If ever there were a Yamaha well ahead of its time, the TDM850 was it. Back in 1992-93, Yamaha imported the dual-counterbalanced parallel-Twin powered machine, hoping the bike would catch on in popularity in the U.S. like it did in Europe. But American buyers weren’t ready for now-popular long-travel, do-everything bikes like Ducati’s Multistrada, Suzuki’s V-Strom or Triumph’s Tiger. The TDM, now in 900cc form, continues to be produced for Europe and other markets. With Yamaha’s release of its XT1200Z Super Ténéré adventure bike in Europe, it is only logical that the TDM would get the larger, 1200cc parallel-Twin, as well. Here is what we think the TDM1200 will look like; we expect that the bike will be unveiled at this fall’s EICMA show. No word if Yamaha plans to give the U.S. market a second try with the TDM, but it seems that buyer interest has finally caught up with the do-everything concept.
With plenty of competition, Yamaha’s popular FJR1300 needs a facelift and updates to go head-to-head with Kawasaki’s Concours 14, BMW’s R1200RT and K1300GT, and Honda’s rumored ST1300 replacement. We don’t know too many details, but this illustration represents what we think the 2011 FJR1300 will look like, with MotoGP style-exhausts and cleaner, crisper styling.
Bikes to Compare:
2010 Honda VFR1200F – First Ride
2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 – First Ride
2011 Triumph Sprint GT – First Ride
2010 BMW R1200GS/R1200GS Adventure – Riding Impression
2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 – First Ride