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.
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.
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.
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
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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.