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Motorcycle insurance bargains: Yamaha TRX850

By MCN -

Insurance by bike make

 14 June 2010 14:20

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Yamaha TRX850.                                 

Insurance group: 13
Engine: 849cc 10v parallel twin, 6 gears
Power: 79bhp
Top speed: 135mph
Weight: 190kg                  

A Ducati with Japanese reliability? That was the plan. The Yamaha TRX850 was a match for Ducati’s 900SS of its day but never sold well. Shame. the Yamaha TRX850 is a sporty motorcycle but road biased with tons of character. Can be a bargain on the used market as they last well. Plus it's only group 13 to insure.                               

Yamaha TRX850 uses parallel twin also used in Yamaha’s TDM850. It produces less power than sports 600s of the same era but it’s much gruntier and more satisfying to use thanks to that twin cylinder character. 270 degree crank (one piston is a quarter of a cycle behind the other) makes Yamaha TRX850 feel like a V-twin.

Slightly bouncy when new – most Yamaha TRX850s would benefit from new fork oil and springs as a minimum now. But the Yamaha TRX850 is still neutral and nimble and has the feel of a proper sports bike without being intimidating. Brakes were, again, fine in their day but Yamaha calipers are famous for seizing so a strip and grease may be needed.

MCN verdict

Handling

3/5

Engine

4/5

Reliability

2/5

Value

3/5

OVERALL

4/5

 

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