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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Fairly revolutionary when launched and certainly years ahead of its time the Yamaha TDM850 was a sort of Multistrada 12 years before Ducati thought of it. As a serious ‘street trailie allrounder it’s pretty effective, too. The later 900 is better, but the Yamaha TDM850 is still decent, good value, different, and largely overlooked.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

What’s this? A modern parallel twin? Yup. The Yamaha TDM850 hosts a big bore derivation of Super Tenere parallel twin (that had 750ccs) which is a little clattery but on the whole brisk, flexible and trouble free. Later Yamaha TDM850 with 270-degree crank version is the pick of the bunch.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Far better than you might expect. Semi-decent suspension and brakes (for the early 90s at least) makes the Yamaha TDM850 a genuine sports roadster (albeit a tall one) instead of being simply a bouncy trailie on street tyres. The Multistrada may better it, but it’s not by much  softness. The Yamaha TDM850's ride is fairly good too, let down only slightly by a slightly narrow, hard seat…

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Better than the average bear. The Yamaha TDM850 has comprehensive, sporty instrumentation, decent switchgear and mirrors, an effective, good looking fairing and ample pillion provision, too. Lots of Yamaha extras (heated grips, luggage etc) are available as well.

Yamaha TDM850 (1991-2001)

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Engine size 849 cc
Power 77 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Yamahas are rarely the best of the big four, often criticised for poor corrosion resistance and generally thin pain and metal finishes. But the Yamaha TDM850 is truly better than most. Reliability issues are few and high mileages are common but the later example Yamaha TDM850 you go for the better.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Despite its longevity (the 900 version is still in production 15 years after the introduction of the original), the Yamaha TDM850 has never really caught on in the UK, two factors which together make the Yamaha fairly common place and cheap, too. If you’re fairly tall and want an upright all-rounder, you won’t do much better than the Yamaha TDM850 for the price. Find a Yamaha TDM850 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

1991: Yamaha TDM850 launched.
1993: Yamaha TDM850 gets new chrome silencers, silver frame, polished footrest brackets.
1994: Minor gearbox and clutch modifications for Yamaha TDM850.
1996: Bigger 43mm forks, shorter frame, close ratio gearbox, 270-degree crank engine, redesigned exhaust and silencers, twin bulb headlamps, new styling, larger 20 litre fuel tank.
1997: Yamaha TDM850 gets modified wiring loom to allow alarm fitment.
2001: Yamaha TDM850 replaced by TDM900.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Max power 77 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Weight 201 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 849 cc
Engine specification 8v paralle twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 298mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(7 reviews)

  • MILESANDSMILES

    MILESANDSMILES

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought mine new in 98 and I agree with all the positive stuff written in the reviews but I can't understand why everybody seems to bellyache about the gearbox unless they just repeat what's written in mags.I use mine pretty hard and I've leathered it at times uphill,downhill,through multiple hairpins and in and out of traffic all over europe and I can't recall ever hitting a false neutral or missing a gear.If it helps anybody I have always habitually blipped the throttle on downshifts to mesh the cogs.Mine has 72,000 up at present and I've just replaced my first parts except for oil,chain and plugs which was carb diaphragms.I have other bikes but if I'm going long distance it's the TDM every time.

    19 February 2010

  • allround ace

    trenchfoot

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I got mine earlier this year a 1991 model after a series of sports bikes. The ridng position is excellent, covers journeys of 150 miles+ comfortably and fairly economically, only bad comment - the gear box it's dreadful- from a Fordson Tractor!! slow, ponderous & full of false nuetrals but you do get used it (sort of).

    29 November 2009

  • A Great Everyday Bike

    Ian Simmins

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I got mine in Jan 2008 as an MOT failure. Pair of tyres and an indicator relay and it was fixed. I've covered 3000 miles on it and love it. Nice upright riding position, easy slow speed handling and a very punchy motor. Lots of low down grunt. Great around town and on the twisties.

    17 May 2008

  • A good all-rounder

    bigstevew

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Ive had my 2000 model for a fairly short time but its doing all thats required. Its comfy but powerful and makes me smile! Im 6ft 6 so its good for taller riders. The engine pulls well in most gears but its sometimes hard to find the right gear for slower speeds. The ride is comfy but its a bit soft and wallowy if you push it. The gearbox is clunky and disjointed but doesn't detract from the overall ride. They are pretty cheap too. If you want a good bike thats a bit of a Jack, buy one!

    21 September 2007

  • TDM850

    itsmeinleek

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I use mine for commuting in/out of London everyday including a lengthy M25 stretch. Weekend, put on race face and you’ll surprise a lot of sports bike riders, it corners and stops well too. Good seat height giving great visibility, versatile engine, comfy for 100 mile stretches and great fuel economy. It makes a tiresome commute bearable. Only downside is the gearbox, its gash. False neutral between 1st-2nd and every gear engages with a bad clunk. Mines a 99 model and the finish is still really good (is it really a Yamaha?). A surprisingly good alternative to the brilliant VFR.

    30 August 2007

  • suprisingly capable

    k2col

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I went for a TDM850 after being on the lookout for a bike that would suit my height (6ft 6) and the TDM fits the bill nicely. It took a while to get used to the high front end but this was mostly psychological and I'm now loving the handling, its really easy to chuck around. Bright yellow and silver paint job looks the business and it really doesn't look like a 12 year old bike. Engine is good, acceleration is strong but steady - no power bands here. Exhaust gives a pleasant but not overbearing growl when pushed hard. Only niggle is that she runs a bit rough when cold and I had problems with wet weather running which were fixed by replacing the rubber spark plug holders.

    27 July 2007

  • its a goodun

    bud

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Does everything you'll ever need it to do,surely one of the best commuter bikes around, no problems with the engine at 24k, build quality is suprisingly good (1998 model). The only weakness is the gearbox, notchy, noisy and doesn't seem to have any connection with the clutch. You'll get used to it though!

    15 May 2007

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Motorway cruising on one of these will get you 200 mile range on the tank

17 September 2011 21:16

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