Updated at 6.15pm, Wednesday, September 26 with new pictures
The all-new TDM900 was officially launched in Paris on Wednesday afternoon. Its power was confirmed at 86bhp.
The launch was attended by Olivier Jacque and Dakar legend Stefane Peterhansel, among others, and Yamaha showed the TDM alongside its updated Fazer 600, 2002 R1 and Bulldog (all of which you can see in our LATEST ON NEW BIKES section, selected from the menu, top left).
Since we published a first official picture of the new TDM first thing on Wednesday, you’ve been having your say about it on our TALK NEWS bulletin board.
Lion850 said: " All I wished for my TDM850 was more power, a 6th gear and a centrestand. The 900 has more power and has a 6th gear. I hope it has a centrestand, too! "
Minesatwin added: " This is just what was needed. Please, please.please can we have a TRX900 as well. "
Kungfoobob, said: " I actually think it’s kind’a cool. 190kg and 80-90bhp, R1 brakes and an alloy frame… should be a good alternative to race reps and things like the Hornet and Fazer. "
There were some warnings for Yamaha though. Cornishtom asked: " Whose idea was it to take off the grab rail and replace it with a stupid little carrier? I think this is daft. "
And tony mcmahon said: " Even smaller mudguard should ensure the electrics get even wetter than the old one. Drop the price Yamaha! "
You can read the many comments in full and add your own by following the link, right.
Alternatively select LATEST ON NEW BIKES from the menu, top, left, and see how much the finished bike looks like our last artist’s impression of the TDM.
You can also compare it with the current TDM850 by going into our BIKES section and finding it in the Yamaha section. (There’s a link to the TDM850, on the right, too).
It’s not just the capacity that has changed compared to the out-going TDM850. Yamaha has also given it a new aluminium frame and swingarm. The result should be a weight-saving of around 11kg (24lb) compared to the existing model, making it around 190kg (413lb). A thinner tank, new screen, cowling and headlight have helped to save weight.
The new bike’s tailpiece is slimmer than on the 850, and the grabrail has been swopped for a rear carrier.
The wheelbase is now 148.5cm, compared to the 850’s 147.5cm, and the wheels have been replaced with an 18in front and a 17in rear. R1-style brake calipers are also new. The rear shock is fully adjustable for rebound, compression and pre-load.
The new engine retains the parallel-twin layout of the current bike. It has the 270° crankshaft, which helps to give the bike the feel and sound of a V-twin. Power is 86bhp.
The TDM900 should be available from dealers early next year, with a price in the region of £7000.
What do you think of the new TDM900. Have your say by following the link, right.