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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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 – the last few machines were ushered out of showrooms for under £4K. 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Yamaha TRX850uses 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Very few frills on the Yamaha TRX850. There’s some luggage space under the pillion seat but that’s about it. Headlights and mirrors are on the poor side. Comfort’s not brilliant for the pillion but it’s ok for the rider. Yamaha TRX850's wind protection is reasonable but there’s quite a bit of weight on the wrists – better at speed than round town.

Yamaha TRX850 (1996-2000)

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Engine size 849 cc
Power 79 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Yamaha had a bad patch in the 1990s for quick-corroding bikes. The Yamaha TRX850 is, unfortunately, one of these machines. Fasteners and brackets will almost certainly be rusting already. If it’s spread no further that’s ok but if it’s well set in anywhere, be careful. Yamaha TRX850 reliability problems are rare but big wheelies can starve the engine of oil – listen for nasty noises.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A few years ago the Yamaha TRX850 was one of the biggest bargains on the market. Unfortunately prices have reached that level where they don’t drop any further and Suzuki’s SV650 offers a similar experience for a reasonable price too. Clean, bargain Yamaha TRX850s are still out there if you hunt – and they have much more presence than the effete SV. Find a Yamaha TRX850 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1996: Original Yamaha TRX850 launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.8 secs
Max power 79 bhp
Max torque 63 ft-lb
Weight 190 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 165 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 849 cc
Engine specification 10v parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 248mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(7 reviews)

  • Great value A & B road bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought a TRX 850 for £2000 with 18K miles in September 2011 after being off a bike for 4 years. The bike came as standard with the exception of braided hoses'. What a great value fun bike to ride, especially on twisty B roads. There is plenty of grunt in second and third gear giving it a respectable midrange and unlike my last GSXR600 i don't have to rev the hell out of it. I have put wrap on the down pipes and upgraded the cans to a pair of blue flames which made an improvement on delivery and now it sounds more like a twin should. As for comfort, i am5'10 and the only snag i have had on a 250 mile ride was a tingle in my hands from vibration, everything else fine. I think it is fair to say that the suspension will need an over hall by 20k but i have tightened it all up and that will do for now, but then my local roads are bumpy. Overall, a cracking bike, some can be found with all modifications already done for less than 2k on e-bay.

    28 November 2011

  • trx of the month world wide

    onewinglow

    Average rating rating is 5

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    my bike is far from std ,it has a R1 front end fcr 41mm flatslide carbs and a 878cc big bore kit , go to http://trx850.motomaniac.net/forum/ and have a look , its the best road bike ive owned

    04 February 2009

  • 30,000miles and counting

    hector1988

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have now covered 20,000+ miles on mine in 4 years. Basic maintainence, no problems. Still returns 50MPG. I love the way it accelerates out of the 30MPH limits and leaves all the 600's floundering dropping 2 gears trying to keep up. Will be keeping mine.

    15 October 2008

  • Lust @ 1st ride!

    Lass

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Now this bike has been the best bike I've ever owned, it handled like a dream it was like s*** off a shovel, and mine sounded awesome!!!I loved it! Cracking bike!

    03 September 2007

  • trxer bargain

    steven bayross

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    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    track days, commuting , 45 mpg ,£150 insurance ,crap pillion seat so i cant take my whinging MRS. all for£1700 for a mint s.reg with 4000 miles on the clock its a bit of a no brainer really...awesome FUN...

    10 May 2007

  • trxer bargain

    steven bayross

    SWINDON

    Average rating rating is 4

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    i have owned about forty bikes from a RS250 APRILIA to a PAN EUROPEAN

    10 May 2007

  • I've done many miles on my TRX, and loved every yard!

    gizzman916

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've had many different bikes in the past, yzf's, blades, even a brief spell on WR426 as my road bike, but none have been the complete all rounder that the TRX has been. I'm no Fogarty on the road, and never will be, but the TRX has to offer brilliant allrounder capabilities, whether just out for a Sunday ride with the guys, or going to Spain for a few weeks fully loaded. I've never had to do any major work in 14K miles, just regular servicing, fluids and filters. Cheap insurance, and quite unique for a jap bike, you don't see that many about, unlike some of my previous bikes. I would highly recomend a TRX to anyone who wants a bike for all seasons, and all purposes, and i'm told that Jamie Whitham uses one as a track tool!?! Strengths: A genuine all rounder, as quick as any road rider should be going, and capable in any scenario, carries a full compliment of soft luggage with consumate ease.. Weaknesses: Front brakes do require serious upgrading, and the riding and pillion seats offer little comfort over long distances.

    24 June 2004

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