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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Yamaha TDM900 is a streetbiking oddball that’s as brilliant beating congestion as it is swinging bends. The parallel twin motor is spunky enough for fun, while the wide bars really let you take charge and hustle. It’s such an easy motorcycle to ride you could do it with your eyes shut.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha TDM900's 10-valve, 897cc, DOHC motor doesn’t exactly rip your arms off with outright power, but there’s a handy 50 per cent more torque than a CBR600, which makes overtakes safer and punching out of bends more pleasurable. It’s a strange confection – the crank has a 270-degree firing order to make it feel more like a V-twin.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha TDM900's ex-R1 brakes are very good indeed and with the slim sides and low-ish seat height the TDM900 feels more like an oversized supermoto than anything else. Motoways speeds up to about 90mph are OK, thanks to the nose fairing, and pillions are well served with a nicely sculpted seat and decent grab rails. The headlights are rubbish, frankly.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Sadly, with the Yamaha TDM900, there’s no centrestand, which makes lubing the chain a needlessly protracted affair. You do get an ignition-based immobiliser (’04 motorcycles onwards), though. Official luggage is available for the TDM900 too and there are plenty of race-style exhausts to fit.

Yamaha TDM900 (2002-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,399
Dealer used prices
£2,680 (2003) - £6,450 (2013)
Private used prices
£2,410 (2003) - £5,810 (2013)
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Engine size 897 cc
Power 74 bhp
Top speed 139 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha TDM900 is miles better than the older TDM850. The a stainless exhaust, alloy frame and paint is much improved, but the mild steel suspension linkage is prone to the same rust problem as before.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Older Yamaha TDM900s can be had for the same price as a 10-year-old CBR, making them good value to buy secondhand…but not so good new. Compare it to a BMW GS, though, and suddenly it becomes an utter bargain. Both are aimed at adventurous non-conformists, but only the Yamaha TDM900’s this affordable.Find a Yamaha TDM900 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1991: Yamaha TDM850 introduced. Supermoto-style streeetbike. Makes 10bhp more than the later Yamaha TDM900.
2002: Replaced by Yamaha TDM900, which gained an ignition-based immobiliser in 2004.
2005: ABS version of Yamaha TDM900 introduced.

Other Versions

Yamaha TDM900A: Advanced Braking System version. Originally a £500 premium over stocker.

Specifications

Top speed 139 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.7 secs
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 60 ft-lb
Weight 190 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 897 cc
Engine specification 10v, parallel twin 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(12 reviews)

  • Top All Rounder

    thedavedent

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my TDM 900A for 18 months now and will probably keep it for a good few years yet. Why? Because it does everything I need, it's a commuter, a back lane scratcher, a motorway cruiser & hoot to boot. I use it in all weathers and it's never let me down or missed a beat. Great on twisty A roads, comphfy on long motorway hauls, superb on overtakes,great fuel economy, over 200 miles per tank whether ridden hard or easy, gives me a smile on the way to work & puts a smile on my face after. Bad points hates winters despite regular cleaning snatchy at low revs,no auto choke. Overall if I was to change this bike it would be for another one ;-)

    13 October 2012

  • lorryles

    lorryles

    Average rating rating is 4

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    only had my tdm a week but loving it.should of brought ost thought about itne 3 years a go.when i fir

    15 April 2012

  • Good all rounder for tall people

    Mjollnir

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I use mine to commute, and to tour. It does both capably. I have had two pillions fall asleep on the back on three seperate occasions, say something for the comfort. OK build quality isn't perfect, the engine paint hates road salt, but then most bikes never see that. Don't be decived by it's looks it isn't very good off road. The mechanics are simple, and it is easy to service. You won't go wrong with one of these

    05 August 2008

  • Had a borrow!

    zx7rdelboy

    UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Don't own one but me Brother does and seeing as he's laid up in Hospital (non Bike related) have been using his TDM. Overall a nice package, engines good and it certainly can be hustled through the London traffic.

