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1991 TDM850 - suitable?

Got a chance at a cheap project for my planned Mexico trip.....what are people's opinions on this bike as a base. I will strip and totally rebuild before kitting out.

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I've had one. It's a good bike. Good for the road only though.

It's very heavy and has short suspension. 18" front wheel makes tyres hard to find too.
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I've had one. It's a good bike. Good for the road only though.

It's very heavy and has short suspension. 18" front wheel makes tyres hard to find too.
What's it like on grass campsites
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I thought about it myself a few years back: Tenerising a cheap 900.
But as said, it's very much a road bike.
For me the angles/ergos were all wrong (below) and it was heavy.

If it's a road-only trip then options are vast so depends what it costs.
The 850s are rare in the US. That may be an attraction. Carb wear is a thing.

Loved the efi 270-° motor on mine but that was not till mid-90s on the 850 (and all 900s). And now we have the T7.

https://adventure-motorcycling.com/2...sing-a-tdm900/

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What's it like on grass campsites
You're thinking of the TDM900.

Well known for falling over on wet grass. I think there was a recall issued by Yamaha.
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I thought about it myself a few years back: Tenerising a cheap 900.
But as said, it's very much a road bike.
For me the angles/ergos were all wrong (below) and it was heavy.

If it's a road-only trip then options are vast so depends what it costs.
The 850s are rare in the US. That may be an attraction. Carb wear is a thing.

Loved the efi 270-° motor on mine but that was not till mid-90s on the 850 (and all 900s). And now we have the T7.

https://adventure-motorcycling.com/2...sing-a-tdm900/


True about the carbs. The needle guides oval out and make them run a bit weird.

Engine braking on them is brutal too. You won't get a chance to wear out your brake pads.

Come to think of it. I didn't enjoy owning it at all. But for the era, I suppose it was more than up to it's rivals.

It was more fun than the 900 though. Which was like a soggy sofa with as much sex appeal as Margaret Thatcher in one piece leathers.
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I thought about it myself a few years back: Tenerising a cheap 900.
But as said, it's very much a road bike.
For me the angles/ergos were all wrong (below) and it was heavy.
My wife had a 900 for 10 years and loved it. We started to do a few trails in Europe - Parpallion, Stella and such like. Even on out and out road tyres the bike was fine on farm track etc and I thought about Tenerising it like those crazy guys in Thailand/ Vietnam (can’t remember).
Tyres were an issue though so she bought an F800 instead. Funnily enough she didn’t like the angles/ergos and hated it off road - even on easy tracks. She now has a WC 1200gs and the angles/ergos are similar to the TDM and she’s happy once more to take the unsealed roads.
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You're thinking of the TDM900.

Well known for falling over on wet grass. I think there was a recall issued by Yamaha.
Wet? It hadn't rained in weeks! Shouldn't have stood on't pegs, lad! Beginner's error from watching too many Ewen and Thingy flicks. I'd blame the 18 inch front tyre
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