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537 kms = 333 m
We love to bring you hard to find bikes and live for the challenge of finding good clean ones . In its original condition and never restored, we hope you will agree that this lovely TLM 200R looks wonderful 35 years after rolling out of the factory. The word classic gets thrown around a lot these days but in this case it is warranted. As often happens with great bikes, Honda did not share the joy with the TLM and it was never officially imported to the U.K. Quite a shame because it was a milestone in Honda Trials technology and a significant evolution over the dearly loved TLR200. Not to mention that it’s a feisty old 2-stroke.
The first thing you notice on the TLM is that Honda replaced twin shocks with the far superior PRO-LINK mono suspension technology. Obviously, it has been developed since then but the pro-link technology is still being used on today’s CBR1000RR and CBR600RR. By creating a leveraged buffer the rider is spared a lot of the vibrations coming from the swing arm and hence gains an advantage. I wouldn’t use the word comfort - the TLM was designed as a competition machine.
The next thing to note is that the kick-arm, the steering shaft and the fender bracket were switched to aluminum making for a much lighter bike . Add to this a frame integrated oil tank and the fact that it is batteryless and it makes a significant difference! Whereas the TLR weighs more than 90kgs, the TLM weighs only 86kgs. (We all know how hard it is to lose 4 kilos!) The lighter weight offers greater maneuverability and, with the 2-stroke engine, more speed. Thirdly, while being a competitive TRIALS machine the TLM was also road legal and developed quite a following in Japan as a road bike too.
Now, the big question. Which is better, a TLR or a TLM? Perhaps they need not be compared at all? In any case I asked one of my good friends who owns both what his take was. “They are both fun,” he said. “Depends on the terrain. Sometimes the stability of the 4-stroke is better and sometimes the acceleration of the 2-stroke is needed.”
A word of note. The speedometer only reads 537kms and from the quality of the paint …the general lack of wear and tear we are inclined to believe this is the genuine mileage but we have no proof. If you know where to look, you can still find motorcycles in Japan that have been used only lightly and then carefully stored and this seems to be a good example of one of these hidden treasures.
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