1993 Yamaha TDM 850

In Dual-Sport, Japan by AbhiLeave a Comment

The Yamaha TDM 850 is definitely an oddball…a well-rounded bike in a US market that seems to prefer hyper-specialization. Sold in the US for only two years (1992-1993), there aren’t very many of these bikes still around, but the TDM definitely has a cult following. Well suited for tall riders, Yamaha designed this bike to enjoy mountain roads and also be capable of handling surrounding fire roads.

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With a long travel suspension and an engine derived from the XTZ 750 Super Tenere, the TDM is well suited for light off-road use – think of it as the Japanese predecessor to the Ducati Multistrada. It’s a ‘do-anything’ road bike that’s not going to break the bank or cause you to lose your license.

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These bikes were incredibly underrated. It reminds me of my BMW K75 – not excellent at any one particular thing, but it does a lot of things well. It was years ahead of its time, and as we’ve seen plenty of times on this site, that can lead to commercial failure.

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This particular example features a few choice extras, particularly the Ohlins shock, Micron exhaust, and brakes from a Yamaha YZ.

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Find it here on eBay in Ventura, CA with a BIN of $3,600.