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Old 08-24-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Yamaha TDM 850

Hi everyone. I found a good deal on a 90s yamaha tdm in good condition 16000 miles for $2200. My question is. Is this a good entry leave enduro bike? I have been riding on the street for over a year and on the dirt before that. Im over 6 foot over 200 lbs and want to get into ADV riding is this a good call? suggestions?
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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It depends on what you call an Enduro. It is a good dependable bike, the price sounds right for the US, if that is where you are. It is in the Wee strom group of bikes, as to its off road abilities. Light on suspension travel and ground clearance. It is heavy. I have ridden it on gravel roads and sand. Some a little tougher than others.

This was mine:


I did a few mods to make it better for dirt. Works suspension on the rear with an Eibach spring. The front was hyper pro with an oil change. If you plonk around in the dirt, you will over heat it and the fan won't cope if you just continue. A bigger slim line fan fixed it. I had some Renntech engine bars on it(not shown) The front rim is 18" so I ran a knobby meant for the rear. After 67,000 miles I got a frame crack at the rear engine mount. Welded it up.

I enjoyed it for 11 years, but on a ride on some of the Colorado passes it was pretty obvious a lighter and longer suspended bike was better.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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I liked mine when I had it but felt it was more of a comfortable street bike. Masterbrewer may have a different opinion - check out his ride reports where he definitely off-roads his routinely.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:12 AM   #4
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I had a '93 model and liked it a lot. Issues I had were it was too heavy to go off road much , limited suspension travel for off road, forks needed some work. My tranny was ok, but there have been reports of some who have had 3rd gear failure at around 25k miles. The stock carbs usually need some new needle jets as the OEM rattle/vibrate and then oval out. If you are getting bad gas mileage, it probably the jets. You can get some better ones from factorypro.com.









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Old 08-26-2012, 02:04 AM   #5
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Ive got a 99 model in Australia and found it handles dirt very well when set up right .TKC 80 on the front and what ever you like on the back .
Cast wheels are the biggest limitations being pretty soft on large hits . Heavy duty tubes are the go .
Like all bikes it is a compromise .
Will handle dirt roads well being very stable .
Can ride all day - 750kms plus
Can carry big loads with ease .
Great fuel economy -20km/ litre .
Big oil capacity 4 litres
Cruse sitting on 120kms on good dirt all day no worries .

Negatives - short on ground clearance and suspension
Reasonably heavy .
abovementioned soft wheels .
Maintainance isuses - set up for air filter and oil changes are road bike not dirt bike .

Sum up, it wont go where a ktm 525 will .
It will do every thing a 1200 gs will a fraction of the cost and weight .
Think V strom 650 with Balls
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Old Yesterday, 10:35 AM   #6
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Tdm 850

If you determine this is not the bike for you I am looking for one to tour on.
Please forward info if you do not mind.
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