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Best Kept Secret: A Yamaha TRX850 revamped in Moscow

Best Kept Secret: A Yamaha TRX850 revamped in Moscow

A Yamaha TRX850, revamped by CCW in Moscow
If you’re looking for a donor for your next build, look back to the 1990s. That decade is chock-full of untapped potential—hidden gems that might not have been big sellers, but now offer great performance at bargain prices.

We’re quite intrigued by the Yamaha TRX850 in particular. First launched in Japan in 1995, then in Europe a year later, it was something of a parts bin special. It was powered by the same 849 cc parallel twin as the TDM850, but with a 270 degree firing interval.

A Yamaha TRX850, revamped by CCW in Moscow
MCN said it was “a match for Ducati’s 900SS in its day, but it never sold well.” And it wasn’t bad looking either, with a trellis frame that mimicked the Ducati it was trying to nick sales from.…

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