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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
£3,190 (2004) - £6,500 (2013)
Private used prices
£2,420 (2004) - £5,850 (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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£2,950

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£3,099

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£3,700

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£4,999

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£2,695

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(12 reviews)

  • 2005 Model with a centrestand dealer fitted. The black frame pulls the look of the bike together

    SimonEldon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
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    Engine

    If you want a bike to do plenty of miles on in total comfort, but still have loads of fun on the way, this is the one. The engine is full of mid-range power, and strong enough for most. Strengths: That flexible engine. The gearbox is excellent. The riding position gives a fantastic view and just does not stress your body at all. The finish looks good to last, and the pillion provision has made my wife a happy woman - and if she's happy, I'm happy. Weaknesses: Standard headlights are not that strong, but that is about it.

    31 March 2005

  • New Yamaha TDM 900

    hedingham27

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Overall
    Ride and Handling
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    Just swapped in fazer600 for the new TDM 900,this bike is a proper mile muncher, superb riding postion lots of fun and very easy to ride for a tall bike. Strengths:
    Excellant riding postion, very economical (45mpg) even when ridden hard. Weaknesses: Shorter riders would struggle with the seat height (under 5'10) and you get a lot of wind noise at 70mph+.

    12 August 2004

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