Yamaha TDM 900 (2002 - present)

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Yamaha TDM 900 (2002 - present)
the TDM likes to dart in and out of traffic, punchout of roundabouts and rabbit around country lanes

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Reviewed: 9 August 2002 by Visordown
Of late, the 10-valve liquid cooled parallel twin engine has gained a few extra cubes, redesigned internals, a six-speed gearbox and – most importantly – fuel injection. The TDM’s suspension package has been uprated with a fair degree of adjustability and the front brake calipers have been robbed from the ...  Continue reading


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The Yamaha TDM was light years ahead of its time and a really good bike and only now people are cottoning on to it, shame because Yamaha dropped it in 2010, but in Europe they got it and the TDM sold very well. Continue reading...
The TDM is a much maligned machine. Judged out of the box, its easy to understand why the motorcycle press derided it so much. Whilst it provides a comfortable ride for a gentle rider, those seeking a more spir Continue reading...
A great all-rounder that was years ahead of it's time Continue reading...
If you need to slow down a bit, then this is the bike for you, although it can still tramp on .Comfort =10.Fuel economy = 10.Fun factor =10 Continue reading...


Bought a TDM 900 in March 2010 & just love it. It does everything you want it to do. Commuting is marred by a slightly snatchy throttle, although it is better than the earlier ones. Suspension is fairly soft on standard set up but is adjustable. Very economical- on tour, riding at up to legal speeds gives 75mpg even with panniers loaded. Givi panniers are fitted on my TDM. They are quite high needing a good swing of the leg to get on the bike but are roomy although the fittings are like bits of Meccano. The bike uses no oil between changes & seems light on brake pads. A higher screen is definately needed for touring. I bought the higher Yamaha one although others are available. An excellent all rounder!

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 09:26

 iam considering a tdm900, ihave been told that there is backlash to the gear box is this true. ?  putting me off a bit.

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 13:54

I'm onto my second TM900, I've covered over 50k miles on them, I've never heard of nor experienced "backlash to the gear box". It is true that it is a little snatchy at low speed though. The "Airbox mod" takes care of this though. I travel 94 miles daily down the M1 and around the A406, wouldn't want to do it on any other bike.

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 21:14

thanks 4 reply put my mind at eas, wot is airbox mod u r on about.

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 18:31


brilliant bike

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 17:47


went form London to bali Indonasia on one btween 2006-2007, just three puntures and put up with some seriously crap fuel, huge improvment on 850 verion

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 17:49


Air box mod, lift the tank up and disconnect the pipe running to the airbox. Block the pipe, number plate screw is good for this, then tape it down. Refit tank and throttle response will be improved. Yamaha fit this device to lean off the fuel between 2.5k and 4k, so that it passes emission tests. There are pictures on the TDM site.



Posted: 13/10/2012 at 18:32

TDMs - lovely bikes!

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 19:15

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Tried and tested, the TDM is very capable and comfortable enough to see out its 160-mile tank range
Vague steering when pressing on and the front forks are too soft for those brakes
  • Price: £6549.00
  • Year: from 2002
  • Top speed: 135mph
  • Price new: 6549
  • Engine capacity: 897cc
  • Power: 76bhp
  • Torque: 60lb ft
  • Weight: 200kg
  • 0-60: 4 seconds

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