We’ve got exclusive details of two new Yamahas. Both the updated Fazer 600 and all-new TDM900 will be launched at shows this autumn, according to insiders.
The TDM900 replaces the outgoing TDM850 which, while not a huge hit in the UK, has proved an important bike for Yamaha in Europe.
The TDM900 gets a new aluminium frame and swingarm and will end up a full 11kg (24lb) lighter than the outgoing 850. That weighs 201kg (442lb).
The bike also gets electronic fuel injection and a catalytic converter to help it meet looming European emission laws.
Stainless steel pipes will be fitted, as well as a digital speedo and clock.
It is thought to produce up to 20 per cent more torque from its bigger-bore twin-cylinder engine.
Yamaha chiefs have also ordered new plastics and toned-down graphics.
The bike will be joined at September's Milan show by a revised Fazer 600.
That gets a new top fairing that looks identical to the Fazer 1000’s, a new clock housing, revised mirrors, a bigger fuel tank, new silencer, modified radiator cover and a lighter drive chain.
Yamaha UK has refused to comment.
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