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Post  Bosco15 on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 9:12 am

Serendipity amazes me.  Surprised
At our Parkes meet, Ewok made mention of his Yammy TRX 850. Days later I stumbled across a poorly advertised example of one. Now, bear in mind that I'm always checking out bike ads just to see what's out there, but not really looking for a TRX. 
At this point in time I had been advertising my Grand Vitara for sale for upwards of six weeks, on Gumtree, without a single nibble. As soon as I rang and enquired about the Yammy, well within hours lets say, my phone rings and a guy wants to come from Sydney to look at Vitara on the weekend.
Poof! 
The Vitara turns into a TRX 850 and a trip to the Japanese MotoGp. 
Thanks to the crap pics the guy put up of his bike, he hadn't had any bites. I picked up a very clean, nearly stock '97 TRX 850 with 41k on the clock. Staintunes, Six months rego, two new tyres and a recent comprehensive dealer service receipt, for $3G


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Post  #Tag on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 9:24 am

"The Vitara turns into a TRX 850 and a trip to the Japanese MotoGp"

That is one of the best sentences I have seen for some time.
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Post  Chook on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 9:38 am

Nice work, I wish I could perform a bit of that magic myself  Very Happy
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Post  reddog on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 9:50 am

That's a clean looking rig mate. Good pick up.
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Post  Hammy on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 9:54 am

Well done Bosco.  Can you let us know what it rides like.  As Ewoks is only an ornament.  tongue  and he never rides it.

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Post  Re-Cycled on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 10:19 am

#Tag wrote:"The Vitara turns into a TRX 850 and a trip to the Japanese MotoGp"

That is one of the best sentences I have seen for some time.

You left out the all important "Poof!" Laughing

@Hammy wrote:Well done Bosco.  Can you let us know what it rides like.  As Ewoks is only an ornament.  tongue  and he never rides it.

Not true he rode it once in 2014, to meet me at Bermagui and guide me to Endor. Very Happy

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Post  Hammy on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 10:27 am

@Re-Cycled wrote:
#Tag wrote:"The Vitara turns into a TRX 850 and a trip to the Japanese MotoGp"

That is one of the best sentences I have seen for some time.

You left out the all important "Poof!" Laughing

@Hammy wrote:Well done Bosco.  Can you let us know what it rides like.  As Ewoks is only an ornament.  tongue  and he never rides it.

Not true he rode it once in 2014, to meet me at Bermagui  and guide me to Endor. Very Happy

Now think carefully RC.  Are you sure it wasn't his Bandit with a TRX sticker on it ?   scratch

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Post  madmax on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 10:31 am

Nice pick up, much better than a Grand Vitara

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Post  Bosco15 on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 11:35 am

Thanks, chaps. 
I couldn't let the opportunity pass after I saw better pics in an email. 
She is in remarkably good condition for an eighteen year old bike. How can a '97 bike be 18 years old already? '97 was, like, only a few years ago!
After riding the Bandits, the TRex feels very mechanical. It's ultra small and light in comparison, vibrations galore, noise, mirrors you can't see anything with, cable clutch, all the traits that make you know that your'e riding a motorbike. Not the most powerful bike, but a lot of fun from 4000 rpm up. A bike that may attract Mr Plods attention, as you just have to nail it from the lights. I'm yet to ride her on any serious twisties, but in the corners that I have taken so far she felt planted and stable. The Dunlops are a more round cross section, rather than Michelin's triangle, so no chicken strips on the rear. I may do a track day with her at some stage.

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Post  Ewok1958 on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 4:42 pm

Looks good for that price Bosco.   Basketball  You'll have a bit of fun with it.  You're right about the small size, lack of power (compared to the Bandit) and mirrors that don't do anything!  I reckon it's destined to become a classic.
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Post  NZspokes on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 6:25 pm

@Bosco15 wrote:Thanks, chaps. 
I couldn't let the opportunity pass after I saw better pics in an email. 
She is in remarkably good condition for an eighteen year old bike. How can a '97 bike be 18 years old already? '97 was, like, only a few years ago!
After riding the Bandits, the TRex feels very mechanical. It's ultra small and light in comparison, vibrations galore, noise, mirrors you can't see anything with, cable clutch, all the traits that make you know that your'e riding a motorbike. Not the most powerful bike, but a lot of fun from 4000 rpm up. A bike that may attract Mr Plods attention, as you just have to nail it from the lights. I'm yet to ride her on any serious twisties, but in the corners that I have taken so far she felt planted and stable. The Dunlops are a more round cross section, rather than Michelin's triangle, so no chicken strips on the rear. I may do a track day with her at some stage.

This is why I love my VTR, its alive. 

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Post  2wheelsagain on Sat 21 Mar 2015, 6:37 pm

A nice pick up and it has the R1/FZ1 Blue Pot brakes which are brilliant.

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Post  palexxxx on Sun 22 Mar 2015, 12:29 am

@2wheelsagain wrote:A nice pick up and it has the R1/FZ1 Blue Pot brakes which are brilliant.




So does my Yamaha TDM900.  Apparently the blue spot calipers weren't original on the TRX.

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Post  Bosco15 on Sun 22 Mar 2015, 8:26 am

@palexxxx wrote:
@2wheelsagain wrote:A nice pick up and it has the R1/FZ1 Blue Pot brakes which are brilliant.




So does my Yamaha TDM900.  Apparently the blue spot calipers weren't original on the TRX.

Quite right, Palexxx. The blue dots are a bolt on upgrade that made the deal on this bike so much more appealing.  Very Happy

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