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TRX850 YAMAHA TWIN

this bike was produced by yamaha 1996-2001. i know it was sold in Europe, but was it marketed in Canada too? any chance anyone own one here on forum?

notice its 850cc vertical twin, carbed, compact, lightweight, trellis frame (a la ducati). very interesting, tempting.

and why did yamaha USA choose NOT to market this bike here?

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WTF mate... That is slick! I'm in love.
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Re: TRX850 YAMAHA TWIN

thats what i say to yamaha USA......WTF? sadly......*never* released in the US.

can anyone in Canada confirm if it was sold THERE?


i have a notion it would simply bury the Ex500, too in every aspect

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Re: TRX850 YAMAHA TWIN

Well here's some specs on found on the bike:

Model: Yamaha TRX 850
Year: 1999
Category: Naked bike
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 849.00 ccm (51.81 cubic inches)
Engine type: Twin
Stroke: 4
Power: 83.00 HP (60.6 kW)) @ 7500 RPM
Torque: 87.00 Nm (8.9 kgf-m or 64.2 ft.lbs) @ 6000 RPM
Compression: 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke: 89.5 x 67.5 mm (3.5 x 2.7 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 5
Starter: Electric
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type
final drive: Chain
Physical measurements
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 209.0 kg (460.8 pounds)
Front percentage of weight: 48.4
Seat height: 800 mm (31.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Wheelbase: 1,435 mm (56.5 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Front Suspension travel: 120 mm (4.7 inches)
Rear Suspension travel: 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 120/60-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 160/60-ZR17
Front brakes: Dual disc
Front brakes diameter: 298 mm (11.7 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 245 mm (9.6 inches)
Speed and acceleration
Top speed: 218.0 km/h (135.5 mph)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 3.700 seconds
60-140 km/h (37-87 mph), highest gear 11.600 seconds
Other specifications
Fuel capacity: 18.00 litres (4.76 gallons)
Fuel consumption pr. 10 km (6.2 miles): 0.58 litres (0.15 gallons)

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Re: TRX850 YAMAHA TWIN

You may also want to check out this forum I found for ya:

http://www.trx850.motomaniac.net/forum/

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Re: TRX850 YAMAHA TWIN

thanks, staf, a little time on the forum confirmed it....its a euro bike only. :P

IMHO yamaha should upddate and release in US. its time has come again.

and bring it down to about 400 lbs while you're at it, Yamaha


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I like this version of it:

http://www.sportbikerider.us/Index.c...cture_ID=53704

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This one's pretty nice as well:


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th euro boys are lucky gettin this thing,....looks like a lot of fun.

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I don't know if they were gray market bikes but I've seen a couple of them around. Not lately but I've definitely seen at least two at both Sears Point and Laguna Seca a few years back. They use the same engine as a TDM 850 but with the trellis frame and different body work. Supposedly they were very much a match for a 900SS of the same year and handling was supposedly on par with one as well. I've never ridden one but they would be a very interesting bike to own.....supposing of course that you could get parts for one when needed.......sean


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and why did yamaha USA choose NOT to market this bike here?
because america wants one of two things:

a) high power, low weight supersport screamers

b) low power, high weight boulevard cruisers


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reminds me of the BMW 800 parallel twin.
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This is the one I remember seeing. I hadn't seen any other colors. Both the ones I've seen here in California were red with white frames ala the 90-91 900SS/851. They are much more visually pleasing when seen in person. All the pictures I've seen do no do the bike justice...sean


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in doing some Mikuni research (the older TRX850 were carbed) I've rekindled some lust for this thing, a slick looker.

C'mon Yamaha...update it with FI, modern suspension, cut some weight .....and release it in the states.
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Well, the FZ-07 has a similar frame design, though it's technically a "diamond" frame, rather than a trellis, and Yamaha claims it's a more advanced design, so I don't see them ever going back to this. I do agree the TRX is pretty cool. Personally though, I think that in the US, buyers who would be attracted to this would actually just buy a Ducati.

IMO, if Yamaha would make an upgraded FZ-07, and dress it in a similar style to the TRX, that would be killer.
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i realize i'm living in the past on this TRX. The relative simplicity, sparseness, thin profile all appeal to me. Fact is its an awesome handler, British owners on forums are in awe.

The newer generation of ADV, duck billed style bikes that seem to be all the rage....styling just too busy and additional electronics complicated. This includes the Ducati lineup as well, IMHO.

Ah, the good old days for simplicity, serviceability. Precisely why we keep my "obsolete" Supersports.

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in doing some Mikuni research (the older TRX850 were carbed) I've rekindled some lust for this thing, a slick looker.

C'mon Yamaha...update it with FI, modern suspension, cut some weight .....and release it in the states.
Sadly, long dead. And, the early versions had oil consumption problems - believe that was fixed. Oh, the TRX has a 270º crank so the music will be very familiar.

The MT-07 is our best bet now, and I have written an actual letter to Yamaha product planning begging for a YZF-R7. One can always dream. As much as I love Yamaha, sometimes I hate them...


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i realize i'm living in the past on this TRX. The relative simplicity, sparseness, thin profile all appeal to me. Fact is its an awesome handler, British owners on forums are in awe.

The newer generation of ADV, duck billed style bikes that seem to be all the rage....styling just too busy and additional electronics complicated. This includes the Ducati lineup as well, IMHO.

Ah, the good old days for simplicity, serviceability. Precisely why we keep my "obsolete" Supersports.
Agreed on all counts. I've always thought highly of the TRX but never thought owning one was an actual possibility. I'd given thought to building one, but after a futile eBay search, that is also not a possibility.



It may be, over the course of a year or two just gathering parts but realistically, I would say it isn't. Might be easier to just import a complete TRX. I found several on eBay UK for sale. I don't know if the prices are justified but that would be because I'm out of touch with the UK market for them.



Personally, I find "adventure" bikes woefully unattractive and overly complex. Most new sports bikes are the same to me. Overly complex really for what most of us need on the street.



My Aprilia and 996 are about as complex as I want to get, are as thrilling as I need and far more motorcycle than I can master to the point of needing something newer. It's probably been a dozen years or more since I saw a new bike and thought, "I gotta get me one of those" Most of the, well all of them really, bikes that make me think that are as old as my Aprilia or older...sean


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Per the Wiki, the TRX850 was Japan and Euro only. Five years' worth of production, from 1996-2000. "Perhaps" a decent example may be found in one of the EU nations which has the most onerous vehicle taxation schemes (thinking Italy here) and/or emission regs (Germany/Austria/Switzerland). They become increasingly difficult to re-register as they age.

Yamaha is king of making niche bikes which sell for one or two years in the US (XJ400 Seca, XZ550 Vision, XJ650RJ Seca, XV920RJ, GTS1000). They never even took the dare in the US with theTRX850. Dang it!

There may be a DOT exemption which allows an individual to import a single vehicle without the horrible regs normally applied. I remember the crazy "gray market" days of the 1980s. A local guy got in a jam with the feds as he was paying family and friends to apply for imports of various Euro Porsches, BMWs such as the 6 cylinder 323i and other verboten goods.

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