issue, apparently go out every 28 - 30 k
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:09 PM   #2998
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Mine lasted 50,000 miles. At the time replacement R/Rs were cheap on E bay, so I bought 2.
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:52 AM   #2999
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Yes often if the r/r goes out it can take the battery and stator with it. Good to have an extra one on board with you if you're going traveling on it the r/r gets hot anyway and it's location on the bike may be good for weather protection but not ideal for heat dissipation.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:08 AM   #3000
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Hi all !

A few months ago I bought new TDM 900 and in this stage I am testing my bike on weekend rides . There is still few things to add and improve so I hope for Your advices based on experience .
I am surprised with handling and power delivery but I would like to reach adequate set up for longer tours and for use on dirty roads if neccesary.
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