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Old 08-16-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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TDM 900 opinions

Heading out on my first big trip, a week in Croatia. I've got a recent-model TDM900 ABS waiting for me there.

I'm a smaller guy (5'9", 135lbs) and usually ride a downtown-friendly 250 these days. Was chatting with someone at my local bike shop today who was a bit skeptical about my bike choice.

Do you guys like the TDM? It looked like a decent approachable all-rounder in spite of the CC. And ABS sounds handy. I'm not worried about the temptations of the extra power (discipline and scenic cliffs will keep me in line). But is this thing a lumbering hulk that I'm going to hate? Any tips on the transition up to a significantly higher displacement?
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:35 AM   #2
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The most important thing is enjoy the bike and just ride . Make sure you are comfortable sitting on the bike and you can flat foot while on the bike. TDM is a good choice with a reliable engine with good range.
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:09 AM   #3
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Never owned one, but I never came to terms with the riding position either. Other than that, I think it is a good do-it-all bike.
Literally, every other big bike in greece is a tdm.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:14 AM   #4
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DISCLAIMER: I have had a '96 MkII TDM850 for 85.5k kms, and have briefly ridden a 900.

Head to www.carpe-tdm.net for all you need to know about these fine machines.

The 900 masses around 190 fully-fuelled-kilograms, lighter than the 850's 230 (approximately). I find them easy-ish to move around, but coming from a 250 you might notice the difference. Might take a bit to get used to, but they are a forgiving bike. Again, carpe-tdm is the user group to ask your questions of - friendly and helpful. TDM's of the various types seem to be popular in Europe - and I like mine.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:45 AM   #5
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Heading out on my first big trip, a week in Croatia. I've got a recent-model TDM900 ABS waiting for me there.

I'm a smaller guy (5'9", 135lbs) and usually ride a downtown-friendly 250 these days. Was chatting with someone at my local bike shop today who was a bit skeptical about my bike choice.

Do you guys like the TDM? It looked like a decent approachable all-rounder in spite of the CC. And ABS sounds handy. I'm not worried about the temptations of the extra power (discipline and scenic cliffs will keep me in line). But is this thing a lumbering hulk that I'm going to hate? Any tips on the transition up to a significantly higher displacement?
TDM is the PERFECT choice for our roads here, especially the roads along the
coast line. It's fuel efficient like a 250, light handling like a 250 and has more
then enough power.

Be careful with the right wrist however since it has instant torque everywhere
and that'll be the biggest difference from a 250.

I'm in Osijek, Croatia, leaving tomorrow to Zadar, Croatia (over Karlovac-Senj), which is basically covering some of the best roads here.

Drop me a pm if you need any info but I'll be on the bike whole day tomorrow so I might be slow to answer perhaps. :)
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:36 AM   #6
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Awesome, thanks guys! Glad to hear it sounds like a good choice. @Cortez I may have to hit you up for some tips before I head out
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:53 AM   #7
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Had a TDM900 for a week while my bike was being repaired. It struck me as being boring. Nice gearbox but not too keen on the ergonomics. As has been said, coming from a 250 you will feel the weight to begin with but you'll soon get used to it. I'm 5'10" and had no problem with it - forget about all of this weird Amercan insistence on being able to have both feet flat on the ground, it's just not necessary. The one I had took 98 ron fuel so a bit more pricey to run.

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Old 09-08-2014, 01:07 PM   #8
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Thanks MeinMotorrad. To be honest for an unfamiliar bike on unfamiliar roads and not a ton of touring experience, "boring" doesn't sound too bad :)
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:41 PM   #9
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Awesome, thanks guys! Glad to hear it sounds like a good choice. @Cortez I may have to hit you up for some tips before I head out
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I just got back from a 3 week ride!
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:42 PM   #10
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Thanks MeinMotorrad. To be honest for an unfamiliar bike on unfamiliar roads and not a ton of touring experience, "boring" doesn't sound too bad :)
It'll be perfect, predictable delivery but a lot of torque, a much better choice
for our roads then my FZ6.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:44 PM   #11
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Had a TDM900 for a week while my bike was being repaired. It struck me as being boring. Nice gearbox but not too keen on the ergonomics. As has been said, coming from a 250 you will feel the weight to begin with but you'll soon get used to it. I'm 5'10" and had no problem with it - forget about all of this weird Amercan insistence on being able to have both feet flat on the ground, it's just not necessary. The one I had took 98 ron fuel so a bit more pricey to run.

Enjoy your trip.
Stock TDM (compresion 10.4 : 1) should run on basically any fuel available.

To the OP, Tiffon and CRODUX petrol stations are year after year the top 2
fuel quality wise in car&bike mag tests. Avoid LukOil. INA works (local brand).
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