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Post  weasley Sun Jun 10 2012, 18:23

I don't know why, but I have suddenly developed an inexplicable and irrational yearning for a Yamaha TRX 850. I have looked in interest at them before and I was drawn in by their 'differentness', but recently I have actually been scoping them out on eBay, MCN and AutoTraders. I barely ride the Cat but would not sell it.

Does anyone have any experience with them? It looks like they use some of the same parts as the Cat and are commonly upgraded with blue spot brakes. I'm not a 90s biker, so the looks do not really attract me, but there's something about the oddball engine, trellis frame and general Japanese-Ducatiness that intrigues me. They get a really good write-up and tidy ones go for under £2k.

Probably just a mid-life crisis thing. I have also been pricing up Porsche 928s and BMW 850s...
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Post  Wooster Sun Jun 10 2012, 18:40

Looks a bit like a Diversion.
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Post  past-it Sun Jun 10 2012, 18:58

Based on a Fazer for suspension parts and a TDM for its engine. Basic but nice to ride and had its own race series.
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Post  topcatbones Sun Jun 10 2012, 19:23

A friend of mine used to ride one back in the late 90's. We used to go on trips to France, me on the Thundercat, him on the TRX and another mate on his Triumph 955.

The TRX was on a par with the Cat if I remember correctly. Handling wasn't too bad either. He used to like to wheelie it if I remember correctly.

I used to like the noise the bike made and also the Ducati esq trellis frame.

Give it a go. If you don't like it I don't think you will lose money on it. There are quite a few people out there like you who have a penchant for the TRX.

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Post  Mapman Mon Jun 11 2012, 14:49

weasley wrote:
Probably just a mid-life crisis thing. I have also been pricing up Porsche 928s and BMW 850s...

I'm not alone in that department then.... good news green smile

TRX was always a bit different as I recall, think PSB did a write up on them recently. Mental wheelie machine if you're into that sort of stuff Rolling Eyes Also known in my book as a rocket powered wheelbarrow Wink
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Post  Radar Sat Jun 16 2012, 12:31

I really rate them and rode one a w years ago. Put some decent pipes on and off you go! Local dealer here in Kidderminster has one in the window. Would complement the cat nicely...

Incidentally I have only used my Thundercat on forum related rides this year, but will never sell it unless I have to
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