March 17, 2004 at 11:08 pm #8707
Was this a Supermoto, before it was called Supermoto?? Were Yamaha years ahead (as usual)?
Thumper modelling the 1st of the two examples of this hooligan tool he has owned in recent yearsApril 18, 2004 at 5:16 pm #18225wheelieParticipant
Not a ‘proper’ one methinks
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April 18, 2004 at 9:09 pm #18226SidevalveParticipant
Waste of a good TZR250 engine!August 30, 2004 at 12:42 am #18227
Originally posted by Radar
Was this a Supermoto, before it was called Supermoto??
Amused to see an article saying just this in last months Bike magazine.
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August 3, 2005 at 8:57 pm #18228ThumperParticipant
This is a story I can endorse……
Take yourself back to 1988, the LC is dead, the YPVS is a shadow of it’s old self, and the TZR is a pure sportsbike As for the RG250, well, we won’t even go there!
So what was the hooligan to do?
Well the nice men at Yamahaha decided to put the fantastic TZR 250 engine in an upright trail style frame, Lift the brakes off the TZR and voila, a new hooligan tool!
The problem, it seemed, was that no-one knew what the hell it was, was it a trail bike? Well, it had semi knobbly tyres, a trailie riding position, long travel suspension and spoked wheels, but it had bugger all off raod ability, and a lot of breakable plastic, so it wasn’t a trail bike, was it a sportsbike? Well, it handled well enough, had enough power to lift the wheel, and would scream up to 100+ on a long enough road, but the TZR had the legs on it when it came to sport riding.
So what the hell was it for?:confused:
Well, the TDR’s natural habitat was around city centres, blasting between traffic lights with a nasty stroker wail, of course, being a TZR at heart, a few quid spent could make it VERY evil indeed, and a visit to the breakers could net you a set of TZR wheels, giving you the best rubber of the day, and a bit more cred, it was the first production supermoto for the masses, the problem was, the masses were indifferent to it’s charms, they just couldn’t see the point, and it wasn’t perfect, it drank petrol at a hell of a rate if you used it right, if you didn’t, it was a pain in the arse to get the plugs out, and the oil filler was a recipe for soaking your bike in 2stroke, as for the rev-counter…………..
And once again, those acres of plastic cost a bomb to replace, for the same money, you could buy an LC, sent it off to stan the man and have enough left for decent brakes and a spax shock, and run it for a year, so the old hooligans were getting GSXR’s and FZR’s the younger ones were buying the LC’s that the older ones had traded in and no-one bought the TDR
Which was a pity, cos the TDR was a nice bike, and even now, more than 10 years after the last one was sold, they are fetching as much as FZR’s in some cases, and very few are less than a grand. They tend to be owned by dedicated enthusiasts, who maintain them well, and ride them hard.
Just like they were meant to be!September 24, 2005 at 11:55 pm #18229
Made the BIKE mag top 50 best handling bikes of all time
I make light look slow
December 29, 2008 at 8:53 pm #18230
The January edition of the UK magazine BIKE is comparing a 1990 TDR250 with a brand new Aprilia SXV550 V twin and it did OK!!
The article also contained this great quote:
“Even now Yamaha making four-strokes feels wrong, like Black Sabbath playing Reggae” c.BIKE Jan 2009
Come on Yamaha bring back the RD250/350/500/TDR, put the fun back into biking!!December 30, 2008 at 11:14 am #18231HippoDronesParticipant
would be great if 2T’s made a come back!December 31, 2008 at 12:06 pm #18232imperialdataKeymaster
Still a great bike and it hasn’t really aged too bad in my opinion.July 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm #18233
Worthy of a bumpMarch 30, 2011 at 12:56 am #18234HippoDronesParticipant
2T SM FTW!
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