The bar­gain choice Yamaha TDM900

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> £2000-£3750 > 2002-2011 > 897cc par­al­lel twin > 85bhp > 215kg Yamaha’s TDM850 was the orig­i­nal hy­brid odd­ball and, with the ben­e­fit of hind­sight, was clearly way ahead of its time. Even a decade later, when it had been restyled and en­larged into the TDM900, the mo­tor­cy­cling world of 2002 still had no idea what to make of it. It wasn’t a sports­bike; it wasn’t a sports tourer; it wasn’t a tourer. To­day we’d just call it an up­right all-rounder and not even think twice about it.

The en­gine is a puls­ing, po­litely punchy par­al­lel twin, which pre­tends to be a V-twin cour­tesy of its 270° crank. Like the whole bike it’s not flash, it’s not fancy, but it’s a solid, com­fort­able, un­hur­ried lump and in­cred­i­ble value. Strong brakes, de­cent room for two and lots have af­ter­mar­ket lug­gage fit­ted. Just be aware that the 18in front wheel lim­its tyre choice slightly.

“No tow­er­ing seat, no bo­ingy springs, no huge front wheel”

Dif­fi­cult to la­bel when launched, the TDM900 is amaz­ing value

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