    10 December 2007

  • Great mile muncher

    KWAK6ftRider

    Cambridge , UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have had mine for a couple of years now, and I cannot fault it for being a mile muncher. It is comfy to ride all day long, and then again the next day. It is ok handling through the corners as well, and the high bars and thin engine make it good at filtering too. Then engine has a smooth power band all the way up, nothing overly spectacular, but then this isn't meant to be a sports bike. It has been very reliable, very little has gone wrong with it. In fact I think I have only had to replace one coil on it, which was cheep as chips. My only real grip about the bike is the quality of build, the engine paint flakes after no time, the rear brake caliper is terribly prone to salt getting behine the pad guides. But then I didn't buy this bike to look pretty, but to be a work horse, and it is superb at that

    13 April 2007

  • Bought for everyday commuting and weekend fun

    Trevini

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The TDM took a little getting used to after riding a multi, but what a great torquey twin. It'll pull from next to nothing in any gear (although it is a bit lumpy below 3k), consistently return 200-225 miles before it hits reserve on the fuel gauge (average 59mpg), is comfy 1 or 2 up, great roll on acceleration at sub 100mph speeds and can cruise at a ton. Handling is very confidence inspiring as is grip (Metz Z6 work really well). Got 12k on the front tyre and headed for 8k on the rear. Servicing reasonable (£150). Strengths: Brilliant all rounder. I've put 12k on the clock since April 05. 70 mile commute daily. Economy is good. Weaknesses: Suspension is a bit soft, but an extra click on everything seems to sort it out ok for my taste. Doesn't have the street cred of a sports bike (although it will shock a few of them).

    12 December 2005

  • Second TDM and it just gets better

    ivorsmee

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    ABS is a god send but only for the rear, when the front is activated the wheel still locks for a split second which is scary. All the other tests say it all. I am a bit lacking in height (29'' leg)and can still touch the floor due a narrow seat. Strengths: Ride for miles in comfort. Easy to get luggage. 210miles average on 17 litres pushing hard it will drop to 180miles. Fitted larger screen to help with wind. Dunlops work well. Weaknesses: Front ABS. First gear clunkey. 18 inch front wheel does restrict tyre choice.

    07 November 2005

  • Great pice of kit

    homer75

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great all-rounder. Have ridden sports 600's for years to the point they were almost getting bland for me. This really has put the smile back on my face. Wish I'd done in sooner. Strengths: Engine, seating position, comfort, tank range, brakes. Weaknesses: Tyres (Bridgestones when the Dunlps wear out), exhaust not loud enough, NO centrestand on a twin exhaust bike?

    19 October 2005

  • Purchased 2005 - 3 years old but less than 5,000 miles on the clock. Fitted with touring screen.

    CedHills

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Used daily for commuting into central London. This bike is ideal; great for filtering through town traffic, but then a real blast when you hit the dual cariageway on the way home! Heated grips and high screen make cold mornings bearable. Strengths:
    Good low down torque and great fuel economy for a bike of this size. Averages 59mpg, with 63mpg from some tankfuls. Beats most stuff away from the lights. Weaknesses: Very lumpy at low revs, which can make the trickle in traffic queues uncomfortable.

    23 August 2005

  • TDM 900 in Silver Tech - Oxford Heated Grips - Yamaha Touring Screen (Tall)

    sepulchre

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike looks a little quirky granted, but from some angles it looks stunning - This is most definatley a wolf in sheeps clothing - Fire the twin up let her warm up for a couple of minutes get a couple of miles of heat in the brakes and be prepared to be shocked - This bikes torque is awsome, the answer to rapid progress is via quick gear changing at around 6500 rpm - for everyday use and real world riding this bike is great, it'll cruise at 90 mph all day long, fuel economy is impressive, tank range is good, comfort leaves supersports for dead - then you come to the handling, braking power on the TDM is almost too good, you'll need to crank the front and rear suspention up to avoid to much dive under heavy braking (Fully adjustable), and believe me this bike ANCHORS up quickly and with huge amounts of control - The funny thig about a TDM 900 is the handling is it just keeps giving you more, and when you think you have found it's safe limit it just goes and gives you some more.
    Strengths: Handling - Torque - Riding Position. Weaknesses: Quirky looks - Soft factory setting on suspension (adjustable).

    05 June 2005

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